Andy Coote, Director ConsultingWhere, United Kingdom

The Role of Spatial in Digital Transformation: A European Perspective


The term digital transformation is being used across Europe to refer to a very wide range of digitally-driven changes that cover not only technology but also environmental issues, ways of working and social impacts.

In this presentation we will provide a European perspective on some of the big issues that spatial can help to address including:

–          Spatial in social care and health integration

–          New approaches to property valuation

–          Smart Cities – what does this mean?

–          Artificial Intelligence – beyond the hype it is just machine learning?

–          Millennials in Management   

It will also consider how we can better communicate our messages to commercial decision makers and politicians.


Andrew has over thirty years experience in the development and use of information systems, specialising in the management of location-enabled applications.   He has held senior management positions in both the public and private sector working in various countries. Since founding the independent IT consultancy ConsultingWhere in 2008, he has undertaken strategic and business consultancy assignments for both commercial and public sector customers in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

He has been involved in the development of GIS and spatial data infrastructures (SDI) since leading work for Ordnance Survey on the redesign of their National Topographic Databases in the early 1990s. He has more recently undertaken Internationally significant assignments for the European Union, as part of the INSPIRE initiative, where he chaired the thematic working group on Addresses and for Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) as their external advisor on Spatial Data Infrastructures.  In 2016, he led the development for Socitm of a series of location intelligence videos illustrating the potential of combining big location and other data in predictive analysis.

His expertise in business case (cost-benefit or Return on Investment) studies spans an equally long period, including work for the World Bank, assessing the value of geospatial technology to local government for the Local Government Association (LGA) and of Addressing for GeoPlace.   He has also undertaken many GIS strategy studies for large commercial companies and local authorities in the United Kingdom, as leader of the GIS and location practice group for Socitm Consulting.