Monthly Archives: January 2009

GIS Managers: Planning and People Are Keys to Success

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:
Quote by Dr. Roger Tomlinson that a successful GIS depends on staff

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

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Green: The Real “G” in GIS?


By now, everyone knows that green is the new power color, replacing old, tired, outdated red. Many businesses and government agencies are interested in conserving resources (not to mention money)—perhaps none more so than those whose operations involve fleet management and vehicle routing operations.

ArcLogistics 9.3 is the GIS solution product from Esri that’s designed to help organizations manage their routing and scheduling operations more efficiently, thereby reducing fuel consumption as well as labor and vehicle maintenance costs. So by going green, you can have more green—hey, that’s a win-win. Continue reading

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CAD Data Demystified

Many GIS users are intimidated when they receive a computer-aided design (CAD) file as a data source. The fear is that because the CAD format is much different than the GIS data format, it will be time consuming to convert the CAD drawings so that they can be used in the GIS. This fear is unfounded. True, CAD data is different than GIS data, but ArcGIS can handle that. Continue reading

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GIS Research Tool Reaches New Mark


What comes to mind when you hear the word ”library”? An after-school meeting place for youths who crowd wooden tables pretending to do homework while stifling giggles and OMGs? If you’re a developer, “library” may conjure up a list of classes. If you work in Esri Training Services, however, the word connotes something entirely different.

The Library is one of the most useful features on the Esri Training website. It houses the GIS Bibliography, a comprehensive index to GIS literature which Esri has curated and maintained as a free service to the GIS community since 1999. Continue reading

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Check Out Your Personal Training Wizard


No one wants to waste precious budget dollars on training that’s not relevant or helpful for accomplishing what needs to be accomplished on the job. Esri offers a lot of GIS training products, and many people need help figuring out which ones best meet their training needs and preferred learning style. Using the “personal training wizard,” a tool on the Esri Training website, you can quickly find appropriate instructor-led, web-based, and by-the-book training based on your area of interest and job responsibilities.

You access the wizard by clicking the Course Recommendations tab on the Course Catalog page. Once there, it’s a simple three-step process to review a list of customized training recommendations. Continue reading

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