Web Applications and Web Services
Easy-to-use and IT friendly methods to distribute location technology across organizations at a reduced per user cost
Spatial data is a valuable information asset that can be used to support daily tasks and business decisions throughout an enterprise. However it is usually restricted to a handful of technical experts within GIS departments and is often duplicated between different offices and departments within the same organization.
GIS Web Applications eliminate duplication and inconsistency, and make location information conveniently and intuitively accessible across departments, at a lower cost per user. Non-professional GIS user gain easy and fast access to centralized location analyses data to assist them in their day-to-day work. Professionals can more easily perform complex spatial operations such as geocoding and route networking.
Add GIS functionality to non-spatially aware applications
GIS web applications built using web services allow geospatial information to be directly integrated with applications that have no spatial functionality in themselves. This has significantly reduced the cost per user ratio.
- Create an enterprise-wide information center which combines graphical and textual information, providing users one-stop access to location-based information.
- Encourage more effective use of staff and resources.
- Provide a strong tool to support business decisions by making more complete, accurate, and current data easily accessible and understandable.
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GIS On-Demand to Lower the Total Cost of Ownership
Difficulties in disseminating data have meant that more often than not the same data is duplicated by each organization using it - a complete copy of the same base map can be at each organization. It is not uncommon for the same dataset to be duplicated even between different offices and departments within the same organization. This is not only wasteful in storage; it incurs a significant overhead in data management and update, and inevitably leads to inconsistency between the datasets used by different organizations (or parts of organizations). An irregular, unintegrated workflow requires more time, energy and money.
With Farallon web services GIS, geospatial information is readily available to all who need it. Whether it be adminstrators, finance, researchers, or constituents. All authorized users can securely access necessary geospatial information no matter where it resides, what format it takes, or how quickly it changes - and integrate it into their daily workflow. This greatly reduces fragmented and compartmentalized workflows and communication, and increase efficiencies.
Web services also permit web editing which offer organizations maintaining data a cost effective approach to disseminated editing functionality across either intranets or the Internet. This is of significance as it permits the update and maintenance of data within central data stores to be carried out remotely, allowing data to be updated from the field, site office or remote station.