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Enterprise GIS

  • By: Wolfgang Peter Reinhardt
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Enterprise GIS refers to geographical information systems (GIS) in private companies, governmental organizations, or any similar entity. The main requirement here is that the company or organization consists of a number of departments or other areas with professional activities that require at least some support of a GIS.

Requirements

In the early GIS years, GIS users were mainly working at separated and sometimes isolated workstations. Today, workstations are connected, linked to other applications, and therefore integrated in the whole information technology (IT) infrastructure of an organization.

The requirements for an enterprise GIS are as follows:

  • Easy and flexible modeling of the business logics of the different processes
  • Support of the different functional requirements in the departments from road construction to planning and facility management, just to mention a few
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