Open Platform and Technology Support

The relationship between GIS technology and the rest of the IT infrastructure is crucial. ESRI has evolved tools in its software to support and integrate with virtually all of the commonly accepted standards. For our users, this means compatibility and interoperability support with major enterprise systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer resource management (CRM), enterprise application integration (EAI), work management systems, and others.

The following is an overview of the specific standards in hardware, software, and Web services ESRI software supports:

  • Handheld Devices: ESRI software supports Windows CE, Pocket PC, Web browsers, J2ME, and 802.11 to enable our users to leverage the growing use of handheld devices.
  • Desktop Computers: ESRI provides a range of desktop software that is supported on Windows, Java, Unix, and Linux.
  • Servers: ESRI provides a range of server software that is supported on Unix, Linux, Windows, and Java.
  • DBMS: ESRI provides software that supports the following commercial database management systems (DBMS) - Oracle, IBM DB2, Informix, and SQL Server, including support for all spatial types.
  • Networks: ESRI software supports protocols such as TCP/IP and HTTP allowing for the transfer of data and HTML documents.
  • Developer Environments: Users have a choice of development environment when using ESRI software including VB, C++, .NET, and Java (J2ME, J2SE, J2EE, ASP/JSP).
  • Web Services: ESRI employs many Web standards such as XML, SOAP, UDDI, and WSDL. Web API's such as WFS, WMS, XML, and GML are also supported.