New Mexico held its quarterly
GMIS meeting on April 23rd, hosted by Sandoval County in beautiful
Bernalillo. The meeting was very well attended and included a number of guests
who were invited by current members to encourage joining NMGMIS. Additionally,
the collaboration of New Mexico’s GMIS affiliate with the local Project
Management Institute chapter offered 4 professional development units (PDUs) to
encourage their attendance.
The first speaker, Barb Ricci, is
the Records and Information Management Administrator for Los Alamos County and has
extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in the field of Records and
Information Management dedicating the past fifteen years to this discipline.
Ricci commenced a discussion about the proliferation of information-generating
systems and the explosive growth of data/information/e-records. Given the
location of such records, Ricci submitted that it is logical for organizations
to turn to their information technology (IT) departments to implement eRecords
solutions. The challenge…How can records and information management (RIM), legal,
leadership and end-users assist in resolving this growing concern. Ricci
shared the roles within “Information Governance” by understanding
the Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM) and how IT should collaborate
with others within the organization to truly create “Information Intelligence”.
Ricci was followed by Mark
Fidel, of CAaNES’, a digital security consultant. Fidel is a former litigator
who founded Applied Records Management, a records management and litigation
support consulting firm. Fidel discussed the cost of data breaches to an entity
from describing what a data breach is, types of data with which to be concerned,
and presented a case study that cost an entity over $600,000 to recover from.
Amanda Hargis, the GIS Coordinator for Santa Fe County, spoke during
lunch. She has worked in the geospatial technology field since 1989. Hargis
assisted Boulder County, Colorado’s move from the ArcInfo Workstation coverage
model to the ArcSDE model in 2000. She
shared her experience of the right and wrong things done, painful lessons and
valuable insight for future projects of this nature. She opened discussions
about main considerations in terms of numbers of editors and viewers, how much
time it might take, and what questions to ask yourself and your GIS staff and
audience in order to be successful in this type of endeavor.
The final speaker was Dan O’Connor,
the founder ofwww.danoconnortraining.com
who launched his communication-training career as a
teacher at the Universidad Autonoma in Guadalajara, Mexico, then moved into
consulting, speaking, and training on an international level. O’Connor shared
insights on dealing with difficult people, including theories of a) What gets
rewarded, gets repeated, b) Training people how to treat us, and c) How someone
else speaks is about them, how I speak is about me. Some tools that were
offered during his presentation included a) Conducting an assessment (1on1
within larger group), b) Understanding what is the biggest problem within an
organization? and c) How and what we contribute/solve? O’Connor also offered
some suggested verbal communication skills and what he calls “Danger and Power
Phrases” such as “I disagree…” could be stated in a power phrase way of “I see
it differently (another way)…” and a danger phrase of “Idea” could be power
phrased as “Answers/solutions”.
The meeting was a great success
and we look forward to both continued collaboration with our PMI chapters in
New Mexico as well as continuing to garner interest in membership of NMGMIS by
both local government and educational as well as tribal entities.