Make the tool come to the user, not the other way around. Technology is powerful and should do most of the heavy lifting for you.
Data that is in a system isn’t useful if you can’t find it – or if it’s on some other system. GeoIQ Enterprise can search and retrieve data from other appliances, GeoCommons Community, or hundreds of other data repositories. Don’t keep all your data in a centralized system – but push it to all your centers and provide it at your users fingertips
Simply putting dots on a map – where are my stores? Where are my customers?
AAG GeoWeb/SDI - The GIS Caste System
Geoenabling the Masses: Practical Lessons from the Field Bringing Geography to the Burakumin AAG 2010 , Washington DC Convergence in the GeoWeb: Volunteered geographic information, spatial data infrastructures, and public participation GIS II Sean P. Gorman PhD. FortiusOne