How to Transition to Esri’s Network Management Framework

By Dave DiSera, V.P. of Professional Services, RAMTeCH

Esri’s new Network Management Framework offers improved functionality that adds significant business value to utilities. It offers improved performance, tracing, model realism, versioning, and validation. The Network Management Framework also adds greater capability for integration, improved operations support, and more near real-time updates to your GIS data. In this post, we address how your business and staff can effectively implement the Network Management Framework to improve operational efficiencies.

Having a roadmap clearly defines how all aspects of the transition will effectively deliver enterprise GIS services that are aligned with business goals. A roadmap sets the foundation for aligning GIS with the business and addresses the incremental transition to the Network Management Framework and Enterprise ArcGIS Platform. It also describes the costs associated with the delivery of those services.

What’s Your GIS Vision?

Sustainable GIS systems are led by a long-term vision. A GIS vision is the engine that drives your transition roadmap. As an example, your GIS vision for an enterprise, web-enabled GIS weaves in:

  • Planning and Analysis: for planning for new projects and assets;
  • Operation Awareness: for planning and designing of assets to be placed into operation;
  • Field Mobility: for coordinating crews and collecting data in the field;
  • Asset Management: for managing the assets in databases once collected from the field;
  • Data Management: for managing all business and operational assets using enterprise policies and standards;
  • Customers Service: for providing clear and quality customer service to the base.

GIS Vision

What’s Your Enterprise-Level GIS Strategy?

A GIS strategy breathes life into your GIS Vision. With an enterprise-wide GIS strategy, you can meet your GIS business and operational objectives by:

  • Ensuring business needs are identified to determine the ArcGIS Platform and Network Management transition architecture and functional capabilities.
  • Determining and prioritizing critical factors, such as data requiring cleansing and updating to streamline the transition and take full advantage of the ArcGIS Platform.
  • Establishing a comprehensive deployment plan for budgeting and sequencing the spatial data, technology, organizational, and associated process changes based on business requirements.

RAMTeCH’s gNet™ approach is your strategy that lays out your roadmap. Through the gNet GIS StrategyAdvantage Program, your GIS strategy is aligned with all key business and operational sectors including:

  • GIS Infrastructure and Systems – hardware, infrastructure, and network components to support the ArcGIS Platform and applications;
  • GIS Applications and Spatial Data – ArcGIS software applications, geodatabases, and spatial data that support business functions;
  • GIS Governance and Practices – processes, practices, and tools to support GIS and technology planning, management, and investment decisions; and
  • GIS Organization and Staffing – organizational structure, staffing and service delivery approaches to support technology and business needs.

RAMTeCH’s gNet Advantage Program encompasses three primary phases:1) Assess (review and analyze current situation); 2) Plan (develop upgrade direction, schedule, and costs); and 3) Achieve (implement upgraded related initiatives).

RAMTeCH’s gNet strategy focuses on the vital components of technology, data, organizational, people, and process aspects required for a successful transition to the ArcGIS Platform and Network Management Framework. Each phase is interdependent on the other. Using the Assess, Plan, and Achieve approach, your business has the flexibility to progress through each phase as frequently or as quickly as your schedule affords. Moreover, these phases offer practical and applied steps with patterns, templates, and tools to lead you through the process.

What’s Involved in Each gNet Phase?

One of the most important aspects of RAMTeCH’s gNet program is to actively engage all stakeholders who support the GIS. Through this assessment process, RAMTeCH industry experts help craft your GIS vision and strategy for implementation as work-related documents. Developing these documents involves engaging stakeholders of the envisioned system to effectively make the business case and meet their operational needs. The graphics below detail the gNet Advantage Program steps, activities/output, and schedule.

Assess Phase – During this phase, RAMTeCH will identify and analyze business needs, and current and planned system and data requirements, along with the associated business processes needed to support the ArcGIS Platform and Network Management transition.

Plan Phase – Following the Assess Phase, RAMTeCH will work with you to develop a course of action focused on the critical elements of the Network Management and ArcGIS Platform and associated requirements and deployment strategies. RAMTeCH concentrates on the data, systems, workflows, practices, organizational, and governance for your upgrade. Example elements might include:

  • Spatial & Network Data (Data content, quality, connectivity, UN model and design, Utility asset mapping, Data migration scripts & migration, etc.)
  • Applications & Systems (Architecture & integration, Enterprise ArcGIS Platform, ArcGIS Pro, Portal, etc.)
  • Workflows & Practices (Data collection/update processes, Business process improvements, etc.)
  • Organization & Governance (Staffing, Training, Structure and Support, etc.)

Achieve Phase – The Achieve Phase involves implementing options and recommendations from the gNet Assessment and Deployment Plan. If requested, RAMTeCH can assist with developing and implementing the gNet Deployment Plan by setting-up the upgrade environment, designing new or upgrading existing systems, correcting and/or migrating, conducting data audits, testing, training on new workflows, etc.

An End-to-End Transition Solution

With the new functionality, modeling, and performance available with Network Management Framework, you need an end-to-end strategy for implementing this technology. The utility industry has been requesting better systems for web GIS, tighter integration with operational systems, streamlined mobile editing environment, and realistic data modeling. Esri’s Network Management Framework offers the key functionality you desire. With RAMTeCH as your guide, our gNet Advantage Program is your strategy for making the transition


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