An Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) is a contract wherein the customer commits to make annual payments to Esri for a specified period of time in exchange for software, maintenance, services and/or training. ELAs are typically executed as “site” licenses that permit deployment of unlimited quantities of selected Esri products over the term of the agreement. Candidates for ELAs should make broad use of GIS across their organizations.

ELAs are unique licensing agreements that include a host of special terms and conditions. One authorized body must have the authority to legally commit and enforce the terms and conditions to all business units covered under the agreement. The agreement also requires that there is one overall contact for management of the agreement.

Standard ELAs
Our standard Enterprise License Agreements are designed for medium to large customers. Each agreement is unique but will include a provision for unlimited deployments of specific software products.

As mentioned before, ELAs are unique licensing agreements that include a host of special terms and conditions. There are also a unique set of issues that can arise in the course of negotiating an ELA, as well as specific high royalty-bearing products that should NOT be included in ELAs. For a complete list of excluded high royalty-bearing products, please see the Site License Product Exclusion List [PDF].

Candidates should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Customer regards GIS as a technology key to the success of their business, and may plan to deploy it to meet mission-critical needs.
  • Customer regards GIS as IT infrastructure that can be used to enable and extend existing systems with geospatial data and services.
  • Customer intends to integrate GIS with other enterprise applications such as work management, ERP, or business intelligence systems.
  • Customer intends to centrally manage the use of GIS.

Benefits:
The greatest benefit realized by ELA customers is a lower cost per unit of software. Other key benefits may include:

  • Unlimited deployment capabilities—Customers find this very attractive for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is avoiding the time-consuming processes of justifying and completing each GIS purchase.
  • Architectural flexibility—IT organizations are especially attracted to having unlimited access to both desktop and server ESRI products. As an organization’s system architecture designs evolve, IT departments can deploy the GIS product best suited to their customers’ needs.
  • Reduced administrative costs—ELAs generally require only one payment per year, resulting in substantially lower procurement expenses. Additionally, administrative costs may be reduced as a result of centralized coordination and management of software distribution, support, professional services, and training.

This white paper can be downloaded in .pdf file at: http://www.esri.com/library/whitepapers/pdfs/arcgis10-licensing.pdf