The City of Houston, Texas, Signs ELA with ESRI

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Staff looks forward to simplified access to GIS tools and accelerated GIS development across the enterprise.

A 3D scene of downtown Houston created with ArcGIS software and LiDAR data. Blue lines indicate the stream centerlines of Buffalo and White Oak Bayous.

Putting GIS software in their hands with the ELA assures they can acquire essential tools while nearly eliminating administrative burdens such as conducting complex internal license audits.

The fourth-largest city in the United States, Houston, Texas, has signed a three-year enterprise license agreement (ELA) with ESRI that will provide unlimited deployments of current ESRI geographic information system (GIS) software. This agreement will streamline GIS software procurement and administration, simplify budget management, and facilitate GIS software distribution to staff throughout the organization.

"This is terrific news for the City of Houston," said Max Samfield, deputy director and chief technology officer for the city. "For the past two years, we have been preparing our organization for true enterprise GIS and bridging a tremendous number of data assets. We've made a significant investment in data preparation, infrastructure expansion, and application development to bring an enterprise-wide GIS to fruition."

"An important part of that implementation process is ensuring that city employees have simplified access to the tools they need to build and use the system," he continued. "Putting GIS software in their hands with the ELA assures they can acquire essential tools while nearly eliminating administrative burdens such as conducting complex internal license audits."

Other advantages of the ELA include: improved access to GIS development tools; increased ability to create data replication processes; and enhanced data sharing.

"We are delighted to support the City of Houston with this new agreement," said Christopher Thomas, ESRI's government industry solutions manager. "This ELA will eliminate time-consuming efforts to secure critical GIS software and instead will allow the city to focus on achieving its vision of an organization-wide GIS to better serve citizens and staff."

The core technology for the ELA is ESRI's ArcGIS software, which is an open and interoperable technology platform that provides spatial analysis, geographic data management, advanced visualization and cartographic capabilities, and more. ArcGIS software is a complete system to author, serve, and use geographic information. The technology gets geographic information to those who need it, including analysts, decision makers, field staff, and the public, through its support of mobile, Web, and desktop clients.

For more information, contact the nearest ESRI U.S. regional office or international distributor (contact information is available at, or call 800-447-9778.

About ESRI:
Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit

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