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However, the KCGIS Center budget includes external client services, which is not typical for agencies reporting.
This indicates that KCGIS staffing (including GIS professional staff outside the KCGIS Center) is appropriate for the size of the county.
KCGIS 100Tb data storage seems appropriate for the size of King County.
Strengths: As a long-established and reasonably well-funded GIS operation, it is not surprising that KCGIS is rated at 1.00 (Fully Implemented) for 13 of the 23 categories (57 percent).
* The single lowest individual KCGIS rating is for EC14: GIS Application Portfolio Management, with a rating of 0.6 (in progress but with only partial resources available to achieve the capability).
* The KCGIS ratings for EC2: Framework GIS Data Maintenance and EC4: Business GIS Data Maintenance are composites based on the individual Data Resource Assessments presented in the next section.
The KCGIS Center (and its predecessor entity) originated in the early 1990's as the King County Capital GIS Project--Project Management Office.
At the same time, the GIS Oversight Committee requested KCGIS Center management to propose a new funding model that correlated actual costs to actual usage, to the maximum extent possible, and that maximized actual GIS usage statistics to eliminate as much subjectivity as possible.
KCGIS Center management worked with the King County Budget Office, which defined the following goals for a funding model that would be highly objective and facilitate annual adjustment of relative costs:
During the next two years KCGIS Center management worked with its internal cost accounting methods, brainstormed how cost components tied to actual usage and value by client agencies, and most importantly, educated both traditional and new users of enterprise GIS services.
To meet its GIS client services customer-billing requirements, KCGIS instituted a project/activity based time recording system (TRS) for all employees in 2003.
Special thanks to the King County GIS Center/State of Oregon Project Team: Greg Babinski, King County GIS Center Project Manager; Cy Smith, GISP, State of Oregon GIO, State of Oregon Project Lead, and members of the King County GIS Center Interview Team: George Horning, KCGIS Center Manager, Greg Stought, Enterprise Services Manager, Dennis Higgins, GISP, Client Services Manager, Debbie Bull, GIS DBA, and Greg Babinski, GISP, Finance and Marketing Manager.
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