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"This is terrific news for the City of Houston," said Max Samfield, deputy director and chief technology officer for the city. "For the past two years, we have been preparing our organization for true enterprise GIS, www.esri.com/technology_trends/enterprise_gis/index.html, and bridging a tremendous number of data assets. We've made a significant investment in data preparation, infrastructure expansion, and application development to bring an enterprise-wide GIS to fruition."
"An important part of that implementation process is ensuring that city employees have simplified access to the tools they need to build and use the system," he continued. "Putting GIS software in their hands with the ELA assures they can acquire essential tools while nearly eliminating administrative burdens such as conducting complex internal license audits."
Other advantages of the ELA include
- Improved access to GIS development tools
- Increased ability to create data replication processes
- Enhanced data sharing
The core technology for the ELA is ESRI's ArcGIS software, which is an open and interoperable technology platform that provides spatial analysis, geographic data management, advanced visualization and cartographic capabilities, and more. ArcGIS software, www.esri.com/software/arcgis/index.html, is a complete system to author, serve, and use geographic information. The technology gets geographic information to those who need it, including analysts, decision makers, field staff, and the public, through its support of mobile, Web, and desktop clients.
For more information, contact the nearest ESRI U.S. regional office or international distributor (contact information is available at www.esri.com/locations).