Integral GIS has grown from a boutique GIS firm (a niche within a niche, perhaps), to a larger company with exceptional “Street Cred” with our clients; many of whom are the largest organizations within their own markets. We work intimately with our clients, since geospatial thinking and problem solving don’t, necessarily, come naturally to them. If geospatial methods and processes will help solve their business problems, then we have the opportunity to provide value. If geospatial methods and process are not right, then we will say so, and that is that. Since GIS is certainly perceived as a solution waiting for a problem, we are sensitive to this, and understand that not every problem pertains to, or needs a GIS solution. However, increasingly, in order for most companies to fully understand their business context, our conjecture is that GIS has a role to play. This is what we do.
Geospatial technologies have largely been seen as being solutions looking for problems, and we at Integral believe that is, in part, true. The application of geospatial technologies and processes only makes sense if applied to defined business problems. Though geospatial technologies and methods are not the answer to all problems, there are problems for which they are the ONLY answer. Our job is to help determine whether geospatial technologies are the right fit for organizations.
Much of what Integral produces are applications for our clients. These applications often encompass geospatial interfaces, so we are often seen as being solely a mapping company. However, the map often is the final result of business analysis and requirements gathering, geodatabase development and analysis of analytical workflows, all culminating in an application that distills the complexity into something that is intuitive: A map as the entry point to robust analysis.
Integral are not only experts in the application of geospatial technologies to business, but we are honest assessors of whether geospatial technologies are the right path for organizations as well.
We deliver geodatabase and database solutions across a diverse range of advanced data sets of varying sizes for our clients. We have developed many back end analytic solutions for data entry, analysis, location and financial modelling, together with the front end applications to augment workflows and to present complex information in an intuitive manner.
We take a comprehensive and collaborative approach to each software development project:
Discovery – What is driving the need for a solution? (evaluation of current business processes amd work practices). Client requirements gathering meetings. We pride ourselves on listening very carefully to our clients technology needs first and foremost.
Interface Prototyping – Presenting ‘proof of concept’ prototypes of the potential solution(s) to the client. Close collaboration follows where together we finalise the solution from a visual and design perspective.
Agile specification – Conception and agreement of all core deliverables in the form of ‘user stories’ and all or any required outputs.
Planning – Drafting of technical specification and project plan – Agreement on time lines of project and each core deliverable.
Development – Execution of the development plan following sign off of the technical specification.
For each milestone…
Phased Iterative / Milestone delivery – Delivery of project components/modules for Beta testing.
Beta review – Addressing all or any issues/changes to scope based on beta testing results.
UAT review – User acceptance testing (Signing off on all core agreed deliverables)
Installation / Integration and training – Delivery of final solution + user documentation.
Post-project – Aftercare & Maintenance
We utilize an iterative Agile development methodology offering our clients the highest level of engagement and control in the conception and formation of the software solution. Agile ensures a robust requirements specifications along with rapid application development, allowing us to reach the end product in the most efficient and unambiguous way possible.
Beyond project completion, aftercare and ongoing support are a crucial aspect of the service we provide. Ongoing monitoring, feedback and indirect support of end users are all elements of this, delivered in a responsive way to our clients.
ArcGIS, and ArcGIS Server in particular, lends itself to integration with other business systems. Whether this happens at the database level or through APIs, geospatially enabling many business systems is not only relatively simple, but absolutely vital to many businesses.
Beautiful. Responsive. Intuitive.
Integral GIS utilizes beauty and function in every project it undertakes. The best practice is to clearly identify all the needs of the client and understand the workflow before beginning the work of how it looks. For us, design is considered as an element of usability and function at the very start of the project.
This intuitive user experience means you don’t need to read a manual; you don’t need to be specialized or have advanced knowledge to use the tools Integral GIS creates. We design our user interface to be something with which you are innately familiar. In most cases, Integral GIS utilizes existing design concepts to allow for instant recognition of known users on a new application. This makes the transition from old to new smoother, and less time is spent in re-training. Our process is anticipatory and participatory and uses intuitive design concepts that emphasize user friendly application. For instance, we keep a mobile responsive framework in mind throughout the design process so that there is often no need for a separate mobile application to be designed.
Maps are a lens that offer optimal user experience for data that has a location-based element. Our goal when creating these tools is to provide clear analysis at your fingertips.
Since its beginning, Integral has been involved in the integration of numerical and quantitative analysis with geospatial technologies and methods. We received a small business innovative research grant to build deterministic bomb-blast and collateral damage modeling within a geospatial framework. The results were to used to model potential terrorist threats to a large number of, what the FBI calls, ‘Special Events’. One such Special Event was the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.