Do you think companies would be interested in "renting" an entire GIS setup, including a trained employee?
I have been toying with the idea of offering a "mobile GIS" service for our local area. We would provide a GIS expert with fully-loaded laptop (software and data) at a customer site for a set period of time.
Has anyone here tried this kind of service? Is it hard to market? Does it end up being more hassle than it's worth?
Isn't that what a consultant is/does ?
ESRI's been doing this for years, the service is called rent-a-tech. Lots of companies don't want to invest in GIS, just the results of a GIS.
Imagine a geoprocessing tool server that you throw your data at, ask for a clip function, you get a quote, you agree, and moments later you get clipped data tossed back at you.
We basically do this now with mash-ups. Instead of "clip", we ask for the "show my data on this base map" tool and we get a new map, and we get that for free today because advertisers have your eyeballs...
on the screen that shows their ad.
Problem is, most software companies know how to sell licenses, not ads.
Do you really want ESRI or Adobe to have to add the overhead of soliciting advertisers like McDonalds, NASCAR, or Sam Adams just to get you to use our software.