ESRI announced that the state of North Carolina Office of Information Technology Services has approved an Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) that will enable the state to deploy unlimited quantities of ESRI core software products across state agencies. The agreement will provide the state of North Carolina with flexibility and value that directly benefits both state government GIS users and taxpayers.

“The Enterprise License Agreement will facilitate an increase in the use of geospatial data for many types of decision support in North Carolina,” said Tim Johnson, director of the Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, the lead GIS agency in North Carolina’s state government. “This will help all of us maximize the investments that have been made in geospatial data in recent years while reducing our software costs.”

“The availability of ESRI software to North Carolina state agencies will be a tremendous benefit,” said Dianne Enright, Health and Spatial Analysis Unit manager, State Center for Health Statistics. “By allowing agencies access to the latest release of the software, more interagency projects can be developed. Now we can utilize this technology throughout state government and possibly create uses never seen before.”

Features of the Enterprise License agreement include:

  • The flexibility to deploy unlimited quantities of core ESRI software.
  • A substantial reduction in the per-unit cost of GIS software.
  • Access to enterprise-level services, training, and support programs at reduced rates.
  • Significant reductions in GIS-related procurement and administrative costs.
  • Immediate access to product upgrades for all deployed software.
“Like many states, North Carolina is facing increasing pressure to reduce costs and improve efficiency,” said Mike Dyer, ESRI’s account manager for the state of North Carolina. “The ELA will improve the state’s ability to plan and execute its overall GIS strategy and speed implementation of needed technology by removing the burden of incremental software purchases.”

North Carolina has been an ESRI user since the 1980s and has applied GIS in a number of areas including disaster preparedness, economic development, homeland security, public health, and transportation.