DEFINING A ROADMAP FOR SUCCESS: STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR AN INNOVATIVE ENTERPRISE GIS




This initial analysis provided a holistic view of the organization’s operating picture and helped to identify areas of long-term business growth and success, as well as areas where the utility was currently excelling or had vulnerabilities.

CHALLENGE:

To ensure the current and future existence of high-quality geographic information system (GIS) data, coinciding with the implementation of industry-leading technology, one of the largest water utilities in the country enlisted Magnolia River to help them recognize their goals by constructing an enterprise GIS Strategic Plan to implement over a five-year period.

ACTIONS TAKEN:

The initial assessments began in 2016 when Magnolia River performed a state-level Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis to help aid in the evaluation and discovery phase of the proposed strategic plan. The primary goal of the system and data assessment was to catalog system components, organizational workflows, and the identification of resource gaps. The objective was to create a data point to facilitate the development of a long-term Strategic Plan for the Enterprise GIS/IT system. Magnolia River performed an initial review of the current GIS system architecture using the utility’s existing documentation, server diagrams, in-person and virtual meetings.

RESULTS

This initial analysis provided a holistic view of the organization’s operating picture and helped to identify areas of long-term business growth and success, as well as areas where the utility was currently excelling or had vulnerabilities. These findings were packaged into an enterprise GIS strategic plan.


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