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Geospatial Competency Centre Review

  1. 1. Geospatial Competency Centre Review
  2. 2. Proposed Functions <ul><li>Establish enterprise geospatial management framework </li></ul><ul><li>Develop geospatial application solutions and data products </li></ul><ul><li>Develop geospatial application environments </li></ul><ul><li>Deploy geospatial application solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Manage geospatial application solutions and data products </li></ul><ul><li>Establish SLA and OLA </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate geospatial application management </li></ul><ul><li>Lead geospatial continuing education and professional development activities </li></ul>
  3. 3. Geospatial Services <ul><li>Policies, standards, data/information to address municipal requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Activities that transform, manage, “geo-enable” data and business information </li></ul><ul><li>Processes that enable access to data </li></ul>
  4. 4. Framework Spatial Data <ul><li>Horizontal/Vertical Control Network/ ACS </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Elevation Models </li></ul><ul><li>Aerial/Satellite Imagery </li></ul><ul><li>Oblique imagery </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprise Stereoscopic Models </li></ul><ul><li>Topographic Database </li></ul><ul><li>OAR/TCL </li></ul><ul><li>Cadastral Database </li></ul><ul><li>Utility Database </li></ul><ul><li>Geographic Names for physical, cultural features </li></ul><ul><li>Land Cover </li></ul>
  5. 5. Federal Enterprise Architecture Drivers Strategic Direction Current Future Adapted from NSDI “Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework” Transitional Process Standards Business Architecture Data Architecture Applications Architecture Technology Architecture Business Architecture Data Architecture Applications Architecture Technology Architecture Contextual Conceptual Logical Physical As Built Functioning Why Why Who Who When When Where Where What What How How Models
  6. 6. Proposed MANDATE Proposed MAJOR FUNCTIONS … continues Geospatial Competency Centre Manager Provide geospatial technology, enterprise framework and solution consulting, to support, develop, maintain and guide geospatial-enabled business applications and data products in a collaborative and federated solution development model. 1: Establish and support compliance with an enterprise geospatial management framework:  Scope: Geospatial is a term widely used to describe the combination of spatial software and analytical methods with geographic datasets. The term is often used in combination with geographic information systems and geomatics.  Define, manage and consult on a comprehensive geospatial solutions and application management framework, including strategies, logical and physical architecture designs, business design patterns, standards (rules), processes, methods, best practices (guidelines), development lifecycle processes, utilities, tools, end of life cycle plans and specialized skillsets for managing geospatial applications and an enterprise geospatial environment.  Ensure alignment with other governing frameworks, methodologies and standards including enterprise architecture framework, application solution architecture framework, project management methodology, data base naming conventions etc .  In collaboration with Enterprise Architecture and application teams, identify geospatial management considerations and coordinate resolution of architectural compliance issues or modifications to the Enterprise Architecture.  Identify geospatial management considerations and collaborate and advise corporate governance bodies in the preparation of policies and standards such as enterprise information management.  Research and deploy innovative geospatial application technologies. Contribute to development of architectural constructs for use at the City such as Service-oriented architecture.  Define framework components that respect management controls, audit requirements and appropriate legislation such as financial separation of duties, privacy legislation etc.  Monitor, review project use of geospatial solutions and geospatial management framework and identify quality assurance non-conformance and the implications to both the project and the enterprise geospatial shared environment.
  7. 7. Page 2 Geospatial Competency Centre Proposed MAJOR FUNCTIONS cont’d … continues 2: Develop and consult on geospatial application solutions and data products:  Provide centre of excellence leadership, consulting and skill-set competency in the delivery of enterprise and line-of-business geospatial application services and solutions, consulting and delivering on all lifecycle stages of plan, design, acquire or build (develop), implement (deploy), run (sustain) and dispose.  Communicate, as first point of contact for geospatial services, the potential business value of geospatial application solutions, services and data products. Market geospatial capabilities and opportunities to leverage existing technologies, and foster development of new capabilities. Participate in refining business transformation concepts to determine technology role in enabling cost-effective business processes. Collaborate with the Client Relationship Management and Business Transformation areas, in conjunction with client group, as a support on these activities.  Define functional and geospatial technical requirements for business solutions. Lead or consult on application solution business case preparation. Interpret business requirements into geospatial technical requirements. Contribute to risk analysis and feasibility assessment, develop geospatial business design, identify business process implications and define geospatial technical and architectural requirements.  Align application development activities with business requirements and adhere to relevant standards, processes, methods and tools such as City consistent design ‘look and feel’, project management methodology, RUP etc.  Consult on procurement of geospatial-related resources (skillsets, geospatial environment hardware, software, services), as required, to acquire, build and sustain geospatial applications, solutions, and data products adhering to defined procurement procedures and standards.  Develop/acquire or consult on geospatial application solution, use of reusable components and services and integration with the geospatial environment. Consult on the use of geospatial application life cycle methodology for an application solution. Execute solution-specific develop/acquire activities that may include scoping, modeling, requirements, design, development, component acquisition, configuration, integration, testing, reuse harvesting and documentation.  Define geospatial application solution test methodology that is aligned within the test methods framework. Consult on customization of test methods for specific business application or data product solution. Address quality assurance specifications. Support business testing of a geospatial application or data product solution in the enterprise geospatial environment.
