Following the conclusion of our ArcGIS seminar series each year, we immediately look to the future and at ways we can improve the roadshow. How do we continue to make Directions LIVE better for our user community, and give past attendees another reason to return?
We make our changes based on the feedback we receive, and this year that has led us to expand the event program even further, with more content across the board. Continue reading →
Since joining the Esri Australia training team, I have had the privilege of working with many of our largest and longest standing clients, in addition to new clients migrating from other GIS technologies, or embracing location analytics for the first time.
The common thread here though is that regardless of an organisation’s experience with location, every client I speak to is eager to embrace enterprise-wide change – a point that particularly rings true when organisations strengthen their software deployment with Esri Australia technical training.
One of the biggest changes at 2015’s Directions LIVE seminar series is the introduction of ArcLab – the interactive heart of the event, which is set to revamp the always popular ArcBar.
We’re introducing ArcLab to give Australian ArcGIS users a unique opportunity to sit face to face with key technical specialists – so they can get their specific questions answered, receive technical guidance and see the latest software demonstrated – in a casual, open forum. Continue reading →
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.
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:
What have you achieved recently in just half an hour?
Watched another repeat of The Simpsons?
Queued in the rain for a cab?
Cooked up a three-course Jamie Oliver banquet?
Well, Christopher Brown and I have just demonstrated how you can build and configure an Operations Dashboard – from start to finish – in 30 minutes. And there were no dirty dishes to take care of at the end!
Introducing the ArcGIS Marketplace – all you need is an ArcGIS Online login and you can discover, trial and purchase apps and data that extend your use of ArcGIS.
This afternoon, Stephen and I presented an introduction to the ArcGIS Marketplace, however you could say our “demo” started during the plenary this morning. Operation Organic used two ArcGIS Marketplace apps, Collector for ArcGIS and Operations Dashboard .
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.
It feels great to be down in Adelaide for Ozri 2014. It’s the first time the event has been held in these parts in roughly a decade, and the excitement of all delegates – local, interstate and international – has been tangible since the welcome function yesterday afternoon.
This morning’s plenary featured speakers at the forefront of GIS technology – and their passion was contagious. Esri Australia’s Managing Director Brett Bundock kicked things off – providing some context to what the conference theme of ‘Pure GIS’ is all about.
It’s not so much what Pure GIS is, said Brett, but rather what it does. In particular, Brett spoke of how Pure GIS: solves real-world problems; ensures a sustainable future and improves our quality of life; reconfigures the way we work, making us more productive and more effective; connects us; and changes the way we look at the world.