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The Path to Geospatial Excellence

Running a full-scale GIS program requires skills across a wide realm of subjects. Find assistance from those closest to the technology.

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Five key components for geospatial success

For decades, Esri has guided the work of thousands of customers in government and industry worldwide. The organizations that maximize the impact of GIS are those that proactively focus on the business of GIS.


Align your business goals with a geospatial strategy that establishes a vision and maps an end-to-end journey for your organization. This includes setting specific business goals and objectives, identifying challenges, monitoring progress, and planning for adjustments to ensure that GIS projects are contributing to the overall success of your organization.

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Establish a formal approach to decision-making consisting of policies and procedures that enable positive change within an organization. Effective governance in GIS addresses leadership, authority, decision-making, accountability, and a holistic business alignment approach.

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GIS technology works best when it’s easy to discover, use, and share content, which starts with an internal understanding of the different components and capabilities of ArcGIS. ArcGIS is also designed to be flexible, and understanding the multiple implementation patterns and approaches will ensure a well-positioned system.

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Truly successful use of GIS means gaining adoption across all the areas of your work that can benefit from taking a geographic approach. This is accomplished by clearly articulating its benefits, and highlighting the ways in which GIS can improve processes and decision-making in focused areas of your organization.

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Equipping your teams of stakeholders at all levels with essential skills and knowledge will enable them to execute projects, better leverage technology, and make valuable contributions. Assess the current level of GIS proficiency within teams, define capabilities needed, and tailor development opportunities to meet these needs.

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