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The Power of Two: Hybrid Architecture in Geospatial Technology

You’ve heard the expressions “a little from column A, a little from column B” or “a pinch of this, a pinch of that.” These sayings are typically used to convey that when we combine the best aspects of two different things, we can achieve an optimal result. Technology is no exception – when organizations leverage the best parts of different approaches to IT strategy, the results can be powerful.

Hybrid architecture is the term used to describe the concept of open source software that exists harmoniously alongside existing proprietary software. Embracing a hybrid approach means that organizations don’t have to take an all-or-nothing approach to open technology – the migration can be done gradually, in a way that makes sense for your company’s specific needs.

The geospatial community is no exception to the growing uptake of a hybrid approach. For some organizations, this arises from the realization that the majority of their data is geo-enabled but woefully underutilized. For others, it’s the awareness that virtually all data will be geo-enabled one day, and that their current IT architecture won’t be able to handle either the volume or the complexity.

There are a number of geospatial-specific benefits to integrating open source geospatial software as part of a hybrid architecture. Click below to download the infographic to discover some of the most powerful advantages, along with some important takeaways to consider as you weight the benefits of a hybrid approach.

To learn more about hybrid architecture, why it’s important, and where it fits in your organization’s GIS journey, register for the March 28 webinar “Learn How to Future-Proof Your GIS Journey with Hybrid Architecture.”


Hybrid Architecture Infographic