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Nationally Certified Minority Supplier of GIS Consulting  Services

Nationally Certified Minority Supplier of GIS Consulting Services

Essnova Solutions is a certified Minority Business Enterprise with the State of Alabama and with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).  Essnova Solutions is also a certified Small Business with the SBA.

Essnova focuses on providing customized technology and Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) solutions with specific experience in utilities, municipalities and government agencies.  Essnova believes in a true partnership approach in which we collaborate with our partners to deliver valuable solutions to our partners.

Essnova Solutions NAICS Codes:

  • 511210 – Software publishers
  • 541360 – Geophysical Surveying and Mapping Services
  • 541370 – Surveying and Mapping (except Geophysical) Services
  • 541511 – Custom Computer Programming Services
  • 541512 – Computer Systems Design Services
  • 541513 – Computer Facilities Management Services
  • 541519 – Other Computer Related Services
  • 541611 – Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
  • 541618 – Other Management Consulting Services
  • 611420 – Computer Training

We are extremely proud of our long-standing relationships and the impact we’ve helped our partners achieve in their organizations and communities.

Enterprise GIS Strategic Assessment

Enterprise GIS Strategic Assessment

Geospatial Information Systems are at the very core of many organizations processes and services.  Despite the central and critical role these systems play in organizations, they are often implemented in a fragmented manner, designed specifically to service the needs of a single group or department.  After the implementation additional needs, services and processes are tied to the GIS platform in an ad-hoc manner.  This can create a disconnected environment where processes are not consistent or efficient, the value of the GIS and data is limited, information and expertise is silo’ed, and the organization is not able to achieve the desired value from their GIS platforms and capabilities.

At Essnova Solutions, we’ve seen all manner of implementations and environments; with our GIS Consulting experience, we’ve helped organizations develop a strategic plan for their enterprise GIS systems, and then worked with them to implement and act upon their strategy.

We would like to help you take the first step with our FREE Enterprise GIS Assessment.  At a high level, we’ll cover the following topics:

  • Conducting a GIS needs assessment and review current GIS responsibilities in the organization;
  • Evaluating departmental user needs for GIS resources;
  • Identifying staffing levels, support structure, hardware and software platforms;
  • Data sharing procedures that do not match current industry standards;
  • Recommending steps to reduce or eliminate silos and redundancy of GIS data within the organization;
  • Providing a general recommendation of emerging technologies and concepts applicable to the organization’s structure and vision;
  • Identifying opportunities to provide improved GIS data and resource sharing, opportunities for departmental collaboration within the organization, as well as interaction with external groups;
  • Developing suggested operating procedures to best ensure the successful implementation and sustainment of the recommended plan;
  • Identifying training and development opportunities for GIS users;
  • Recommending procedures for reviewing and assessing current GIS data quality;
  • Review of GIS platform technology architecture, and system interfaces.


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Mobilizing your GIS Platform and Information

Mobilizing your GIS Platform and Information

The use of mobile devices and applications has grown rapidly over the last decade.  Early in 2014 there was a significant milestone achieved: from that point through today, there are more users of mobile devices than desktop computers (according to a report from comScore).

In 1999, Research In Motion (or RIM) released the first Blackberry.  Promising organizations increased productivity, the “Smartphone” began gaining mainstream adoption in business and enterprise.  Over the next 7 years RIM grows into a huge $67B corporation, and the standard for mobile connectivity.
In 2007, that all changed.  Apple releases the iPhone and redefines what a “Smartphone” should be, and how they are used.  This didn’t just change the financial direction for RIM, it changed the entire market place for cell phones.  No longer were “Smartphone” sold to business users, now they were the domain of the individual.  Enterprises and organizations all had to adapt to the shift in technology and the primary drivers.

This story, this trend is important to remember and to learn from today.  GIS platforms are primarily designed to be used on desktop PCs.  However, there is an ever increasing demand to mobilize this information.  Getting the GIS data off the PC and out to the users when they need it, and importantly where they need it is a hallmark of “Best in Class” organizations.

Essnova Solutions is able to offer and support some of the best mobile GIS platforms available.  We can help your organization get mobile on iOS, Android and Windows platforms.


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Google’s Project Sunroof

Google’s Project Sunroof

The availability of fully featured, easy to use Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) are dramatically changing how we understand our environment and even how we look to solve day to day challenges.

Google just announced Project Sunroof.  With this project Google is leveraging an existing platform and existing data but combining them in a manner that creates a value to the consumer.  Project Sunroof helps to answer the question of solar power generation for individual consumers: Is my house able to generate enough energy? How many panels will I need? How much will I save?  Who can install the system?  Google is able to solve this problem with simple spatial analysis, then combining that information with other static sources of data and calculations.  The results of the query are presented in a hybrid format showing both the spatial information as well as the tabular data.  This allows the consumer to quickly consume and process the information and make the decision based on the information available.

While this is a consumer example, the process is very similar to the challenge most organizations face with providing information and analysis from their GIS platform.  If this is a challenge you are facing in your organization, our GIS Consulting services can help you connect the dots of systems and information to help drive value and action.

Consumers driving GIS Tech’s future?

Consumers driving GIS Tech’s future?

Maps have been around since humans first learned to draw; however, geographic / geospatial information systems (GIS) is relatively new field.  Coined in 1968 by Roger Tomlinson, GIS benefited from the computer processing boom in the 1960s and has continued to embrace technology advancements, the result is that GIS and its uses have developed rapidly to meet a wide array of demands.

Industry and enterprise have been the primary drivers for the advancement in the technology surrounding GIS:

  • ariel and satellite photography,
  • elevation maps, radar topography, and LIDAR point clouds
  • UAVs and remote sensing

While industry has improved the surrounding technology, the application of the technology hasn’t really changed much over the same period of time.

In my mind that begs the question, “Is GIS about to have its iPhone moment?”  What I mean by that is that there was a very specific moment when smart phones shifted from being tools of business to tools for the people.  Blackberry built the first widely adopted smart phone and it was praised by business and industry.  It changed how we worked, much like GIS technology.  As Blackberrys enjoyed their moment, the broader public continued to use very simple phones.  In 2007, Steve Jobs and Apple changed that, and changed the course of the technology for the decade to come.

Today in the age of start-up culture and crowd-funding the rate of change in technology and application are increasing exponentially.  You have to wonder if GIS is about to hit that tipping point.  The point where the technology and application are mature enough, the public audience savvy enough, and resources abundant enough for public consumers to drive the innovation around GIS.

To provide an example, is a new start-up seeking crowd-funding to further its platform development. is a product targeted at consumers, specifically real estate customers, leveraging a variety of data sources and a GIS platform.  Its service is to quantify how loud it is at a specific location or neighborhood. isn’t likely the next iPhone, but it is an indication that there is a shift, a need, an opportunity for consumer driven GIS applications.