Justin Holman is CEO of Aftermarket Analytics, where he leads efforts to develop cutting edge sales forecasting and inventory optimization technology for the Automotive Aftermarket. Prior to joining Aftermarket Analytics, Justin managed corporate consulting for the Strategy & Analytics division at MapInfo Corporation, leading major projects for retail clients including The Home Depot, Darden Restaurants, Bridgestone-Firestone, Sainsbury’s and New York & Company. Before that, Justin served as Vice President of Software Development at LogicTools, now part of IBM's supply chain application software group. Justin holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and an Executive Management certificate from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.


  • Ravi Dhungel 12 years ago

    I agree,
    Here are few more to hook up with;
    The course in Geo-visualization and Analytics
    GUI design course in CS department
    Spatial Analysis
    a course in Cognitive Science (Psychology) and
    a web-mapping!

    • Justin 12 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Ravi!

  • Lachezar Filchev 12 years ago

    I have taken a short course in Geo-visualization in 2009 with a host lector from one of the Austrian Universities during my Ph.D. studies. What I can add up to the list or prerequisites is the Usability Engineering, which I think is very important for the development of the user interface. However, one can master aesthetics of the website, but In my view this is more like an art than science. This holds also for the cartography itself.

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  • Oz 12 years ago

    Hi Justin,

    Has been great to read through your blog, really refreshing in comparison with a lot of other opinions of GIS future. Currently a spatial sciences postgraduate student who has luckily stacked on as much HCI and Computer science subjects I can to my degree (love all those disciplines!). Have been a bit anxious about this choice, especially in terms of my spatial base and the future of GIS software itself. I was searching to see if jobs meshing GIS, HCI and Comp Sci really exist for me and you have given me faith. Definitely like the idea of GIS software developer and visualization expert 🙂 look forward to more insights.

    Thankyou & Take care.

    • Justin 12 years ago

      Sounds like you’re putting together a great foundation! I think the future is indeed bright for the software developer and visualization expert combination. In fact, the company I run, TerraSeer, will be looking to hire someone with your profile this summer. Send me a resume if you’re close to graduation. Thanks for the comment and best wishes, Justin

  • Bryan Schaefer 12 years ago

    I just started reading your posts, following you on Twitter, G+, etc. and feel really lucky to find your website and insight. Yesterday I started USC’s GIS Master’s program and after reading a chapter of a fundamentals book required for my first class I started thinking that I’ve made a gigantic mistake in getting this degree. I have absolutely no background in geography, but I do have a degree in Fine Art and Illustration, I’m better at using all of Adobe Suite then most, I’ve been drafting using AutoCAD for years, and can hold my own writing code.

    I still realize after last night and starting to read through your blog posts that I’ll be a huge underdog if I get and interview down the line, but maybe focusing on a Cartography and Visualization Specialist career won’t make me feel like the next couple of years will be a complete waste of time for a career that I really hope to break into.

    Thanks again for the posts.

    • Justin 12 years ago

      Bryan – I’m glad my posts have been helpful! I think the visualization path may be a key solution to the “Big Data” problem that all organizations are facing so don’t lose hope. If you can combine your visual art skills with some web interface programming and/or database programming you will be in high demand. In fact, I might be interested in hiring you myself! Keep me posted as you make your way through the Masters and let me know if I can be of any assistance. Best wishes, Justin

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