ArcGIS capabilities

ArcGIS offers unique capabilities for applying maps and location-based analytics to your business practices. These capabilities enable greater insights using contextual tools to visualize and analyze your data. They also empower workforces to collaborate and share via maps, apps, dashboards, and reports. These capabilities are designed to work together as a complete Geographic Information System (GIS).

The top-level capabilities of ArcGIS are described below. To learn how these capabilities are most commonly delivered through enterprise systems, see the ArcGIS system patterns section of the ArcGIS Well-Architected Framework.


Create interactive maps to visualize and explore your data using Esri’s dynamic mapping software across web, desktop and mobile experiences. Powerful analysis tools and map styles help you discover and refine your data’s story. Enrich your maps by incorporating content from Esri’s rich data library. Use custom symbols and basemaps to personalize your maps. Share engaging maps that tell your data’s story and influence change. Learn more.

Field operations

The power of location improves coordination and efficiency in field operations. Use field apps to reduce or even replace reliance on paper. Improve the data accuracy of field assets through purpose-built data collection apps. Ensure that field and office staff use the same authoritative data to reduce errors, boost productivity, and save money. Learn more.

Spatial analysis & data science

Spatial analytics uses location as a connective thread to help you understand how the environment around you affects the challenges you’re facing — whether that is climate change, customer behavior, or resource allocation. By examining data in relation to its geographic location, you can reveal unexplored spatial patterns, trends, and connections. It’s these essential discoveries that often explain the “why” behind many of today’s most pressing environmental and business questions. Learn more.

Imagery and remote sensing

In business, government, science, and research, global imagery powers visibility into operations and opportunities. Now, drones, crewed aircraft, and satellites capture more imagery than ever, creating a near real-time picture of our entire planet. With imagery and GIS combined in a geospatial technology system, you can unpack more information from every pixel — and transform static images into dynamic digital representations of our world. Learn more.

Indoor GIS

Indoor location technology provides visibility into asset locations, patterns of use, and analytics to understand spaces and find smarter ways to interact with our built environments. Indoor GIS is a complete geospatial system to create, manage, analyze, and map indoor data that enables shared awareness of your facility operations to deliver greater efficiency and engagement. Learn more.

Real-time visualization and analytics

Tap into the Internet of Things (IoT) to analyze and display real-time data from sensors, devices, and social media feeds. Understand and discover the hidden patterns and trends in your massive datasets by applying spatiotemporal analytics that utilize distributed computing. Gain situational awareness from your streaming data whether you are tracking moving assets or stationary sensors using location-powered analytic tools. Focus on the events that matter most to you with real-time monitoring and big data analytics so you can make the right decision at the right time. Learn more.

3D visualization and analytics

Uncover the full potential of geospatial data with Esri’s 3D geographic information system (GIS) mapping software. Gain greater insights and understanding with realistic visualizations and advanced analytics. An array of industries such as urban planning, architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC), and government are driving smarter decisions by leveraging 3D GIS capabilities. Learn more.

Data management

Data management is the practice of collecting, storing, and using data securely and efficiently — helping organizations make informed decisions. From imagery to 3D, real-time, and unstructured data, the volume and types of data are constantly increasing. ArcGIS provides comprehensive data management capabilities, enabling you to better collect, store, maintain, prepare, and share your data. Whether it’s customer data, environmental data, sensor data, or raw data, you can organize it from anywhere with ArcGIS, empowering your team to make strategic decisions and enhancing productivity across your organization. Learn more.

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