GIS software inertia involves the use of programs the same way for weeks, months and years without any change. Existing but not yet found or explored tools, new enhancements and workflows are left to gather electronic dust as users continue to do the same tasks, the same way. Why does this happen? Is it healthy for employees? Employers? How can the silent epidemic be eradicated?
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Contributing columnist Catherine Burton interviewed Michael Carson, GIS manager at the City of Burbankwhere, as in many cities, GIS work continues to be a critical element in city administration and planning.