My Biased Review of GMaps Mobile and Why it is Important to You

By November 19, 2012Other

GMaps Mobile is the latest release by Centigon Solutions, targeted toward organizations with mobile work forces who sell, deliver, install, adjust, and manage. The technology features a Google Maps powered, geographic view of business data which can include assets, events, or territories all together in one visual.

WHY LOCATION INTELLIGENCE IS VERY IMPORTANT

80% of the data in your organization has a location attribute. Location can range from a product sitting on a shelf in your store, to a worldwide territory. I ask every customer how they are leveraging this location based data for decision making and sometimes I get a puzzled look because most of us don’t really think about these things. Certain industries like transportation, retail, and utilities have made significant investments using GIS technology to crunch and derrive critical decision making insights..

But what about the other 70% of your organization? Those are the people who do NOT sit in front of a computer, and who DON’T and never will know what GIS is. Those are the people I want to impact using location intelligence.

WHAT ABOUT GMAPS MOBILE

GMaps Mobile as a technology just recently left the nest after 14 month of development by the Centigon Solutions team. V2 is almost ready for prime time, which includes connectivity to SAP BusinessObject BI4 and improved data visualization. With a hybrid platform (on-premise and cloud) , we have a ton of flexibility to innovate very quickly and there is no shortage of crazy ideas that you will see only in GMaps Mobile.

WHAT DOES GMAPS MOBILE DO TODAY?

GMaps Mobile allows you to create Layers of business data that can be mixed and matched into Views. Each data point or region can have both qualitative and quantitative data to help end users prioritize most important locations.

 

In addition to a geographic view, a user can also navigate locations as street-view enabled tiles or as a scrollable bullet chart. At any point you can sort or re-organize location based on your proximity, or the quantitative data. Similarly you can filter or select locations through various gestures.

WHAT ABOUT TAKING ACTION?

Right GMaps Mobile,users can bookmark views or send views to other GMaps Mobile users via email. Soon users will also have the ability to screenshot, annotate, and geo-tag locations for later use. While GMaps Mobile makes a great entry point for decision making taking action is the critical key for future success.

WHATS NEXT?

We keep our innovation pipeline close to the chest but the one of the most important next steps for GMaps Plugin is our data API, which will allow customers and partners to connect and configure any on premise data source to as a GMaps Mobile layer. We have a few of our partners chomping at the bit to get the first release so we are very excited to put GMaps Mobile on top of other popular and widely adopted platforms.

HOW DO I GET MY HANDS ON GMAPS MOBILE

Right now, you can get GMaps Mobile on the App Store for iPad only.

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