Aylesbury: ESRI (UK) introduced Enterprise Licence Agreements for small local authorities, those with populations under 180,000. An Enterprise Licence Agreement (ELA) is a licence that enables the use of core ESRI GIS technology throughout the organisation. This means that use of GIS can be extended throughout the authority for a fixed licence fee regardless of the number of desktops, workstations or servers.
An ELA will enable authorities covered by the agreement to achieve organisation-wide use of GIS far more quickly, and for a lower cost, consolidate GIS and IT initiatives through establishing corporate standards. Moreover, an ELA removes financial uncertainty and enables flexible GIS deployments into business-critical systems.
The programme is being extended to the UK following the success of the Small Municipal and County Government ELA programme introduced by ESRI Inc in the USA.