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Cloud Transformation in GIS: A Game Changer for Data-Driven Businesses

Written by Kurt Janssen

13 August 2023

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The digital era is continually evolving, requiring businesses to innovate and adapt. Among the many transformative technologies, cloud transformation stands out as a game changer, particularly in the realm of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). The movement towards cloud computing is far more than a shift in data storage; it's a comprehensive overhaul of how businesses approach, process, and utilise data, particularly geospatial data.

At its core, cloud transformation in GIS involves moving data and technology from legacy monolithic applications and in-house servers into the cloud. Leading providers, as well as local providers, have made this migration possible.

However, the implications go far beyond mere data storage. With this transformation, businesses are no longer confined to cumbersome desktop-level data operations. Instead, they can enjoy greater scalability and agility, offering more value from data and enhancing collaboration across their organisations.

Unlike traditional systems that require in-house specialists and extensive hardware, the cloud provides an elastic solution that adapts to the demands of various projects. This flexibility not only helps with projecting costs but also ensures that resources can be scaled up or down as needed without unnecessary expenditure.

Another significant benefit is the enhanced collaboration and accessibility offered by the cloud. By moving data to the cloud, businesses create a centralised source of truth. This breaks down silos, as it allows for co-collaboration on massive data sets, facilitating work on analytical, AI, and geospatial models. Whether it’s 20 gigabytes of data on someone's drive or terabytes of data for a global response to a natural disaster, the cloud ensures access and collaboration are seamless.

Beyond minimising financial cost, cloud transformation also helps organisations optimise their temporal impact! Because cloud computing can deliver results far quicker, it frees up precious time that can be used to make decisions or enhance business processes.

Moreover, the path to cloud transformation doesn't have to be a daunting one. It doesn’t necessarily mean a complete overhaul overnight. Businesses can start by identifying specific workloads or data sets that could benefit from cloud technology and gradually integrate them into the cloud environment. Adopting cloud-native thinking allows for more flexible models around licensing and subscriptions – aligning them with demand – and liberates businesses from the headaches caused by restrictive legacy technology.

In short, cloud transformation in GIS is not just about shifting technology or data into the cloud. It’s about embracing a new paradigm that facilitates a change within the entire organisation. This change enables businesses to think and act differently, driving more value through to their customers and stakeholders.

Here at Orbica, we are passionate about guiding businesses through this transformative journey, by bringing their geospatial technology stack into the modern, cloud-native era. Our Geospatial Platform is built utilising AWS cloud. By adopting the technology our Geospatial Platform has to offer, organisations can unleash powerful geospatial insights and drive more value from their data.

The shift to the cloud is a compelling, forward-thinking strategy that resonates with the needs of the modern, data-driven business landscape. It opens doors to growth, efficiency, collaboration, and innovation that were previously unimaginable. It's time for businesses to explore what cloud transformation means for them and to take the necessary bold steps into this exciting new era. The way forward is clear: Embrace the cloud, and transform the way you do business.

Listen to our Orbica CEO and Founder talking on this topic here.