Creating a GIS-Centric Organization

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					 Creating a
GIS-Centric
Organization
   Paul Whitten
Public Safety Director
  Horry County, SC
Qualified to Speak?

 2006:   ESRI’s Special
         Achievement in GIS Award

 2007:   GITA’s Excellence Award
         (Government Sector)
What is a GIS-Centric
Organization??

 Technical requirements?
 Non-proprietary dataset formats?
 Direct reading of ArcSDE?
 Only having geospatial or financial data?
Keys to Success
 Vision
 Teamwork
 Leadership
 Wow Factor
Vision

 Determine a common vision
 Articulate it constantly
 Demand compliance, all the
 time!
Vision - Problems
 Too narrow…
 Too limited…
 Not accepted by organization
 Not understood by organization
 “Some” new software applications
 aren’t required to be GIS-centric
Teamwork
Develop multi-discipline team
Build on successes
Agree on common language!
Common Language Problem
Teamwork - Problems
 Too hard…
 Others don’t want to play…
 Others don’t understand the value…
 Others think this is too complicated…
 Others think this is too technical…
Leadership
 Requires Non-GIS Leadership
 Requires Senior Management
 Leadership and Buy-In
   Individual, or
   Executive Committee
Leadership - Problems
 Appearance of Technical Staff dictating actions
 Lack of Senior Management Buy-In
 No understanding of big picture impact on
 organization
Wow Factor
 Gotta “Wow” the stakeholders
   Senior Managers
   Middle Managers
   Users
 Keeps interest and enthusiasm in GIS
Wow Factor - Problems
 “Wow” becomes the focus
 “Wow” becomes commonplace
 “Wow” becomes expected
Additional Resources
Horry County Government Website:
  www.horrycounty.org
Horry County GIS Case Study:
  http://gis.esri.com/library/userconf/proc05/papers/pap1183.pdf
Email Addresses:
  Paul Whitten: whittenp@horrycounty.org
  Tim Oliver:   olivert@horrycounty.org
YOUR Staff!
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