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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

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

Big Data Has the Answers You Need to Achieve Sustainable Development

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


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

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

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

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

Collaboration Technology is the Way to Make Nice with IT

Posted by Jason Harris on Apr 20, 2016 3:29:37 PM

ThinkstockPhotos-503489106.jpgThe benefits of outsourcing IT services to real experts in the field are endless and include cost savings in many shapes and sizes. When you have the need for remote computing solutions for both clients and employees, the right IT consultant can help you get the systems in place that you need for optimal workflows so you can work completely uninterrupted from anywhere you have a wifi connection. Collaboration technology is a software as a service (SASS) solution that will allow team members to work free of any burden from anywhere in the world. In a market where companies are increasingly becoming at least national entities, if not global networks, collaboration technology is something we all need to be more aware of.

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Topics: Collaboration, GIS experts, it consultant, mobile, team work, technology

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