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Vi oplever en voksende interesse i MapInfo Pro Advanced. Ofte vælger en organisation at tilkøbe eller opgradere nogle enkelte MapInfo Pro Advanced licenser til deres pulje af eksisterende MapInfo Pro licenser. Så længe dette sker for Nodelocked, navngivne, licenser, fungerer dette fint. Udfordringer kommer, når organisationen ønsker at have flydende licenser af MapInfo Pro sammen med flydende licenser af MapInfo Pro Advanced. MapInfo License Server Utility, som anvendes til at håndtere flydende licenser, modtager kun information om versionen af MapInfo Pro, ikke om typen eller selve serienummeret. Dermed vil den udgangspunkt blot tildele en bruger en ...
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This blog entry builds on a previous posting which gives an introduction to downloading and setting up Enterprise Designer and using the Query Spatial Data Stage . The Find Nearest Stage is found within the Location Intelligence sub-folder in Enterprise Designer. As you might expect, this stage locates the points of interest that are nearest to a given location. These can be points (a cell phone tower), lines (a road), or polygons (a park or playing field). The data you use can contain any of these types of geometries. The nearest here is calculated “as the crow flies” meaning it is a straight line between points as opposed to driving distance. Find ...
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By Gaston Hummel and Tom Thomas, March 11, 2019 What are Incorrect Customer Addresses Costing your Business? Poor quality customer data imposes costs and risks on businesses.  Gartner research, Harvard Business Review and Forbes Magazine agree that organizations estimate poor data quality to be responsible for an average of $15 million per year in losses.  These costs are not solely financial.  Businesses experience loss of reputation, missed opportunities and higher-risk decision making as the result of low confidence in data. Delivery of one in twenty online orders fails on the first attempt, costing organizations an average of $15 per failed delivery. ...
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En af de mange forbedringer, der kom i MapInfo Pro 16.0, er understøttelse af WMTS 1.0. Med understøttelse af WMTS er det nu muligt at anvende Kortforsyningens WMTS-tjenester til baggrundskort, f.eks. Skærmkortet, FOT Ortofoto eller DHM/Skyggekortet. Nedenfor viser jeg fire af kortene i hver deres kortvindue, men du kan også sammensætte dem i et kort og f.eks. gøre et af lagene mere eller mindre transparent, hvorved du kan se konturerne fra DHM/Skyggekortet gennem det andet kort. Det giver en flot effekt. Fordelen ved disse WMTS-tjenester i forhold til de mere udbredte WMS-tjenester er hastigheden. WMTS er en “tilet” udgave af WMS, hvor de enkelte ...
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Man har gennem de sidste mange år været i stand til at få fat på en lang række geodata ganske gratis fra Kortforsyningens download-tjeneste og via deres internet-tjenester. MapInfo udgaverne af GeoDanmark-dataene indeholder ikke z-værdier på alle knudepunkterne, fordi MapInfo Pro ikke understøtter dette. Spørgsmålet er så nu, hvordan kan man i MapInfo Pro alligevel få fat på disse z-værdier på de enkelte knudepunkter? Shape-formatet indeholder i modsætning til MapInfo's eget tab-format nemlig z-værdier på objekterne – ikke kun en z-værdi for hele objektet, men en z-værdi for hvert knudepunkt. MapInfo Pro har i de sidste mange versioner været i stand til ...
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I midten af januar 2018 gjorde GEUS deres jordartskort tilgængelige ganske gratis fra deres hjemmeside. Du kan læse mere om frigivelsen og kortet i artiklen   Digitale jordartskort fra GEUS er nu gratis . Hente data Via   deres WebShop   kan du bestille kortet til download i henholdsvis 1:25.000 og 1:200.000. Husk at du skal oprette dig som bruge på WebShoppen først. Du vil modtage en e-mail når dine bestilte data er klar til download. Selve downloaden foretages via oversigten over dine ordre på WebShoppen. Filen med Jordartskortet i 1:25.000 i MapInfo-format, fylder ca. 90 MB Download-filen og pak den ud. Og pak efterfølgende også filen med ...
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Let me know if this sounds familiar… You download the latest version of EngageOne Compose You update the deploy.properties and try to run the installation scripts on your development environment The configure step for one of the bundles fails You try to troubleshoot the issue only to make the problem worse Did you have this experience? I sure did… then I discovered the five common installation mistakes that cause most install issues, and I want to share them with you. Here’s the best part:   Once you know the 5 common mistakes, you will be able to prevent a lot of issues and complete the installation quickly.   Pre-requisites ...
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Around some 16 years ago, when I was pursuing my bachelors, we were taught about Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS). The databases being used in universities then were mainly My SQL or Oracle. Those were the days when businesses were concerned just about Normalized tables or ensuring Primary key-Foreign Key relationships between entities in RDBMS. There were other not so popular databases as well in the market, such as MS Access and MS Excel. Life was simpler with very few databases around! It is said that ‘necessity is the mother of invention.’ Something akin to this has been happening in the world of Information Technology. Mobiles, E-commerce, ...
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The common question I get from our clients and prospects about EngageOne Compose is… “Is it secure and can you share some insights."  Every Request for Proposal (RFP) from an opportunity has a full section on security with at least ten questions. In most cases, they are similar. Today, I will give you a behind the scenes tour of the EngageOne Compose security process we follow to deliver a robust and secure product to our clients. We follow a 4-step process to secure EngageOne Compose solution from any vulnerabilities. Here are the steps Discover Evaluate Communicate Test Deliver Curious to know the details? Read on…   ...
