Esri will migrate User Levels to ArcGIS User Types in the next ArcGIS Online release in December 2018. The User Types will provide ArcGIS Users a focused set of capabilities and apps to accomplish business needs in their ArcGIS Organization.
Well Folks, sometimes busy is just too busy. While we are thankful for the work, We also want to keep you up to date with some of the things we have been doing. Below are a few random images from earlier this week when all the full-time staff attended the Illinois GIS Association annual conference in Lisle. Also, we wanted to have a location to post the presentations that Micah and Erin gave.
I am so grateful to have gotten the chance to attend the ESRI User's Conference this year! ESRI knows how to put on a show and San Diego seems tailor-made for conferences. If you get a chance to go – do it! The sheer number of sessions and demonstrations assures you will walk away having learned something. The number of people there (18,000+) from around the world guarantees you will meet new people (and not once have to explain what GIS is). At the same time, it is small enough that you can meet up with people you already know and by the end of the week recognize a handful of new faces. And last but not least, San Diego is a fabulous host city. There’s more to do than you will have time for. And the party at Balboa Park is something you have to experience yourself.
As this was my first time attending and I was by myself, I wanted to share some things that I learned before and during the conference to help others who might be in the same boat next year.
- Find out who else is going from your area. This was tough for me because I’m new to the field, but my Cloudpoint team helped me out. Send an email asking your peers who’s going and try to find them when you get there. Meeting up with friends of friends (Hi, Sarah and Eric!) at the Map Gallery was a great start to my week of meeting new people.
- Speaking of meeting new people, don’t be afraid to join total strangers for things like getting your badge, grabbing lunch, enjoying a ferry ride, or catching a baseball game. (Thanks Chad, Carmen, Curt, Wendy, Melissa, and Dave!) Everybody is wearing their badge and we already have something in common. It’s easy to start a conversation with, “Where are you from?”.
- Try to land a hotel on the Trolley line. It’s convenient and cheap!
- Filter the schedule by topic and choose more than one session per time slot. You know, just in case a session entitled “Workforce Development Planning” is not in fact about Workforce for ArcGIS. You’ll be able to scoot out and find another session quickly.
- Don’t plan your travel around the First Time Attendee’s Session Sunday afternoon. If you’re reading this and other information about going to the UC, you won’t need it. If you already happen to be in town, you could use it to meet other first timers.
- If you have time, get your badge on Sunday. There were no lines and it gave me a chance to figure out the Trolley. (You can use either the Convention Center or Gaslamp District stops.)
- Plan time for the Expo. I walked around a couple of times in between sessions, but I wish I had spent more time there.
Obviously there are a whole host of GIS related things I learned, but that’s for another post. Bottom line, if you’ve got the chance to go, do it! My family wasn’t able to come, but if that’s an option for you, there are plenty of things both conference related and non-conference related for them to do while you’re in sessions.
Thanks to ESRI for putting on a great conference, to Cloudpoint for sending me, and to my husband for holding down the fort while I was gone!
Are you ArcGIS Pro-ready? System Requirements Lab has provided a tool (available here or at the system requirements page for ArcGIS Pro) that produces a detailed report in a matter of seconds showing how your system stacks up to the minimum and recommended requirements for running ArcGIS Pro. Please watch this video for more information on how you can easily check your system requirements for Pro.
I happen to know a very good barista. I'm biased of course, but my son started informally doing reviews of other coffee shops as he visited them. Living in Eau Claire, there are a lot. He kept all these reviews in his leather-bound journal for later. (a real rustic one, with the long leather straps, like Hemingway) . He said it was mostly for his own notes. You know, because he enjoys it.
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Paul worked for Cloudpoint Geographics for 4 years as one of our most trusted GIS Experts. In November of last year, He moved out to Carson City to be closer to family and try that desert life. Paul is an avid outdoors person, disc golfer, Ultimate champion, and hiker. After dozens of Instagram pictures of hikes, all while we were experiencing a midwestern winter 1,500 miles away, We asked Paul to make a story map of his adventures...
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There are two meanings here: 1. You might be building your GIS as Shadow IT, know the pitfalls and realities. 2. Beware your GIS 'clients' may be building Shadow GIS underneath you.
Shadow IT is a real thing. It's talked about at conferences and even has a Wikipedia page. Essentially, it is when 'unofficial' tech infrastructure is built in parallel to the official IT department; sometimes sanctioned, sometimes not. GIS could exist as a Shadow IT in both positive and negative way
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We all know that our web maps and mapping applications we create can be accessed via mobile devices, and the interaction is actually fairly seamless and smooth. But say you want to go one step further, and actually create a native app that is available from the app store of your choice - or that feels like it was designed for your device - where do you start?
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Are you stuck in a bad relationship ... with your GIS? You need help, you need out. Call the Cleaner. In all seriousness, time and time again, our professional services team has encountered potential clients that are just stuck using some antiquated version of ArcGIS or burdened by some legacy vendor because "That's the way we've always done it"