Think back to a time before smartphones. You carried a mobile phone to communicate and a paper map to navigate. Now you can make your calls and get your directions on one high-powered device. In a similar way, there was a time when EAM and GIS existed on separate platforms. Now they can work together seamlessly, multiplying the effectiveness of each other.
Limited budgets and the rapid pace of 21st century digital change make it difficult for local governments to keep up, let alone stay ahead of the curve. But the importance of connecting enterprise technologies is widely acknowledged—and grows wider by the day.
Any asset management approach that relies solely on EAM or GIS will soon be obsolete. The goal of this paper is to help you understand why using EAM and GIS systems together is the most modern, efficient, and practical way to manage the day-to-day operations of local government.