Daniel Meighen

GIS Design Process Analysis – Reflection 


This paper was created for ICT 505 Information Systems for Enterprise. It focuses on two different Geographic Information System (GIS) design/implementation processes. The first process is from a company called Esri which specializes in geospatial software solutions. The second process is from a publication called Advanced Geographic Information Systems.

What was learned?

In this paper, I learned how to properly analyze the two different processes and provide a comparison of the results. I also created a best-practices model based on the separate processes. This model highlighted the best components of each process and defined what I would suggest an enterprise to use when deciding to implement a GIS solution.

How was it learned?

This was learned through the use of research and analysis. Applying the knowledge learned from the class on enterprise systems, I was able to analyze, compare, and formulate a best-practices model based on the two processes. This exercise required an in-depth knowledge of enterprise systems as well as understanding how a GIS solution is typically implemented.

Future Application

I could see this being used in future implementations of GIS solutions as well as general enterprise system solutions. The same analytics and knowledge base can be applied to many other relevant projects and solutions. 


When I decided I wanted to do a comparison of GIS design processes, I didn’t realize that it would be hard to find a variety of processes being used today. Many of the primary GIS companies did not provide public information on their practices. This created a large challenge in finding publicly accessible information on GIS design processes.