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Matt Sheehan
Matt Sheehan
Matt holds an MSc in Geography and GIS. He has been working with clients solving problems with GIS for over 17 years. Matt founded WebMapSolutions whose mission is to put innovative, intuitive GIS driven applications into the hands of new and existing users.


July 18th, 2016 by Matt Sheehan

I’m at it again. Writing controversial blog posts. But I want to explain why GIS SUCS.


Now I often do not follow conventional wisdom. I like to step back and look at the big picture. I try to base my opinions not on what I am told, but what I observe, and hear. This is why I have come to the conclusion GIS SUCS.

Now I do think the new platform is a significant advance. It’s easier to work with, and comes loaded with so many new services and applications. New is good. A plethora of new tools and services is fantastic. But all of the focus put here is why GIS SUCS.

It’s broken record week, since I seemed to have repeated this in a number of posts over the last 7 days. But starting with the technology is starting in the middle.

Success with GIS .. requires


Curiosity … and the


SUCS. Let me explain where I am going here.

Don’t try to provide a solution before you know the problem.Why would I show a water company a series of flood focused web apps if their service area is on-top of a hill ie. flooding is irrelevant?? What I am saying is don’t lead conversations with a solution – let me show you this pre-configured GIS app which I’m guessing, maybe it’s possible you will need!

Repeat after me GIS SUCS.

Success is based on:

Understanding – This is mutual understanding. You understand the clients problem and the client has an idea (at a high level) of what GIS might bring to the table.

Curiosity – With understanding hopefully comes curiosity: “Tell me a little more”, “I’m interested”. That is curiosity.

Story – Often ignored. This is the art of painting pictures. And it truly is an art. My colleague Matt is a master here. Often the conversation circles around data. We sometimes call this phase GIS imagineering. Where are you today and where do you want to be tomorrow. Imagining, projecting, story-boarding… it’s all of these and more.

SUCS means starting at the beginning.

A call to action. Now you have an understanding of why I suggest GIS SUCS, you might be curious. See how we unfold the story by reading about our from Where to There process …… for more feel free to give us a call on 801-733-0723.

You see, WebMapSolutions SUCS too!

Categories: ArcGIS Online, cloud GIS, Mobile ArcGIS, Mobile GIS, Web and mobile GIS

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