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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From Algorithm to App – Increasing the Speed of Evolution

We’ve been talking about apps for geospatial imagery analytics and ENVI in the Cloud lately, and a couple of my colleagues and I have discussed what makes up an app.  I’ll return to that topic in the future, but I … Continue reading

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Apps – What’s in a Name?

Talk of Apps and App Stores is ubiquitous in the Defense and Intelligence domain where I spend most of my time.  But what do we really mean when we talk about an App? In the commercial world, we’ve seen wide … Continue reading

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Leveraging the Enterprise for Rapid Technology Insertion

Like many of my colleagues, I am packing my bags and heading to Orlando for the 2012 GEOINT Symposium.  In fact, I’ll be at the show by the time this posting goes live. While getting things organized to go, I … Continue reading

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