“In the consumer space, I’m very excited that the world is waking up to maps. There’s this natural affinity to maps. Why is that? My theory is that maps are a kind of language. We have text language, we have music as a language, we have mathematical languages, we have software languages. Maps are a language. And their power is that they communicate intuitively to people. You can look at a map, and, Ah! You can see context as well as content. … Whether it’s a law enforcement situation, or a social situation, or whatever. And you also see the content of the actual phenomena that’s occurring.”
Jack Dangermond (founder of ESRI) here.
Jack Dangermond’s passion for maps comes through loud and clear in this quote above doesn’t it?
I believe that OSS also speaks in the language of maps across a range of different conversations that include:
- Network and capacity planning
- Service, usage and asset visualisation
- Network health and contingency planning
- Field-workforce management, construction and service delivery
- Sales and marketing
- Customer care
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