There has been a lot of discussion and presentations about the benefits software as a service, data as a service and cloud computing over the last 2 conferences. Providers such as Google, Yahoo & Microsoft have been pioneers in this area. But what is available beyond the basic applications of Mapping, Routing and Geocoding. What services are available that tackle more sophisticated spatial analysis and data processing functions? Do we still need the Desktop GIS, or can we pick and choose what we want from the cloud? What is this so called "GYM" club doing to offer more advanced API’s? How are traditional vendors responding to this change?"
This presentation aims to tackle these questions and also uses a real world example of a customer requirement for spatial analysis in which a ASP (Application Service Provider) Geo API solution was the preferred approach. The presentation will initially set some context; discuss history and evolution of Geo API’s and finally talk through the case study and recommendations.