Every day, organizations use Esri GIS applications to help manage infrastructure, facilities, resources, and planning projects. And while Esri provides detailed maps, it does not stand on its own when staff must also review documents and other content that exist in a number of different locations and applications.
Through integrations with OnBase by Hyland, you can quickly respond to requests, share information, and attach related documents to maps. The Esri and OnBase integration gives you the ability to make decisions and access/process documents faster than ever before without leaving your familiar GIS environment.
In our recent webinar this last Tuesday, “Take Esri GIS to New Heights,” we were able to hear from our own GIS certified solutions expert, Chad Kudym, and two GIS specialists from Hyland Software. After exploring multiple integration examples and possibilities, I thought I would share 3 that really stuck out to me.
1. Map Layers
By using workflows and processes you already set up in OnBase, you can integrate that information with map layers in GIS. One option is to color code requests and approvals so that when you pull up a map with that layer on, you can see location dots in red that are unapproved or dot locations in yellow that may be pending.
Another convenient feature is the ability to create and customize heat maps. These can be lined up with any of your reports to see what locations show high or low volumes of requests. You can even line them up with traffic incident reports so you can really analyze locations that may be showing a high volume of accidents.
2. Mobile uploads
One of the newer integrations being developed is mobile uploads using geolocation and map layers. These allow workers in the field to take a photo on their phone and, based on their current location, upload it and have that spot pinned on the map. So by the time they’re back at the office, they can easily view a large map, click on the area and see any photos and reports published to that spot.
3. Web Client with GIS
Using GIS mapping software, you can completely map out your city or state with zoning areas, districts and more depending on what information you need to sort out. After setting this up, using the web client you can hover over an area, select it and pull up every single report filed on that location. From there, you can easily filter based on preferences you already set up like, traffic reports or contracts that need to be approved.
Since everything is dynamically queried in OnBase, as soon as you upload a document and file, it can be accessed immediately on the map. Simply filter and download the reports you need or, if you’re an authenticated user, you also have the option to upload additional information into reports without ever leaving the map web client.
In government departments that deal with location specific tasks every single day, integrating these processes with an advanced ECM solution and a detailed mapping software is essential. Imagine your desks not be piled high with papers, applications, contracts and blue prints. Instead having it all online, accessible on the go and catered to your specific department and government regulations! Sounds pretty nice, huh?