I thought Ken Mooyman, NAFTA CEO had the most informative keynote. He provided real world examples of the integration that customers are creating between Geosystems hardware, Intergraph software, MicroSurvey and more.
In an interview with Ken, he noted that customers are finding their own workflow integration. By bringing the players under one corporate umbrella customers are being exposed to new synergistic products. Ken calls it the Hexagon Advantage.
Juergen Dold introduced the idea of “dynamic GIS” and “dynamic plant management”. In the first case it is survey sensors with real time data connections to GeoMedia and in the second it is survey sensors connected to Smart Plant 3D. Both are powerful concepts. One of the themes he stressed was making the digital world real – an important vision for the future.
I had a chance to speak with the President of the Tools Division – Anton Kehl who was the person who pushed for the new ICON – Intelligent Construction solutions, and I do mean solutions, not just hardware. Look for more of this kind of systems integration approach.
These may seem like small steps, but I think they are very important. There is definitely progress being made on the integration front. I believe that this is translating into increased sales. It all seems very positive.