Introducing ArcGIS Platform

ArcGIS Platform

Introducing Esri’s PlatformasaService

We are very excited to announce our new product called ArcGIS Platform. ArcGIS Platform is a location-focused platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for when you need to integrate location capabilities into your apps, business systems, and products. ArcGIS Platform provides access to Esri’s powerful location services using your APIs of choice—including open-source APIs. It also allows you to create apps using ArcGIS APIs, SDKs, and app builders.  

ArcGIS Platform delivers, as discrete services, the technology that powers Esri’s own industry-leading mapping and spatial analytics products, which are used by thousands of organizations worldwide. With this level of access, you can build innovative solutions using the most comprehensive, high-quality set of location services, data, and mapping tools available.

Bring your dev experience with you 

ArcGIS Platform allows you the flexibility to build apps using the client API that best fits your needs. You can work directly with our location services using open-source mapping libraries like Leaflet, GL JSOpenLayers, and ArcGIS REST JS. ArcGIS Platform also provides a set of full feature mapping APIs, SDKs, and services for building and deploying location-focused apps. This includes our ArcGIS API for JavaScript for web development, ArcGIS Runtime SDKs for mobile and desktop platforms, and low-code app builders. 

High-quality and comprehensive location services

ArcGIS Platform provides access to the most comprehensive, highest-quality set of location services available. With these services, you can build powerful capabilities into your apps and solutions and deliver amazing geospatial content. You can embed mapping and analytics capabilities in your apps—like data visualization, geocoding and search, directions and routing, and spatial analytics. You can supplement your data with ready-to-use basemaps and data services like demographics, points of interest (POIs), live feeds, imagery, and more, curated from authoritative data providers.

Geocode addresses

Stay on budget 

ArcGIS Platform provides developer-friendly pricing that allows you to pay only for what you need and scale as your needs grow. When you get started with your free account, you have access to generous allowances of location services transactions at no cost, then pay as you go for additional service usage. You can also deploy an unlimited number of apps at no extra cost. The new pricing calculator will help you determine your future costs based on your anticipated usage. 

Simplify deployment using cloud data hosting and storage 

ArcGIS Platform offers cloud data hosting and storage to help you securely manage your data. When you store and host data using ArcGIS Platform, you maintain complete ownership over the data and control over its use. You can publish your data as hosted feature services, vector tile sets, and image tile sets that provide efficient caching and load times. Your app users can query these data sets, visualize them on maps, and use feature services in analytics. 

Hosted data
Securely host data with Esri

Reduce development time and effort 

Esri provides a robust developer experience to help you be successful with ArcGIS Platform. You can access a detailed developer guide that includes documentation and tutorials for our location services and tools, ready-to-use maps to get you started, and ready-to-use content to help you quickly bring your apps to life. We also provide documentation for third-party APIs, so you can learn how to work with our services using the APIs and web frameworks you’re already familiar with. Together, these resources help you save time and effort when developing with ArcGIS Platform.

Get started today

We invite you to explore our new PaaS product to build (and enhance) amazing apps that will set you apart from your competition. We also look forward to providing future enhancements to ArcGIS Platform and encourage you to join us and let us know how we can serve you better.

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