Author Archives: Kate Heightley

Is Open Source Software Free Software?

I was in a meeting recently where someone said “Open source software is free like a free puppy is free.”  While I’m a big fan of open source software, I also agree with this statement to some extent.  Here are … Continue reading

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Systems and Services

When we talked about software in the past, we talked about complete, closed systems that accomplished a task or set of tasks.  These applications were written by a single vendor and were based on a set of requirements as interpreted … Continue reading

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Apps Deconstructed

Last week, I discussed what enterprise architecture for deploying GEOINT apps might look like (read “Apps and Enterprise Architectures”).  This week, I want to revisit that topic with a focus on the components that make up a sophisticated GEOINT app.  … Continue reading

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Apps and Enterprise Architectures

In the world of Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT), there has been a lot of talk lately about Apps, App Stores, and even App Malls.  There is also discussion of who will create, manage and deploy Apps, as well as how App … Continue reading

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Native or Browser-based Mobile Apps

I thought I’d follow up my blog on disconnected mobile apps with a discussion about native and browser-based apps.  Native apps are written for a specific device and its operating system.  For example, a native Android app is written for … Continue reading

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Disconnected Apps

I was at a conference on Mobile Apps recently, and one of the hot topics was disconnected apps. Let’s start with a brief definition.  Connected means that the app connects with a server of some sort when it operates.  In … Continue reading

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The Cloud – A Definition

In my role as someone focused on Enterprise technologies, I am frequently asked “What’s the Cloud?”.  I used to respond that the Cloud is just a big server room in the sky, but it’s really much more than that and … Continue reading

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