UNIT 62 - SYSTEM EVALUATION

UNIT 62 - SYSTEM EVALUATION

UNIT 62 - SYSTEM EVALUATION

A. INTRODUCTION

B. STRATEGIC PLAN

C. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)

Contents of the RFP

Distribution of the RFP

Vendor proposals

D. HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE ISSUES

Software

Hardware

E. SYSTEM CHOICE

Evaluation factors

Two stages of evaluation

The winning proposal

Risk factors

REFERENCES

Forrest, E., G.E. Montgomery and G.M. Juhl, 1990. Intelligent Infrastructure Workbook: A Management-Level Primer on GIS, A-E-C Automation Newsletter, P.O. Box 18418, Fountain Hills, AZ 85269-8418.

Guptill, S., 1988. "A process for evaluating GIS," USGS Open File Report 88-105. The report of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on Digital Cartography (FICCDC) on GIS evaluation.

Smith, D.R., 1982. "Selecting a turn-key geographic information system using decision analysis," Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 7:335-45.

EXAM AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Review the approach to system selection documented in Smith (1982). What are the arguments for and against the rigorous decision-theoretic approach used in this paper?

2. Discuss the steps in planning and choosing a GIS system. What are the risks associated with a project, and how are these reduced in the project lifecycle approach?

3. "The best-laid plans of mice and men...". Despite the use of a well-defined framework, mistakes inevitably happen in the best-designed projects. Discuss the weaknesses in the approach described in these units.


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