MapInfo Forum 2013 begins

By on 15 October, 2013


The MapInfo Forum 2013 began this week, with the first stop being Brisbane. Designed to bring together the MapInfo community, Pitney Bowes will take this event series to eight Australian locations.

This Forum, unlike previous MapInfo Forums, is structured around direct feedback from the MapInfo community.  Compared to other years, there are more cities being visited, a much greater emphasis being placed on user presentations, and an opportunity for everyone to network with peers.

The forums also have an impressive speaker line-up. Organisations like Queensland Translink, Pfizer, Coles, and Australian Koala Foundation are just some of the MapInfo community sharing their experiences.

“We are proud of our speaker line-up this year”, says Simon Bird, General Manager of Pitney Bowes Software Australia and New Zealand.  “We want to do everything we can to support our vibrant MapInfo community in Australia”. Also included in the program are presentations from Pitney Bowes on the vision and strategy of the Location Intelligence portfolio; including products like MapInfo Professional and Spectrum Spatial.

MapInfo Forum 2013 will cover:

  • What’s new and coming in the MapInfo suite
  • Customer case study presentations
  • Tips n’ tricks to get more from the technology
  • Interactive technology focused breakout streams

The eight Australian locations being visited include:

  • Brisbane, 15th October 2013
  • Sydney, 16th October 2013
  • Melbourne, 17th October 2013
  • Canberra, 18th October 2013
  • Hobart, 12th November 2013
  • Adelaide, 13th November 2013
  • Darwin, 19th November 2013
  • Perth March/April 2014

Those seeking GIS certification will also be pleased to hear that SSSI members can earn 5 CPD points for attending this event.

To find out more and register your spot at the MapInfo Forum 2013, please visit


Pitney Bowes’ ‘Six Traits’ series continues

In addition to the MapInfo Forum, Pitney Bowes’ has been running a webinar series entitled ‘Six Traits of Highly Efficient GIS People’, which is nearing completion, with only one more trait to be revealed. It’s not too late to join, however, as each of the previous webinars are available online, to watch in your own time.

In recognition of the series’ popularity, Pitney Bowes has created an infographic showing the worldwide participation, demographics, as well as some of the different spatial setups that participants use.

According to Pitney Bowes:

“The GIS profession is going through an interesting change. There was a time when spatial was considered mysterious, complex and niche. GIS was often misunderstood – it was a battle to raise awareness to the critical value ‘location’ played in an organisation’s data ecosystem.

“Thankfully, that battle has been won. Today, no one questions the value ‘location’ offers. Indeed a key challenge of today is the demand for GIS services. In essence, everyone wants to exploit location in one way or another. The demands to deploy GIS technology are growing rapidly, putting further strain on the few GIS professionals in place to provide such expertise.

“If there was a better way to scale the expertise in GIS professionals across the organisation, then the business could reduce the amount of tactical reliance they place on these strategic personnel.

“The Six Traits series looks to answer these challenges through the different Traits. The key is to work smarter, not harder – to exploit new technologies – to share experiences – to draw on best practice expertise, as and when required.”

You can view Pitney Bowes’ full infographic, as well as participate in the remaining sessions or view the previous ones, at

SSSI members can receive up to 6 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points by attending the webinar series (1 point per webinar).

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