As we begin a new year, are you thinking of how to communicate the benefits of using location information to get GIS to really take off in your organisation? Have you got your ArcGIS Organisational account ready to go? If so, a series of new publications are now available to help you get the most from your ArcGIS platform.
The Launch Guide shows you how to prepare for and begin using location information. It provides the steps to help launch a location platform for your organisation and a strategy for successfully adopting location technology within your organisation. It contains:
Beyond the basics of Collector for ArcGIS in 40 minutes. We covered a lot of ground and hopefully didn’t lose too many people along the way.
The session was not meant to cover any one aspect in great detail, but rather, share some of the potential available through Collector for ArcGIS to do more for your field data collection solutions. Every aspect that we went through has been captured in Esri blog posts or tutorials and a full list of further reading is included in this post.
To recap: We explored how far Collector for ArcGIS has come in the few short years it has been around. Available as a free app from the iTunes App Store (for iOS devices) and the Google Play Store (for Android devices), the triumvirate is soon to be completed with the launch of the Windows 10 version of Collector for ArcGIS scheduled for later in 2015.
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 experience. 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.
The process of spatial analysis has taken on a new twist with ArcGIS Online’s constantly evolving capabilities in geoprocessing. By enabling an easy interface for spatial analysis through web maps, it’s now possible to empower non-technical people to do their own analysis without having to learn ArcMap. In addition to that, with the web-based options, users are no longer limited by the requirements for high-spec desktop installations.
In terms of administration, it was briefly covered that a user will need to be allowed particular privileges by the site administrator to carry out spatial analysis, which may consume credits.
During my talk, we discovered the different types of analysis and geoprocessing available within ArcGIS Online as well as how to carry out a workflow using those tools.
We can all be ArcGIS Pro(s) with this new desktop application
ArcGIS Pro is the newest member of the desktop family and the product of user feedback, requests and desired functionality. This is the first 64-bit Esri desktop application and the next generation of ArcGIS for Desktop.
What you saw today are just some of the highlights that this new application has to offer. Kellie explored the new user interface with multiple views and layouts. We looked at how easy it is to create great maps with the intuitive dynamic ribbons that only show us the tools we need when we need them.
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.
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. Continue reading →
Late last year Esri launched a place for our partners to host their hard work – the ArcGIS Marketplace.
When I talk about partners, I’m talking about organisations which are part of the Esri Partner Network – an ecosystem of innovative GIS and IT professionals who are pushing the boundaries of the technology and extending the ArcGIS platform.
ArcGIS Marketplace is a one-stop shop for our partners to showcase their apps and data to the global Esri community. It is an easy way for any ArcGIS user to access partner solutions via their ArcGIS Online Organisational Plan.
At Directions 2014, we learnt that only about 20 percent of Esri users in Australia have activated their free account. With this in mind, these new training courses provide Australian users with an opportunity to kick start their ArcGIS Online account and pick up some useful tips, resources and best practice guidelines along the way.
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.