Mobile Applications

Increasing Performance for Mobile Applications: Versioned to Non-Versioned Database Integration

About Peoples

Peoples is the largest natural gas distribution company in Pennsylvania, providing reliable, low cost natural gas service to approximately 740,000 customers in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky.

The Problem

Last Fall, as Peoples’ mobile workforce grew to over 650 users, it became clear that their Esri deployment needed to be redesigned. They had performance issues using one geodatabase, as field users were competing against editors and web users for resources, including replica syncing throughout the day.

The Solution

The decision was made to move to a two-geodatabase model; leaving one versioned environment for the office users, and one non-versioned environment for the field side. All the while developing a replacement for the mobile runtime environment. To achieve full synchronization between the two geodatabases, Peoples needed a reliable data synchronization tool. To meet this need they implemented GeoWorx® Sync for geodatabase to geodatabase synchronization.

The Results

Using GeoWorx Sync, Peoples has been able to significantly increase performance. Both web users and ArcGIS editors are very pleased with the improvements. Through GeoWorx Sync’s reporting tool, they are also able to easily see how much data is being moved around daily and have a permanent record of this information.

After seeing the initial benefits of GeoWorx Sync and what it can do, Peoples plans to find other ways to use it in the future. They are looking at synchronization with ArcGIS Online as well as synchronizing data with their asset management system.

GeoNexus would like to thank Peoples for their help with this article. For more information on how Peoples leveraged GeoWorx Sync for Geodatabase to Geodatabase synchronization, contact

About Peoples

Peoples is an energy provider serving approximately 740,000 homes and businesses in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky. The company’s mission is to improve the lives of its customers and to help build long-term economic growth for the regions it serves. For more information about Peoples, visit and follow Peoples on social media @peoplesnatgas.

About GeoNexus Technologies

At GeoNexus Technologies, our mission is to ensure the integrity and reliability of enterprise data to support effective decision making. Our GeoWorx is an enterprise-grade integration platform. It is easy to use, reliable and includes out-of-the-box connectors for ABB® Ellipse, Esri® ArcGIS®, IBM® Maximo, Oracle® Utilities, SAP®, and other leading enterprise systems. Asset-intensive organizations across the globe use GeoWorx in industries including utilities, telecommunications, pipeline, transportation, and government.

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