Geospatial solutions have often served as the foundation for all intelligence gathering activities for the federal government and the defense communities.

Though one of the biggest challenges is that legacy geospatial systems are cumbersome and require staff to be fully trained to execute properly — making gaining access to real-time intelligence all the more difficult.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is taking a new approach to that will mitigate these issues by moving its geospatial mapping efforts to the cloud.

The new cloud-based system is called eGIS, and it brings together mapping tools from Google Earth Enterprise and ESRI ArcGIS mapping. Currently, the DEA is hosting the tool in an on-premise data center, but the agency plans to move to a hybrid cloud environment that would allow federal, state, and local governments to use the tool.

Right now, the DEA is seeking input from industry on possible solutions, design and architecture of a FedRAMP-approved cloud, including info on security, scalability, disaster recovery and capacity, according to this FCW article.

This move will clearly allow the DEA to better access and share critical geospatial data for supporting its overall mission. In addition, the agency will see tremendous cost-savings and flexibility by moving to a hybrid cloud environment.

By embracing next-generation cloud-based geospatial solutions, we are naming the DEA as this week’s GovTransformer.

Stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of other federal executives and their agencies that are truly transforming how they support mission goals through the most effective use of IT.