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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 Practical Ways GIS Puts Predictive Analytics on the Map

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

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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

Be Fully Prepared - Use GIS in Your Crisis Management Plan

Posted by Emma Paz on Aug 12, 2016 10:12:03 AM

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Whether you’re responding to rising sea levels, the Zika virus, or the possibility of a shooter in your midst, crisis management plans are incredibly important for many business and organizations. It’s important to have a number of scenarios mapped out in order to respond effectively when disaster strikes with the best possible crisis management plan. Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, are amazingly effective in allowing you to project various scenarios and responses, preparing you with the best possible action plan if the unfortunate time should come.

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Topics: arcGIS, climate change, Cloud, crisis, Disaster, disaster response, management, Mapping Services, mobile

Look Out for the Top Emerging Trends in Information Technology

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

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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

3 Ways Data Visualization Can Help Make Your Vision a Reality

Posted by Emma Paz on Jul 22, 2016 3:07:07 PM

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Data visualization is a modern form of communications that involves the study and creation of visual representations of large data streams often known as big data. Visualizing data is a powerful tool across many industries and disciplines and is often done with tools like ArcGIS, capable of turning almost any form of data into a geographical point ready to be mapped. If you have yet to unlock the power of big data in your company or organization and leverage it through maps and other means of data visualization, it’s time to get caught up with the technology quickly becoming taken for granted in various fields. It is being used in various administrative settings around the world from city planning to shipping and logistics and even marketing and sales.

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Topics: analytics, arcGIS, big data, big data visualization, Data, GeoDatabase, Geoprocessing, Geospatial, GIS, mapping data, 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

Big Data Has the Answers You Need to Achieve Sustainable Development

Posted by Emma Paz on Jul 8, 2016 11:47:47 AM

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In our modern world it seems that every little change is turned into data somehow captured in space and time. Every car in traffic is counted; every gallon of water is accounted for; every grocery store patron’s habits tracked. All these tiny, seemingly insignificant facts are tallied and filed away, and for a long time have gone largely untapped by governments and corporations alike. With the power to know where people and things are and how they relate to one another, there are few tools as powerful as big data mining, especially when it comes to sustainable development.

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Topics: arcGIS, ArcGIS Online, big data solutions, Collaboration, environment, mapping, Mapping Services, opensource, resource management, Singapore, sustainable development, United Nations, urban planning

You Can Have the 3 Things You Crave With Big Data Management

Posted by Jay Fowler on Jun 16, 2016 11:37:29 AM

When it comes to collecting big data, most companies are doing it indiscriminately and have far more than they even realize, and let this endless resource go completely untapped. However, with a big data management plan that is buttoned up and ready to be leveraged, there are countless ways to make more informed business decisions than you could have ever imagined. Big data management is no cake walk, and requires an infrastructure that is deeply and widely integrated into your processes and operations. With the help of the right big data management experts, you will soon be unlocking the powers of amazing tools like ArcGIS that help you put those stores of useful information to use!

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Topics: analytics, arcGIS, big data solutions, cloud data, GeoDatabase, geographic data, Geospatial, Infrastructure, Infrastructure as a Service, management

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

How Quickly Can You Access Data for Asset Management?

Posted by Jason Harris on Mar 1, 2016 6:50:46 AM

ThinkstockPhotos-523293693.jpgThe asset intensive industries are far reaching, literally and figuratively. Covering everything from oil and gas to timber and railroads, there are many moving parts to a company whose business relies on their many assets spread across large geographic regions. Easy asset management is crucial to making these industries run, with a need for clear and quick communication from the corporate office to the workers in the field.

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Topics: arcGIS, ArcGIS Hosting, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Server, assets, management, MRO

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