Training trends for 2013

Many organisations view workplace training and development as an important investment in the success and growth of their employees. Training  inspires, motivates, and keeps employee skills up-to-date. In the case of GIS professionals, changes in technology and fast moving industry trends makes training an essential part of an employee’s professional development.

GIS trends are closely linked with those in IT. Big Data, cloud computing, 3D, and mobile technologies are powerful trends that influence the application of GIS technology.

Managing and visualising big unstructured datasets can improve analysis and understanding of patterns and trends. If you are a desktop user, analysis and visualisation are core skill sets. For you – training may focus on learning a new part of the technology, like Buisness Analyst, which can help you derive quality information from large datasets, and enhance your organisation’s decision-making process.

For desktop users the advance of cloud computing may also mean learning new workflows. The latest release of ArcGIS is very much about collaborating and sharing analyses by publishing to cloud-based services. If this is something that interests you, we offer several courses that focus on sharing GIS content on the web.

If you are a developer, mobile apps can improve the reach of your business. Building web applications can help you communicate analyses, ideas, marketing, and research to a wider audience. Mobile solutions also go beyond the smartphone and tablet – think of real time data collection in the field, or crowdsourcing information for city planning or disaster response. Understanding Esri’s mobile technology can help you and your organisation make the most of advances  in mobility.

For city planners, local government, or any GIS professional active in the urban design and planning area, 3D  city models are becoming integral foundations for building and planning cities around the globe.

City Engine, 3D Analyst, and 3D Analyst for Server are applications designed to develop 3D content. With technologies that let you visualise alternative planning scenarios and share design proposals and analyses via web applications, it won’t be long before 3D planning design can also be viewed using augmented reality applications.

Whatever line of professional development you or your business choose to pursue, Esri Australia’s training team can help you tailor a training plan to support your organisation’s growth.

Keera P.

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