  8. 8. Page 3 Geospatial Competency Centre Proposed MAJOR FUNCTIONS cont’d … continues  Promote and share experience with partners developing divisional geospatial application solutions and data products. 3: Develop, administer and consult on geospatial application environments and common components:  Acquire or build, sustain, integrate and consult on the use and bridging of an application within a shared geospatial application solution environment and common components to support effective and efficient application solution development and sustainment.  Ensure geospatial application environment designs adhere to relevant policies, standards, methods and architecture. Environments support separation of lifecycle staging, a repository of documentation, an application sandbox, business design patterns, content workflow processes and a library of reusable geospatial methods or geospatial services.  Manage access to City geospatial data holdings and environment, working in collaboration with federated units developing and maintaining geospatial data, and developing and maintaining business-specific divisional geospatial application solutions and/or data products. 4: Deploy geospatial application solutions or changes:  Prepare deployment. Verify business approval and readiness to Go Live. Coordinate with training professionals starting at the business specification stage to plan and prepare training materials and environment and to support technical training prior to deployment. Plan, coordinate and prepare production environment. Coordinate the release of the application solution into the production environment adhering to Change Management and Release Management protocols and procedures.  Verify the successful Go Live. Provide post-implementation support. Conduct post-implementation review . 5: Manage/sustain geospatial application solutions and data products:  Define and adhere to structured processes to monitor, record all change requests whether driven by business (including business error corrections), application (including software patches), procedures, processes, technical platform.  Monitor and track new business solution requirements. Assess impact, classify, prioritize and seek authorization for changes following a structured, consistent methodology. Changes that are bundled into a software release must be managed as a project, adhering to application development lifecycle processes as defined above. Adhering to the City’s Change Management and Release Management processes, obtain authorization for change requests, control emergency or critical requests and communicate and execute release management processes to implement changes .
  9. 9. Page 4 Geospatial Competency Centre Proposed MAJOR FUNCTIONS cont’d Proposed CORE SERVICES  Support business continuity of critical application solutions and application environment components in the event of service disruption or disaster .  Provide 2nd level geospatial application solution support, in coordination through the Service Desk as first point of contact for user support. 6: Establish SLA and OLA in partnership with the Service Level Manager and Client Relationship Manager, together with the Business I&T Service Management role and clients, to ensure effective geospatial services and support for clients. 7: Coordinate with other I&T service providers and corporate groups such as Legal, Purchasing and Materials Management and Human Resources, that provide supports, to ensure efficient and effective geospatial application management, business solution and data product delivery. 8: Play an active role in initiating and supporting the I&T Community of Practice in the geospatial realm.  Geospatial policies, standards, methods, best practices, utilities, and tools: Develop for publication or production use, geospatial policies, standards, guidelines, best practices, a shared staged environment, common utilities, reusable components and tools for use by City projects and divisions .  Geospatial quality assurance: Review geospatial business design, technical design and proposed implementation to identify conforming design elements from an shared, enterprise geospatial hosting accountability and quality assurance role .  Geospatial consulting: Provide consulting or arrange for provision and oversight of appropriate coaching to projects or programs to build geospatial applications, solutions, data products, reusable components or integration bridges to the City’s geospatial environment and to evolve City staff geospatial skill-set competency .  Geospatial data products: Consult, plan, design, develop and manage geospatial data and information products, in response to business needs and compliant with information and privacy considerations .  Geospatial application solution development and sustainment: Develop, deploy, manage and support geospatial applications within the enterprise geospatial environment .  Geospatial holdings management  Geospatial applications, solutions, and data products strategy, in alignment and support of enterprise architecture and strategic planning frameworks .