I’m at it again. Writing controversial blog posts.

But I want to explain why GIS SUCS.

GIS SUCS

Now I often do not follow conventional wisdom. I like to step back and look at the big picture. I try to base my opinions not on what I am told, but what I observe, and hear. This is why I have come to the conclusion GIS SUCS.

Now I do think the new platform is a significant advance. It’s easier to work with, and comes loaded with so many new services and applications. New is good. A plethora of new tools and services is fantastic. But all of the focus put here is why GIS SUCS.

It’s broken record week, since I seemed to have repeated this in a number of posts over the last 7 days. But starting with the technology is starting in the middle.

Success with GIS .. requires

Understanding

Curiosity … and the

Story

SUCS. Let me explain where I am going here.

Don’t try to provide a solution before you know the problem.

Why would I show a water company a series of flood focused web apps if their service area is on-top of a hill ie. flooding is irrelevant?? What I am saying is don’t lead conversations with a solution – let me show you this pre-configured GIS app which I’m guessing, maybe it’s possible you will need!

Repeat after me GIS SUCS.

Success is based on:

Understanding – This is mutual understanding. You understand the clients problem and the client has an idea (at a high level) of what GIS might bring to the table.

Curiosity – With understanding hopefully comes curiosity: “Tell me a little more”, “I’m interested”. That is curiosity.

Story – Often ignored. This is the art of painting pictures. And it truly is an art. My colleague Matt is a master here. Often the conversation circles around data. We sometimes call this phase GIS imagineering. Where are you today and where do you want to be tomorrow. Imagining, projecting, story-boarding… it’s all of these and more.

SUCS means starting at the beginning.

A call to action. Now you have an understanding of why I suggest GIS SUCS, you might be curious. See how we unfold the story by reading about our from Where to There process …… for more feel free to give us a call on 801-733-0723.

You see, WebMapSolutions SUCS too!



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