Moving geographic information systems to cloud systems could mean facing many hurdles, such as reliable broadband access, workflow challenges and cost. At the recent Esri European User Conference in Madrid, Esri President Jack Dangermond predicted it would take "pretty dramatic" changes to make GIS services available via the cloud, as the services would need to accommodate various platforms running in different environments. GIS products developed using cloud tools will incorporate more automated tools, make use of 3D maps and rely more on standardized templates that can be adapted on the fly, according to this article.

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