Five Ways Local Government Can Benefit from SaaS GIS
In 2020, local governments have faced unprecedented challenges. The global pandemic, coupled with economic hardship and social reform efforts, have pushed government capabilities and resources to extremes. The ability of local governments to address these challenges has become even more precarious as they navigate environments of restricted resources and new operational requirements.
GIS continues to be an essential capability for governments as they take advantage of location to better understand their business operations and community needs. For local governments, GIS easily enables data visualization, spatial analysis, and new insights into the communities they serve. Esri’s SaaS GIS solutions are delivered as a core capability of ArcGIS Online, allowing local governments to deploy value-based GIS applications quickly and broadly without the need for custom development, on-premise software, or additional IT infrastructure. SaaS GIS solutions and ArcGIS Online open the floodgates for governments of all sizes and jurisdictions to scale GIS deployment quickly and sustainably in a 100 percent online environment.
Solve Government Business Challenges
Our team of solution developers has collaborated with local governments, large and small, to develop GIS solutions that address their biggest and most common challenges. The current portfolio of ArcGIS Solutions now includes over 450 applications that combine to streamline hundreds of organizational workflows. Take a minute to think of your organization’s most pressing needs. Then, use ArcGIS Online to discover and configure applications that align with these needs—and deploy them in just minutes. Whether you’re seeking solutions to support your elections process or field data collection, we have you covered.
ArcGIS Solutions are organized by domain and the repeatable work local governments perform. For example, the elections domain covers a variety of election-specific functions, including election outreach, a portal for constituents to access election information, mobile tools to support election day operations, and a dashboard to share election results. While all these solutions are designed to support the full life cycle of elections, they can also be deployed as individual apps for specific priority needs.
Amplify Your Impact with Maps and Location Technology
Through our work with thousands of government organizations around the world, we have come to know that location is the most effective framework for organizing, disseminating, and understanding complex data. Adding location and spatial analytics to your data simply makes it easier to understand, see patterns, comprehend scope, and gain actionable insights that drive more informed decisions. This has proven to be the case for virtually every functional government domain—from understanding the potential impact of destructive weather to collecting, maintaining, and sharing your district's land records.
Inspire Collaboration and Support Civic Engagement
Location is a catalytic agent in government efforts to drive engagement and participation from citizens. The ArcGIS Civic Engagement solutions leverage location to drive civic interest in government priorities and provide opportunities for direct civic involvement through a variety of citizen-led data collection apps. This creates engagement using place-based interest and allows citizens to feel connected to their communities through their ability to directly participate and contribute to community priorities.
The city's new website has many features to provide a better customer service experience for our residents, businesses, and visitors. The website features Your City At Work, a visually appealing, intuitive, and informative dashboard created using Esri technology.
The City of Arlington, Texas, has taken full advantage of the solutions, building a portal that gives residents an overview of their community metrics. Jay Warren, an ArcGIS user and the Director of Communication and Legislative Affairs for the City of Arlington, said, "The city's new website has many features to provide a better customer service experience for our residents, businesses, and visitors. The website features Your City At Work, a visually appealing, intuitive, and informative dashboard created using Esri technology."
Support Sustainable and Scalable Implementations
Government priorities are constantly shifting. One would need to look no further than the last three months for examples of crisis-based priority adjustment and the need to quickly offer new capabilities and modify business operations. ArcGIS Solutions are designed to support times like these—times that require dynamic and agile innovation efforts that culminate in the in deployment of solutions and workflow adaptations. Times that require governments to deliver more capabilities and services in the face of resource constraints, and that inherently amplify expectations for service delivery, sound decision making, and effective communication. Your ability to find, configure, and deploy hundreds of SaaS apps will transform your responses to new business requirements and enhance the level of GIS support you are able to provide at your organization.
In addition, your SaaS solution deployments will always be up to date and performant. There is no need to install updates, manually upgrade your apps, or plan for surges in use.
Upgrade Performance and Reliability
SaaS GIS is designed to be secure and reliable. ArcGIS Online is designed to accommodate surges without performance degradation and support a cloud-based digital infrastructure that you can easily design and scale to fit your needs.
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