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2015 GIS Managers’ Open Summit: Presentations and Round Table Discussion Notes

On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, more than 300 GIS professionals came together in San Diego, California for the 5th annual GIS Managers’ Open Summit.  The GIS Managers’ Open Summit is an “unconference”-style event designed to help GIS managers, business and technology strategists, and other decision makers attending the Esri User Conference to engage in conversations with their peers on topics that relate to business efficiencies, ROI, GIS management strategies, and much more.

More than 87 percent of 2015 GIS Managers’ Open Summit attendees found it valuable or very valuable.
There are two sides of GIS—the technology side, which the Esri International User Conference is all about; and the business side, which is what the GIS Managers’ Open Summit is all about.  We have found that most GIS Managers are lacking on the business side of GIS.  The focus of this year’s GIS Managers’ Open Summit presentations and discussion topics was on building a better understanding of the business side of GIS.

  1. A modern vision of enterprise GIS
    By Adam Carnow and Keith Cooke, Esri
  2. Tapping the strategic potential of GIS
    By Gary Maguire, Manager of Business and Location Intelligence Services, South Australia Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
  3. How to raise the significance of your GIS
    By Wade Kloos, GIS Director, Utah Department of Natural Resources
  4. Management support of GIS
    By Brian Zumwalt, GIS Manager, Pinellas County Florida

Each presentation was followed by 20 minute round table discussions on a range of topics selected by the attendees.  Like last year, we asked attendees at each table to fill out a card briefly summarizing what they talked about, and what their big takeaways were from their discussion.  For the benefit of those who could not attend the table discussions and the larger GIS community, we collected all of the summary cards and compiled the information which you can see here:

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