Jack giver fra tid til anden interviews så et sjældent et af slagsen? Nej, heller ikke det, men interessant nok ;-)
Jack does give interviews on a regular basis - so the term rare here is a but uncertain. Is it then special in any way? Not really but worth the read ;-)
In a rare interview, ESRI founder and president Jack Dangermond explains why geographic information systems (GIS) are so much more than just Google Maps. Steve Evans asks the questions. [...]
Q. But aren’t Microsoft’s moves in the GIS space helping to turn GIS into a commodity? Is this good or bad news for ESRI?
A. We work closely with all the IT companies on their geospatial-enabling technologies. We like that partnership. The investments that Oracle made in their database and that Microsoft has made in spatialising SQL server means that our customers can enjoy the benefits of integrated technologies.
We go to market with Microsoft selling our server and their server stack and the user does not have to hire a systems integrator to figure it all out, they just work. From a user perspective, linking our technologies with other IT companies’ spatial strategies is very good news.
Virtual Earth is all about supporting their search environment and visualisation. We have partnered with them to resell those map and images services to our customers, so they can enjoy directly as part of their desktop packages web services from Microsoft for a few hundred dollars a year to look at images and maps from anywhere in the world. That dimension from Microsoft is very much content focused. There are lots of interesting connections between their tools and ours.
We have similar connections with Google, IBM and SAP. Our main focus is on our customers, not strategic relationships with other vendors. If we can find things through these partnerships that help our customers to integrate geography and GIS into their solutions, we’ll feel very happy about it. [...]
Read more: http://enterpriseapplications.cbronline.com/news/qa_esri_founder_jack_dangermond_151208