Technology Directions – Plenary

At the up and coming Technology Directions, we are going to be looking at 4 key areas of ArcGIS and the new 10 release;

–          What are the technology trends, current and emerging that affect us all

–          What are the patterns of use, when using GIS and Spatial Information

–          How does the ArcGIS 10 system enable you to take advantage of those trends and patterns of use, and

–          What are the things to think about in terms of using ArcGIS 10 in your organisation

While the first session (The Plenary) will focus on these high level concepts with some demonstrations, the sessions thereafter will get into the how the features and functions of ArcGIS 10 can help you get your work done, for it is the real work that gets done that provides the purpose for ArcGIS – real people doing real work.

Having worked on much of the desktop improvements since 9.1, and the map services on server, I am really interested to hear how such improvements are making a difference to your organisation.  One part of ArcGIS 10 that is already making a difference is the use of the Apple iOS for using ArcGIS capabilities on iPhones and iPads.  A trend that is emerging is that the applications that can use ArcGIS are not only those that Esri creates, but ones that other vendors create. This is a trend where “openness” relates to how your ogranisation can serve or consume your geo-enabled information with ArcGIS technologies.

Another interesting trend with the ArcGIS system is less reliance on knowing ArcObjects to automate workflows. While ArcObjects is still there, and is a massively valuable library for anyone to get their teeth into, for the mere mortals like myself, I tend to think that using a scripting language like python in ArcGIS is pretty nice. I don’t need to be a programmer with a Com Sci degree, I can read some books, rip off some code and I am able to write some really cool scripts that do lots. A new capability at ArcGIS 10 is to use python scripting with maps, layers, layouts and MXD’s.  This means that you can take an existing workflow and automate the creation and output of maps that your organisation needs.

While I have touched on a couple of the details about the Technology Directions, there are many more interesting discussions and presentations to come.

I will be at the Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Perth events, while Cisco will be running the plenary for the Darwin, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane events. So, during the breaks or sessions, ask us your questions and let us know how we can help with ArcGIS 10.


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