Oregon Signs ESRI ELA and Adopts ArcGIS Platform as the GIS Standard

                            State Becomes Sixth to Embrace ELA Program for Cost Savings and Increased Flexibility

Redlands, California — April 01, 2009 — The State of Oregon has signed an enterprise license agreement (ELA) with ESRI. With unlimited access to ESRI ArcGIS software, the state cuts procurement costs and encourages widespread GIS application development for more efficient operations. Oregon has already leveraged its ELA to develop a GIS-based stimulus funds tracking Web site. It joins states across the United States that are realizing the value of ESRI ELAs including Alabama, Delaware, Maine, Montana, and North Carolina.

“Our goal is to meet the business needs of all our staff, from novice GIS users to experts,” said Cy Smith, statewide GIS coordinator, Department of Administrative Services/Geospatial Enterprise Office. “Ongoing access to the software means agencies can expand application development. Agencies that have not yet started using it can do so. Now, a lot more people will create geospatial data to improve specific business processes and government services that require interagency coordination.”

Oregon also recently passed legislation making ESRI technology the standard for GIS in all state agencies. The administrative rule is Oregon’s first IT standard. Operating from this common foundation with wide access to ArcGIS software will ease GIS software administration and improve collaboration, data sharing, and communication across agencies. The ELA, combined with the state’s GIS standard, will encourage rapid growth of navigatOR, Oregon’s initiative to cost-effectively develop and manage statewide geospatial data in coordination with local, state, tribal, and federal government. The state’s data and Web mapping applications are available via Oregon Explorer.

“Oregon’s move to standardize on ArcGIS software and secure the GIS software it needs will help the state optimally serve government agencies and citizens,” said ESRI President Jack Dangermond. “As states across the nation face growing demands to do more with less, Oregon provides a strong example of how they can use GIS technology to move government forward.”

ArcGIS software provides spatial analysis, geographic data management, advanced visualization and cartographic capabilities, and more. ArcGIS software is a complete system to author, serve, and use geographic information. The open and interoperable technology gets geographic information to those who need it including analysts, decision makers, field staff, and the public through its support of mobile, Web, and desktop clients.

For more information about ESRI ELAs for government, contact 800-447-9778 or visit www.esri.com/governmentela.

About ESRI

Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world’s mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at www.esri.com.


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