The Esri Transportation Practice has been doing considerable amounts of successful work with several DOTs and partners to improve, automate, integrate and transform the project planning, prioritization and selection processes. The annual TRB Conference in January, 2017 will provide a great opportunity to present the innovative work that transportation agencies, practitioners, technology providers and researchers have implemented to address project planning, prioritization and selection processes.
Here is a link to the general call for papers for TRB and the specific link for the project planning, prioritization and selection process.
If your organization has produced or implemented technology to address this application area, please take the time to respond to the call for papers.
Transportation organizations are transforming the way they manage, maintain, and share data. The rapidly growing use of ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS Server as one of the pillars in this modernized environment is resulting in the establishment of a new type of role. The person in this new role is responsible for the overall formation of ArcGIS Online / Portal for ArcGIS usage patterns and policies. They are a thought leader who has both the technical and change management skills needed to help lead the overall web gIS charge. This role is less of an ArcGIS Online / Portal for ArcGIS administrator position and more of a Czar.
The Czar devotes their expertise toward the establishment of ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS as the single place for accessing, visualizing, analyzing, and sharing transportation data. They succeed by orchestrating people, processes, and technology to create a sustainable environment where users across their organization can use any device at any time to get to what they need with just a few clicks.
I will admit I have yet to see the job title “Czar” in an any HR handbook. You might want to start with a more official designation like “Architect”, “Manager”, “Senior System Analyst”, “Technology Specialist”, or something else. As an example, take a look at this position that Michael Urley at Virginia DOT has open: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/44692. Mike uses the title “Information Technology Specialist III”. However, you will notice in the write up that he is looking for a person that can drive ArcGIS Online adoption across all groups in VDOT.
Regardless of the title you use, there are key characteristics this person should either possess as an individual or have access to in others. I have listed a few of those characteristics below. So, if you need to hire a new person to help you transform your IT organization or if you want to create a new role for yourself, feel free to use any or all of the below items as you see fit.
And by the way, if you are successful in establishing “Czar” as an official job title in your organization, do me a favor and give me a call. I would love to hear how you got that done!
The ArcGIS Online / Portal for ArcGIS “Czar”: Some Key Skills and Responsibilities