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Enjoy 3 Benefits When You Switch to a Virtual CAD Workstation

Posted by Jay Fowler on May 20, 2016 5:06:32 AM

Most CAD related industries are incredibly competitive, with constant pressure to meet market demands, and do it faster than the competition. With the demands of this industry, no one can afford to waste any time with unfit CAD workstations. If you have a few of these in your midst and you’re starting to feel the lag, you have a few options: you can either purchase new workstations that will give your employees the computing power they need to work more efficiently, or you can consider virtualization. In a world that is becoming increasingly cloud-centered, virtualized CAD workstations are probably your best bet, and here’s why.  

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Topics: ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Server, CAD, Cloud, Collaboration, high computing, virtual desktop, Virtualization

The Smart Money is on Mobile App Design

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

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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

A Fresh Look at IT Infrastructure for Government

Posted by Jason Harris on Apr 27, 2016 1:27:27 PM

We are all aware that the government is not only in need of an IT infrastructure overhaul in many of its departments, but also that they are now actively seeking it. This will give civilian experts nationwide the chance to consider scaling up their solutions for the fed. IT infrastructure for government is a hot topic in the tech world and a feasible collaboration for companies who can accommodate a range of solutions for the all-encompassing infrastructure paradigm. Cloud computing is an aspect of IT infrastructure for the government that is of particular interest as it would alleviate many of their challenges with one integrated solution. It requires a partnership with some form of IT entity or cloud provider, which can have other benefits as well.

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Topics: ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Server Hosting, Cloud, Cloud Computing, Collaboration, GIS, Infrastructure, Infrastructure as a Service, IT, Legacy Systems, mapping, networks

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

Desktop Virtualization is the Way of the Future: 3 Reasons to Convert Now

Posted by Jay Fowler on Apr 7, 2016 1:27:14 PM

ThinkstockPhotos-478450750.jpgDesktop Virtualization is quickly becoming the norm for organizations of all kinds who are looking for more flexibility with their data and desktop applications. The advent of cloud computing has made desktop virtualization available to everyone while saving them the hassle of upgrading local systems. If you want to hire remote employees, upgrade your security or make the move to the flexible and cost effective cloud, it’s time to start thinking about desktop virtualization as a great option. Don’t let the age of cloud computing and desktop virtualization pass you by!
3 Reasons for Desktop Virtualization

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Topics: Cloud, Cloud Computing, remote access, Security, virtual desktop, Virtualization

Why Wait to Transition GIS on Desktop to the Cloud?

Posted by Jay Fowler on Mar 19, 2016 5:54:28 AM

Moving your GIS on Desktop to the cloud is a big decision and one that often comes only after a long calculated decision. While it is no small task, the benefits far outweigh the time that goes into learning how to make the best use of your GIS on Desktop cloud capabilities. The GIS on Desktop platform comes with ArcGIS Online, which gives you access to all your data from anywhere in the world on a centralized secure server. This cloud computing solution for GIS on Desktop isn’t only more convenient for all your map making needs, but it is actually more cost effective. Don’t hesitate to make the move to the cloud if you’re looking for more scalability and flexibility.

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Topics: ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Platform, Cloud, GIS

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

4 Ways Mobile Cloud Computing is Enabling GIS in the Field

Posted by Emma Paz on Dec 29, 2015 9:18:58 AM

Mobile cloud computing affects our everyday lives in more ways than we even realize. We depend on mobile devices to perform tasks from basic communication to downright complicated professional operations like taking payments or collecting data. In the world of GIS mobile cloud computing has completely changed the way data is collected in the field, which not only expedites the process, but ensure we can make the most accurate maps.

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Topics: Cloud, Cloud Computing, Data, data collection, mobile, solutions

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

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