In order to truly understand why such research is so important to the Australia, it's worth taking a closer look at how cloud computing technology is affecting the world around us.
Cloud computing - not just a passing trend
Cloud computing promises to be one of the biggest technology game changers to impact Australia since the arrival of the internet. Today, more businesses than ever before are investing in the cloud in order to improve efficiency and lower day-to-day expenses.
In fact, a study conducted by Gartner earlier this year found that around 80 per cent of organisations across the globe are currently intending on using some sort of cloud services over the next year.
Australia is well situated to take advantage of the next stage of cloud adaptation. According to the Business Software Alliance's 2013 Cloud Computing Scorecard, Australia is the second most cloud-ready country in the world, behind only Japan.
The deployment of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is expected to bolster download and upload speeds significantly in many parts of Australia. Improved access to cloud technology infrastructure, combined with increasing awareness and acknowledgement of the advantages of cloud computing, is set to make the cloud an even bigger talking point moving into the near future.
How the cloud is affecting GIS services
The spatial solutions sector has certainly not underestimated the potential of the cloud, and is now working to take full advantage of the capability of this technology. Already there are a range of service offerings that support GIS ranging from Infrastructure As A Service (IAAS) to Software As A Service (SAAS).
Cloud-based GIS potentially offer a number of benefits to innovative organisations - not least of which is the ability to access essential GIS resources from any internet-ready location, from work places, home or while travelling. GIS capabilities like web mapping can be offered to customers without the need for organisations to invest in their own IT infrastructure and GIS licensing.
Participating in Spatial Vision's cloud survey
With cloud computing set to have a significant impact on the GIS industry, it is time for Australian organisations to begin strategising and preparing for this change.
Australian organisations that wish to be a part of the GIS cloud movement should consider participating in Spatial Vision's ongoing survey.
All data gathered in the 5-minute survey will remain completely confidential and, in return for their participation, respondents will gain access to a summary of the overall results. More details regarding the upcoming GIS cloud computing webinar will be released following the conclusion of the survey.
In addition to conducting extensive research into industry trends, Spatial Vision is also working with several clients on cloud-based GIS solutions.