Esri has been named one of the 25 fastest growing cloud companies in a new report by PwC. The report assesses some of the ways cloud computing continues to change and shape the software industry.

"Our customers expect that the cloud, like other innovative technologies, should offer more than just cheaper ways of doing business," says Esri President Jack Dangermond. "When you have the information to understand a situation or an environment holistically and in real time, you are better equipped to act on that insight. Cloud computing enhances decision-making, and software as a service (SaaS) enables organizations to be more agile, competitive and profitable."

PwC recognizes Esri, as well as organizations including Apple and Microsoft for innovating the SaaS model and supporting a complex ecosystem of users, partners and competitors to deliver the best aggregated customer experience available.

The cloud enables organizations to manage a growing volume of data from mobile devices, sensors and other connected assets quickly and seamlessly. It accelerates technology deployment and delivers faster time to value. Esri's ArcGIS Online delivers a cloud-powered universe of mapping and analysis resources that bring insight to complex data at speed and scale.

"We're excited to be part of this growing trend," says Brian Cross, head of professional services at Esri. "We continue to invest in and evolve our cloud offerings, including using a third party to host the cloud, hosting it ourselves, or providing GIS as a service."

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has provided customers worldwide tools to think and plan geographically. A market leader in GIS, Esri software is used in more than 350,000 organizations including each of the 200 largest cities in the U.S., most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications run on more than 1 million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers. Esri provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server and Internet platforms.