2013 is winding to a close, and we’ve had what is quite possibly our best year, ever. Not just in numbers – though we’ve welcomed more new users into the fold than ever before – but in the evolution of our products, technology, and vision. And perhaps most importantly, in just being downright happy to come to work at WhiteStar every day and bring you the best data we possibly can.
One of our big firsts this year was the inaugural WhiteStar Data Symposium held in Houston in June. This was just a great opportunity to meet face to face with our users, share knowledge, and take home valuable feedback.
WhiteStar Lots and Tracts continues its evolution, and is snowballing in momentum as more and more supporters get on board to drive its coverage expansion. There really is nothing else out there like it, and we’re truly excited about the future of this database and the enthusiasm you’ve shown us. We’ve truly found our niche in interpreting the foundational land records of the USA and bringing it to you
And speaking of data, we’ve really seen a shift in attitudes towards it. It’s no longer about checking data off the list and acquiring it from anywhere, with unknown provenance – it’s about becoming fully invested in quality products with a future. Which makes sense, as mapping moves from a task performed by an isolated group to data being at the core of the enterprise.
No roundup of 2013’s events would be complete without talking about the cloud, and how rapidly it is being adopted into the workplace. We’ve embraced it, not only for our own use internally, but also for some new WhiteStar data delivery methods that you’ll be seeing in the very near future. Cloud platforms are just one of the new ways of doing business that bring the ability to ramp up, rapidly – and that can mean millions.
We may be a data company, technology-driven, but at the core of our success you’ll find people. And so I’d like to thank our incredibly dedicated and talented staff for doing what they do so well, and making it a joy to come to work every day.
And finally, I’d like to extend both our sincere thanks for your continued support and our best wishes for an amazing year to come. Happy Holidays, and all the best in 2014!