Esri today rolled out an ambitious cloud offering for government and enterprise customers that allows users to create data-driven maps and map services without ArcGIS servers or desktop software.
ArcGIS Online organizational subscriptions, in beta since December, also provide:
“One way to describe it — and here’s a big sentence — is that ArcGIS Online is a mapping platform, a new geospatial enterprise platform but especially focusing in on mapping,” said Esri founder and President Jack Dangermond in a phone interview with Computerworld (see related story). “It has other services in there, like geocoding services across the enterprise or spatial analysis services that can be deployed across the enterprise, but the basic thing that most people recognize it for is that it has really cool maps.
GIS pioneer Jack Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 and has steered the company since the mainframe era.
Today’s announcement of ArcGIS Online organizational subscriptions marks what he calls Esri’s evolution into the era of cloud and mobile computing. He talked about the importance of mobile and cloud, the role of GIS in organizations, big data and consumer vs. enterprise mapping.
Given that “cloud” has become one of the most used technology buzzwords of the decade, it’s not surprising that the Esri International User Conference 2012 is shaping up to offer an impressive number of cloud sessions on the agenda.
This year’s presentations are aimed at equipping the cloud-initiated with the information and answers you need to successfully implement cloud solutions.
You’ll also see an abundance of sessions about ArcGIS Online, aimed at exposing attendees to the variety of functionality present in Esri’s SaaS offering. Some highlights include demonstrations about consuming external content to craft well-designed symbols and pop-ups; and how to move your on-premise desktop maps from ArcMap into an ArcGIS Online organizational account — a new offering which allows you to tailor ArcGIS Online to your business or agency.