Redlands, Calif.-Esri officially released ArcGIS Online for organizations, offering expanded collaboration tools for cataloging, visualizing and sharing geospatial information.
"ArcGIS Online is a new cloud-based mapping system for
organizations that is essentially changing how GIS managers, as well as IT
managers, think about mapping and GIS," said Jack Dangermond, president,
Esri. "ArcGIS Online works with all types of data and is built on a powerful
enterprise mapping platform that lets users simply manage their geospatial
content, such as data, maps, images, applications and other geographic
Early adopters of ArcGIS Online have realized immediate benefits
from extending their existing geographic information to reach more people
across the enterprise and the public. The system supports better collaboration
among teams and departments by allowing data to be easily integrated and
shared. ArcGIS Online provides on-demand, self-serve mapping and is closely
integrated with Excel for making maps from spreadsheet data commonly
ArcGIS Online provides new insights and opportunities for
organizations to visualize their information spatially and quickly turn these
visualizations into web services that can be shared anywhere. Organizations can
mash up map services coming from a variety of sources and configure an array of
ready-to-use applications that can be embedded and run in browsers and on
Through the purchase of an annual subscription, an organization
can obtain a private and secure instance in Esri's cloud that's scalable and
ready to use; no additional hardware or software has to be purchased or
installed. An organization has access to tools for mapping and location
analytics, global basemaps and imagery, demographic information, a library of
templates and applications for browsers and mobile devices.
Users can catalog and discover maps and applications, set up
groups to collaborate and share items with each other, the entire organization,
or publicly. For example, without any programming, any user that's part of an
ArcGIS Online subscription can quickly share maps by embedding them in a
website or blog, through social media, or using a preconfigured web application
Because ArcGIS Online is integrated with ArcGIS for Desktop and
ArcGIS for Server, maps created by GIS professionals can now be made accessible
to others in the organization using the same system. Everyone in the
organization can view and interact with these maps via a browser, smartphone,
tablet or other mobile device.
Registering ArcGIS for Server services in ArcGIS Online only takes
a few steps and puts them into the hands of those who need the information to
get their work done. In addition, non-GIS professionals, such as knowledge
workers who have a need for GIS, now have a way to quickly create maps from the
unstructured information they work with in spreadsheets, and text files and
share these maps with others who can access them on any device.
This type of on-demand and self-serve mapping frees up GIS
professionals from having to respond to constant requests for maps and instead,
concentrate on making and publishing authoritative information products. An
ArcGIS Online subscription also includes access to an API that developers in
the organization can use to extend the system or integrate a custom solution
with the ArcGIS system.
A flexible, annual subscription plan structured to accommodate
different sizes of organizations or departments is available-from small
workgroups to an enterprise-wide implementation. What plan to purchase depends
on the size of an organization and the online resources it plans to consume.
Users can purchase separate subscriptions for each department or one large
subscription for the entire organization.
Service credits are the currency of the ArcGIS Online system. Each
service credit entitles your organization to consume a set amount of ArcGIS
Online services, such as storing features or tiled map services and geocoding.
Providing a pool of credits gives your organization flexibility to use the
system to fit your organizational workflows and other needs. Organizations that
have an existing enterprise license agreement (ELA) with Esri receive an ArcGIS
Online subscription as part of their agreement with a certain number of service
credits allocated and unlimited users.
The subscription plans start as small as 5 users and 2,500 service
credits, all the way to a multidepartment plan with 1,000 users and 110,000
service credits or even larger for enterprise plans. Regardless of which plan
your organization chooses, more users and service credits can be added to the
plan at any time.
There are three roles in ArcGIS Online: administrators, publishers
and users. Administrators of the ArcGIS Online subscription have the ability to
publish and use content, and also monitor service consumption through a
dashboard. If the dashboard indicates that the service credits are at a low
level, more credits can be purchased either online or by contacting Esri.
Administrators also have the ability to invite and add users, remove users,
assign user roles, delete content and groups, and set and manage the security
Administrators also have the ability to customize an
organization's ArcGIS Online home page to represent the organization's brand
and identity. Customization options include adding a logo and banner, creating
a custom URL and featuring maps and applications important to the organization.
Publishers do not have administrative privileges, but can publish
content and use content published by others. Users can interact with and
consume content, but not publish it. It is important to note that organizations
retain all the rights and title to, and interest in, any content they publish
in ArcGIS Online.
For organizations that didn't have the opportunity to participate
in the ArcGIS Online beta program or be part of the early adopters program, a
30-day evaluation is available. To get more details about ArcGIS Online and
sign up for the free 30-day trial, visit
Esri Releases ArcGIS Online for Organizations
June 15, 2012