Interview with Mike Sanderson, CEO, 1Spatial

GW: As a result of these acquisitions, are the staff remaining the same from Proteus and IME and in the same locations?

MS: Yes, offices are staying in the same locations and staff are remaining same. These are acquisitions to increase the capability and the skills in the company and deploy them. Although we sell to countries outside Great Britain, and we do it from Great Britain, this gives us the opportunity in Ireland and Scotland. As part of the acquisition, Seamus Gilroy, managing director of Proteus will be come managing director of 1Spatial Ireland and Alan Douglas, managing director of IME will become managing director for 1Spatial Scotland.

The marketplace in Europe is pretty fragmented. There are lots of small national companies, some of them like us, writing core technology like the big GIS groups in the US, but most of them are deploying those technologies and writing applications. There are not very many large players at all. As the federalization of Europe accelerates, there will need to be larger entities to undertake that work. That’s happening in the GIS marketplace all over.

GW: What is the value of each of these companies?

MS: We’re talking roughly ₤800,000 to a ₤1 million so between them we’ve added ₤1 ¾ million for both.

GW: I realize some of your customers have been in common with Proteus and IME, but how many new customers do you think you’ve pulled in as a result of these acquisitions?

MS: In total we’ve probably acquired a dozen new customers. Apart from the Land Registry in Ireland, there is no other overlap of customers, so they’re not excluded in the equation.

With the arrival of more satellites, GPS data, more RFID data, this problem that we’re addressing with our approach is not going away, it’s getting bigger. We see a lot of similarities between the work we do with the spatial data quality sense with the work that goes on in business systems on data quality, in terms of companies like Informatica addressing data quality issues in financial and business applications in the enterprise. We see what we’re doing as the same sort of thing but we’re looking at spatial data. Part of the redefinition of the company has been following on from the focus and the change in the name in December.

GW: Will the Proteus and IME products remain the same?

MS: Yes. Proteus and IME products will remain the same. Most of their applications have been built around the Autodesk product set. We’ll carry on using those across the group as we see opportunities arise. It will strengthen the relationship with Autodesk and we’re really excited about the OSGeo and Feature Data Objects capabilities that are in Open Source.

GW: Will you acquire other companies that focus on other software like ESRI or MapInfo?

MS: Where we come together with other likeminded individuals, irrespective of their technologies, then that will be part of creating a larger entity to address the SDI opportunity.

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