Monthly Archives: January 2009
The two most important components of a successful GIS are good planning and good people. Keep in mind, though, that all the planning in the world is useless if you do not have adequately trained people to operate your system.
So said the late, great Dr. Roger Tomlinson, who coined the term “geographic information system,” and authored Thinking About GIS, Geographic Information System Planning for Managers (now in its fifth edition). Tomlinson writes:
As a manager, you are responsible for supporting the people who build, manage, and maintain your organization’s GIS. How have you supported their development so far? Like Tomlinson, do you see a relationship between developing your staff and the success of your GIS program? Do you see a relationship between the success of your GIS program and the success of your organization? Continue reading