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How's It Going? MAPPS Conducting Economic Survey

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
At the midway point of 2013 are you trying to gauge how your firm's performance compares to others in the geospatial community?

Having this information to benchmark against others would be valuable to every private sector geospatial firm. That is why MAPPS is once again conducting an Economic Survey. The survey has been sent to MAPPS Regular Member Firms and closes on Tuesday, July 16.

 As we've said before, in an economy where you are counting every dollar, it's good to know you can count on MAPPS.

MAPPS has conducted a salary survey twice a year since 2009. It provides a barometer of attitudes, experiences and projections of MAPPS member firm principals about the recent past, current and near term future economic climate. The poll asks firms to report on whether their revenues are increasing or declining, and whether they foresee growth or a downturn in the geospatial market in the coming months. The poll measures attitudes, not empirical data, so you don't need a balance sheet, P/L or financial statement in front of you. This economic survey is different than the Salary and Wage Benefits Survey that was conducted in the spring.

The results of the survey will be reported at the MAPPS Summer Conference in Rockport, Maine beginning on July 22. This will provide an opportunity for MAPPS member firm principals to assess and compare their own experience and assessment with those of the larger MAPPS community since our last survey in January.

All MAPPS members will be provided complete survey results after the Summer Conference.  

MAPPS members have found this benchmark survey to be of value. It is one more unique benefit of membership in MAPPS. To become a MAPPS member and participate in the survey, click here.

If you have not yet registered for the Summer Conference and wish to attend, please click here.

MAPPS is offering a special membership promotion for firms that are not current members. The association invites principals of firms to attend the Summer Conference at the non-member rate. If the firm joins MAPPS prior to the end of the conference on July 26, 2013, the firm will be credited with the difference between the member and non-member rate. That is a 56% savings. The reimbursement will be credited toward the firm's 2013 membership dues in MAPPS.

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How’s It Going?

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Monday, January 7, 2013
Updated: Friday, January 4, 2013
When the economy started to slow in the fall of 2008, the MAPPS Board of Directors began to wonder how the market was affecting the member firms of MAPPS. The Board discussed ways MAPPS could help members measure their experiences with revenues, payroll, investments and market segments, particularly in a way where firm principals could benchmark their own experience, observations, and forecasts with those of their peers in other firms.


Beginning in January 2009, MAPPS has conducted a biannual survey to gauge members’ view on the economic climate. Conduced in January and June of each year, the brief survey of member firms collects data that is more qualitative than quantitative in nature to take a snapshot of current conditions as well as determine attitudes about the coming months.

The survey is conducted by Dr. Steven Cox of the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, NC. Individual firm responses are held in confidence; only membership-wide trends are reported.


The economic survey takes the pulse of the membership on factors such as whether federal, state, or local government markets, commercial markets, or foreign markets are up or down and how members forecast those segments in the coming six months; whether there have been reductions in their firms’ workforce and a decline or growth is projected; expectations for capital investments in equipment, including hardware and software; and whether firms are operating at their maximum capacity. The survey also tracked members’ participation in projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the 2009 "stimulus” bill, and firms’ experience with "insourcing”, the cancellation of federal contracts with the private sector and transferring such work to performance by government employees.


MAPPS member firms, based or with an office in the United States that acquire geospatial data are included in the survey. Associate Members, service firms that do not have a physical presence in the United States or are equipment and software manufacturers, are not polled. The exclusion of the Associate Members is to provide a homogeneous group of firms engaged in geospatial data acquisition, production and application services in the United States.


The next survey will be conducted among member firms January 14-18. The results will be reported at the MAPPS Winter Meeting, January 27-31, 2013 in Miami, Florida and provided to all members thereafter.


"One of the benefits of membership in MAPPS is to give members a sense of community. Rather than feeling alone in the wilderness, MAPPS member firm principals know they are part of a larger profession and organization, and that there are other principals, owners and senior executives in geospatial firms who are experiencing the same challenges. Whether it is face-to-face networking at conferences or virtual networking through the MAPPS economic survey, the association provides the peace of mind that all geospatial firms are in it together,” said MAPPS President Richard "Dick” W. McDonald, PLS.

"I encourage every member firm that is a data or service provider in the United States to participate in the survey,” McDonald said. "The more participants we have in the survey, the better the quality of results will be.”

In an economy where you are counting every dollar, it is good to know you can count on MAPPS! 


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