We’re proud to announce the next evolution of Esri’s offerings for water, wastewater and stormwater utilities – ArcGIS for Water Utilities.
Over the next few weeks leading up to the Esri User Conference, we will be reorganizing the Water Utility Resource Center and our templates into ArcGIS for Water Utilities. In the meantime, we thought it would be helpful to give an overview of ArcGIS for Water Utilities and answer some questions we’ve already received from members of the user community that have helped us bring ArcGIS for Water Utilities together.
What is ArcGIS for Water Utilities?
ArcGIS for Water Utilities is a collection of maps and apps packaged for the ArcGIS platform. It is designed to meet common needs of water, wastewater and stormwater utilities. The maps and apps that are part of ArcGIS for Water Utilities are the next generation of the Water Utility Resource Center Templates.
ArcGIS for Water Utilities is a configuration of ArcGIS software and is included in the cost of licensing the ArcGIS system.
What do you mean by the “ArcGIS System”?
ArcGIS is a scalable system of integrated software that is designed to be deployed in a variety of ways. The advances in ArcGIS 10 truly make ArcGIS a geo-spatial technology platform that meets the common generic needs of any organization for creating, managing, analyzing and sharing spatial data. All components of the ArcGIS platform – ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server, the geodatabase, mobile GIS clients, web GIS clients, work seamlessly together when deployed as a system.
Water utilities are finding it easier to license the whole system because it fits their business needs better than buying individual pieces of software in a piecemeal manner. ArcGIS for Water Utilities enables users to get started fast and to become immediately productive. It provides a framework that can be extended and improved both by individual organizations as well as by valued business partners that support the water utilities community.
This sounds a lot like the Water Utility Templates you already have?
Yes – because it is the next generation of our templates. Based on your experiences and requests, we’ve decided that we can make water utility GIS easier, faster, cheaper and less confusing to implement by delivering all the parts you need to successfully implement ArcGIS to serve your organization’s mission.
How does this relate to Esri’s cloud efforts?
The cloud is already part of Esri’s platform, so it should come as no surprise that ArcGIS for Water Utilities can be implemented on site or in the cloud and will continue to evolve with the cloud capabilities of ArcGIS platform.
Why are you doing this?
We want to make ArcGIS easier, faster and cheaper to deploy for water utilities.
Are you going to a formal release schedule for ArcGIS for Water Utilities?
Yes. We have definite plans to continue to make incremental improvements and additions and will release these on an on-going basis.
How can I get ArcGIS for Water Utilities?
Download the set of maps and apps from the ArcGIS.com Water Utilities community, just like you currently download the Water Utility Templates.