Kendis Scharenbroich
Kendis Scharenbroich, Vice-President

…It’s a question we hear a lot at Pro-West. And the answer is: we are “modernizing” local government GIS. That is what we are doing. Every. Day.

GIS Coordinators across the country are faced with a huge challenge. The GIS industry is changing, Esri’s platform is changing at a rapid pace and they are being asked to “do it all”. Not to mention the onslaught of millennials in the workforce means location technology must be simple, easy and yield immediate results. But doing it all with legacy technology seems like being lost at sea. Between being overwhelmed with end user requests and the constant inundation of technology changes, we see many GIS Coordinators just trying to stay afloat. The challenge, while broad, is met with a rather simplistic answer: a modernized GIS or “location strategy” as we like to call it.

What does a modernized GIS mean?

A modernized GIS means establishing a common data framework, Esri’s Local Government Information Model (LGIM). It means implementing Esri ArcGIS Online commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions across the organization. It means focusing end users on sharing data and maps and engaging the public on a level of “pure and simple” rather than broad and complex. It means providing a solution to a problem in a matter of days, not years.

Imagine your end users having the ability to not only make a map, but an application. A real, live, working application that can be used in the field to streamline operations and engage field personnel in a way that means something to them and drives business results. At Pro-West, our staff are turning our clients’ ideas into real business results.

This is an exciting time for organizations modernizing their GIS – are you ready to get started?


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