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The Demands and Solutions for Modern-Day GIS

Posted by Jason Harris on Aug 28, 2017 5:12:35 PM

With an estimated 70% of organizations overspending on hosting and a 30% first-time deployment failure rate, the need for expertise is real. The goals of increased agility, innovation, and lower costs, when coupled with the complexities of managing a modern-day GIS infrastructure, create a challenging task for CIO’s, IT Professionals, and GIS Managers. Organizational leaders must understand all the risks and opportunities in GIS infrastructure management.

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Topics: GIS experts, ArcGIS Hosting, ArcGIS Troubleshooting, AWS, Cloud GIS, Cloud Reliability, managed IT services, managed services, cloud hosting, cloud services, cloud data

How to Monitor and Resolve Common ArcGIS Performance Issues

Posted by Jason Harris on Jan 3, 2017 9:54:03 AM

It’s Monday morning and you’re staring at your computer while it takes literally minutes to boot up, tapping your fingers on that endless to-do list next to your mouse. Will it ever finish? We’ve all been there, waiting on a machine that is supposed to work faster than our brains do while the minutes in our too-short days fly by. One of the most frequently sought after technical support questions of ArcGIS for Desktop users is performance issues. As a large and complex application, ArcGIS demands a lot of memory to operate even basic processes. For optimal workflows, it is important that you stay on top of ArcGIS performance issues so that you can resolve them as quickly as possible, and keep your work as efficient as possible.

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Topics: arcGIS, ArcGIS Troubleshooting, optimization, Performance

3 Easy Ways to Keep Your CIO Happy

Posted by Charlie Baker on Nov 20, 2016 10:48:57 PM


Your Chief Information Officer is a very busy person, who doesn’t have a lot of time to waste. Maybe you see how hard they are working every day. Perhaps you are the CIO and you understand all too well the stress that comes with the job. The CIO is a vital role in any company or organization that primarily concerns itself with information technology. And with the advent of the digital revolution, there are a lot more of those organizations than there used to be! The job is already stressful enough, and nobody wants to deal with an angry CIO. So here are some tips ROK Tech suggests to make your CIO happy which hardly take any extra effort at all!

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Topics: Advice, CIO, Non-Profits

3 Ways Big Data Analytics Can Improve Safety in Cities

Posted by Charlie Baker on Nov 13, 2016 5:33:57 PM

Fact Or Fiction?

You might remember a movie from the early 2000s called Minority Report. The film, which starred Tom Cruise, was set in a futuristic society where telepaths could predict crime before they occurred, leading to the arrest of criminals for something they had not done yet. The movie, though well-made and quite thrilling, is of course a dramatic work of fiction. Nevertheless, the idea of trying to prevent crime instead of just responding to it is one which certainly has appeal. One method some major cities are using to help deter and respond to crime is Big Data Analytics. We have spoken about Big Data before, as well as given examples of how some organizations and companies have used it to improve their brand. Here’s now a more in-depth look!

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Topics: big data, Public Safety

4 Ways to Know it's Time to Embrace Managed Services for GIS

Posted by Charlie Baker on Nov 7, 2016 11:16:45 AM


What Are Managed Services?

Managed Service Providers are continuing to grow and develop to meet the needs of their clients. With more being offered than ever before, now might be the right time for you to utilize one for your own needs. A Managed Service Provider (MSP) is most often an IT services provider that manages and assumes responsibility for providing a defined set of services to its clients. This can be done either proactively, or as the MSP determines that services are needed. What it means in short is that someone else is handling the services for you. Utilizing a managed services provider can offer a huge advantage for many companies and organizations. The popularity of using an MSP is clear, as more businesses and IT firms are turning to the technology. If you’ve never been interested in managed services before, here are some reasons why it might be time for you to make the switch.

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Topics: Collaboration, Esri, GIS, managed services

How to Embrace IoT While Protecting Your Big Data

Posted by Charlie Baker on Oct 28, 2016 1:35:13 PM

The Bold New World of IOT

GettyImages-524553334.jpgFor those who don’t know what is meant by Internet of Things can look here for an extensive breakdown of what it is and what it means. In short, IoT refers to the vast quantity of devices which can connect wirelessly to the internet — and to each other — and the data generated by them. Devices connected to this system don’t necessarily need a human operator in order to send and receive data. IoT is a topic that is increasingly being talked about in the tech world today. And for good reason: the potential benefits of allowing multiple devices to connect to each other are staggering to think about. And it is becoming increasingly popular, with some estimates predicting over 30 billion devices connected together. The amount of data that number of devices could generate is so large it is almost impossible to quantify. Naturally, many organizations are wanting to take advantage of all these benefits the IoT data offers. Some however also have expressed valid concerns about it, viewing Internet of Things as a potential risk to their organization’s vita data. ROK Tech believes new technology should be embraced, especially when it is this exciting. If you are concerned about 

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Topics: big data, internet of things, IoT

Who Should Consider Platform as a Service, and When?

Posted by Charlie Baker on Oct 20, 2016 11:51:51 PM

ThinkstockPhotos-478450750.jpgPicture, for a moment, a young artist who just moved to New York City. He has big dreams of breaking into the world of high society art. Unfortunately, finishing even one painting isn’t as easy as he imagined. He has to find an apartment and a studio. Both of those require rent money, so he also needs to get a day job. Then there’s the matter of art supplies. So many details to consider, and he hasn’t even picked up a brush! Sometimes, software developers may feel like that struggling artist. Before you can create cool or useful new applications, you need to set-up and configure the underlying infrastructure, install software, back everything up and so on. How can you make it easier? ROK Tech recommends the benefits of cloud computing. Developers have already been utilizing the cloud via IaaS, but another emerging option is Platform as a Service.

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Topics: Cloud, Collaboration, Infrastructure as a Service, Virtualization

5 Ways Location Analytics can Easily Improve Processes

Posted by Charlie Baker on Oct 20, 2016 11:40:03 PM


Location Analytics, On the Rise

As more companies like Google continue to acquire Location Analytics services, the popularity of this technology becomes increasingly clear. Location Analytics is already making a big splash in the world of retail, and that is hardly the only area where it can make a difference. Engineering firms, city planning and the military all benefit from using it. ROK Tech wants you to understand the incredible value of this amazing technology, so here are 5 ways that Location Analytics can improve your processes.

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Topics: Data, Mapping Services, Visualization

GIS in Real Life - a Run into Shape ‘Cause’

Posted by Emma Paz on Oct 20, 2016 10:51:47 AM

Let's face it, we have it pretty good as GIS professionals. Our projects are so versatile. The location analytics we do is so practical and valuable across a variety of sectors. Our work has the power to enhance any organization’s decision-making workflows, transforming them into smart, powerful data-driven practices. And the opportunities to apply our sense of place can only get better as technology continues to get faster, cheaper, more accessible.

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Topics: Uncategorized

3 Ways Hackers are Forcing Network Security to Improve

Posted by Jason Harris on Oct 7, 2016 12:08:37 PM

It seems hackers are in the news all the time these days. You turn on the tv and hear reports of major cyber crimes against Yahoo, Target, and even Hollywood. You probably worry about your own network security. What would your business do in the event of a major cyber attack? These are valid everyday concerns, ones that experts like ROK Tech understand all too well. The good news is the hackers themselves may be inadvertently helping you find a solution. Do you find that surprising? Then check out 3 ways that network security has been improving in response to hackers.

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Topics: Uncategorized

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