San Leandro, Calif.-based OSIsoft, producer of the PI System, operational data infrastructure for real-time data and events, and Esri announced a partnership to execute on the vision of real-time GIS.

"Maps are a fundamental way in which we communicate information. They tell us where things are. By bringing together ArcGIS and the PI System, customers will not only know where things are but what they are doing in real-time." says Jack Dangermond, president of Esri. "By displaying real-time and historical information on a map, our customers will unlock opportunities in their data not previously visible."

OSIsoft and Esri aim to bring out of the box integration between the PI System and ArcGIS, enabling a platform for real-time GIS as well as seamless back-office integration between operational data management and GIS.

"This partnership will bring significant value to our mutual customers, allowing them to visualize and analyze their operations geographically in real-time at unprecedented levels of detail and scale," said J. Patrick Kennedy, CEO and founder of OSIsoft. "Adding a geospatial dimension to OSIsoft’s data and events management infrastructure has applications across all our industries. We’re really excited about the possibilities this partnership will enable in smart grid, energy management, clean tech and transportation."

Both technologies leverage Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, enabling a wide range of secure deployment options on premises and in the cloud.

"It’s fantastic to see two of our top partners come together and use our technologies to deliver critical business services" says Laura Ipsen, corporate vice president, worldwide public sector, at Microsoft. "The combined expertise of OSIsoft and Esri will allow them to provide deep service delivery capabilities, via a hybrid cloud based on Windows Azure, supporting the needs of our government, commercial and industrial customers."