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Functional Comparison: Cartegraph AMS to Cartegraph 8

Cartegraph AMS

Cartegraph 8

System Architecture

  • Web-based Architecture
  • Hosted Site
  • Updates automatically applied
  • Customer/Server Architecture:
    • Front-End: Thick Desktop Customer, all processing.
    • Back-end: Database only.
  • Database: MS SQL 2000+, Oracle 8g+
  • Individual machines need to have software updated.

System Maintenance

  • See who is signed into the system from within the application, and how (desktop or mobile.)
  • Notify signed in users of upcoming system maintenance, within the application.
  • Sign out all active users at once.
  • Lock the system so no one can sign in.
  • Not able to see who is signed into the system, from within the application.
  • No way to send in application notification of upcoming system maintenance.
  • No way to sign users out of the system.
  • No locking of the system.


  • Named User
  • Concurrent User

User Interface

  • Completely map-centric with a map on almost every page
  • Gadgets on the Home screen with summary data and roll up information
  • Form and Record level persistence
  • Consistent layout and functionality throughout the application
  • Overview header information in assets shows rolled-up cost of every record
  • Mapping is an add-on and uses a separate application.
  • No Dashboard
  • Different views require different forms to be created by the Administrator
  • Form level persistence
  • Forms can have ad-hoc layout, consistency is not enforced.
  • No Header

Asset Information

  • Includes 54 pre-defined asset types
  • Ability to spatially query and analyze assets against other assets and/or Esri features when leveraging Esri Identity
  • Can support any asset type and attribution
  • Includes 35 pre-defined asset types, out of the box
  • Can aggregate assets into containers accumulating costs plus calculating overall condition for the container
  • Complete asset history maintained
  • Unlimited attachments of any file type
  • Single layer/no hierarchy asset relationships.
  • Compete asset history maintained
  • Customized asset inspections
  • Unlimited attachments of any file type

Mobile Capabilities

  • Cartegraph One smartphone app
  • Live connection to database from the field
  • As work is done on assets, asset history is updated
  • User-friendly app developed specifically for field professionals
  • Ability to view assigned tasks
  • Windows Mobile 5-6.5 App
  • Offline with post process database synchronization.
  • Not real time
  • Slow and in-efficient UI.


  • Includes two Esri basemaps: Streets and Imagery
  • Can use ArcGIS Online Maps or ArcGIS Server for Windows published map when leveraging Esri Identity.
  • Maps are fully integrated into the application
  • Requires Esri ArcGIS Desktop software and license
  • Maps are only available inside the ArcGIS Environment.

GIS Integration

  • Seamless two-way GIS Integration standard.
  • One-way Work integrations from Cartegraph to ArcGIS.
  • Seamless two-way GIS Integration extra.


  • Easy to use export tools directly to Excel with no need to generate reports
  • Import and Export
  • GIS Integration
  • Supports basic data processing operations on import/export.
  • Export tool:Not available
  • Manual import and export
  • Web-based Integration for API: Not available
  • Import/export for only one-to-one field matching.


  • Uses standard roles to control access to Administrator tools
  • Role based but not tied to view layouts.


  • Provides robust standard reports including charts and maps.
  • Includes flexible report engine including a report wizard.


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