Following suit with our recent numeric theme, today I want to give you three reasons for trying ESRI's Workforce for ArcGIS. In short, Workforce is a tool for creating, assigning and monitoring work orders or assignments that are related to different places or spaces. Still in the beta stages for now, it will be fully released this year and here's why you should give it a run:
1. It's soo easy to deploy. Whether you are a power user or just getting started with web GIS, this is very easy to stand up quickly. If you already have an ArcGIS Online organization, it is very smooth. You create a project that contain certain assignment types. You add users from your org that will participate. Then you create assignments as needed and assign them to your 'workforce". Users will see their assignments in a To Do list, complete with priority and due date. The Dispatcher(s) can monitor progress as it happens. Nice.
2. It works seamlessly with your ArcGIS Online & ArcGIS mobile applications. Workforce is literally a part of your ArcGIS Online platform - The maps and users are all contained within your org - its just an extension of functionality. From the mobile side, you can easily jump to and from Collector, Navigator or Survey123. If you are using any of these, then you realize how useful that can be...
3. Your records are stored, paperlessly. When you create a project, all relevant information is auto-stored in the form of web maps and layers in a new folder under My Content (ArcGIS Online), where you can access or modify them separately if needed. So your assignments or work orders history are stored complete with timestamps and locations, and organized by project. Done.
So take just a bit of time to give it a try. You'll be surprised how intuitive it is to get rolling and how quickly you can begin to manage and track activities.