Worldwide Spatial Information Management 2015 Top 10 Predictions

Worldwide Spatial Information Management 2015 Top 10 Predictions

This IDC study offers IDC's top 10 predictions for the spatial information management (SIM) software market in 2015. Today's broad adoption of SIM capabilities in information and communication technology happened because location is a fundamental organizing principle for just about everything and the 3rd Platform technologies have made acquiring and managing location-specific data cheap, fast, and increasingly effective for many use cases.

"As we look out into 2015 and beyond, it is obvious that digital spatial capabilities have grown beyond the reach of simple technical analysis. The opportunities and challenges that arise from digital spatial capabilities will be larger but quite different from current practice. Organizations that can understand and innovate in the transforming SIM environment will thrive." — David Sonnen, IDC's consultant for Spatial Information Management

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In This Study
Situation Overview
Future Outlook
1. The 3rd Platform Will Cause an Ongoing Period of Displacement and Entrepreneurial Experimentation with Spatial Technologies as These Technologies Become Part of IT Infrastructures
2. SIM Arenas Will Fall into Three Major Segments: GIS, Enterprise Location Services, and Consumer; While There Will Be Some Technology Crossover, Addressing These Segments Will Require New Strategies
3. While SIM Capabilities Will Be Widely Adopted, Monetizing New Uses of Location-Specific Information Will Require New Business Models Unconstrained by Current Market Conventions
4. Relevant Location Frameworks Will Be Shaped by Transaction and Event Streams, Requiring New Approaches to System Design, Data Architectures, IT Operations, Governance, and Performance Metrics
5. Indoor Locating Technologies Will Mature and Stabilize Around One or Two Approaches; Indoor and Outdoor Locating Technologies Will Merge into Comprehensive Enterprise Platforms
6. Specialized SIM Capabilities, Like Spatial Data Integration, Enrichment, and Quality, Will Increasingly Be Delivered as Services Within Enterprise Systems or Platforms
7. Led by Government Agencies and Industrial Companies, Internet of Things (IoT) Implementations Will Drive Broad, New SIM Uses and Requirements
8. Privacy and Security of Location-Specific Data Will Continue to Be Sensitive, But Cultural Acceptance and Standards Will Gradually Lessen Impacts
9. Growing Spatial Data and New User Requirements Will Create New, and Likely Unmet, Demand for Spatial Skills
10. Spatial Analytics Will Be Assimilated into Broader Analytics for Blended Data
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