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One of the benefits of being product owner for Spectrum Location Intelligence for Big Data is that I get to see a lot of customer use cases. Now that GPS devices are everywhere, I'm seeing more customers trying to get some value out of data collected from vehicles. Let's take a company, for example, that has a fleet of delivery vehicles. Each of these vehicles has a GPS that keeps track of the vehicle position and speed. Can we get a sense of how "safe" a driver is? In Hadoop , dealing with this volume of data is pretty trivial. On a small cluster, you can easily process millions of points in minutes. In the example below, I use Apache Hive to analyze ...
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Introduction In my latest blog post, I wrote about creating a workflow in Enterprise Designer . The workflow allowed me to search for records in multiple tables and return the records that met my condition. In this blog post, we will look at how you can use such a workflow in MapInfo Pro. To do so you need some coding experience, preferable with MapBasic and .NET too. I will share my sample​code so you can use this as a starting point. I have chosen to split my application into two parts: The interface written with MapBasic and the communication with the Spectrum web service written in C#. You can do this in multiple ways using other development languages. ...
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As the owner and architect for the big data products at Pitney Bowes, I’m always trying to make sure that the products we build solve real problems for you, our customers. Version 3.1 of our geocoder for Hadoop has some nice additions based on valuable feedback from our users. In past versions of the product, we had a Spark driver application that was essentially a black box - it took a CSV and some preferences as input and produced essentially the same CSV with some additional columns from the geocoder. This was a great place to start but we quickly realized that we needed to do more. We were hearing comments like: What if my data isn't in a CSV (e.g. Parquet, ...
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Greetings all, I want to thank you for your engagement in the new Knowledge Communities as we've gone through our Beta. Despite a few bugs and hiccups, we can all agree that our new home has more possibilities than ever before. You’ve helped us optimize and stabilize the new site, and I’m happy to say the Beta will be coming to a close soon - January 18th to be precise. You might be asking yourself, "what does that mean?" Mostly, it means that all the basic functionality of the site is working as designed. In the next few days we’ll be rolling out a few design elements to improve usability and discoverability. Of course we still have lots of other improvements ...
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I have no other choice but to agree when you say upgrading EngageOne Compose to a newer release is time-consuming and requires planning.   EngageOne 4.4 Service Pack 8 is now available to all our clients. If you have not decided to upgrade to the latest release yet, read on to find out how it can change the lives of your designing team.   I would not recommend an upgrade if I didn’t believe the value of the upgrade exceeded the effort to upgrade tenfold. I think the new EngageOne Compose 4.4 Service Pack 8 is worth the time and effort. There are several new features in EngageOne Compose 4.4.8, but I want to talk about just one – one that will be enough ...
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One thing was more frequent in 2018 than anything else in the world of Information Technology. It’s the number of data breaches. The world has seen over 600 data breaches in 2018 that compromised 4.5 billion records.   I am sure information security is the highest priority in every organization and yours too.   Generally, all organizations rely on their vendors to provide them guidance to secure their products. At Pitney Bowes, we do get a lot of questions about the security of our products. I had the privilege to work on a few of them.   Now:   The challenge with many client requests is, they are too generic. I don’t have a direct answer ...
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An EngageOne Compose rollout in any enterprise takes several months to complete. I am fortunate enough to have worked with multiple clients directly and experience the obstacles they have to overcome to complete the implementation.  I believe, if we compare successful and failed projects, there are always patterns. The question is: how do we find the patterns? The answers lie in the support issues database. I got to work and reviewed support issues from past EngageOne Compose implementations and discovered a few mistakes that are common among all support issues. Here’s the kicker:   There are only three mistakes that contributed to 70% of ...
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Greetings Community members, Many of you have asked for a place to make suggestions and give feedback on the Knowledge Communities itself. We're working on a more official place to put together Community related ideas, but for now, please add comments to this blog post if you have suggestions or feedback for the site. I want to make this site helpful and inspiring for you, so please share your feedback so I can continue to make improvements that will help all our members. Thank you, Sydney Lawton Community Manage
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Greetings Knowledge Community members! I'd like to introduce myself officially to you - I'm Sydney Lawton , the Community Manager here on the Knowledge Communities. I used to be in Software Support taking cases for the Spectrum Technology Platform. You may have heard my voice on some YouTube videos for Technical Support as well. I'm excited to be here in the communities, helping you to find the places to connect with each other and with experts for anything you may want to talk about with PB Software and Data. When I'm not wearing my Community Manager hat, I am an avid game nerd - both on a table and on a console. I love to sing and am extremely proud of ...
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Evolution of Data Quality – Getting Smart in the ‘Age of the Customer’ Recently I was thinking back to the date when I joined Pitney Bowes. It’s been more than 9 years now and I think that’s a long time. Facebook at that time was 5 years old, WhatsApp was just launched and Instagram wasn’t even born. Today, Facebook is not only alive and kicking, but also owns WhatsApp and Instagram. That’s a great example of evolution! But hey, why I am talking about Facebook? Two reasons – a) It is our customer and b) we are helping them evolve… :)  Pitney Bowes Data Quality evolution goes back to 30 years. In 1993, we launched stand-alone list products which ...
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MapInfo Pro v17.0.2 is more than a minor update. We took advantage of a development cycle initially geared toward adding new language coverage to bring you some really awesome capability that our clients have requested. Specifically: MapInfo ProViewer – expand the use of mapping to others in your organization.  This version is similar to the 32-bit version, but now it’s the same interface and code base as the full version of MapInfo Pro.  Users can view maps, data, and layouts and print to a pdf, printer, or save to an image file.  It’s a free version, so users can’t edit or save changes without upgrading to the full version. Learn more about the viewer ...
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