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2019 is off to an exciting start for GIS People. We’re proud to announce we are now a Gold DevOps and Data Analytics Microsoft Partner!

Since 2010, we’ve been pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and have been delivering innovative bespoke software solutions for many of our clients. Along the way, we’ve learned a lot, and through our experience have come to appreciate the power and importance of DevOps and Data Analytics.

We’ve done this through developing solutions on top of the latest AI, cloud, mobile and geospatial technologies. In fact, our mission for the future is to expand our footprint internationally and to continue to work with organizations both big and small, helping them manage software lifecycles using DevOps and Data Analytics to deliver amazing results, quickly.

The gold competency certification announced today not only rubber-stamps our capability in DevOps and Data Analytics, but through our partnership with Microsoft, allows us to reach out to more customers via our existing co-selling arrangements, which are currently being expanded to the USA.

Additionally, with this status, we are now able to provide Microsoft’s Developer Tools Deployment Planning Services (DTDPS). DTDPS provides an effective strategy for assessing and improving DevOps maturity and can help achieve continuous delivery, resulting in lower perceived risk and cost of deployment for a mature DevOps workflow.

And finally, being a Gold partner also means that Microsoft recognizes GIS People as a trusted expert in the field of DevOps and Data Analytics. We will continue to deepen our expertise and relationship with Microsoft and will use products such as Microsoft Visual Studio to deliver lifecycle management services for their customers.

“Today’s announcement marks a very important milestone on our journey to become one of Microsoft’s key ISV partners. Our Microsoft Gold Partnership, paired with our white listing for the Australia Central data centre and our deep ML/AI expertise, will enable us to deploy intelligent and highly-secure software solutions for our clients, similar to our existing products – Gruntify and Open Declare.”

GIS People Founder & CEO Igor Stjepanovic

We’re extremely proud to be a Gold Microsoft partner and look forward to improving DevOps and Data Analytics for all our customers!

If you’d like to know more, please contact us or follow us on social media to keep up to date with the latest news.

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Looking back, 2018 was a big year for GIS People! While that can be said for some of the previous years, it’s hard to deny 2018 was one of the biggest milestones for us.

From the get-go, the year started on a high. We had an official launch of our new office in Newstead with many special attendees. Some of these were, the Honourable Yvette D’ath – Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Walter van der Merwe – former Electoral Commissioner for Queensland and representatives of our partners and customers. It was a great day that set our course for the rest of the year.

Our new office launch

Less than a month later, we landed three opportunities through City Innovate’s Startup in Residence (STIR). Namely, San Francisco, Miami, and Houston were the cities we were tasked with providing solutions for. Soon after, a 16-week journey began with our team working tirelessly to produce three pilot-ready solutions. From following time zones to managing projects here in Australia, it was a tough, but rewarding journey. In fact, we loved it so much that we decided to apply again this year. Here’s hoping we do just as well!

Our CEO, Igor Stjepanovic and COO, Jeff Portwain in San Francisco

A few months later, we received the Accelerating Commercialisation grant from the Australian Federal Government. A grant amount of just under $500,000 was awarded to us to help take our ground-breaking technology internationally, and with that, we hired our first employee in the United States. It was a great feat as this was the largest grant ever given to a spatial company in Australia under the program! It also proved to be key in successfully launching RADAR in the U.S.

Then in August, we landed another significant opportunity closer to home. After a long and grueling tender process, and a week-long hackathon, we won the contract to develop technology that is set to digitally transform fishing in Queensland!

This year, we were also lucky enough to be recognized for our work. Thanks to our efforts through STIR, we ended up winning the 2018 US Ignite “High Impact Use of Innovative Technologies” award. Then in November, we walked away with the “Best Australian Utility Week Startup” award! It was our first time attending Australian Utility Week so winning this award was a great accomplishment.

Jeff and Igor at Australian Utility Week

Finally, to keep up with our growing list of customers in Australia and internationally, we expanded to two countries! We first strengthened our team by adding eight new staff members in Manila, Philippines. With the high demand for our mobile and web development services, we hope to see this team grow rapidly in the new year. Then in October, we ‘invested in great’ and launched in the U.K! Due to our success in the U.S., we started looking at other countries to see where we could strive. The U.K is a perfect place to act as a central springboard for the rest of Europe, so we’re very excited to see what comes from this expansion!

It’s clear we’ve made some strides in 2018, and with the year closing out soon, we’re happy to say we’re extremely proud of our efforts this year. We want to thank all our partners and customers for their continued support and wish them well for the holiday season and new year. We wouldn’t be where we are without you! The future looks bright, and with our recent international expansions, you can expect big things from us in 2019. We’re only getting started!

