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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

GIS is the Amazing, but Often Overlooked Software for Nonprofits!

Posted by Jay Fowler on May 11, 2016 10:06:07 AM



Whether you’re a nonprofit with global reach, or a small community service looking for a better way to manage your local networks and fundraising efforts, software for nonprofits exists in many shapes and forms. That said, the software for nonprofits that is often the most overlooked, and yet the most versatile is GIS. Known as the mapping software, GIS actually has great value across many industries from urban planning and agriculture, to coordinating international initiatives as a central data hub. You wouldn’t believe how useful physical representations of all kinds of data can be in challenging and building out powerful strategies that will have a greater and more lasting impact.

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Topics: community building, environment, Esri, fundraising, GIS, humanitarian, nonprofit, Uncategorized

How to Maximize the benefits of ArcGIS License Ownership

Posted by Jason Harris on Feb 26, 2016 5:20:01 AM


Finding the right ArcGIS license can be one of the most challenging aspects of getting your ArcGIS for Desktop up and running, not to mention being among the most costly steps in the process. The benefits of this tool far outweigh the cost of ArcGIS licensing, making it a worthwhile investment that will continue to deliver returns for years to come. Whether you’re an individual seeking GIS training at home, or an enterprise looking for an affordable ArcGIS license solution, you won’t fall short of finding just the thing to suit your needs.

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Topics: arcGIS, ArcGIS Desktop, Esri, license

Do You Have Valuable Esri Software Still Sitting in the Box?

Posted by Jay Fowler on Jan 20, 2016 1:36:36 PM

492146870.jpgHave you ever made a sizable investment in new software to make life and work simpler, brought it home, felt the newness of the packaging in your hands, and placed up on something altar-like above your computer only to find in that same place completely untouched months later? We’ve all been there. Whether it’s Rosetta Stone, the Adobe Suite, or Esri Software, the sinking feeling is the same. There’s aren’t many things worse than letting that investment go to waste in the box it came in, especially when it’s brand new Esri software, designed to make your organization more profitable by helping you make better decisions based on the real hard data of your experience.

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Topics: arcGIS, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Server Hosting, Esri, Mobile Applications, ROK Technologies

3 Ways to Get ArcGIS Training in 2016

Posted by Emma Paz on Nov 25, 2015 6:38:53 PM

New year's resolutions are in the making yet again. Maybe you want to get in better shape, save for that vacation you’ve always wanted to take, or learn something completely new. If you’ve got the techy gene, or have a things for maps then maybe 2016 will be a year of building up your skills in something like ArcGIS. If that’s the case, then you’ll need to look into some ArcGIS training to get yourself familiar with this complex software.

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Topics: arcGIS, ArcGIS Online, Esri, GIS, GIS training, Training

ROK Star Update - Union County Leisure Services

Posted by Emma Paz on Aug 17, 2015 3:07:54 PM

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Topics: Application Development, ArcGIS JS API, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Server REST, Bootstrap, Esri, GIS, jQuery, mobile, Mobile Applications

Wait, there’s a difference between Loading and Appending data?

Posted by Emma Paz on Jun 8, 2015 11:27:54 AM

Recently, Jay came across what seemed likely to be a data-type discrepancy between an SDE Spatial View (SV) in SQL and its associated Feature Class (FC); the discrepancy was leading to a handful of unpopulated text fields (varchars and nvarchars).

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Topics: arcGIS, ArcSDE, ArcSDE SQL, Data, Esri, GeoDatabase, GIS

Virtualizing ArcGIS - Now and the Road Ahead

Posted by Jason Harris on Apr 8, 2015 9:36:45 AM

ThinkstockPhotos-478450750.jpgOne integral part of ROK’s enterprise solution is delivering virtualized ArcGIS Desktops to clients all over the country.  Many people have already discovered the benefits of virtualizing applications - especially those in ArcGIS platform.

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Topics: arcGIS, ArcGIS Hosting, ArcGIS Pro, Esri, Infrastructure as a Service, ROK Technologies

Esri Partner Conference Wrap Up

Posted by Jay Fowler on Mar 16, 2015 3:38:05 PM

Mike, Jason, and I just returned from a fantastic trip to Palm Springs California. We attended Esri's Partner Conference and want to share some of the notable exciting developments for the ArcGIS© Platform.

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Topics: Application Development, arcGIS, ArcGIS Hosting, ArcGIS JS API, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Server Hosting, ArcSDE, Business Partner, Cloud, Conference, Esri, GeoDatabase, GIS, Infrastructure as a Service, Mapping Services, ROK Technologies, Uncategorized

Whats New At ROK?

Posted by Jason Harris on Feb 6, 2015 4:14:16 PM

 The holidays are over and things are heating up...

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Topics: Application Development, arcGIS, Cloud, Data, Esri, GeoDatabase, GIS, Misc, Newsletter, ROK Technologies, Uncategorized

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