The long relationship between IBM and Esri has resulted in a number of solutions that enable the geographic advantage for all levels of an organization, from single departments to the enterprise. Together, Esri and IBM provide unmatched GIS-enabled solutions and services that deliver new business value, enhance business workflows, and lower costs.

IBM Intelligent Operations Center (IOC)

The IBM IOC provides integrated data visualization, real-time collaboration and analytic capabilities by accessing information held in disparate systems across disconnected departments. This holistic view of the current status of a city enables city leaders to address potential issues of public safety and service delivery before they occur. The IOC also provides a platform for coordinating actions from a variety of agencies to more efficiently and sustainably grow the city to meet future demands. Esri’s ability to integrate powerful spatial analytic and map-based visualization tools with the IOC adds strength and value to the IBM Intelligent Operations Center.

Map visualization in the IOC dashboard is provided by Esri map services from either an on-premise ArcGIS for Server or ArcGIS Online. Esri map services provide role-specific drill-down capability into incidents and event planning for emergency management, public safety, social services, transportation, and utility departments.

Combining Technology with IBM Maximo Spatial

IBM Maximo Spatial Asset Management is the first solution available that unifies the full functionality of industry-leading GIS and asset and service management products in a thoroughly modern Service Oriented Archetecture (SOA)-compliant architecture based on Java, XML, and Web services. Built on the functionality of industry-leading Esri ArcGIS for Server, a particularly powerful spatially enabled enterprise asset management solution is now available-one that enables business managers to make better-informed decisions, increase operational efficiency, and raise productivity while improving service to customers.

Expanding Maximo Development
With the release of Maximo Spatial, Jack Young, IBM vice president, Asset Management Development, discusses the Maximo product line as it blends with IBM Tivoli technology, integration with Esri ArcGIS for Server, and the development road ahead for IT and enterprise asset and service management.

IBM Spatial Services

Implementing an integrated asset management and GIS solution is a complex, enterprise-impacting endeavor, and IBM has the expertise to ensure a successful implementation. IBM Spatial Services consultants are trained and experienced in Esri ArcGIS products and will help you determine the optimum configuration of your system, ensuring the highest output and value.

IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and ArcGIS for Server

Esri Maps for IBM Cognos, powered by SpotOn Vantage, adds interactive Esri maps and data to IBM Cognos reports. The non-intrusive location analytics solution appears as an additional reporting object in the IBM Cognos report authoring environment so this new dimension of analysis can be delivered to report consumers in a fraction of the time and cost normally required. The maps and their associated data are tightly linked to all other report objects so spatial queries on the map are immediately reflected in the tabular and business graphics report objects. The linkage is bi-directional so queries and selections made on the tabular objects are also reflected on the map.

Combining Technology with ArcGIS for Server and IBM DB2

IBM and Esri jointly developed the DB2 Spatial Extender for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, which allows users to store, manage, and analyze spatial data, including points, lines, and polygons, and extend the function of DB2 with a set of advanced spatial data types and SQL queries. ArcGIS for Server with ArcSDE technology further extends DB2 spatial information management capability by adding powerful geodatabase functionality and advanced administrative management capability. IBM has released DB2 with spatial extender support for DB2 on z/OS, and Esri is working with IBM to provide ArcSDE support for DB2 on z/OS.

Combining Technology with ArcGIS for Server and IBM Informix

IBM Informix Spatial DataBlade spatially enables IBM Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) by expanding the IDS object-relational data server to provide SQL-based spatial data types and functions. ArcGIS for Server with ArcSDE technology extends IDS Spatial DataBlade information management capability by adding powerful geodatabase functionality, advanced administrative management capability, and direct use of standard SQL queries.

Combining Technology with ArcGIS for Server and WebSphere

Using Esri's ArcGIS for Server software in the context of an IBM WebSphere-based SOA environment, users can easily deploy Web services that deliver geospatial content and functionality such as mapping, location-based query and analysis, and reporting. As organizations consolidate business functions, increasing recognition of the value of spatially aware databases is driving the need for open access to centralized geospatial information and services across the enterprise. IBM's WebSphere Application Server (WAS) provides GIS application environments with security, robust functionality, and scalability to support user communities of any size. WAS is an integral component of IBM's WebSphere suite of open, reusable technologies which allow organizations to leverage existing platforms and applications and insert spatial processing and services into workflows with shorter development cycles.

The IBM Crime Information Warehouse solution combines the power of Esri ArcIMS GIS mapping and visualization tools with IBM WebSphere to enable near real-time reporting, analyzing, and understanding of crime statistics. Structured to support analysis and decision making throughout the organization, the solution integrates data into a new repository of consistent, accurate information, which is then presented in multiple business views, including offenses or incidents, dispatches and arrests. Instant access to timely and accurate information allows departments to redeploy forces in response to crime trends as they occur rather than after the fact.

Combining Technology with ArcGIS for Server and Lotus (WebSphere Portal Server, Lotus Expeditor)

Esri ArcGIS for Server can be deployed with IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) and WebSphere Portal Server (WPS). The main purpose of a portal is to provide a user with a single point of access to multiple types of information. A portal aggregates information in a way preferred by the user, regardless of the location or format of that information. In addition, a portal can be made accessible from multiple types of devices, such as a Web browser on a personal computer or a microbrowser on a mobile phone. ArcGIS for Server GIS functionality and Web services, deployed via WAS and WPS, allow companies to build their own custom, spatially enabled portal Web sites.

IBM Lotus Expeditor is IBM's recently released managed-client software to extend composite applications to mobile devices, as well as laptops, desktops, and kiosks, and is the follow-on release of IBM WebSphere Everyplace Deployment. Together with either ArcGIS Engine or ArcGIS for Server, a location-aware Expeditor micro server can deliver rich GIS functionality to mobile clients. An alternative to Microsoft .NET client software, Eclipse-based Lotus Expeditor can be used to build and deploy composite applications containing components of all types-from Java Foundation Class Swing, Microsoft Visual Basic, ActiveX, and applets to native or Web views like JavaScript, XML (AJAX), Adobe PDF, and JavaServer Pages.

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