Esri Press released the fifth edition of "Thinking About GIS: Geographic Information System Planning for Managers." This book on planning and implementing a geographic information system (GIS) is authored by Dr. Roger Tomlinson, widely recognized as "the father of GIS."

The fifth edition has been updated with new resources including case studies, tips and terminology definitions that reflect the latest advances in GIS technology and information. The accompanying DVD includes examples and templates, exercises and videos of the seminar "Planning and Managing a GIS" from the 2012 Esri International User Conference.

Drawing from decades of Tomlinson's consulting experience and worldwide GIS seminars, this edition bridges the communication gap between the senior managers who oversee information technology systems and the technical specialists who design and implement the systems. The book provides a common ground for both groups so that each clearly understands the methodology needed to implement and maintain an effective GIS.

"Successful GIS implementation depends on a well-thought-out and executed plan," said Esri President Jack Dangermond. "If you follow the methodology presented in this book, you will be on the track to success. "

Tomlinson created the first computerized geographic information system in the 1960s while working for the Canadian government. He is a former chairman of the International Geographical Union GIS Commission, a past president of the Canadian Association of Geographers, and the second-ever recipient of the prestigious Alexander Graham Bell Award from the National Geographic Society.

"Thinking About GIS: Geographic Information System Planning for Managers," Fifth Edition (ISBN: 9781589483484, 280 pages, $54.95), is available at online retailers worldwide, at esri.com/esripress or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit esri.com/esripressorders for complete ordering options, or visit esri.com/distributors to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.