Executive Words of Wisdom...

07-23-2018 06:09 AM
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In this video from the 2018 Esri International User Conference Plenary, you will see how staff from Cobb Co., GA utilize the ArcGIS platform to support the mission of the County.  You will see Sharon Stanley, the Director of Information Services, talk about how they use their enterprise GIS for everything.

After the plenary, at the Map Gallery Reception, I had a chance to chat with Sharon, and I asked her how she justifies their increased investment in enterprise GIS.  She gave a great answer, that applies to all organizations, when it comes to justifying investment in technology.  She said she looks to do three things with technology:

  • Increase Revenue
  • Increase Efficiency
  • Deliver New Services

So if you are looking to get support for an increase in your enterprise GIS budget, or just defend your existing budget, look to do these three things, and make sure your work is aligned with the priorities and initiatives of your organization's leaders.  Make sure you have documented evidence and data to backup your position, don't just use anecdotes.  For more information on how to document GIS ROI, check out these articles by Wade Kloos:

The ROI Mind-Set for GIS Managers | ArcUser 

Downsizing the ROI Report | ArcUser 

The Business Impact of GIS | ArcUser 

Best Practices for Generating GIS ROI Momentum | ArcUser 

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