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Monday, 4 July 2016

ESRI Directions & User Conference: Key Points

ESRI User Conference from Hoyts Cinema in Melbourne
Recently, I have attended two key sessions organized by ESRI Australia - Directions Live in May and User Conference (a special style) in June. In this blog post, I will highlight some key insights to ESRI ArcGIS new capabilities that you may want to consider:

  1. ArcGIS Online: Does your organization or group host an ArcGIS Online Portal? Have you wondered on how to make it looking professional and reflect your organizational identity?
    1. Configuring your home page - This documentation talks about adding your organizational feel to the home page of your portal 
    2. Customizing your home page - Resources for developers and who have additional time to create a great welcome to ArcGIS Online
    3. Creating an Easy access to your web map applications - Wonder on how people can access your web map applications easily? Consider adding a sliding banner to home page.
    4. Uploading your Print Template for Online Maps - ArcGIS Online has printing capacity for all the web map applications (based on your configurations). If you want the user to print a map according to your standards, you need ArcGIS server to stream the standardized printing layout to ArcGIS Online
  2. Drone2Map: Combining drone technology and ESRI software powered by Pix4D, this tool is gaining a lot of traction in the mining industry and irrigation network management in Australia. In the mining industry, drones are much more efficient and cheaper in calculating the volume of rocks and earth moved around. Drones can be send to remote places where it is unsafe for humans to be in person for monitoring. Drone2Map has the capability to generate photorealistic 3D models.
  3. Insights for ArcGIS: Drag and drop your data and generate instant maps. Create multiple charts and query the results you want. Find out more here.
  4. ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud: For cartographers and communications professionals, this beta tool bring maps straight into Adobe Creative Suite. Find out more here.

Case Study

From the four pointers above, I have implemented in the key points for ArcGIS Online. In my company, we have an ArcGIS Online portal with groups (aggregate of users who produce, use and distribute the online maps). As the unofficial administrator for ArcGIS Online, I discussed with one of the groups who use my designed maps a lot for business. Fresh learned from ESRI Directions, I was interested to bring those ideas into action.

I discussed with this group and scoped their requirements. I came to know that

  • They are finding difficult to see the maps they want
  • Tag or Putting an Image that are suitable for the popular maps being used
Applying on the knowledge I have learnt, I began to modify the home page of my company's ArcGIS Online. With help of ESRI Australia, I placed a banner of the popular maps for the group to see by default first view. I customized the front page to reflect my Company's logo and business profile.

Currently, I am working on the best identifiers for the popular maps. Apparently, my group wants to see an image of map for every web application. A map that reflects the content of web map application. For them, that is the best way for them to identify their applications, not the title nor generic images.

Interested to find out more about capabilities of ArcGIS Online?

Contact me either on the contact form or drop a blog comment.

*This blog is not sponsored or endorsed by ESRI Australia/ ESRI in general. It is purely author's opinion

The author at ESRI User Conference
AECOM utilizing ArcGIS Online to convey their largest engineering work in Australia (ESRI Directions)


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