Month: July 2008

Using Location Intelligence, Office Max Grows Business and Improves Operations

Mapinfo has provided a case study on location intelligence in the retail sector with this article on OfficeMax’s use of MapInfo Location Intelligence in their recent expansion.

As a leader in both business-to-business office products, solutions and retail office products, OfficeMax, Incorporated serves enterprise-level, mid-size and small businesses, as well as individual consumers. The company was founded in July 1988 with the opening of its first retail store in Cleveland, Ohio, expanding to three superstores by year’s end. OfficeMax offers a wide variety of office supplies, paper, technology products and services and furniture through a multichannel approach consisting of direct sales, catalogs, the Internet and more than 900 superstores.

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The Many Names of Crowdsourcing GIS

The advent of tools that invite and encourage even non-GIS trained users to provide geographic data and mapping in a collaborative, wiki-like environment has both fans and naysayers.  The debate about this growing effort aside, even coming up with a universally accepted name has been elusive. There are certainly many competitors seeking to be “the one” that comes up with the name that sticks.  So what catchphrases are out there that describe mapping and geographic data creation by the laity?

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Why ArcView 3.x is Still in Use

Despite the introduction of the ArcGIS platform at the 2000 ESRI International User Conference, some GIS shops either partially or exclusively still use ArcView 3.x as a means by which to do GIS.  The original ArcView was introduced in the early 1990s as a graphical interface to view geographic data.  ArcInfo, at the time, was a predominately command line driven application that was not user friendly, especially for the casual user of GIS.  ArcView, over time and through the add functionality of extensions, developed into a program that was capable of more complex spatial analysis and mapping.  The ease of use, the cheaper price, and (at least initially) the availability of the software on Windows instead of UNIX (as was the case until the mid-1990s for ArcInfo) made ArcView a popular choice for entry into the GIS world.

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