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Stop clicking executables to deploy your code in AWS!


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I had the pleasure of being interviewed for the Esri Australia GIS Directions Podcast.  Please give it a listen and let us know your thoughts.

Rebranding GIS | Esri Australia 

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Must-read article from FedScoop for sure...

  • Align digital strategy and key value propositions to the agency's mission and strategy
  • Understand and engage customers to prioritize transformational value
  • Prove the value of the digital transformation with metrics focused on mission outcomes
  • Carefully manage the impact of transformation on employees
  • Leverage a trusted advisor who is not vested in the technology section

Digital transformation is not just about technology - FedScoop 

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Esri Regular Contributor

Highly valuable report from the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance & Innovation 

about why every government executive should care about data.  In depth analysis with examples of the generation of public value through analytics.

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There's a movement to quit calling them "soft skills" and start calling them "essential skills". Results of a CIO survey revealed the top skills needed for digital transformation were:

  • strategy building (40%),
  • project management (32%), and
  • business relationship management (25%).

The importance of soft skills in a tech-focused world 

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Esri Regular Contributor

Excellent article...

  • Chasing the "shiny new object"
  • Fear of losing competitive advantage
  • Not understanding the behavior-habit cycle
  • Impatience - being focused on results, not process

4 Reasons Why You Hurt Your Own Strategies | The Upwards Leader 

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Excellent article from McKinsey.

Technology Choices

  • Force-fitting technology solutions: Are you choosing technology out of context?
  • Adopting cutting-edge tech that’s not fully mature: Are you adopting new technology that seems promising but doesn’t have a proven track record?
  • Building out your own cloud infrastructure without sufficient capabilities: Have you let security and regulation block your adoption of public cloud?

Technology road map

  • Initiating big-system-replacement programs: Are you focusing on system replacement rather than improving existing systems in a way that is faster and more cost-effective?
  • Focusing on architecture and tooling improvements without enhancing process and delivery discipline: Did you re-architect and implement new tooling but forget to adapt the delivery processes?

Technology management

  • Focusing on outputs rather than business outcomes: Are your technologists focused on output instead of business/technology outcome?
  • Managing IT purely for cost: Are you sacrificing significant value by overindexing on price and cost?
  • Investing in developing new platforms without involving the business: Is your primary focus platform development instead of platform adoption by the business?

Managing technologists

  • Outsourcing your core value streams: Are vendors doing the work that creates the most value for your business
  • Building up an army of managers rather than developing an engineering culture: Do you value your managers more than your engineers?

Antipatterns that are derailing technology transformations | McKinsey 

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Esri Regular Contributor

Great report here from the IBM Center for The Business of Government - Innovation & Emerging Technologies in Government: Keys to Success

They focus on these emerging technologies:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Blockchain
  • Hybrid cloud technologies
  • Advanced data management
  • Data analytics

They review examples of 10 innovators:

  • General Services Administration
  • Dept of Health & Human Services
  • NOAA
  • Veterans Affairs
  • National Science Foundation
  • Census Bureau
  • State of Utah
  • Sonoma Co., CA

They list these mindsets as keys to success:

  • Entrepreneurial
  • Collaborative
  • Adaptive
  • Mastery of emerging technologies
  • Leadership

Innovation and Emerging Technologies in Government: Keys to Success | IBM Center for The Business of... 

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Since there were over 230 Esri staff-led workshops at the 2020 Esri International User Conference, there's a large chance that you missed out on a few that will provide value.  My focus is on the business side of GIS, and that isn't usually front and center for Esri User Conference attendees, they are usually there to get the latest on ArcGIS technology.  So here are ten of the business related sessions from the UC you may have missed.  I heartily suggest you watch them when you have the time.  The technology part of an enterprise GIS is the easy part, it's the people part that's hard and usually stands between you and the full potential of the technology in your organization.

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Toby Soto, Tim Nolan & Wade Kloos of are hosting a GIS Leadership Virtual Summit available to anyone at no cost on July 28-29, 2020.  This is a great opportunity for you to get high value content on GIS leadership from a select group of SMEs from across the globe.  The subjects were selected from crowdsourcing the community.  I hope to "see" you there...

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