Esri Maps for IBM Cognos, is web-based software that integrates Esri maps and data into IBM Cognos Business Intelligence (BI) reports. This non-intrusive solution plugs directly into the IBM Cognos BI report authoring and deployment workflow, helping you deliver powerful location analytics capabilities in a fraction of the time and cost normally required.

With Esri Maps for IBM Cognos, your users can view, query, and analyze key business data in new ways.

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Whitepaper: Knowledge Brief: Mobile Mapping Applications for Improved Business Results

by ESRINov 20, 2012

Mobile application development has become a top concern for enterprises and their CIOs. According to the 2012 Gartner CIO Survey, 61% of respondents plan to enhance their mobility capability during the next three years, and 48% believe they will become leaders in their industries by fully adopting innovative mobility solutions.

This Magic Quadrant assesses the major vendors of application development platforms that enable enterprise developers to design, code, integrate, test, publish and manage business-to-consumer (B2C), B2B and business-to-enterprise (B2E) mobile applications.

Whitepaper: Report Brief: Reveal More Value in Your Data with Location Analytics

by ESRINov 20, 2012

In nearly every industry, executives, managers and employees are increasingly using maps in conjunction with enterprise applications such as business intelligence (BI) and CRM. Companies seek every opportunity to gain an edge, and often it's to be found in the data at their fingertips. Approximately 80% of an organization's data has a location component. By ignoring or underutilizing this data, organizations overlook rich and pervasive information that could help them operate more efficiently and competitively. Savvy companies are generating new insights and unearthing new opportunities by mapping location-specific data.

This paper explains how organizations can leverage the location components of their corporate data to visualize, model and analyze business information in new ways.

Whitepaper: Esri® Location Analytics for Business Intelligence

by ESRIOct 15, 2012

This paper discusses the market dynamics that are driving integration of two highly complementary enterprise software solutions: business intelligence (BI) and geographic information system (GIS) technology. It also outlines the benefits of such an integration and how to easily enable it with Esri® Location Analytics.

BI is a priority for organizations interested in gaining a competitive advantage. BI leverages corporate data and strategically equips knowledge workers with insights that drive sound business decisions.

As BI has matured, the reach of GIS has expanded significantly as well. In addition to specialty IT groups, GIS provides agility to a multitude of departments in many industries. It allows users to visualize and intelligently analyze historically underutilized data in ways not typically seen in traditional BI implementations.

Given the complementary natures of BI and GIS, the adoption of geographic analysis to enhance business intelligence is growing rapidly. Through the fusion of these two enterprise technologies, organizations can visualize and analyze key business data through "smart" maps to discover patterns and trends that would have been easily overlooked with traditional BI tables and charts.

In spite of the steady technological progression in the BI market, few organizations have made strides in integrating GIS technologies with business intelligence, even though there are obvious synergies between these two disciplines. However, given technological advances and the advent of enterprise-scale, high-performance, web-based solutions in both domains, the fit for BI and GIS presents a timely opportunity.

Whitepaper: Estimating the Cost of a GIS in the Amazon Cloud

by ESRIOct 15, 2012

Geographic information system (GIS) and information technology (IT) managers see the cloud as a compelling argument for leveraging off-premises hardware resources and reducing local infrastructure costs. But how does one go about calculating the cost of using cloud resources in lieu of using on-site infrastructure? The purpose of this paper is to help the reader understand how costs are calculated for cloud services - using Amazon� Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) as an example - and how to estimate the costs of using Amazon cloud services with an ArcGIS Server cloud implementation: ArcGIS® Server on Amazon EC2.

ArcGIS Server is the core server GIS software made by Esri, used for creating, managing, and distributing GIS Web services, applications, and data. ArcGIS Server is typically deployed on-premises within the organization's service-oriented architecture (SOA) or off-premises in cloud computing environments or data centers.

Esri offers ArcGIS Server on Amazon EC2 as a preconfigured solution for organizations wishing to deploy their GIS servers on established cloud infrastructures rather than use their own local infrastructures. ArcGIS Server on Amazon EC2 provides two Amazon Machine Images (AMIs): ArcGIS Server and an enterprise geodatabase configured on PostgreSQL.

Whitepaper: Market Research Brief: Revealing the ''Where'' of Business Intelligence using Location Analytics

by ESRIOct 15, 2012

A 2012 survey of more than 180 business and IT managers and staff at organizations of all sizes across multiple industries reveals some important trends and insights when it comes to location-based data:

� The use of maps to view business data in its geographical context is growing in importance.
� Managers and executives find it important to map data to manage everything from assets and customers to the field workforce and supply chains, as well as for operational awareness,real estate planning and risk management.
� A gap exists between the growing awareness of the importance of location-based data and the ability of organizations to make effective use of the data.
� While many organizations use simple online maps to view the location component of their business data, far too many still rely on ad hoc tools versus applications designed to analyze the geographic relationships in BI data.
� Most respondents associate data mapping with traditional geographic information systems (GIS) rather than with the newest generation of BI-specific GIS tools available to support this mapping.

This research brief further explores these issues and provides insight into why organizations may be struggling - or overlooking the opportunity - to take advantage of all the data in their environment.

Whitepaper: GIS in the Cloud eBook

by ESRIOct 15, 2012

Cloud computing has emerged as a technology almost every industry that provides or consumes software, hardware, and infrastructure can leverage. The technology and architecture that cloud service and deployment models offer are a key area of research and development for geographic information system (GIS) technology.

GIS in the Cloud provides an overview that includes a definition of cloud computing and discusses the differences between the three core cloud service models - Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas). By way of example, the author clearly specifies the differences between the models.

The popularity of cloud computing has increased dramatically because of the many and varied benefits it offers. This eBook includes a discussion of common benefits achieved by leveraging the cloud, and includes an analysis of deployment options: public, private, and hybrid cloud.

Given the concerns cloud computing raises in regard to security, a discussion of risks in the cloud explores the aspects of cloud computing that must be considered and addressed in order to meet requirements appropriate to the security of one's organization and IT environment.

GIS in the Cloud includes a specific discussion of Esri's ArcGIS technology, focused specifically on its content and services that are available in the cloud. The offering includes SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS solutions, providing cost-effective and flexible opportunities for organizations to deliver and consumer GIS content and services.

Webcast: Extend Your Business Intelligence with Strategic Maps

by ESRIApr 29, 2012

The value of location analytics is based upon a strong combination of Business Intelligence (BI) and geographic information systems, or maps. Watch this webinar to learn how you can explore business data visually with maps in a way never before possible. Learn how to build maps as part of your strategic BI footprint.

Whitepaper: Place Matters in the Helping Professions: GIS for Human and Social Services Organizations

by ESRIApr 23, 2012

Academics have made the case that social work needs mapping. This white paper describes how geographic information systems (GIS) fill that prescription. GIS is a key component in modernizing the information technology (IT) of many human and social service programs. By leveraging the data management, analysis, and visualization capabilities of GIS, social workers and other human service professionals (hereinafter referred to collectively as helping professionals) are empowered to understand community needs, measure environmental forces (including access to services), deliver services more efficiently, and detect fraud and abuse. After reading this white paper

� Senior management of human and social service organizations will understand the importance of geographically enabling information systems (with GIS) to support their core missions.

� Helping professionals will recognize how GIS can support their business processes and workflows.

� IT personnel will understand that Esri technology is scalable from the desktop to the server to mobile devices and is available in the cloud.