Geographical Information Systems

ArcGIS is a system that lets you easily author data, maps, globes, and models on the desktop and serve them out for use on a desktop, in a browser, or in the field via mobile devices, depending on the needs of your organization. If you are a developer, ArcGIS gives you tools for building your own applications.


People are using ArcGIS in all types of organizations to improve their workflows and solve their most challenging issues.

ArcGIS helps you with:

  • Asset/data management including systems integration, claims/case management, service/territory area management, and constituent/customer management
  • Planning and analysis such as forecasting and risk analysis
  • Business operations such as call center/dispatching; monitoring and tracking; field data collection; inspections, maintenance and operations; and routing
  • Situational awareness including decision support and customer/public access

ArcGIS Works Across the Enterprise

ArcGIS is a system for people who rely on accurate geographic information to make decisions. It facilitates collaboration and lets you easily author data, maps, globes, and models on the desktop and serve them out for use on a desktop, in a browser, or in the field, depending on the needs of your organization.

Desktop GIS

Desktop GIS is the platform for creating, editing, and analyzing geographic knowledge. It allows you to see your data on a map and analyze it to reveal patterns, relationships, and trends that are not readily apparent in tabular data, improving your decision making. Desktop GIS includes ready-to-use data and tools that let you build process models, scripts, and complete workflows to help you better answer questions, test predictions, and examine relationships in your data. Desktop GIS consists of ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Engine, and ArcGIS Explorer.

ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS Desktop provides data and tools to help you create, edit, import, map, query, analyze, and publish geographic information. ArcGIS Desktop products include ArcInfo®, ArcEditor™, ArcView®, ArcReader™, and the ArcGIS Desktop extensions.

• Data visualization, integration, and management
• Spatial modeling and analysis
• High-end cartography
• Specialized GIS tools

ArcGIS Engine

ArcGIS Engine provides a standard framework for developers to create custom GIS and mapping applications. ArcGIS Engine is a core set of cross-platform components compatible with multiple programming languages that enables developers to rapidly build GIS solutions on ESRI’s ArcGIS platform.

• Supports development environments: Java™, .NET, C++, and COM
• Includes custom commands, controls, and programmable object libraries
• Provides templates, samples, and plug-ins for Microsoft® Visual Studio® and Eclipse™ IDEs
• Developer Kit—Available through the ESRI Developer Network (EDNSM)

ArcGIS Explorer

ArcGIS Explorer is a free, downloadable geobrowser that offers an easy way to view, present, and share GIS data. It connects directly to a variety of ready-to-use ArcGIS Online basemaps and layers and enables you to connect to your own map services or add local data.

• Support for 2D and 3D mapping services
• Support for geoprocessing services
• Ability to access and fuse any standard Web service

Server GIS

Server GIS provides fast, reliable access to your trusted maps, imagery, models, and GIS tools via the Web. You can publish your GIS resources for use in desktop, mobile, and Web applications. Server GIS is highly interoperable, can be scaled to meet increasing demand, and supports industry security standards.

Server GIS products include ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Server extensions.

ArcGIS Server

ArcGIS Server is a complete and integrated server-based GIS.  It comes with out-of-the-box
Web mapping and mobile GIS applications and delivers Web services that support spatial data
management, spatial analysis, and 2D and 3D visualization.

• Browser-based access to GIS • Centralized management of geographic data
• Imagery management
• Integration with other enterprise systems (CRM, ERP)
• Support for GIS and IT interoperability standards

ArcGIS Server Extensions

ArcGIS Server extensions offer more capabilities to your system, including sharing advanced process models via Web applications.

• 3D
• Image
• Spatial
• Network
• Data Interoperability
• Geostatistical
• Schematics
• Geoportal
• Job Tracking

ArcGIS Server Developer Opportunities

ArcGIS Server provides a comprehensive framework for integrating GIS data and capabilities into your Web applications.

• Web Application Developer Framework (ADF™) for both Java and .NET environments
• Integration with Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, Eclipse, and NetBeans™ IDEs
• AJAX-enabled Web controls
• Open APIs for SOAP, REST, JavaScript™, Adobe® Flex™, and Microsoft Silverlight

Mobile GIS

Mobile GIS technology extends GIS beyond the office and allows organizations to make accurate business decisions and collaborate in both field and office environments. Wireless connectivity, geoservices, and Web mapping applications allow field-based professionals to complete database transactions in near real time.

Mobile GIS products include ArcGIS Mobile and ArcPad®.

ArcGIS Mobile is a task-based mobile GIS application that enables organizations and field personnel to deliver GIS data and services from centralized servers, providing immediate access over wired and wireless networks to a range of Windows Mobile devices.

Share field data dynamically across the organization with

• A comprehensive out-of-the-box mobile application
• A fully customized software development kit (SDK)

ArcGIS Mobile

• Simple .NET developer tools
• Real-time map viewing and data editing
• Wireless synchronization with ArcGIS Server
• Centrally managed large-scale deployments
• Connected or disconnected GIS-focused applications


ArcPad software provides mobile mapping, GIS, and GPS integration to field users via handheld mobile devices. Data collection with ArcPad is fast and easy and improves critical decision making in the field.
• Supports a range of field mapping applications
• Provides out-of-the-box, ready-to-use functionality
• Easily integrates with external hardware
• Is compatible with ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server

Online GIS Data

ESRI provides a full spectrum of ready-to-use, high-quality geospatial data products, as well as demographic and market data, to help you with your visualization and analysis projects.

ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online is deeply integrated with ArcGIS and provides immediate access to ready-to-use map and task services. It also provides a platform for discovering and sharing geographic information, such as maps, layers, and tools.


ESRI provides a full spectrum of ready-to-use, high-quality geospatial data products, as well as demographic and market data, to help you with your visualization and analysis projects.

ESRI StreetMap™ Premium

Provide geocoding, routing, and high quality cartographic display using ArcGIS Server or ArcGIS Desktop with this enhanced, ready-to-use street dataset.


Use demographic data, segmentation data, consumer spending, business listings, and other market data for location analysis, customer profiling, and other market research and analysis projects.

ESRI Data & Maps

More than 26 GB of data—including imagery and basemaps—are packaged with ArcGIS software.

ArcGIS Data Appliance

Use terabytes of pre-rendered worldwide data along with geocoding and routing services, delivered on a network storage device.