GIS Enterprise

ULTS Offers Enterprise GIS refers to a geographical information system that integrates geographic data across multiple departments and serves the whole organization. The basic idea of an enterprise GIS is to deal with departmental needs collectively instead of individually. When organizations started using GIS in the 1960s and 1970s, the focus was on individual projects where individual users created and maintained data sets on their own desktop computers. Due to extensive interaction and work-flow between departments, many organizations have in recent years switched from independent, stand-alone GIS systems to more integrated approaches that share resources and applications

GIS is taking industries by storm and is poised to transform them. For too long, many enterprises have been data rich but information poor. Now, through advances in GIS and other technology areas, this era is ending. In its place, we see the emergence of GIS as a solution to providing meaningful business intelligence to management and accurate product and marketing information to clients and customers. GIS technology is fast becoming one of the linchpins of an enterprise's command center.

The evaluation of enterprises' GIS requirements can be shown below:

All these could be leveraged and should include skills, abilities, educational attainment, and (most important) experience with GIS, databases, and information systems of the current staff to see how these resources align with the goals of an enterprise GIS. A review of existing and potential job descriptions, new positions (such as a GIS administrator/coordinator), and the training requirements for the potential implementation should also be included. The existing network, servers, tabular and relational databases, asset inventories, non-GIS information, and GIS-related software technologies should be identified and evaluated for potential application for an enterprise GIS. This review should answer some of the following types of questions:

  • Is there a need for a centralized repository for enterprise data?
  • Is there a central point available to the enterprise for serving data and data storage?
  • Is the system, both network, and hardware, adequate to support enterprise GIS data traffic?
  • Is the current software sufficiently robust for the enterprise?

The same criteria for evaluating the GIS data—foundational, intradepartmental, and departmental—should be applied to existing tabular and non-GIS databases. External traditional tabular and non-GIS databases should also be included in the evaluation for potential enterprise applications for interdepartmental data sharing through the GIS. The evaluation should also include a review of hard-copy, static, historical, and CAD atlases and maps to ensure that all data is reviewed for potential application to the enterprise GIS.

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