Comparison: Elements XS and the Cityworks Extension for Geocortex Essentials

A Brief Introduction 

Elements XS uses the Geocortex Essentials platform throughout the application - we love Geocortex Essentials.  Geocortex greatly enhances the overall flexibility of Elements XS and we think it gives Elements XS a competitive edge over other asset management applications in the space.

Latitude Geographics (the developers of Geocortex Essentials) offers an extension for Cityworks - a product that directly competes with Elements XS.  So the question arises, why should an organization choose Elements XS over the Cityworks Extension for Geocortex Essentials? Or the other way around?

To start, let’s quickly compare the two solutions:

Cityworks Extension for Geocortex 

The Cityworks extension for Geocortex is built and maintained by Latitude Geographics.  It consists of a set of workflow activities and pre-built workflows to create targeted applications that reflect unique business processes; faster, at less cost and in a way that can be maintained over the long term.  Essentially, it makes Cityworks quicker and easier to use in certain scenarios.

Elements XS

Elements XS is built and maintained by Novotx.  Novotx is a Latitude Geographics Technology Partner and we work closely with Latitude in our efforts.  Elements XS is a comprehensive asset and work management application geared toward utilities, public works, and municipal operations.  Elements XS utilizes and is built around the Geocortex Essentials technology - Geocortex is utilized throughout Elements XS and the Elements XS application code references Geocortex in many instances.

Key Differences Between the Two Solutions

There are a few key differences between Cityworks + the Extension and Elements XS.  The primary difference is that Elements XS is built on the Geocortex Essentials platform and the Geocortex Essentials map viewers are used exclusively throughout Elements XS.  There are no other map viewers.  In contrast, the Cityworks application has it’s own map viewer, but the Geocortex map viewer adds functionality - replacing the Cityworks viewer in certain scenarios to improve functionality and performance. 

It's also worth noting that when using the Cityworks Extension for Geocortex Essentials, you're not actually working in Cityworks - you're working in Geocortex, and the data gets passed to and from Cityworks.  In Elements XS, you are actually working in Elements XS while using Geocortex so the integration is much tighter.

In summary, Geocortex Essentials does not get added on to (or used alongside) Elements XS to add additional functionality or enhance usability, whereas the opposite is the case with Cityworks - the Cityworks Extension is used alongside the core Cityworks product to provide added value.  Elements XS is built on the Geocortex Essentials platform, fully integrated throughout, providing (we think at least) a better, more flexible map viewer across the board.

The Geocortex Essentials map viewers are embedded directly in Elements XS and used by Elements XS as the exclusive map viewers throughout the application.

The Geocortex Essentials map viewers are embedded directly in Elements XS and used by Elements XS as the exclusive map viewers throughout the application.

When is the Cityworks extension the best option?

Well, that probably depends on who you ask - but the way we see it, if an organization is already heavily invested in Cityworks and they like the Cityworks company and platform, but they’re not getting the performance or flexibility they’d like, they’d probably be well served by the Cityworks extension for Geocortex Essentials.  Of course switching to Elements XS is an option, but the juice might not be worth the squeeze in this case.

When is Elements XS the best option?

If someone does not have asset management, or if they’re looking to switch to something new - maybe they’re not getting what they want out of their current system (be it Cityworks or something else), Elements XS is probably a good choice.

Do I have to purchase Geocortex Essentials to use Elements?

Geocortex Essentials comes packaged with Elements XS as part of the Elements XS purchase price.

I already have Geocortex Essentials - can I use my existing Geocortex license?

Absolutely! You can use your existing Geocortex license with Elements XS - no need to purchase anything else.

In Summary

Both options are great, and different solutions are going to work for different people in different situations.  Geocortex Essentials is a great product.  Cityworks is a great product. The Cityworks Extension for Geocortex Essentials is a great product.  And, of course, we think Elements XS is a great product.  If you’d like to learn more, drop us a line below!

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