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

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 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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3 Practical Ways GIS Puts Predictive Analytics on the Map

Posted by Jason Harris on Aug 29, 2016 7:48:45 AM


GIS is a powerful tool in many respects and is one of the central ways in which predictive analytics will become the norm across many disciplines and industries. Geospatial analysis can be a critical way to determine many things from crime to health risks and even in helping communications for corporate or government field workers. With excessive amounts of data and the expansive mobility of workers, predictive analytics maps are a useful tool that help leaders make faster, smarter and more informed decisions, whether in the face of an impending crisis or a big business deal.

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Topics: arcGIS, big data, Cloud, crime prevention, Data, data analysis, drug control, field workers, Geospatial, GIS, Legacy Systems, map, medical informatics, mobile maps, place history, predictive, public health

Look Out for the Top Emerging Trends in Information Technology

Posted by Jason Harris on Jul 30, 2016 2:55:47 PM


It’s hard to imagine our lives without the constant connectivity of our smartphones, and yet just a few years ago we lived in such a world. What about the cloud and GPS? Can you imagine a week of your life without using these information technology tools? In a few short years, we will be saying the same thing about today’s emerging technologies that, for the moment, seem surreal and intangible and yet will soon be taken for granted aspects of our daily lives. Did you ever think you would be on the brink of robotics applications in industries across the board, or virtual reality for that matter? These are just a few of the emerging trends in information technology to keep your eye as their will inevitably be applications for them in your business, even if you can’t imagine how right now.

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Topics: arcGIS, big data, Cloud, connected devices, Data, drones, emerging trends, futures, GIS, internet of things, IT, mobile, Mobile Applications, robotics, ROK Mobile, Virtualization, Visualization

Maps are a Critical Tool in the Battle Against the Zika Virus

Posted by Jason Harris on Jul 14, 2016 9:58:23 PM

Maps have long been powerful tools in disaster situations, with the ability to aggregate and visualize a plethora of diverse data into universally accessible and interactive representations. Software like ArcGIS makes churning out helpful maps in times of crisis incredibly manageable, especially with all the open source resources out there full of existing and real-time data. When a devastating circumstance strikes like what we are facing with the recent Zika virus outbreak, governments and the public alike are turning to maps to manage everything from outbreaks to Zika virus prevention plans. These various maps will give you the practical information you need about the Zika virus so you can live your life without fear of contracting it.

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Topics: arcGIS, CDC, Disaster, disaster response, disease maps, zika virus

Why You Need to Invest in a Secure Cloud Services Platform

Posted by Jason Harris on Jun 27, 2016 9:00:30 AM

ThinkstockPhotos-459526105.jpgA frequent misconception regarding cloud platforms is that they are inherently insecure. The reality is that all IT platforms are inherently insecure and, whether you’re using a cloud service for your hosting or an on-premises solution, security is always something you have to deal with. Once you understand what a secure cloud services platform can do for your business and what security measures need to be taken, you will quickly learn that the benefits of making the change far outweigh the risks.

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Topics: ArcGIS Hosting, Cloud, cloud platform, cloud services, Data, data security, hosting, secure cloud

4 Surprising Ways Web Map Services Can Encourage Collaboration

Posted by Jason Harris on Jun 9, 2016 12:02:30 PM


Web map services are quickly becoming central to many industries interested in collaboration with a greater community. From municipal development projects and utility maintenance, to resource management and useful maps for outdoorsmen, web map services are crucial to creating a sense of community in that they offer an ease of data collection and storage across many platforms and from anywhere. If you are looking for the many benefits that exist in leveraging web map services, here are just a few to begin considering.

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Topics: ArcGIS Online, Cloud, Cloud Computing, Collaboration, opensource, web map service

The Smart Money is on Mobile App Design

Posted by Jason Harris on May 5, 2016 9:28:21 PM


If you’ve taken a moment to make some observations in any public space recently, you’ve no doubt seen that the majority of people are, if not staring at it, at least very in tune with whatever is happening on their mobile devices. This constant connectivity is now central to both our workplaces and the way we interact with customers. No matter what industry you’re in, mobile app design is a must, allowing you to reach more people anytime and anywhere. Whether it’s a mobile app design for your website or a universal application that allows data sharing across platforms and geographic regions, there’s no way to avoid taking this step to stay relevant in your industry.

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Topics: Application Development, Cloud, cloud data, Infrastructure, mobile, Mobile Applications, mobile infrastructure, mobile solutions, remote access, ROK Mobile

SSL and ArcGIS Server - Time For HTTPS is Now

Posted by Jason Harris on May 5, 2016 10:53:50 AM

We all knew it was coming and now it's here.  The #1 desktop browser, Google Chrome has recently updated several of their API's that affect us GIS developers - most notably for us, GeoLocation.  The short take away here is, in order to take advantage of in-browser geolocation (you know, that home/crosshairs button), you need to use HTTPS when serving your webs and map services.  Adding SSL to your ArcGIS Server site is pretty straightforward as is adding SSL to the webserver of your choice.  The bigger issue (pain) is going through all your code and making sure that everything is being served via HTTPS.  You know, all the javascript libraries, google apis, jquery, etc - they all need to be called via HTTPS or you'll get a 'Mixed Content' error that will block regular HTTP calls.

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Topics: Application Development, arcGIS, ArcGIS Hosting, arcgis https, ArcGIS JS API, arcgis security, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Server Hosting, arcgis ssl, Cloud, Dojo, jQuery, mobile, Mobile Applications, ROK Mobile

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