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Implementing an Enterprise-Wide Geographic Information System Using an IRM-Centric Approach: A Case Study of the US Air Force Geobase Program

Implementing an Enterprise-Wide Geographic Information System Using an IRM-Centric Approach: A Case Study of the US Air Force Geobase Program
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Author(s): Mario L. Oliver (Barksdale AFB, USA), Ellen C. England (Air Force Institute of Technology, USA) and Summer E. Bartczak (Air Force Institute of Technology, USA)
Copyright: 2005
Pages: 5
Source title: Managing Modern Organizations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-822-2.ch012

Abstract

This paper presents the findings of a case-study analysis of the applicability and application of IRM principles to the implementation of an Air Force enterprise-wide geographic information system called GeoBase. The research first distills an improved IRM definition by building on key IS academic literature and by adding reference to key Federal documents that outline/mandate IRM in the US government. The refined IRM definition is then compared to the key governing implementation tenants of GeoBase (which are delineated through a model called the GeoBase Sustainment Model) to determine the program’s “IRM health.” The results of the analysis showed that the current GeoBase implementation program is addressing most of the IRM principles indicated as critical by the academic, business and Federal literature. As such, the research indicates that the implementation approach/model used for GeoBase provides an excellent guide for any government enterprise-wide information system insertion efforts that must be based on sound IRM principles.

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