I’m on my way to Washington, D.C. for the GEOINT 2015 Symposium, hosted by the USGIF. I’m looking forward to spending time with customers and GEOINT’ers, along with the rest of the Quantum team. If you’re at the event, drop by the Quantum booth [#8058] to learn about the latest techniques in geospatial data management.

I’m especially excited to attend GEOINT this year because I’ve been selected to give a Lightning Talk at the GEOINT Foreword Pre-Symposium. I will have 5 short minutes to tell a technology story and keep the audience engaged. No pressure. The title of my talk is: “Connecting Dots In Today’s World—Crayons Not Included.”

Why focus on “connecting dots?”

Well, the goal in GEOINT today is the same as ever: to derive useful intelligence from data. And while innovation is everywhere—in small sats, in 4K video, in sensors, in mobile, and in the analytics and data viz software that enables discovery—all this innovation is creating a ton of data that needs to be managed, analyzed, and connected. So it makes sense to talk about the challenges people face connecting all of these dots. And the bigger challenge they face recognizing which patterns of connected dots are meaningful.

The crux of my talk is that two critical (and sometimes overlooked) elements are required to make sense of all this data. People. And Infrastructure. People are critical to the intelligence process, because they’re the ones that make connections between things that never before seemed connected. And the underlying infrastructure is essential, too. With today’s massive increase in data comes the need for specialized storage that scales, that enables collaboration, and that gives you access to data when you need it, where you need it, and how you need it. Storage infrastructure is about more than storing bits. Rather, it’s about providing access to information, so that people can make smarter decisions.

In my lightning talk, I tie together disparate ideas from technologists, authors, and pop culture to tell the story of how infrastructure enables geospatial intelligence. And while infrastructure isn’t sexy, it is important. When it comes to discovering value in geospatial data—and doing it faster—infrastructure is a key element in the equation.

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If you missed #GEOINT2015 don’t worry, GISCafe interviewed Claire Giordano on all things storage. Check the video and get caught up on GEOINT 2015.

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