If you’d like to know more, please contact us or follow us on social media to keep up to dates with the latest news.

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Here at GIS People, we like to experiment with the latest technology. Whether it’s for our clients or ourselves, we take pride in creating innovative solutions.

Case in point: Re-using our old (not very smart) LED TV and pairing it with a Raspberry Pi. The purpose? To keep our team in the office updated on our current status and progress with the various projects we’re working on.

A Raspberry Pi powering our LED TV

Before we say anything about what we’ve done, for those who haven’t heard of them, you might be wondering what a Raspberry Pi is. What are the uses? Is it edible? Does it have anything to do with the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter? Well, a Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer which can be connected to a standard keyboard and mouse. The internals are closely related to those found in mobile phones. This small piece of innovative technology can do almost anything you would expect a desktop computer to do. In other words, for something so small, it packs a lot of punch. You can browse the internet, watch videos, play games (including Minecraft!) and even use it as a robot controller!

Our current application of it is simple. All the Raspberry Pi is doing now is running Raspbian Linux with a web browser pointed at a custom Azure DevOps page. But being to all intents and purposes a full computer, we can do more!

Developer Steven initially came up with the idea of using the Pi.

Our next step in our experiment is to integrate with external speakers. With this, multiple opportunities will open. We could program it to play a sound every time we gain a Gruntify subscriber, or every time we reach our goal with a customer. We can set it up to respond when new code is checked into our source repositories. We can have it cheer when code passes automated tests. We could hook it up to external lights to create more visual indicators of successes. Ultimately, it would be a great way to boost morale to see (and hear!) physical evidence of our progression as a company. And maybe have some Christmas cheer in December!

The final result – all powered by the Raspberry Pi

As time progresses, we will continue to experiment and create more homemade solutions using IoT, drones, robots and AI; while maintaining our strong customer focus.

Want to know more? Contact us or follow us on social media to keep up to date with the latest news.

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To support our international expansions and global client base, GIS People has recently launched its operations in Manila, Philippines. With an initial headcount of eight resources, our Manila-based team is set to grow rapidly over the coming 12 months due to high demand for our mobile development (native iOS and Android) services across multiple Gruntify clients.

In addition to Manila expansions, we have also made another key hire in the USA this month. Ken Nuss joined our team as our new Vice President of Sales and Business Development for North America. Based in New Jersey, Ken will be working with our clients and partners in the US and Canada, where interest in RADAR USA and Gruntify technology is building rapidly.

We’re very excited about our expansion into these regions and look forward to seizing new opportunities.

Would you like to know more? Please contact us.

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Digital transformation is never easy, but once you decide to embark on it, the opportunities are endless! For example, think about artificial intelligence and fishing. Now, imagine yourself at sea, you’re reeling in a great fish, you’re ready to celebrate but, you’re unsure what kind of fish it might be. What if it could be as easy as pointing your camera at it and knowing within a few seconds?

Enter Gruntify – our data collection and management platform. Powered by Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence technologies, fishers from across Queensland will be able to do just that. Thanks to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), GIS People has secured a contract to create commercial and recreational fishing applications for professional fishers and individuals alike.

Many commercial fishers still use paper-based logbooks and telephone reporting. The new apps aim to replace these methods and improve the customer experience. Users will be able to upload logbooks and quota details which will provide more accurate data. Business transactions will be simplified allowing fishers to focus on what they do best – fishing, while the department will receive more timely updates.

The new recreational app will include features like fish identification with photo recognition, interactive mapping and permit viewing. The new app will also allow fishers to report illegal fishing activity, receive weather updates plus more. Ultimately, the apps will deliver much-improved user experience for individuals.

Our journey through securing this contract wasn’t easy as we competed against top-notch companies – most notably through the Hackathon. This was a requirement for all suppliers which involved creating a prototype solution for DAF’s challenge. But here’s the catch (and it’s not a fish!), it had to be done within five days. This short time frame really tested us. We had to demonstrate skills across key areas to get across the line. Some of these include, artificial intelligence, machine learning, rapid prototyping, UI, and UX. We were challenged, but our hard work paid off because our pitch was met with great success and we were ultimately selected.

“We are excited to work in partnership with a new client (DAF) and to showcase some of our latest machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities as it relates to digital transformation and fishing. We couldn’t be happier to be given this opportunity and are very excited about the launch later this year, so watch this space!”
GIS People Founder and CEO, Igor Stjepanovic

 
The first stage of the commercial fishing application is scheduled for release in October while stage one of the recreational fishing app is due in December. We thank DAF for giving us the opportunity to create revolutionary technology for fishers. We look forward to continuing our partnership and are excited to finalize and release the applications in the coming months.

For the Queensland Government media statement, please visit this link.

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