In recent months, many of Esri Australia’s largest clients have embraced wide-ranging technical change with the deployment of the latest release of the ArcGIS Platform, comprising a suite of wholly new or improved technologies. These customers see real change in the first days of the deployment of the ArcGIS Platform. This is particularly true of clients who pair software deployment simultaneously with the delivery of Esri Australia’s technical training for their staff throughout an organisation – analyst to executive; spatial staff or staff new to location analytics.
In a recent engagement with a client, I have personally seen the deployment, configuration, integration and adoption of Esri’s Production Mapping and Workflow Manager technologies. These technologies have directly contributed to improving and streamlining analysts’ workflows, expanded the visibility and resource management capabilities of team leaders, and have provided executive staff with high level understanding of the synergies and friction points in business practices across the organisation. Continue reading
Much of what I have read about Esri Add-Ins describe these unique containers of custom ArcGIS Desktop functionality as having behaviours that make deployment, installation and development “easier”. That is, easier than that required by their predecessor – the Classic COM component, which became an essential for Desktop customisation when ArcObjects first hit the scene in the late 90’s.
I have “walked through” numerous help references and tutorials that are based around the Esri Add-In type, but none that I have found articulate the “how” of the Esri Add-In. That is, how can the Add-In type have such new and appealing deployment characteristics ? – There is many a forum posting and support request focused on the intricacies of COM registration and deployment; The first Add-In type , to which we were introduced at Desktop 10.0, utilises ArcObjects libraries; ArcObjects libraries are COM libraries. How then, could the Esri Add-In model employ ArcObjects “COM” libraries, without the need for registration on the underlying operating system?
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