This is my keynote address at the WALIS (Western Australia Land Information System) CIO Forum conference in Perth on March 12, 2009. The abstract is as follows:
Geospatial technology has been transformed over the past few years from a specialised back room technology into an increasingly pervasive element of mainstream IT, which is driving many new and innovative applications.
This presentation will examine current and future trends that are impacting the geospatial industry, including developments in wireless communications and mobile devices; web-based applications, data and services; location tracking technologies, both global and local; and the impact of offerings from major IT companies including Microsoft, Google and Oracle, as well as the growth in open source solutions. It will look at how the new generation of geospatial and location technologies can benefit both organizations that already use geospatial technology, and those that don't (yet).