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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.

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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

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

Five minutes with an Esri Australia trainer – Chris Sherwin

Trainer Chris Sherwin is a whiz at using scientific applications to solve spatial problems. We spent five minutes speaking with him to find out what motivates him to help students reach their full GIS potential.

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

CS: I’m a member of the training team and my core responsibility is the successful delivery of ArcGIS for Desktop and Python training courses. My role also involves managing the training resources, contributing to the development and implementation of new training, and mentoring our extended training family.

EA: What do you love most about your job?

CS: What motivates me is engaging with Esri Australia’s clients to try and understand their workflows and challenges they face. It’s a great reward taking the time to sit and help a classroom through the learning curve of the many components of the ArcGIS platform. Continue reading

Seven ways GIS training can make you more valuable to your organisation

GIS training isn’t just about improving your own technical skills – it’s also about helping you become a more valuable asset to your organisation. Here, Esri Australia trainer Chris Sherwin looks at seven ways GIS training sessions can help you – and your organisation – gain new GIS skills that boost productivity and efficiencies.

1. Exposure to the latest GIS capabilities and functions

Training courses can quickly bring you up-to-speed with the knowledge you need to take advantage of new capabilities in the technology – such as using online tools and sharing data as hosted services – and make them work for you and your organisation. There are always new capabilities and functionality to be learnt with the ArcGIS platform; and by gaining experience and receiving professional coaching with these new capabilities, you help ensure your organisation is getting the most from its GIS investment.

2. Learn in a collaborative, interactive classrooms

Working in a classroom environment gives you the opportunity to have a full and dynamic learning exTanya Fleayperience. You can ask questions; see hands-on practical demonstrations – and also enjoy one-on-one time with your trainer.

The ‘exercise’ component of each course also gives you valuable ‘hands on’ experience, equipping you with practical skills that you can take back to your workplace. Ultimately, by learning in a collaborative, interactive class room, you can ensure you’re completely comfortable with the subject matter – and be more confident about applying your new learnings when you get back to the office.

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Ozri 2014

ArcGIS Online for organisations: essential workflows

Wines, vines and Arc GIS Online – doing more for organisations

It was a full house at the ArcGIS Online for Organisations: Essential Workflows workshop, with the latest features and capabilities of ArcGIS Online. The workshop aimed to help attendees get the most out of their ArcGIS Online organisation site from a configuration and security perspective, as well as providing best practice tips and tricks for publishing content in maps and apps.

During the first part of the workshop we were encouraged hearing how attendees from around the country were using ArcGIS Online to support business operations in a diverse range of fields, from agribusiness and local government through to water utilities and transportation logistics. Incorporating the ‘organic’ Ozri theme of this year’s conference, we employed a model organisation called VineCo to address each of the workshop objectives. It also gave us a chance to showcase the world renowned wine regions surrounding Adelaide, home of Ozri 2014.

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Thinking is shifting on Web GIS

Last night saw the July 2014 release of ArcGIS Online roll out and with it, some great new features and capabilities across the board. There’s something for everybody with enhancements to the Map Viewer, ready to use apps and application templates, and administration.
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