While Tomlinson did not have the advantage of computerized GIS systems, business owners today are blessed with computerized systems that easily lead them through a five-step process allowing them to create their final presentation effectively. The first question that the system will guide the user to ask is to define the problem and its geographical location. As leaders create their query, it becomes clear what data they need to analyze and what format the final presentation should take. Possible questions that can be queried include:
- Where are facilities that provide services currently located?
- What is the population distribution?
- Do people within the highest population density have the most access?
- Are there people who lack access to service?
The next step is to perform geographical analysis of the data. There are several possible ways to perform this analysis depending on the query chosen. Often times, it is helpful to draw a map to show the completed steps to arrive at the analysis. The final step is to present the data along with your analysis. These presentations can be done using several different formats including reports, maps, tables, and charts and delivered through printed media or through the Internet.