Five roadblocks jamming up GIS productivity

Today, demand for GIS and location insights is ubiquitous – everyone wants in. Not only that, they want more geodata faster, plus the ability to query, view and analyze that data in more ways.

Wed Sep 05 11:19:00 EDT 2018

If you can step up to this demand, you can help your organization increase productivity, profits and gain a competitive edge. But often, things get in the way. Once you understand these roadblocks, you’ll know the steps required to Free Your GIS.

1.       Repetitive ad hoc tasks

As demand for GIS insight grows, so grows the demand for iterative analyses and visualizations. These repetitive tasks help everyone from underwriters to business planners focus on their best opportunities and most accurate views of risk. However, when these time-consuming tasks require execution by your GIS team, more important analyses and output gets delayed.

2.       Technology gridlock

Imagine if your desktop GIS could operate seamlessly with your enterprise systems, capitalize on big data technologies and allow you to share results in real-time via desktop, mobile and web. There are lots of opportunities to put your GIS technologies to work – if only they were interoperable with the ever-growing selection of tools and platforms. Instead, most GIS technologies offer little flexibility for integration or customization.

3.       Data dilemmas

Timely, accurate answers require quality geospatial data and rapid processing. Does your GIS software dictate your data choices? Are you locked into certain sources or formats? Can your solutions process the massive volumes of data available today? When your GIS solutions force you into data compromises or costly conversions, it can hurt your bottom line.  Without the flexibility to use the right data for the job right away, outcomes are at risk.

4.       Hours in the day

Demand for GIS insight is growing exponentially, but GIS staffing isn’t keeping pace. How do you choose what to prioritize? What falls by the wayside? The sheer volume of GIS requests can lead to missed opportunities, more errors and delayed project completion.

5.       Pulled in different directions

Different users want to consume the same information in different ways. Senior management has different needs than department heads. Analysts need their own views. Beyond iterative analyses, your GIS team faces an onslaught of requests for different visualizations: “Zoom here.” “Color-code it this way.” “Adjust the scale.” They’re looking for answers, and better ways to tell the stories they need to tell.  Your GIS team is stuck running “What-ifs” when they could be building new analyses.

Tearing down the roadblocks

With the right approach, data and technology, you can overcome each of these roadblocks. Look for flexible solutions that seamlessly integrate with your existing systems and with each other. Seek out intuitive self-service solutions. Empower business users and customers by freeing up your GIS resources. Enable your GIS analysts to efficiently access, query, manipulate and update the most accurate and timely data available. And Free Your GIS to take advantages of ever-evolving Location Intelligence technologies.

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