Mapping is quickly becoming a "must have" for all forms of supply chain software, Adrian Gonzalez writes. Software for tracking transportation and logistics have always used maps, but software such as Sourcemap is using maps to track raw materials and other items. However, it is important to note that maps lose their value if the data they are based on are unreliable...
The iPhone 5 was released last month, and although Apple made some notable enhancements to the phone’s design and sold 5 million units the first weekend, most of the buzz has been about one thing: how inferior Apple Maps is compared to Google Maps, which prompted Apple CEO Tim Cook to issue an apology and recommend using mapping solutions from competitors while they work on the problem.
Who knew we loved our maps so much? And is it only a question of time before that love extends to our business apps?
TSH has integrated Google Maps with your supply chain sales data in our MDS system for a while now but it looks as if the larger ERP providers are following suite..
On Monday, Nokia announced a mapping deal with Oracle. Here is an excerpt from the press release:
Nokia announced today that Oracle has developed a simple, built-in link between Oracle Fusion Middleware MapViewer and the Nokia Location Platform (NLP). This link removes the barrier of a customized map integration and extends the benefits of global maps for business use to Oracle users [emphasis mine].
SAP and Google formed a similar mapping partnership in July 2011, as I highlighted in “The ‘Where’ Dimension of Business Intelligence.” Here’s an excerpt from the press release, followed by a video demo: “With location-based intelligence capabilities, SAP envisions bringing corporate information to life via Google’s dynamic, interactive map, satellite and even street-level views. As a result, customers could analyze their businesses in a geospatial context to effectively understand the “where” of their information, as well as global, regional and local trends and how they are impacted by different scenarios — helping to increase efficiency and profitability, among other benefits.”