IBM and Esri

Outthinking...with Maps

Maps drive cognitive thinking. They empower you to aggregate data so you can learn, reason, understand, and remember. That’s why people who rely on IBM Analytics, IoT, and Watson also rely on ArcGIS from Esri for mapping and analytics. Together, these powerful technologies help businesses and governments outthink fraud, crime, disease, and more.

Discover how you can use Esri and IBM in cognitive solutions around analytics, the cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

SPSS Predictive Analytics

IBM SPSS delivers deep statistical analytic tools used to uncover patterns, trends, and probable outcomes from data. Similarly, ArcGIS geospatial analytics and visualization capabilities unlock patterns, reveal new insight, and generate outcomes from location-based data. Esri offers five SPSS extensions, in the SPSS Predictive Analytics Gallery, that provide you with unique geospatial capabilities that extend the power of your SPSS applications.

i2 Analyst’s Notebook

The Esri Connector for i2 Analyst’s Notebook provides Esri-enabled location analytics functionality, proximity search tools, and map visualization as well as integration of customer spatial data. This integrated solution supports link analysis, fraud detection, and identity determination for government public-safety agencies as well as banking, insurance, and retail organizations

i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis

The i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis (i2EIA) solution turns massive data sets into actionable intelligence and insights. Powered by IBM Watson™, powerful information access, content analytics, and cognitive computing capabilities help analysts search and discover critical information. Esri ArcGIS integration with i2EIA enables you to leverage advanced GIS capabilities, and promotes cooperation between geospatial and operational intelligence analysts


IBM i2 COPLINK is police software used to consolidate multisource crime data, facilitate communication, and help organize investigations. Enabled by Esri mapping, location analytics tools, and data, COPLINK helps law enforcement visualize criminal incidents and better understand crime patterns to enable more effective predictive policing.

The Weather Company

Location and weather are intimately connected. Where is the tornado? What path will the hurricane take? Where are the bridges closed by flooding? Which ZIP codes have the historically highest incidence of claim fraud due to hail storms? Whether you’re analyzing historical weather data or making real-time decisions from the world’s leading weather data company, The Weather Company (TWC), integrated Esri basemaps, demographic and business data, and deep proximity analytic tools provide powerful location-based insights that spur cognitive thinking and event-specific action.

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Esri spatial libraries enable the IBM DB2 Spatial Extender. It was developed for Linux, UNIX, Windows, and z/OS to extend the functions of DB2 and allow users to store, manage, and query spatial data within the DBMS. ArcGIS Enterprise further extends DB2 spatial information management capability by adding powerful geodatabase functionality, advanced administrative tools, geoprocessing, and web map publishing capabilities.

Netezza PureData System for Analytics Appliance

The PureData System for Analytics Appliance, powered by Netezza is designed to massively accelerate performance for complex SQL queries on top of extremely large data volumes. Matched with ArcGIS software, Esri customers see complex spatial query times reduced from days to seconds. Improving spatial query performance speeds business decision making and opens new doors to asking previously impossible questions of data.


IBM Informix Spatial Software is a built-in feature of Informix that supports spatial data created with Esri spatial libraries—the same libraries supporting DB2 and PureData System for Analytics. Spatial data created with ArcGIS can be stored, managed, and queried from within IBM Informix and is also available for advanced spatial analysis and editing in ArcGIS.