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Licensing change lowers GIS cost

Licensing change lowers GIS cost

Geographic information systems (GIS) vendor ESRI’s latest licensing scheme will make its software platform more affordable for smaller city and district councils, says the company’s local distributor Eagle Technology.

The Small Local Government Enterprise License Agreement (SLG ELA) scheme for ESRI’s ArcGIS suite introduces four pricing tiers for councils that serve regions with populations of up to 150,000 people. They range from a charge of $10,000 for councils with areas housing 10,000 or fewer people, to $100,000 a year for populations between 50,000 and 150,000.

Business development director for Eagle’s GIS group, David Swann, says the programme brings a standardised approach to valuing GIS systems.

“We found when we looked across the New Zealand marketplace, we were seeing smaller cities that were at a certain point of GIS adoption, and it had become an important part of their IT infrastructure. But they were getting to the point where the cost curve was overplaying the value curve. Now there’s a standard approach to value.”

The programme was initiated by ESRI and has been introduced here with Eagle.

Swann says Eagle will still work out specific licensing agreements for regional councils outside the Enterprise License Agreement.

Eagle is in the final stage of negotiations with “a handful” of territorial local authorities under the new programme, Swann says.


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