GISCafe Weekly Review March 13th, 2014

Maggie McCullough, President of PolicyMap, talked about the latest release of their product. The company has been around since 2007, and today’s release is a significant update, as not much has changed in the product since its inception.

PolicyMap 3-Layer Map

PolicyMap is a one-stop-shop for a huge variety of public and commercial data (15,000 datasets), as well as the tools to map this data.

“PolicyMap is an online tool that allows anyone, particularly non-experts, the ability to easily make data rich maps on the web,” said McCullough. “Our customers are not GIS specialists or analysts. They tend to be public policy analysts and the end user who is really looking to understand data in a particular geography for specific purposes. So when we launched in 2007 we learned what people want to do with maps and the kinds of data they want access to. We have grown the business to include a lot of public users. We offer a lot for free, have a lot of government agencies, commercial organizations, a growing number of universities and non-profits.”

3 Reflections on the Esri Partner Conference
March 11, 2014  by Matt Sheehan

Palm Springs in spring is just fantastic. Beautiful weather, a great downtown and so many super places to run.

The Esri Partner Conference back to back with the Developer Conference has swelled the numbers in town this week. For WebMapSolutions, this years partner conference was a little different. We were honored to be part of the plenary. The hard work required to prepare was well worth the time. More on the plenary in a future post.

While fresh in our minds, some reflections on the partner conference we thought were worth sharing in this blog post.

Focus on the ArcGIS Platform

Esri are very much focused on the ArcGIS platform. What constitutes the platform? Every piece of the Esri universe: desktop, ArcGIS Online, portal, mobile etc. Portal and ArcGIS Online are essentially the glue which hold all together. ArcGIS Server sits in the background quietly of both Online and Portal. Now publishing, sharing and controlling access to data is easy.

HxGN Live Hands-On Training Workshops
March 11, 2014  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

As GIS professionals, you are constantly striving for more. Visualize more clearly. Analyze more effectively. Report more concisely. Do more.

This is only compounded as organizations begin to realize the importance of considering the geospatial dimension of their decision-making. Because all data has a geospatial component, your role is becoming more and more valuable within your organization.

So how can you continue to provide more value to your organization? By investing in your knowledge and learning to efficiently operate your geospatial tools.

One of the key benefits of Hexagon’s Global Network conference, HxGN Live 2014, is the over 40 hours of instructor-led, hands-on training within the Geospatial track. Led by our thought leaders and dedicated professionals, you are guaranteed to further enhance your effectiveness within your organization.

Brian Sahr, Future Product Marketing Manager, HP LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions, talked last week about the new release of the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M476 color laser device, delivering simple wireless printing from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, available this spring. The new MFP M476 addresses the following four key trends in the industry:

1)   Mobility — A number of workers are going to mobility. 70% of the worldwide workforce is now mobile. That’s changing how people want to interact.

2)    Cloud and big data – Most information now is in the cloud. From the printing and imaging standpoint, customers want to scan to the cloud and bring information into the cloud.

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