Welcome to the 2019 TUgis Conference. TUgis: Maryland’s Geospatial Conference is a cooperative undertaking of three primary partners—Maryland State Geographic Information Committee, Maryland Department of Information Technology, and Towson University. TUgis is dedicated to growing and empowering the GIS community throughout the Mid-Atlantic. The annual conference connects the Maryland GIS community to new ideas and trends and offers ample opportunities to find ways to collaborate.
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Thursday, August 8 • 10:30am - 11:00am
GIS Cloud Migration - Experience Based Solutions

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Moving your GIS in part or in its entirety to the cloud has some attractive attributes: lower I.T. cost, lower hardware cost, lower maintenance cost, and much less downtime. As cloud resource providers expand their offerings for virtualization and storage, competition between them is driving down cost. These recent developments have positioned many GIS departments to move many of their services and most of their data off site. The upgrades in availability, scalability and managed infrastructure have made cloud migration a logical and equitable option for many. However, this move offsite does present some challenges: how to efficiently use the variety of storage and access options available, ways to mitigate costs without compromising functionality, and how to implement a disaster recovery plan. Perhaps the most difficult challenge is how to train staff and users to effectively adopt the changes that come along with new systems and processes. After migrating our own data and that of several clients, we have developed some strategies to overcome the inherent obstacles presented. One of the first tasks is probably the most important to the sucess of your migration project, selecting a hosting provider. There are many options some more well know than others, we found that by trying out the tools and processes for a provider we could get a feel for what working in that environment every day would be like and if that was an environment we felt comfortable in.
Also, test the customer support, call your account manager, try to get an engineer on the phone, time these tasks and see what platform offers a level of service you would expect on a production deployment. We would like to share our hard lessons learned and ideas on ways to make your migration as smooth as possible.


CarolAnn Williams

GIS Analyst, WBCM
CarolAnn is a GIS Analyst for WBCM working with the Prince George's County DPW&T - Office of Highway Maintenance. She supports maintenance operations for stormwater management, transportation management, road maintenance, snow operations, and other special services within the org... Read More →


Mark Bratcher

Technical Lead, Atlas Geographic Data
A graduate of the Appalachian State University geography program and GIS professional for the past 15 years. Technical lead for Atlas Geographic Data for the past 10 years.

Tyler Simmons

IT Lead, Atlas Geographic Data
Graduate of the UNC Wilmington Masters of Public Administration program. Manages more than 60 websites and project manager on several gis cloud migration projects.

Thursday August 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
LA 3110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204