Top 5 differences between ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro

Top 5 differences between ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro

Are you an occasional Esri software user that is needing to ramp up your game?  Maybe its been a couple of years since you dabbled with the GIS software and you have a project that needs a little geospatial touch.  One of the questions you may find yourself asking is "What is the difference between ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro"? 

Extend a Hand: Symbolizing Related Data in ArcGIS Online is Within Reach

Extend a Hand: Symbolizing Related Data in ArcGIS Online is Within Reach

A very popular and enduring request of the ArcGIS Online user community has been to have the ability to symbolize features based on data that’s stored as a related record. Well, Esri has listened- and released in a June 2018 update to ArcGIS Online the ability to use related records data like never before. We now have the ability to symbolize and manipulate our data in ways that we previously limited.

Create an Army of Data Collectors!

Create an Army of Data Collectors!

No one knows the features of an area like the people who inhabit it. However, to collect city or county wide data, there would be a sizable investment of personnel, time, and money. But what if it didn't have to cost an arm and a leg? What if you could create an army of data collectors who knew the area, and were willing to help document problems with features or infrastructure?

Dashboards - No Sweat

Dashboards - No Sweat

Most of us are familiar with this idea of dashboards. A quick overview of a set of data, system or project with supporting charts, dials or graphs that emphasize particular points about the data or view. There are some ESRI tools that have been around such as the Operations Dashboard, or the analysis-focused Insights. And now as of the June 2017 update, Web AppBuilder now has built-in functions for quickly creating configurable, informative dashboards on top of your web GIS.

ArcGIS Online Specialists in Town!

ROANOKE, Illinois - Friday, September 20, 2013- Cloudpoint Geographics Inc. has received the designation of being a ArcGIS Online Specialist from Esri Inc of Redlands California.  The ArcGIS Online Specialty  is for partners who have made ArcGIS Online an integral part of their business and want to increase their business around Web GIS and the ArcGIS platform.

ArcGIS Online is a collaborative, cloud-based platform that lets members of an organization create, share, and access maps, applications, and data, including authoritative basemaps published by Esri. Through ArcGIS Online, you get access to Esri’s secure cloud, where you can manage, create, store, and access hosted web services, and because ArcGIS Online is an integral part of the ArcGIS system, you can use it to extend the capabilities of ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS for Server, ArcGIS applications, and ArcGIS APIs and Runtime SDKs.

"We have worked hard to provide our customers with the best possible solution for their online geospatial needs."  Says, Jonathan Hodel President and CEO of Cloudpoint Geographics. "Becoming an ArcGIS Online Specialist opens possibilities to integrating desktop data that may have previously been limited to only a few users. It also helps introduce new opportunities in a more user-friendly enterprise environment."

Ten Months ago in December of 2012, Cloudpoint was awarded the honor of becoming one of Esri's most nimble and newest Business Partners. This past July we also joined an exclusive community of Value Added Resellers for Esri Software. There are precious few in downstate Illinois and it's a pleasure for us to serve our customers in that way.   

Time after time ArcGIS Online has been our go-to solution for security, access and easy application deployment into the cloud. This designation from Esri validates our efforts and endorses the best practices we have promoted.  Cloudpoint has the experience with ArcGIS Online and now the endorsement by Esri to confidently assist your organization with set-up and administration of ArcGIS Online. Please contact us with any questions of opportunities we may help with:

Micah Williamson

Geospatial Services Manager

Topology & Geometric Networking... Say What???

These are two big words often used in the geospatial world but who really knows or cares what they mean?  Well now you can alllow yourself to be "In the Know".

Topology is the arrangement for how point, line, and polygon features share geometry.  In other words, it's provides a means to make sure all of your pipes are connected to all of the network structures such as valves, hydrants, and/or manholes, etc.  In addition you can make sure that there are no improper overlaps or intersections as in a tax parcel layer so your maps accurately represent what's out there in reality. 

More info on Topology 

Geometric Networking is just a fancy way of saying that all of your points, lines, and polygons have connectivity and can actually "talk" to each other.  It creates a model of your network which can be very useful for managing water distribution systems, electrical lines, gas pipelines, telephone services, and streams within the same drainage basin.

More info on Geometric Networks

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