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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

5 Important Ways GIS Enhances Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted by Allison Oliverius on Sep 17, 2016 6:57:54 AM

Disaster-Recovery_GettyImages.jpgSometimes, disaster is inevitable. In weather emergencies, loss of data and vital information can threaten the life and long-term viability of your company. It is important that your business gets back to normal as quickly as possible, and what greatly aids in that goal is having a disaster recovery plan. Implementing a plan isn’t always easy. There are a lot of moving parts, and key members of your recovery team need to be up-to-date on the most relevant information. To that end GIS, like those produced by ROK Tech can offer a huge advantage.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, GIS

3 Practical Ways GIS Puts Predictive Analytics on the Map

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


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

Look Out for the Top Emerging Trends in Information Technology

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


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


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

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

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


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

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 Ways to Get Better Perspective When You 3D Enable Your Geographic Data

Posted by Jay Fowler on Feb 18, 2016 12:59:40 PM

Are you tired of working in abstractions with your GIS data on 2D maps that don’t quite give you the visualizations you want? The advent of ArcGIS Pro is a new era for GIS experts, allowing them to 3D enable their data to make their maps more honest representations of real life. Not only can you now work with your data in 3D, but you can analyze it also, giving you whole new datasets to work with through which to see the full height and depth of life in your digital representations and maps. The world is not flat, so why should we map it as if it were? If technology allows us to map in 3D, let’s do it!

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Topics: 3D map, ArcGIS Pro, GIS, Mapping Services

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