As GIS operations become increasingly complex and demanding, it's crucial to have a solution that can scale and handle the workload effectively. Managed Services provide an excellent option that offers improved security, scalability and accessibility to meet the requirements of GIS operations.

In today’s data-driven era, organisations must continually assess their systems and processes against the backdrop of rapid technological advancements. Cloud-hosted GIS is progressively becoming a critical enabler of spatial intelligence across diverse sectors, including all three tiers of government: urban planning and environmental management, health, science and utilities.  

For a growing number of organisations, cloud-hosted GIS establishes itself as a foundational business system, yet many organisations still underestimate its business criticality and operational complexity.

The decision to transition to the cloud is not merely a technological one, but a strategic business move. 

The increasing complexity and demands of GIS operations necessitate a robust and scalable solution. Cloud Managed Services emerge as a viable option, offering enhanced security, scalability and accessibility. 

Let's delve into how managed services emerge as a strategic solution for enhancing the functionality of complex In-cloud GIS systems.

  • Scalability

    One of the key advantages of GIS in the cloud is its flexibility. With vast and dynamic datasets, it can be challenging to predict storage and computing needs accurately. However, with cloud-based Managed services, you have the freedom to scale as needed. This ensures that you always have the computing power and storage space necessary to effectively handle your GIS systems, whether it's during peak workloads or when expanding your GIS projects. 

  • Accessibility

    Cloud-hosted GIS software offers a step-change improvement in how teams collaborate.  The cloud provides universal access to your GIS systems and applications, enabling team members to work together in real-time, regardless of their physical location. However, managing this accessibility can be a challenge. Managed Services take care of the operational aspects, allowing teams to focus on collaboration and decision-making. A managed service solution bridges the gap between the potential of cloud technology and the practicalities of day-to-day operations, making them an integral part of modern GIS operations.  

  • Cost-Efficiency

    Traditional GIS infrastructure requires substantial upfront investments in hardware, software and maintenance of GIS systems. Cloud-managed services offer a cost-effective alternative, eliminating the need for capital expenditures and reducing operational costs. Making it an economical choice and enduring capability for many organisations.

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  • Data Security

    Prioritising IT, security managed cloud invests heavily in advanced security measures, aligning to international best standards and certifications. Conducting regular audits and compliance assessments to ensure your GIS system remains protected. Given the growing need for data sovereignty, organisations are opting for in-country cloud solutions to ensure compliance.

  • Disaster Recovery

    Natural disasters, hardware failures, or human errors can jeopardise GIS systems. Cloud managed services offer robust disaster recovery options, including backups and redundancy, ensuring that your data remains safe and accessible even in the face of unforeseen events. 

  • Updates and Maintenance

    Cloud providers handle software updates, patches and maintenance tasks, freeing your GIS team from routine management. This allows your team to focus on strategic GIS initiatives and delivering business insights rather than dealing with technical minutiae.

  • Future-proofing

    The technology landscape is ever-evolving and the cloud can rapidly and cost-effectively adapt to emerging trends and innovations. By embracing cloud-hosted GIS software, you position your organisation to stay competitive and take advantage of the latest developments in enterprise technology. 

Putting your GIS in the cloud isn't just a matter of convenience; it's a strategic alignment to efficiency, flexibility and security with potential cost savings.  As GIS systems continue to grow in complexity and importance, managed services provide a reliable and scalable foundation.  

Interested to learn more?

Download our guide: Minimise Risk, Maximise ROI with Geospatial Technology: A Practical Guide for Senior Leaders to learn how a managed services solution can enhance the capability and ROI of complex GIS systems.

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Shane Miles
Senior Manager, Managed Services
Esri Australia, Brisbane
Shane Miles is Senior Manager Managed Services.

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