Ozri 2014

Sharing your analysis: practical steps for automating your workflows

The power of sharing through automation (and udder stuff)

When was the last time you bought something and it got better with age? Maybe a good red wine or a Heysen Blue cheese? They both sound pretty good. Well, with cloud software and upgradable smart devices, it’s more than tannins or lactic acid that change – new functionality and apps comes out at a rapid pace.

I was all prepared for my technical presentation with Ivan Ermoshkin on Sharing your analysis: practical steps for automating your workflows when the latest Beta for Web Appbuilder for ArcGIS was released with the September ArcGIS online upgrade. This was great news for users looking for a “no code” way to configure and host responsive web applications, but a bit of a time crunch for me to reconfigure the geoprocessing widgets just days before Ozri. It really needed to be done, however, because I wanted to demonstrate the geoprocessing widgets in the presentation.

Why a web app for geoprocessing? Well, as a GIS Analyst and Manager, I could help people solve business problems with GIS, but I was always resource limited so many did not get the GIS support they needed. With the ArcGIS platform, capturing and sharing of analysis is now simpler and more accessible. This has been an evolution – the capability has existed for many releases of the software, but a combination of user desire driven by consumer technology and the maturing of the platform means it works and can be deployed quickly.

It was time to reconfigure – it worked, and it was fast (the reconfiguring that is). The ArcGIS Online Web Application Builder was ready to show the power of sharing your analysis through automation.

My preparation was back on track. For me, the best part of the presentation was working with Ivan Ermoshkin from the Brisbane office. Ivan knows his way around Model Builder and was able to take the Position Analysis Template scripts and models from the ArcGIS for Intelligence Solution and show the processes for building the models and then the different ways to share the models as packages or services. The geoprocessing services are a great way to take complex analysis, make it reusable and share it with users in an interface they are familiar with be it GIS experts in desktop on customers using web applications.

I’m looking forward to heading off to Glen Ewin Estate for the conference dinner, and to find out just how much better the local wine and cheese gets over time.

I’ve been working in GIS for a long time and changes in technology are making it more accessible (to everyone) all the time. You can find me on Twitter (@dhaipola) and Linkedin.

Daniel Haipola

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