A holistic cost-benefit approach to justifying organisation-wide GIS
AuthorChan, Tai On; WILLIAMSON, IAN
Source TitleProceedings, Regional Conference on "Managing Geographic Information Systems for Success"
University of Melbourne Author/sWilliamson, Ian
AffiliationEngineering: Department of Geomatics
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsChan, T. O. & Williamson, I. P. (1996). A holistic cost-benefit approach to justifying organisation-wide GIS. In Proceedings, Regional Conference on "Managing Geographic Information Systems for Success", Melbourne, Australia.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a paper from the Regional Conference on "Managing Geographic Information Systems for Success" 1996.
In the past GIS justifications were concerned with quantifying the cost of GIS as a tool box comprising data, hardware, software and people with GIS expertise, and the benefits as increased revenue and cost saving/avoidance through improved efficiency and effectiveness. Recent GIS research suggests that an organisation-wide GIS is more than a toolbox. It is part of a production infrastructure for meeting the geographic information needs derived from the objectives of an organisation. When justifying GIS nowadays, one should identify the benefits that match the vision and commitment of the administrative level concerned, which should then be balanced against the technological and organisational investment needed in developing the necessary GIS infrastructure.
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