Esri, a Geographic Information System (GIS) solution provider, wanted to increase the scalability of its core solution using cloud technology to meet customer needs. It also wanted to address demands for easier analytical capabilities. In response, Esri developed ArcGIS online, based on the Windows Azure cloud platform. Now, customers can implement a highly scalable cloud solution that offers access to real-time data, simplifies Business Intelligence (BI) processes, and delivers solutions more easily. With Windows Azure and ArcGIS Online, Esri can offer a highly scalable, elastic solution coupled with real-time data to customers.