Enterprise GIS

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An Enterprise GIS is a geographic information system that is integrated through an entire organization so that a large number of users can manage, share, and use spatial data and related information to address a variety of needs, including data creation, modification, visualization, analysis, and dissemination.[1] In addition to providing users with GIS capabilities, Enterprise GIS is also made available to other software systems, including those dedicated to Spatial function or those that can usefully benefit from the inclusion of spatial information or processing.

Enterprise GIS evolved over the period of time and specially during 2005-2010. Most of the leading GIS vendors have had components that constitute an Enterprise GIS for long time but, the efforts to have them all packaged together and provide an end-to-end solution picked up fast pace in the recent times. To put it in simpler terms, an Enterprise GIS should be capable of:

  • supporting huge number of simultaneous transactions
  • integrating with other Enterprise Systems (such as SAP, Billing Systems etc.,)
  • comply with OGC Standards[2] to enable easier integration with other systems
  • displaying data in the same way (styles/ symbols) for Desktop, Web and Mobile users
  • (preferred) reusable functionality across Desktop, Web and Mobile platforms

Enterprise GIS exhibits includes:

  • Map Rendering
  • Spatial Calculations
  • Routing
  • Geocoding
  • Spatial Data Management

Enterprise GIS - an Architect's point of view Architects consider the following when designing Enterprise GIS systems:

  • Data Architecture
  • Data Governance
  • Integration with other systems (Enterprise Service Bus, API's)
  • High availability or seamless failover
  • Redundancy / disaster recovery
  • Privacy of data
  • Compliance to laws and regulations
  • Realtime monitoring with rich trace information for troubleshooting
  • Reporting (typically allowing for intelligent management)

Business Process - with location intelligence

Offerings from leading GIS vendors

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wade, T. and Sommer, S. eds. A to Z GIS
  2. ^ Open Geospatial Consortium http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards

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