GIS Strategic Plan and Cost-Benefit Analysis
Talk to us at the earliest stage of
conceptualizing a large geospatial project. What technologies need to
converge—GIS, GPS/LBS, remote sensing, ITS, comms, etc? Who are the
stakeholders and collaborators? How do the financials look? The system
out in the future, so it must meet the technological needs of the
future. And it must be financially sound if management is to support it
during the period of development.
Because we work at the cutting edge of geospatial
technology, we can help you plan for tomorrow's needs, today. We help
you to craft a technical vision of the system at work, from
generalities to specific use cases.
We also have a formal planning methodology:
Economic and Policy Strategy (STEPS™).
What outputs are expected of the system? What inputs and
are required to achieve them? The inputs are data, personnel and
training; the processes are system functions.
planning demands a comprehensive enumeration of data and system
and the ability to evaluate
vendor offerings to
that they meet the stated needs. Accuracy requirements of the outputs
be examined, and matched with the quality of the inputs. Quality
impacts costs, and benefits.
of GIS as an investment in geographic data. What will the system cost,
and when? What benefits will it bring, and when? Improved morale and
nebulously stated productivity benefits do not justify
investment. The benefit/cost ratio should be at
In other words, double the costs and halve the benefits and you
should still come out on top.
the players that are critical to the success of the project? Are
data sets proprietary or confidential? Will the outputs be freely
or should one anticipate certain restrictions, or pricing policies?
What risks do you face? What
are the costs of security, enforcement and marketing?