Building a GIS Helps Managers Achieve Optimal Operations

New Edition of Book Available from Esri

January 23, 2012

Building a GIS helps IT experts and GIS professionals evaluate system configurations.

Redlands, California—Building a GIS: System Architecture Design Strategies for Managers, Second Edition, builds on the step-by-step process for system design outlined in the original text. The book promotes optimal GIS operations and is intended for those tasked with implementing or updating their GIS. Using the included Capacity Planning Tool, GIS managers and IT specialists can experiment with various system configurations related to their specific needs before purchasing computer hardware.

This second edition of Building a GIS has been thoroughly revised and restructured. Graphics have been updated and numerous illustrations added. Exercises and video presentations on the included DVD provide substantial supplemental information to those developing and implementing GIS architecture.

"At one time, you could simply define user requirements, select a software solution, and identify hardware and network specifications to fulfill system capacity needs," says Dave Peters, author of the book. "Today, it's much more complex. Selecting the right technology requires a more specific understanding of GIS users' needs and system infrastructure limitations. Enterprise GIS operations now support a variety of software and hardware technologies that must work together to meet performance requirements when operating at peak system capacity."

Peters is content manager and principal instructor for Esri's system architecture design strategies training, for which he develops and maintains materials for enterprise consulting services worldwide.

Building a GIS: System Architecture Design Strategies for Managers, Second Edition (ISBN: 978-1-58948-307-1, 384 pages, US$59.95), is available at online retailers worldwide, at, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options, or visit to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

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