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Jeremy Weber, VP of Enterprise Solutions with Esri Business Partner GEO Jobe GIS shares with us his vision for the GEO Powered Cloud, an enterprise deployment platform for the ArcGIS enterprise ecosystem.
While you’ve likely about our GEOPowered Cloud before, I wanted to step back and provide some perspective on the vision behind this offering. At GEO Jobe, we have a deep belief in the value of GIS technology. Central to our mission is offering products and services that enable clients to fully realize these benefits – across their organizations. Frankly, this is why we’ve embraced enterprise GIS and the Web GIS implementation pattern, because they provide the building blocks for delivering the value of GIS to the masses.
While all clients can benefit from enterprise GIS capabilities, we’ve identified certain bottlenecks (cost, infrastructure, knowledge) that act as barriers to implementation and thus barriers to our mission. To overcome these challenges, we’ve created our GEOPowered Cloud – A platform offering shared and dedicated hosting supporting ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise and Esri partner solutions. Let me un-pack each of these below.
To date, the hybrid approach to ArcGIS Online is still the most popular implementation pattern as it provides clients with the best of Esri’s enterprise products (ArcGIS Online & ArcGIS Enterprise). We find this implementation pattern especially valuable for enhanced GIS data integration, advanced map production, seamless data flow between ArcGIS Desktop and Web GIS users, etc. The problem is that for smaller clients, the cost associated with buying ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise, infrastructure and implementation services tends to take these benefits out of reach. To address this, our GEOPowered Cloud – Shared Hosting subscriptions provide ArcGIS Enterprise capabilities (paired with your ArcGIS Online subscription) for a fraction of the cost. Think “The hybrid approach to ArcGIS Online via a SaaS model” – all priced by the number of users.
While shared hosting is great for certain clients, there are an equal number of organizations that have full access to ArcGIS Enterprise through Esri license agreements (ELAs, etc.). For these clients, cost is not the barrier, rather enterprise infrastructure and/or knowledge. To meet the needs of these clients, our cloud needs to adapt and we’ve done just that. Our GEOPowered Cloud – Dedicated Hosting subscriptions are designed to provide clients with a deployment platform for their dedicated ArcGIS Enterprise system. Whether paired with ArcGIS Online or fully configured with Portal for ArcGIS, our dedicated hosting subscriptions will adapt to your architectural needs. You’re guaranteed the full power of ArcGIS Enterprise with a lower implementation cost and less ongoing responsibility.
Esri Partner Solutions
As clients implement and start using enterprise GIS capabilities, it’s natural that they’ll want to extend the ArcGIS platform with great third-party solutions offered by members of the Esri Partner Network. This brings the best of both worlds together and we want to enable that. As a result, we’re excited to announce support for hosting and integration with third-party solutions offered by Esri business partners. While the implementation details will vary by product, we accommodate dedicated hosting and/or integration with shared or dedicated ArcGIS Enterprise resources. This is especially valuable for partners targeting accounts that fall into either the shared or dedicated hosting categories above.
In alignment with our motto “The Power of GIS, Simplified”, we will continue to meet our clients where they are, offer enterprise GIS deployment options and work alongside them to change lives through the value of GIS. If you’re looking for a partner in your enterprise GIS venture, we’d love to work with you. For more information about the GEOPowered Cloud and how your organization can benefit, CLICK HERE. We’re glad to discuss options with you! Reach us via connect @geo-jobe.com
About GEO Jobe
Founded in 1999, GEO Jobe is a geospatial industry leader that currently has the top three most popular apps in the ArcGIS Marketplace including Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online. While many geospatial firms focus on a specific industry, GEO Jobe, as company, has a focus on industry independent solutions and offerings such as providing software development and data hosting expertise and services. GEO Jobe was an early adopter of the ArcGIS Online platform and always strives to extend and push the limits of what is possible using the platform. GEO Jobe has been an Esri business partner for many years and has received multiple awards from Esri including the 2015 Innovative Marketplace Provider and the 2013 Organization Use of ArcGIS Online award.
About the Author:
Jeremy Weber is the VP of Enterprise Operations for GEO Jobe. Follow him on Twitter: @jeremyhweber