Since the past few years, geospatial industry has seen major shift in its business models largely due to global demand of cloud-based and open-interoperable solutions. The advent of information technology and connectivity not only makes the world smaller, but creates stiff competition among industry players, especially in terms of exclusivity and quality of services. These fast-changing technology trends are cutting down gestation period and innovation life-span, resulting in profit vulnerability. How did the businesses respond? System integration and user-driven solutions became the new direction.
Geospatial industry has been evolving and will continue to evolve dynamically; business models will continue being disrupted. The only way for businesses to stay on top of the game is to keep asking one important question: where is the money?
We chose Where’s the Money? [Disruptive Business Models] as the theme for Geospatial World Forum 2016 to allow the conference to focus on business side of geospatial industry. The first call for papers and workshop proposals was announced a few days ago. All abstracts can be submitted online at www.geospatialworldforum.org. Keep them coming!