Gary Knell - Esri UC plenary

Top tech takeaways from the Esri UC

Fresh back from the Esri UC in San Diego, I would like to take this opportunity to share my findings:

The platform

Despite the fact GIS is rapidly evolving – driven by a prevalence of Big, 3D and real-time data, amongst other things – the Web GIS story still holds true. However, there have been some tweaks to the way it’s being told.

The traditional siloed system configurations of ArcGIS for Desktop and geodatabases have been labelled as ‘systems of record’ – i.e. they are used to create and update data which is vital to organisations making better decisions. Web GIS sits on top of these potentially distributed systems of record and makes authoritative data available to everyone who needs it – anywhere, any time and on any device. Continue reading

Extend your training budget into the next financial year

It’s that time of year again, and with the end of financial year (EOFY) in sight, I thought I would share a tip on how to get the most out of your training budget this year – but for next year’s gain.

Common feedback we receive from users says by the time EOFY rolls around, many have surplus training funds to spend, however, no time to use them by the 30 June deadline.

In response to this feedback, we have developed a simple solution which gives you flexibility and greater control over your training for the next financial year – Learning and Services Units.

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Five minutes with an Esri Australia trainer – Andrew White

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Andrew White – Consultant, Esri Australia

Meet Andrew White – one of Esri Australia’s Consultants and a specialist in ArcGIS for Desktop and Server. We spent five minutes with Andrew to find out what inspires him to help clients reach their full GIS potential.

EA: Tell us about your role as a Consultant for Professional Services at Esri Australia – what are you responsible for?

AW: In my support role, I assist clients with any ArcGIS Desktop and Server queries they may have. As a trainer, I teach the ArcGIS foundation courses, including: Introduction to GIS, Essential Workflows and Performing Analysis.

EA: What do you love most about your job?

AW: The diversity of my role, working in a team, and the opportunity to share my GIS knowledge with others – whether it be through teaching a course or providing technical support to clients.

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Gary's Desk of Things

Geography, Retail and the Internet of Things

Everyone and everything is more connected today than ever. From umbrellas that know if it’s going to rain to cars that can make navigation decisions based on the colour of an upcoming traffic light.

These connections are made possible by the Internet of Things (IoT) – the idea that as things connect to the internet we can use the continuous stream of data to drive new possibilities.

With an incredible 16 billion wirelessly connected things today the amount of data being generated is enormous and presents significant opportunity to understand the interactions and relationships between people and devices. The push now is to show how this can deliver real value to your business – enter the Analytics of Things (AoT). Continue reading

New courses to hone your GIS skills

We have recently added two new courses to our line-up of training options to help you take your GIS know-how to the next level.

Designed to cater for the increasing scope of GIS users, the courses will show you how to do more with the technology and bring you up to speed with all the latest developments.

Check out what courses are on offer:  Continue reading

Five minutes with an Esri Australia trainer – Daniela Bramante

Daniela Bramante - Senior Consultant, Esri Australia

Daniela Bramante – Senior Consultant, Esri Australia

Meet Daniela Bramante – one of Esri Australia’s Senior Consultants – and a specialist in developing workforce capability plans that help organisations achieve their operational goals. To give you a little more insight into Daniela, she spent five minutes in the hot seat answering all our questions. 

EA: Tell us about your role as a Senior Consultant for Professional Services at Esri Australia – what are you responsible for?

DB: I am a member of the training team where I am responsible for working with clients to create workforce capability plans and suitable training plans for organisations based on their internal roles and responsibilities. I am also involved in the development of new training methods and materials, mentoring members of the training team as well as delivering training to clients.

EA: What do you love most about your job?

DB: The variety of work and the opportunity to spend quality time with clients to implement best-practice GIS solutions.  Continue reading

Introducing ArcLab – a forum to access the technical specialists you need

One of the biggest changes at 2015’s Directions LIVE seminar series is the introduction of ArcLab – the interactive heart of the event, which is set to revamp the always popular ArcBar.ArcLab

We’re introducing ArcLab to give Australian ArcGIS users a unique opportunity to sit face to face with key technical specialists – so they can get their specific questions answered, receive technical guidance and see the latest software demonstrated – in a casual, open forum. Continue reading

Get to Know ArcGIS Pro

GIS trainer Richard Stokes will be conducting the first Esri Australia Directions Events Series webinar, Get to Know ArcGIS Pro, on 21 April 2015. The spatial enthusiast tells us what ArcGIS users will learn at the free session, and how they can continue to develop their skills in the future.

EA: Why has ArcGIS Pro created such a fuss in the GIS community?

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Richard Stokes – Professional Services Consultant, Esri Australia

RS: A big selling point is the fact it’s a 64-bit, multithreaded application. It enables you to use all your computer’s memory, so if you’ve got incredibly large datasets – which a lot of people have – you can visualise them and do geoprocessing tasks a lot faster than you once could.

Things are happening synchronously, rather than asynchronously. It’s a more fluid tool to work with. Continue reading

GIS and strategic asset management with Assetic’s Ashay Prabhu

Ashay Prabhu

Ashay Prabhu – Director and Co-founder, Assetic

Assetic – a Melbourne-based company providing strategic asset management software and services to help organisations manage public and private infrastructure – is Esri Australia’s newest technology partner.

Director and co-founder Ashay Prabhu explains the future role Geographic Information System (GIS) technology will play in strategic asset management, and shares a few local government success stories where GIS has been integrated into agency operations. Continue reading

Oscar at the park

One dataset – many uses

On the weekend I was out walking my dog through the local parks in my area. This always gives me a lot of time to think. On Sunday morning – as I was strolling aimlessly through the park – I started thinking about the park dataset that my local council maintains and how many uses that one dataset would have.  Continue reading