Kyle Wikstrom
Kyle Wikstrom, Solutions Specialist

Thursday was my last day at the Esri UC, and the day’s sessions, events, and the Party by the Bay were the perfect way to end the amazing week!  The day was filled with learning all about ArcGIS Server in the Cloud and the ArcGIS apps we all know and love.

What do we need to know about ArcGIS Server in the Cloud?

Esri UC Day 4It’s so much easier than you may think!  In layman’s terms, you are running your ArcGIS machines someplace else, and that someplace else provides the security, maintenance, and the scalability to respond to your enterprise needs.  If you are running complex services or if you’re app goes viral, you can “spin up” another machine to handle the extra traffic and then take it offline when it’s not needed anymore.  The cost savings are significant in that you are not required to maintain hardware or network equipment, you pay for only what you use, and there becomes less of a need for a large IT staff on-premise.  This whole idea is called Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Esri supports ArcGIS Server for numerous cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

The Road Ahead for ArcGIS Apps has everyone thrilled with what is coming, and we can look forward to some of these additions and enhancements later this year!

  • Collector for ArcGIS on Windows 10 will be able to configure search for assets and numeric types.  The beta will be released next month with a full release expected later this fall.  Also this fall, Collector on iOS devices will recognize external high-accuracy receivers and use GPS averaging.  The app will soon support photo naming and resolution adjustment.  Smart Forms are anticipated for a 2016 release.
  • Explorer will soon be able to take maps offline, support vector tiles and the Living Atlas, and integrate with Navigator.  Anticipated late fall of 2015
  • Navigator will let you load Mobile Map Packages (MMPs) over WiFi or side loading and search for your features.  With the release of ArcGIS Pro 1.2 you will be able to create your own MMPs for the app.  Navigator is awaiting approval for the Apple App Store and will be available any day now, and hoping for Android availability later this fall.  The Apps Team is also looking into and prototyping this app for use in wearable devices!
  • ArcGIS Earth is a lightweight app that offers great capabilities in 2D and 3D visualization and will work with server data as well.  It is expected to be released later this fall.
  • Survey123 is a form based collection tool that makes creating data collection applications even easier!  You will have control over the data collection form, can download to collect offline, and works off of ArcGIS Online feature services so you can also use your web map in Collector.  It is still in development but is available now in Google Play and the Apple App Store to fill out forms natively.  A full release is expected for Windows 10 and 8.1 by the end of this year.
  • AppStudio is in its beta-3 release and will be fully released by the end of this year.  You get to use your own branding in an app that runs natively and is configured from your web maps.  Next year, the Apps Team hopes AppStudio will allow you to publish your apps straight into the different app stores.
  • Workforce is a web app for administering and dispatching work orders and tasks that allows locating of non-geocoded features, and it can track the location of your workforce.  It can even call out to Navigator to get routes to work assignments!

Esri UC Day 4It may seem apparent that my day was all about apps and working in the Cloud, and these are two of the items I came here to find out about for you!  I am enthusiastic about what’s coming and what’s available now, and I can’t wait to see how the impacts we will see through leveraging these new capabilities!

As I prepare to make my journey back to Minnesota, I want to thank those who took the time to read my Esri UC update posts and share them.  These were written with you in mind and how to convey some of the most useful information from the UC.  I also applaud Esri for another amazing User Conference.  Words fall utterly short in describing the knowledge gained, the standard of the social events, the showcased work, and the connections and friendships made.  A big thank you to the team at Esri, the San Diego Convention Center, the City of San Diego, and most especially to Jack and Laura Dangermond.

What was your favorite part about the Esri UC?  Tweet us here or send me an email.  I wish you a safe journey home, wherever that may be, and I hope to see you next year at the next UC.

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