Today, attendees heard about how to create, manage and use the Collector Application from Kym Jackway and myself. Collector is a simple, free application (available on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store) which allows users to capture, interrogate and interact with their corporate data in the field. With recent updates to ArcGIS, this now includes disconnected as well as synchronisation scenarios. We took the clients who were present at Ozri this year through the publishing of the services and creation of the web map, including the configuration options needed to make Collector sing. Once the setup is done then it is a matter of enabling your field workforce and monitoring their output.
For more information on Collector and the other ArcGIS Apps, please have a look at these videos:
Directions 2014 landed at the Adelaide Hilton last Thursday. Roughly 150 users attended the event, making for a fantastic day of networking and understanding of Esri’s future directions.
The day started out with David Trengove, sporting a brand new set of reading glasses, introducing the event. He asked all first-timers at Directions to put up their hand and 20 per cent of the audience responded. It is always good to see new people attending these events. Dave then followed by introducing the Esri Australia staff, highlighting the new Adelaide staff and a special mention to Brett Bundock, Esri Australia’s Managing Director, who was attending Directions. He rounded out by highlighting some key projects that have been completed by the Adelaide office in the past year and his top 3 take aways from the event, before handing the stage over to Josh Venman who was to be MC for the day.
The Directions 2014 roadshow made its third stop at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth. With close to 200 attendees, it was a great turnout and made for a fantastic day of networking and sharing new ideas.
Josh Venman started off the morning session by setting the scene with his ArcGIS Platform story. I’ve heard his presentation a few times on the tour now, and every time I hear it, I realise just how powerful the story is. There are several paths to using an enterprise GIS and, as an organisation, you have the flexibility to implement a setup for your requirements.
During the session we emphasised the importance of having a clear purpose for your application and an understanding of your target audience and their expectations ahead of any decisions on technology. We also explored the challenge of balancing functionality vs. reach in your applications, and where different development approaches fit in to that continuum.
2010… where did that go? The year has seen the release of a major version of ArcGIS, and some technology trends maturing to a point that makes them key to an organisation’s strategy in 2011 and beyond. But first, let’s discuss ArcGIS 10. Continue reading →