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GIS in Real Life - a Run into Shape ‘Cause’

Posted by Emma Paz on Oct 20, 2016 10:51:47 AM

Let's face it, we have it pretty good as GIS professionals. Our projects are so versatile. The location analytics we do is so practical and valuable across a variety of sectors. Our work has the power to enhance any organization’s decision-making workflows, transforming them into smart, powerful data-driven practices. And the opportunities to apply our sense of place can only get better as technology continues to get faster, cheaper, more accessible.

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3 Ways Hackers are Forcing Network Security to Improve

Posted by Jason Harris on Oct 7, 2016 12:08:37 PM

It seems hackers are in the news all the time these days. You turn on the tv and hear reports of major cyber crimes against Yahoo, Target, and even Hollywood. You probably worry about your own network security. What would your business do in the event of a major cyber attack? These are valid everyday concerns, ones that experts like ROK Tech understand all too well. The good news is the hackers themselves may be inadvertently helping you find a solution. Do you find that surprising? Then check out 3 ways that network security has been improving in response to hackers.

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Gain Increased Security in the Internet of Things

Posted by Jay Fowler on Aug 5, 2016 4:26:28 PM

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

Why Managed Services for IT? And Why Now?

Posted by Emma Paz on Jun 24, 2016 3:21:30 PM


The world of business is in rapid motion in the age of technology, with a never ending stream of new hardware and software changing the way things are done. One of the biggest shifts of late is the redefinition even presence of the formerly crucial role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). While CTOs were central to the operations of all businesses from local to multinational corporations, they are now being made obsolete by companies who provide a full range of managed services for IT.

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Topics: Cloud, consultant, Infrastructure, Infrastructure as a Service, IT management, managed IT services, Uncategorized

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

If You Really Want to be Targeted You Need Location Based Analytics

Posted by Jay Fowler on Apr 2, 2016 10:22:11 AM


GIS can be used in countless ways to make smarter and more strategic business plans. Location intelligence is a growing interest across many industries from food and beverage to government organizations looking to target the right kind of people in the right places. If business intelligence, the process of analyzing data to have a more targeted strategy, is something your organization is growing in, consider the weight that location plays into all your decisions. Don’t overlook the importance of location based analytics in growing your business intelligence practices. Do some research on the powerful tool of ArcGIS and how you can use it in your industry.

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3 Ways to Ensure Your ArcGIS Data is Properly Protected

Posted by Jason Harris on Feb 11, 2016 10:37:24 AM

GIS maps are invaluable tools across many industries in a world whose transactions are increasingly digital. Collecting and storing sensitive data in the cloud is undeniably more efficient. For a large enough organization it requires expertise not only for deployment but also for the ongoing security needed to keep your ever-changing and growing ArcGIS data safe. Data security is often a role all its own and quickly outgrows many IT positions as it becomes a task too large to keep in-house.

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Topics: cyber security, data security, redundancy, Uncategorized

3 Reasons GIS Mapping is the Hero in Foul Weather

Posted by Jay Fowler on Jan 27, 2016 5:31:32 PM

The winter months are high time for treacherous weather around the country. Whether you’re gearing up for the Nor'easters of New England, the Lake Effect of the Midwest, or the few inches of snow down south that cause their own havoc, there is no better way to be prepared than having relevant GIS mapping strategies in place to respond quickly when weather strikes. There are few ways as efficient to keep track of storm courses and the damage they often leave behind them than the numerous tools available through GIS mapping. Not only are the tools more efficient, but they’re also mobile, allowing you to solve problems on-the-go.

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What You Need to Know About ArcGIS Server Hosting

Posted by Jason Harris on Dec 22, 2015 7:31:05 AM

Are you considering moving your ArcGIS server hosting to the cloud?  The cost savings alone convince most, but the big question comes when you decide where your applications, infrastructure and data should live. While private hosting is always an option, it can be a costly operation to maintain if isn’t central to your business. There are endless public ArcGIS server hosting providers in the cloud, including the big boys like Amazon EC2, Azure, and Google, as well as many smaller outfits providing similar services.  So how do you choose which one is best for you? Unfortunately, there is no a one-size-fits-all solution. When choosing a provider for your ArcGIS related infrastructure, there are some key points to consider.  

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Topics: ArcGIS for server, hosting, server hosting, Uncategorized

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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