Bringing Geographical Information Systems into Business / Edition 2

Bringing Geographical Information Systems into Business / Edition 2

by David J. Grimshaw
     
 

The complete guide to choosing and using GIS in business

Over the last few years, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) have become less expensive and easier to use, and the tremendous potential of GIS to boost business productivity is finally being realized. Incorporating the latest developments in GIS technology and applications, this book explores what GIS

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The complete guide to choosing and using GIS in business

Over the last few years, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) have become less expensive and easier to use, and the tremendous potential of GIS to boost business productivity is finally being realized. Incorporating the latest developments in GIS technology and applications, this book explores what GIS has to offer companies in many different areas of industry today and how it can be successfully integrated into existing business operations.

Building on the success of its predecessor, this Second Edition covers every key aspect of using GIS in business. It explains what GIS is and helps readers gain a clear understanding of the costs and benefits of moving to a GIS. New case studies from both the manufacturing and service sectors illustrate how GIS can support tactical and strategic business decision-making, and the book’s unbiased coverage of commercially available GIS software is invaluable for anyone involved in selecting a GIS system and getting it up and running.

With a practical, real—world approach, the book also addresses the main issues involved in GIS implementation, paying particular attention to the integration of GIS within an organization’s existing management information system.

An increasingly vital tool for operations and delivery of goods and services, GIS makes terrific business sense for many companies–but only when properly selected and applied.

This book gives GIS consultants, practitioners, and others considering the move to GIS the foundation they need to put this powerful technology to work effectively in business.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471333425
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.41(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Business opportunities of GIS3
Pt. 1The Management of Geographical Information19
2What is a geographical information system?21
3GIS and information strategies43
4The nature of geographical data67
Pt. 2The Organisational Challenge89
5GIS for decision support91
6Making the business case for investment in GIS114
7Implementation of the GIS project133
Pt. 3Using Geographical Information in Business157
8Application capabilities159
9Operational applications181
10Tactical applications204
11Strategic applications232
Conclusions253
12An integrated part of the business255
List of acronyms265
Index268

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