Taking Collector Offline with your basemaps

So by now you would have heard that Collector for ArcGIS (Android & iOS) has the ability to work offline in a semi connected mode. The means that not only can you take your feature service data offline for field inspection but also you can cache the Esri Basemaps. This provides terrific access to your data within a basemap spatial context.

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Business Analyst Online Tour (Part 2)

As you may recall in our previous post about Business Analyst Online we were able to look at the demographic profile surrounding our retail locations to get a better understanding of each retail location. We took a closer look at the stores in Sydney as they were performing very well and were able to see a trend in the demographics. See the previous post entitled “Business Analyst Online Has Arrived in Australia (Part 1)”

Today we are going to look at using the “Smart Map Search” functionality to identify other locations that have similar demographic profiles to the stores in Sydney that are doing well.

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Business Analyst Online Has Arrived in Australia (Part 1)

The release of Business Analyst Online in Australia this autumn signals easy access to custom site evaluation and market analysis. Business Analyst Online is a web-based solution providing detailed and insightful information about consumers and their spending habits as well as lifestyles. Business Analyst Online is a subscription-based solution similar to ArcGIS Online wherein users consume credits. You can see real-world examples of Business Analyst Online here.

Business Analyst Online helps users answer such questions as: “What is the local demographic profile surrounding my retail location(s)?”, “Where are there concentrations of my customer located?” or even “Where should I locate my next location?”.

Today we are going to take a look at Business Online and begin to explore some of the functionality as well as answer the question: “What is the local demographic profile surrounding my current retail locations?

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Ready-to-Use Services in ArcGIS for Desktop

Got ArcGIS Desktop? Well you have a seat for your ArcGIS Online for Organisation account.  Alternatively, go sign up for a free ArcGIS Developer Plan and you can make use of that account within ArcGIS for Desktop.

At 10.2, there is tighter integration between the ArcGIS for Desktop environment and the ever growing list of analysis services available on ArcGIS Online.

Sometimes you dont have the neccessary data (street networks, address locators, elevation models) or the relevant extensions (Network Analyst, 3D Analyst) to answer some geographic questions relating to your organisational data.

This is where the Ready-to-Use Services from ArcGIS Online can come in handy for you, the ArcGIS for Desktop Professional.

I put together some fairly rough videos of myself exploring some of these services.  Be aware that they do consume credits, hence making use of your Developer Plan account is a good way of exploring what benefits these services can bring to your Desktop workflows.
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Go Pro with ArcGIS for Desktop!

Esri Inc. has recently announced the release of the ArcGIS Pro, the latest addition to the ArcGIS for Desktop product family.

ArcGIS Pro raises desktop GIS to a new level by providing the GIS professional with both the essential and the advanced tools to create, manage and analyse geospatial data in 2d and 3D.

At this stage, the new ArcGIS Pro application is available to all ArcGIS for Desktop users. Once downloaded users can test the beta version of the application and contribute to the official Beta program.

ArcGIS Pro represents a seamless environment for data management, editing and analysis. Users can organise their work into projects and use the geospatial data which is stored locally or access the contents shared via ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS.

ArcGIS Pro comes as a full 64-bit application, which supports multi-threading and has a convenient user interface, which provides users with an instant access to the tools, database connections and allows to quickly switch from a 2D map to a 3-dimensional GIS scene.

Don’t worry if you already have ArcGIS for Desktop installed on your computer; ArcGIS Pro is not intended to replace ArcGIS for Desktop. That’s just another powerful tool that Esri provide you with to get the maximum from your GIS data. You can install ArcGIS Pro Beta on the same machine as ArcGIS for Desktop 10.2.x and run these two software packages in parallel.

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Bringing Your Data from the Cloud Back to Earth – How to extract your data from ArcGIS Online.

In my blog post series so far this year, I have considered and written up common workflows for preparing data for ‘in field’ collection capture using the Collector for ArcGIS app.

If you’ve missed any of these blogs, you can find them using the Collector tag on this page.

So what’s the next step? Well, now that you’ve published the data, and used the Collector app to collect new features and you’re back at the office, you’d probably like to get the data from the “cloud” and do some good old editing or analysis in ArcGIS for Desktop.

This brings us to my current blog post! Here I’ll cover a few simple techniques that you may use to extract the data from a feature service that’s running on ArcGIS Online, and use it in ArcGIS Desktop. To illustrate this workflow I will use the same feature service representing traffic accidents that I’ve used to demonstrate the Collector’s “offline editing” workflows.
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Synchronization with feature services in ArcPad 10.2.1

How to use your ArcGIS Online hosted feature services in ArcPad

The latest version of the popular field data collection tool ArcPad (v.10.2.1) was released by Esri Inc. on the 6th of February. This release includes a few important updates and among the most important ones – a major improvement to the editing and synchronization capabilities. The users of ArcPad 10.2.1 can use feature services published on ArcGIS for Server 10.0 – 10.2 and they can also take advantage of using feature services hosted on the ArcGIS Online for organisations.

One of my clients has recently asked me to demonstrate these new capabilities and test the workflow which would involve editing vector data from a feature service hosted on ArcGIS Online for Organisations in ArcPad. Synchronization was supposed to be the final step if this workflow – the data edited in ArcPad has had to be synchronized with a feature service (i.e. posted back to ArcGIS Online).

The test was successful and the workflow that we’ve implemented can potentially help some of the users who are utilizing ArcPad on Windows Mobile devices connected to GNSS/GPS and who can’t really use the Collector for ArcGIS to connect to the feature services running on ArcGIS online. Now the ArcPad users can also take advantage of using hosted services and use ArcGIS Online for Organisations in their field data collection routines on Windows Mobile operated computers.

I thought it would be worthwhile sharing this workflow with our ArcPad user community….

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