As organizations look to big data to spot trends--and opportunities--they’re finding it can take days, weeks or even months to extract and assemble data that, once compiled, is already out of date.  This is especially true when merging existing data with new resources, such as location intelligence within geographic information systems.

A GIS collects, analyzes, and delivers images of geographic-based information. An energy analyst might use a GIS to spot oil and gas exploration sites, a homeland security analyst might use the technology to spot potential terrorist targets, and a medical research center might tap a GIS to spot health-problem hotspots.

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