Enterprise GIS Strategic Planning

Project Summary

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) contracted with Timmons Group to review their GIS strategic direction for the upcoming years and look to integrate newer technologies such as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and web services.  The end goal of this Strategic RoadMap project was to  position VDOT to better their data and more rapidly turn data into information and solutions from which intelligent decisions can be made.

This project defined short and long-term operational and strategic actions and associated deliverables to meet the overriding vision of streamlined data availability and information delivery.  To meet these objectives, Timmons Group deployed technical, operational, and management consulting expertise to address the following functional areas at all levels of VDOT’s GIS user community.

Data Requirements / Management - Metadata Standards / Change Management, Data Collection / Development Standards, and Data Maintenance / Synchronization

Web / Map Service Requirements - Map Services; Web Services, and Web Service Management / Enterprise Services Bus (ESB) Technologies

Application Discovery / Requirements (Custom / COTS) Review and Recommendation -  In-House (desktop, internet), Mobile, Existing COTS, and New Applications Identification and Functional Requirements Scoping

Governance / Organizational Structure Review - Committee and workgroup structure, services; Data Applications, Business Process Definition / Chain-of-Custody, Change Management, and Public Relations / Outreach / Training / Support

Best Practices Due-Diligence - Peer review and identification of best practice agencies within the DOT community

Consulting Skills Required

  • Strategic Planning / Needs Assessment
  • Business Process Refinement
  • Application Architecture Experience
  • Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Knowledge
  • GIS Geospatial Applications Expertise