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Matt Sheehan
Matt Sheehan
Matt holds an MSc in Geography and GIS. He has been working with clients solving problems with GIS for over 17 years. Matt founded WebMapSolutions whose mission is to put innovative, intuitive GIS driven applications into the hands of new and existing users.

Google and Esri Surprise

February 1st, 2015 by Matt Sheehan

So there I was sitting comfortably happily writing a blog post post entitled Enabling Jack Dangermond’s GIS Vision commenting on Jacks excellent ArcNews lead article when bam the following stops me in my tracks:

What is the Esri/Google relationship?

Google and Esri are working closely together to provide replacement software and training to all of Google’s enterprise customers and partners who have implemented Google Earth Enterprise and Google Map Engine technology. Esri will be providing the new 10.3 version of ArcGIS for Server and related client/app technology to all Google Enterprise customers and partners.

How will this collaboration effect the business continuity for Google customers and partners?

Many customers are both Google and Esri customers. Migration for these organizations will be relatively straight-forward. They will simply consolidate servers and introduce new clients. For customers who are new to Esri, this will be an opportunity to expand capabilities with a broader GIS platform technology.

For Google business partners it will mean new business opportunities in the geospatial marketplace with more extensive platform tools offered by Esri as well as new business programs for leveraging and extending their work.

Last week we asked Is Google were getting out of the Mapping Game?. Now we read Google and Esri are working closely together.

Curiouser and curiouser.

Repeating ourselves, we live in exciting, changing times.

(Esri and Google .. we think building this type of relationship is excellent news and long overdue).

See our reflections on this news in Esri Google and Drawing a Line in the Sand

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Categories: ArcGIS Online, cloud GIS, Mobile ArcGIS, Mobile GIS, Web and mobile GIS

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