All posts by Julia Renouprez

Informed Decision Making

  • Are you making informed decisions about your organisation?
  • What information is your decision making process based on?
  • Is the information you are basing your decision making on accurate?
  • What information are you not able to factor into your decision making, and why?
  • Are you able to predict the impact of the decisions being made? Will they be in line with your objectives?
  • If your decisions are not based on accurate and complete data, what are they based on?
  • Are your organisation’s decisions focused on “sustainable business tomorrow”?

The technology exists to provide you with the answers to the above and more, and Spatial Insights have the expertise, technology and experience to provide you with accurate insight into your environment.

Bespoke web-based GIS solutions damage the GIS industry

Unscrupulous slick sales people are doing damage to the GIS industry.  By selling quick fix smart phone apps claiming GIS capabilities, with no statistically verifiable data, in fact, with no spatial data whatsoever.  These charlatans are providing grossly averaged out findings that claim to be micro geographic.  On closer scrutiny, none of the data is geocoded or micro-geographic.  Neither is the digital marketing database that the said micro-geographic findings entice advertisers to purchase.   
Therefore a retailer looking for location based demographic data relating to their catchment area, are receiving non-geographic averages, and in purchasing “micro-geographic” customer database marketing, ie sms marketing to the consumers living within the vicinity of the store, are actually receiving a database of consumers within the broader geographic area, and can therefore expect little return on their investment, as this spend is not going to bring about a call to action to consumers living 5-20kms from a store, as opposed to a very real call to action that would be created if the consumers did live within 1-3kms of the location as claimed, given a real value proposition.
The advertiser purchasing this campaign may have little knowledge of the capabilities of a true Geographic Information System nor the power of truly geographic data, and micro-geographic marketing.  Then again, the sales people of this product, too, have as little knowledge.  And as there are few real measures of broad digital media effectiveness, it’s difficult to quantify the lack of response to such campaigns.  
 The uninformed advertiser assumes GIS and Location Intelligence cannot provide the solution to getting more bang for their buck.  Do not be mislead and misinformed.  Contact Spatial Insights as we can, in fact, accurately and scientifically profile micro-geographic catchment areas, as well as measure customer response, and target advertising and marketing messages through efficient media channels within the prescribed geographic catchments areas.

The Power of MapInfo Professional

Spatial Insights are proud to be associated with the ST Group ( The ST Group is a solutions company, focused on the delivery of location based business intelligence value to their clients. The company’s technology harnesses the power of location and mobility to deliver a competitive advantage to their clients in the shortest time and as cost effectively as possible by using world class software and technology.

ST Group’s flagship product is MapInfo Professional, which is the spatial platform utilised by Spatial Insights.

MapInfo Professional is a powerful Microsoft® Windows®-based mapping and geographic analysis application from the experts in location intelligence, Pitney-Bowes.  Designed to easily visualise the relationships between data and geography, MapInfo Professional helps business analysts, planners, and GIS professionals – even non-GIS users – gain new insights into their markets, share information-rich maps and graphs and improve strategic decision-making.
See your business data in a bold new way with MapInfo Professional, a powerful mapping and geographic analysis application providing geospatial data solutions. MapInfo Professional helps you present your business findings in a new, more visual way. It clearly demonstrates the relationship between geography and data, thanks to its detailed maps and graphics.
The sophisticated functions provided by MapInfo Professional allow clients, colleagues and business partners to:
·         Better absorb information
·         Gain new insights into hidden trends
·         Have a better basis for strategic decision-making
The Spatial Insights team have over 15 years’ experience in the practical use of the MapInfo Professional platform.  This experience was gained in the application of location intelligence at operational, tactical as well as strategic levels.
Making a decision to deploy a location intelligence platform such as MapInfo Professional is often neglected or delayed due to lack of expertise or exposure in this domain. Numerous options are available in the marketplace and this complicates the decision making process.
 Neglecting to opt for the use of a product such as MapInfo Professional could lead to missed insights as well as opportunities to optimise operational and financial performance within your organisation
We are interested in your organisation and how location intelligence can be deployed to free hidden insights from your data. Please connect with us to set up a product demonstration and discuss your future location intelligence needs.

A New Perspective

A recent PwC report on the insurance industry has me thinking. The report outlines how Big Data and smart analytics can be used to generate business insights. More specifically, insights which lead to scenarios enabling the development of solutions which generate value.

Gone are the days when businesses thrive by developing products, push these into markets and simply return results. Increasing levels of customisation mean that businesses need to tap into this customer / user trend and deliver meaningful value.

The volume of data being generated by customers and business processes is growing exponentially, this is valuable data which contains useful insights. Michael Porter outlined in his seminal work Competitive Advantage that primary advantage is gained from either cost or product differentiation.

What if we added data insight as a third factor?

This means that seemingly meaningless data is mined and the findings built into the business process. In common practice this means looking at data in unusual ways, using tools not commonly brought into strategic discussions. One such tool is Geospatial Technology.

Geospatial aka “mapping” platforms provide the strategist the opportunity to view data in new ways. The ability to overlay data such as traffic flow, demographic information, disposable income levels, etc, opens a window to generate insights previously invisible. Data which has or shows potential to have a geospatial element can be viewed and manipulated using a geospatial modelling platform such as MapInfo Professional.

The team at Spatial Insights are able to scope any data available which has been generated by value producing processes and assess potential for real insight opportunities. If you have good data, we’ll model it and generate insights. By good data, we mean any data which possesses geospatial or geographic elements.

If you think there is something missing in your decision making and you need a new perspective, give the Spatial Insights team a call.

The Art of Geocoding

At Spatial Insights we talk a lot about data, and the accuracy of data.  And the sources of data.  And of course, the accuracy of the sources of data.  The lower the integrity of the data, the higher the margin of error, and the lower the chances that any insights derived are valid and authentic.
The chosen method of data collection is a critical tool in the armoury of good data quality.  And the data collected, specifically the written description of the physical street address, which more often than not is captured by employees with lower literacy levels, forms the basis of any Spatial Analysis.
In order to gain any geographical insight, data needs to be geocoded.  This places each record’s location on the map as per the physical street address of the record, in the form of latitude and longitude.
Remember, garbage in, garbage out.
Mapmarker, a stand alone geocoding tool, automates the geocoding process, and an accuracy hit rate is generated, which provides confidence levels of data accuracy.