OSIsoft, producer of the PI System, and Esri have announced a strategic partnership to execute on the vision of Real-time GIS.

"Maps are a fundamental way in which we communicate information. They tell us where things are. By bringing together ArcGIS and the PI System, customers will not only know where things are but what they are doing in real-time," says Jack Dangermond, president of Esri. "By displaying real-time and historical information on a map, our customers will unlock opportunities in their data not previously visible."

OSIsoft and Esri aim to bring integration between the PI System and ArcGIS, enabling a platform for real-time GIS as well as seamless back-office integration between operational data management and GIS.

Both technologies leverage Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, enabling a wide range of secure deployment options on premises and in the cloud.