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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

New ESRI Licensing Program Facilitates Broad Use of GIS by Small Municipalities and Counties

ESRI now offers a Small Municipal and County Government Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) Program that allows unlimited deployments of ESRI ArcGIS software to municipalities and counties in the United States. The program provides access to the geographic information system (GIS) technology small governments need with a straightforward, tiered pricing schedule.

"The ability to deploy GIS technology to any worker in an organization will enable a small government to achieve an organization-wide GIS at a much faster rate," said Jack Dangermond, ESRI president. "We are pleased to do our part to help municipal and county governments develop GIS that can save them time and money, make them more efficient, and advance their missions."

The ELA Program is open to all governments in the United States with populations of 100,000 or less. Benefits to these organizations include

- Updated versions of GIS software to provide a consistent platform

- Flexible deployments to desktops, servers, and mobile devices

- Opportunities to consolidate GIS and IT initiatives, establish internal standards, and integrate ESRI business partner solutions

- Ability to incorporate GIS into mission-critical applications and workflows

"Small governments now have a way to deliver this valuable technology throughout the enterprise, which improves operational efficiency and service," added Christopher Thomas, ESRI Government Industry Solutions manager. "Instead of concentrating resources on securing GIS software, a government can rapidly access the GIS tools it needs to develop a robust GIS foundation and focus its energy on implementing departmental and discipline-specific solutions."

The core technology for the ELA is ESRI's ArcGIS software, which is an open and interoperable technology platform that provides advanced visualization and cartographic capabilities, spatial analysis, geographic data management, and more. ArcGIS software 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.

Press Release - ESRI