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  • Internet and Intranet (state agency) zones Multi-tier architecture for high availability Web Tier –applications, web services, mapping services Middle Tier File Server Tier Mapping Application Server Geoprocessing Tier (Future – ArcGIS Server) Database Tier, Enterprise SAN Hosted at Enterprise Server Farm/Managed Services, leveraging enterprise services

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  • Achievements in Enterprise GIS Status in Pennsylvania and the State SDI Pennsylvania Geospatial Technologies Office Jim Knudson Stacey White Slides available at: ftp://ftp.state.pa.us/pub/geospatial NSGIC Annual Conference 2007 Madison, WI
  • Enterprise GIS – Utah, MD, PA
    • Utah – existing GIO, working closely with State CIO
    • MD – acting GIO, working closely with Governor, State CIO transition at this time
    • PA – coordinator and Geospatial Technologies Office Director, working closely with Governor’s Office and State CIO
  • Enterprise GT/GIS Relationships in PA
    • Executive Order assigns IT and Geospatial primacy to Office of Administration, Office for Information Technology
    • Communities of Practice (CoP)
      • Created 4 IT lines of business
        • Environmental
        • Health and Human Services
        • Public Safety
        • General Government Operations
    • GTO reviews all geospatial investments > $100K
    • Starting IT Consolidation
      • GT/GIS impacts are unknown
  • Enterprise GT/GIS Relationships in PA
    • Governor’s Office supports the Geospatial Technologies Office
    • Governor is in 2 nd Term - Significant Executive leadership changes occurring
      • New Secretary of Administration
      • New CTO
      • New CIO coming - State CIO’s last day was last Friday
      • 4 th OHS and PEMA Directors in 4 years
      • Retirements across the Enterprise
      • Lost one of our biggest supporters to Arkansas, their gain
    • Continue to reestablish geospatial relationships
  • Enterprise GT/GIS Relationships in PA
    • Former State CIO is now “Interim CIO” while nationwide search for a new CIO is conducted
    • Just finished a year-long CIO review process and GTO is now institutionalized in Office of Administration
      • GTO Organization Formed, 5 new staff coming…
      • Very process and prioritization oriented - SLAs, SOPs, Change Management, demand and time management
  • Continuing State SDI Progress
    • Lots of geospatial progress made in the last 4 years
      • PAMAP
        • Statewide Imagery
        • Statewide LiDAR
      • Governance
        • State Agency Governance Committees – Policy and Technical
        • Pending Statewide Geospatial Council Legislation
      • Geospatial Standards
        • PA Geospatial Data Sharing Standards 2.5
        • GIS Software Standards
        • Metadata Standards
      • Enterprise Architecture
        • Geospatial Enterprise Server Architecture
  • Continuing State SDI Progress
    • Statewide Geospatial Council
      • Statewide Geospatial Council legislation introduced
      • The Administration advocates for the formation of a statewide geospatial advisory council by Executive Order rather than legislation
        • Multi-jurisdictional, representative of Commonwealth stakeholders
        • To avoid duplication of existing and successful enterprise programs
        • To leverage existing areas of expertise and knowledge
        • To ensure that the statewide geospatial advisory council goals align with the goals and priorities of all stakeholders
  • Enterprise SDI Architecture
    • Geospatial Enterprise Server Architecture (GESA)
      • Sophisticated, fault tolerant, high availability architecture
      • Serves Governmental organizations
      • Leverages Commonwealth’s Mission Critical computing environment
      • Enterprise Geospatial Database
      • Geospatial Application Hosting Environment
        • Address verification and geocoding web services
        • Geospatial applications and web services
      • Citrix-based ArcGIS License Pool
  • Geospatial Enterprise Server Architecture (GESA)
    • Enterprise Geospatial Database – centralized, most agencies not ready for OGC compatible distributed database services yet
      • Comprised of data that should be shared
      • Currently 600+ data assets
        • State Agency GIS data
        • Statewide Imagery Data
        • Enterprise Data Licenses – TANA, Places2Protect, iMapData
        • Real-Time Weather (AWS and Meteorlogix)
      • New data loaded daily
  • Geospatial Enterprise Server Architecture (GESA)
    • Enterprise Geospatial Application Hosting Environment
      • Hosts all GTO applications
      • Hosts several other agency applications
      • Implements clustering and load balancing strategies for maximum performance and hardware redundancy
  • Geospatial Enterprise Server Architecture
  • Enterprise SDI Architecture
    • State Geospatial Clearinghouse (PASDA)
      • 10+ years of Commonwealth service - PSU
      • Public Data Access
      • Metadata support
      • Commonwealth’s NSDI/GOS Node
      • Supporting GTO/PEMA for emergency events in the Commonwealth
      • Hardening server architecture to make it high availability
      • Expanding storage to support 10 Terabytes of PAMAP Imagery and LiDAR data
  • State SDI Architecture Evolution
    • Technology Side… Supported by CIO and IT org
      • Disaster Recovery Solution – implement best practices for DR, leverage available resources
      • Geospatial Web Services – geoprocessing engines
      • Federated GIS – distributed county data sources, spatial ETL, on the fly edge-matching, regional data servers
      • Geodatabase replication – if agencies concur, their data in the enterprise geospatial database could automatically update PASDA database to share agency data with the public and refresh data more often
      • Base Software Upgrades – painful in a large architecture like GESA, regression testing of all applications, web services, and mapping services – ESRI 9.2, Oracle 10g R2
  • State SDI Architecture Evolution
    • Softer side… Improved by working with CIO
      • Process maturity – After Action Reports, SOPs, SLAs, etc.
      • Institutionalize GT/GIS operations within all IT operations
      • Standards –
        • Database standards – projection, naming conventions
        • Define and implement GESA application development standards – avoid performance and maintenance issues
      • Communications are key to success, lack of communications will lead to failure
      • Be ready when the opportunity arises (MD)
      • Faceless IT/GT – depersonalize the job and communications
      • Be ready and open to evolve – the only constant thing in IT and GT is change
  • Enterprise GIS Lessons Learned
    • Straight from the CIO…
      • You guys are doing great work, keep it up
      • Work smarter, not harder
      • Define processes before offering any new services
      • Stick to your processes and your prioritization… they will save you in any situation
      • Live within your resources (demand management)
    • Define a vision and work to implement it
    • Relationships trump technology (Eric-ism)
  • Q & A