A strong set of presentations today from Autodesk, ESRI and Oracle all touched on the hot topic of the moment, interoperability what does it mean and where do you do it ?
The Autodesk (and I guess MapInfo, Intergraph, LaserScan etc) view as expressed by my old friend Geoff Zeiss was that this is a database issue using an open but proprietary interface on top of spatially enabled RDMS (e.g. Oracle) multiple users using different vendors are able read data from a single repository. Geoff to his credit pointed out that it is still not possible to have consistent write access or manage anything like a long transaction between vendors.
The ESRI view is that there is a place for this database level interoperability in some cases but more often than not interoperability would be at the application level both to other GI based applications and other corporate enterprise applications such as CRM or ERP. This I think is a development of the previous ESRI message which was solely focused at application level integration.
What I found most interesting however was David Maguires ability not to mention Oracle once during his presentation but mentioned IBM websphere and DB2 on numerous occasions – is there more to this I wonder ?
Written and submitted from my hotel room using the in-room high speed internet connection