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Get on the Right Path to Enterprise Readiness

Posted by Jay Fowler on Aug 16, 2016 2:46:52 PM

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way business is done and will demand that leaders consider their enterprise readiness in order to adapt to new economies. Consumer technology is central to this shift that is beginning to take place and demands that businesses approach enterprise readiness with the understanding that employees will be working and accessing corporate data from personal mobile devices. While this proves to be the most productive model of leveraging the IoT for productivity, it also presents more risks than if you were limiting their work to company provided devices and on-site work. By freeing them up and encouraging their consumerism, you can expect better work and, as long as you have considered your enterprise readiness in making this shift, the risks can be aptly managed.

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Topics: big data, cloud services, data management, enterprise, Infrastructure, Infrastructure as a Service, internet of things, IoT, mobile, mobile infrastructure, Security

Be Fully Prepared - Use GIS in Your Crisis Management Plan

Posted by Emma Paz on Aug 12, 2016 10:12:03 AM

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Whether you’re responding to rising sea levels, the Zika virus, or the possibility of a shooter in your midst, crisis management plans are incredibly important for many business and organizations. It’s important to have a number of scenarios mapped out in order to respond effectively when disaster strikes with the best possible crisis management plan. Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, are amazingly effective in allowing you to project various scenarios and responses, preparing you with the best possible action plan if the unfortunate time should come.

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Topics: arcGIS, climate change, Cloud, crisis, Disaster, disaster response, management, Mapping Services, mobile

Gain Increased Security in the Internet of Things

Posted by Jay Fowler on Aug 5, 2016 4:26:28 PM
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One of the biggest questions companies have before moving forward to grasp all the amazing promises of the Internet of Things is that of security. Will data streams remain secure when they become even more varied through the growing number of mobile devices? As the Internet of Things becomes a reality across industries, new forms of data will emerge as information expands beyond current classifications, leading to an even greater need for new and yet unseen forms of analysis to sort and make sense of all this new data. The task at hand with this new reality is no small feat, and security is just one very important aspect of it. As you begin to consider how the Internet of Things will affect your industry and business, here are some things to consider in regards to security.

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Topics: big data, Cloud, connected devices, Data, Industry 4.0, Infrastructure as a Service, internet of things, IoT, mobile, mobile infrastructure, mobile solutions, Uncategorized

Look Out for the Top Emerging Trends in Information Technology

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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