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July 11th, 2013
Esri Australia Deploys GIS in the Cloud

The solution – which provides GIS capabilities to organisations on a month-by-month basis – has already drawn significant market interest, with successful deployments across the financial services, government and emergency services sectors.

Esri Australia’s Executive Manager Professional Services Jeff Robinson said apart from enabling existing users to cost-effectively scale up their operations, the solution provides a viable entry point for other organisations looking to explore Esri’s intelligent mapping capabilities.

“For these groups, the hosted GIS solution we’ve delivered removes the road blocks,” said Mr Robinson.

“Now, organisations such as smaller local government groups, engineering and construction consortiums and geographically dispersed agricultural enterprises can all easily deploy GIS capabilities – minus the regular infrastructure costs.”
Mr Robinson said the applications of the solution are broad ranging – from a simple web map relating to a specific topic or initiative; to an advanced enterprise-wide deployment.
“For a retailer, this could mean providing their analysts with a visualisation tool to monitor shoppers’ in-store behaviour; for an engineering firm it could serve as a core asset management system; or for a state government body, it could be a public information map for a major event,” said Mr Robinson.
“As the GIS solution is hosted on the Amazon Cloud, it can be scaled up and down instantly to meet demand – whether it’s one user or one million users accessing the system.”
Mr Robinson said the hosted GIS service approach was first trialled with Brisbane City Council (BCC) during the 2011 flood crisis, when Esri Australia built, deployed and hosted the iconic BCC Flood Map.
“At the height of the crisis, more than three million members of the public accessed the map,” said Mr Robinson.
“Esri Australia was responsible for managing the entire process – from initial development through to ensuring the application experienced zero down time – taking the pressure off BCC so they could focus their attention elsewhere.
“This hosted service approach to GIS proved incredibly valuable – so making the service available to all Australian organisations has been a priority for us.”

For more information on Esri Australia’s hosted GIS solutions, visit