Business Essentials for Geographic Information System
February 17-18, 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 : Central Time
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Course Timing
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break
Participants share their backgrounds and their goals for the seminar
Current GIS Status
Identifying the status of your GIS application and business plan
Questions to ask:
How do enhancements get planned, approved, implemented, and trained at your organization today?
Business structure and post-GIS project implementation to sustainment
Who uses GIS at your company?
Exercise: Groups of 2-3; share current state and then report back as a group on the status
Establishing Business Ownership
Discuss where and how the application and business aspects of GIS are managed
What does management oversight look like at your company or municipality?
Discuss accountabilities and responsibilities
Is there clarity on who does what and who has the authority around approvals and direction?
What are the short- and long-term goals of the GIS?
How the GIS applications function and how they interact with other applications
Exercise: Share what you think a goal at your organization should be and develop a list to share with the class
GIS Vendor Management
How is your GIS vendor managed in an ongoing sustainment situation, who manages it, and why?
What to expect
How are “small” upgrades completed
What role can or does the vendor play
Once the implementation is done, who supports the users post-project?
Training development and execution
Help Desk (Line)
How does reasonable ROI get delivered?
Risks and pitfalls of not focusing on support
Exercise: Ask attendees how new GIS users are trained and how the training is delivered
Thursday, February 18, 2021 : Central Time
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing
Identifying and overcoming challenges
Senior management support, business justification, project prioritization, and client input
Delivering the vision and its challenges
Shared vision with business & IT
Areas of Vision Focus
QA/QC and change management
Bringing it All Together
How to know when you’ve succeeded
Exercise: Have attendees share a couple key takeaways for them to go back to their company with
Course wrap up and summary
Chuck Legg, Professional Engineer, Province of Ontario
Chuck’s career spanned 37 years in the natural gas industry at a natural gas storage, transmission, and distribution company in Ontario, Canada. His experience included various Engineering, Operations, and GIS roles within the Utility, and he was the Project Lead for a corporate-wide GIS Replacement Program and subsequently managed the Corporate GIS system. His experience also includes field operations, engineering design, system planning, and engineering standards.
During his career he also spent time mentoring and training new Engineers. He was also involved in various industry committees and organizations and presented at industry conferences during his career. Chuck graduated with a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and a current member of GITA.
We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.
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Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
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If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.