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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

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

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

The Best Companies Have Switched to Outsourced IT Services

Posted by Mike Cotter on Apr 13, 2016 1:42:59 PM

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Are you considering outsourcing your IT to experts? Studies have shown that the most successful small businesses have already outsourced IT services to companies whose expertise lies in giving you technology that will set you apart in your industry. There are many motivations besides targeted expertise that lead business leaders to opt for outsourced IT services like significant cost and time savings. Outsourced IT services save companies from managing an entire department, allowing for more predictable time and money management. If you’ve got a big project in the pipeline, look into the options for outsourced IT services before you make a move.

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Topics: ArcGIS Hosting, Cloud, GIS, GIS partner, Infrastructure as a Service, it consultant, outsource, ROK Technologies

3 Ideas to Consider When Choosing a GIS Hosting Partner

Posted by Shea Charlotte on Mar 11, 2016 10:26:37 AM

When looking for server solutions for your ArcGIS services, finding and setting up hosting for yourself can be a huge cost and even one big headache. When expanding your services you ought to consider finding the right GIS hosting partner to lighten the load. You can’t take choosing a GIS hosting partner lightly, though, as the growth of your business depends on a trustworthy partnership that will meet all your needs. As a unique business, you need unique solutions and customer service. Don’t compromise on your needs for ease, but make sure to find someone who can get the job done right, and in a timely manner.

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Topics: ArcGIS Hosting, ArcGIS Server, Cloud, Cloud GIS, GIS partner, server

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

Enjoy 3 Amazing Benefits of Virtualized ArcGIS Desktop​

Posted by Jason Harris on Feb 5, 2016 7:47:59 AM

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Are you wondering how to simplify your GIS services and packages? Chances are you have become frustrated with all the administration tasks of keeping your GIS operations up and running, and accessible to everyone who needs them. A full-service Cloud-GIS Enterprise offers users hosting of all your data so you no longer have to worry about what is happening behind the curtain to keep the gears spinning. When you virtualize ArcGIS Desktop, you can focus on delivering stellar solutions and leave the boring stuff to the hosting pros while you enjoy the benefits of having secure access to your real-time data everywhere you go.

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Topics: arcGIS, ArcGIS Hosting, cloud hosting, GIS, mobile, virtual desktop

Debugging ArcGIS Server Performance Issues - Part 2

Posted by Jason Harris on Jul 27, 2015 1:08:28 PM

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Topics: Application Development, ArcGIS Hosting, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Server Hosting, ArcGIS Server REST, ArcSDE, ArcSDE SQL, Cloud, GeoDatabase, GIS, Performance, ROK Technologies, Uncategorized

ROK Star Update - Forest Preserve District of Will County

Posted by Emma Paz on Jun 22, 2015 1:58:49 PM

This month’s ROK Star Update goes out to the Forest Preserve District of Will County, based in Joliet, Illinois. We follow in celebration of their much anticipated interactive map release--a Flash application designed to let users find and explore their forest preserves, visitor centers, trails, and activities located throughout Will County’s 849 square miles.

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Topics: ArcGIS Hosting, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Server Hosting, Example Sites, GIS, Map Cache

ArcGIS Myth busters from SEUC

Posted by Carey Jenkins on Jun 8, 2015 1:28:33 PM

Our ROK team had a great time attending Esri’s Southeast User Conference in the beginning of May--Jason’s talk on Virtualized ArcGIS went well, we got to see a few of our clients, and brought back some good project ideas to work on. We also brought back a few good “myth buster” notes from Esri’s Plenary (hint: the myths are all… myths) that we thought we’d pass along.

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Topics: arcGIS, ArcGIS Hosting, ArcGIS Online, mobile, Mobile Applications, Uncategorized

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