No matter how work is done today, there’s room for improvement. In today’s workplace that improvement is likely to be a technology change. It might be new software, hardware or a new way to organize data. Deciding what kind of change will help most is one challenge. Convincing executives to believe in and fund the change may be even more difficult.
While organizational leadership may champion technology and even have successful projects behind them, each potential investment requires due scrutiny. Executives will only invest in one project over a second option if they have significant confidence in its success. A small investment in a return on investment (ROI) study may be the key to exploring, and ultimately funding and implementing, meaningful technology changes.
From our experience, the benefit of ROI studies is both quantitative and qualitative. AppGeo work in Vermont illustrates three types of benefits.
AppGeo extends its congratulations to Kevin Leonard and Roy Blanke of MnDOT’s Office of Land Management for receiving this Federal Highway Administration Excellence in Right of Way Award for Innovation.
MnDOT had the vision and the definition of more than 20 use cases by which mapping would add value to current Right of Way (ROW) work processes. AppGeo is proud to have had the opportunity to work alongside MnDOT staff on this project to geo-enable the Right-of-Way Electronic Land Management System (REALMS) in a manner that directly links mapping capabilities to the existing work environment and database system. Our Team (including Minnesota-based Pro-West and Associates, and Rowekamp and Associates) worked with MnDOT to implement those use cases using AppGeo’s GPV technology, thereby making interactive mapping a seamless part of the existing REALMS work environment. Going forward, AppGeo’s configurable GPV platform will allow MnDOT staff to continue to add mapping capabilities to REALMS in response to evolving staff requirements.
“This biennial awards program was developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to honor those who excel in improving the real property acquisition process while ensuring that property owner and tenant rights are protected.” (from the FHWA website)
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