This IDC Energy Insights study evaluates GIS solution vendors catering to the specific asset life-cycle management needs of EMEA energy and utility companies by leveraging the IDC MarketScape vendor assessment tool. It analyzes quantitative and qualitative characteristics to provide metrics and context for utilities evaluating vendors in this application area, examines vendors' comparative success in the marketplace, and looks at how vendor products and services will evolve. The evaluation is based on a comprehensive and rigorous framework that assesses vendors relative to the criteria and highlights the most influential factors for success in this market, both in the short and long term.
"GIS solutions have gone a long way from being standalone, mapping clients on top of siloed data repositories, and are now becoming core to the utilities' enterprise IT strategies as companies leverage geographic information for business execution rather than just asset management," said Jean-François Segalotto, senior research analyst, IDC Energy Insights. "Vendors are supporting this shift and have grown their GIS offerings into verticalized solutions addressing a broad range of utility business needs, from distribution and mobile workforce management to enterprise resource planning. With full asset management and business process support at the core, key ingredients of modern utility GIS feature open data management technology, packaged integration with enterprise systems and business applications, and advanced analytics and visualization functionality leveraging cloud and web services and mobile apps."