June 25, 2007
ESRI UC 2007 Plenary Session
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ArcGIS Server

manages geodatabases which do two things – 1) manage information model of
geographic information and 2) manages that data in an integrated way in a
scalable storage environment in big databases like Oracle, SQL Server, etc.
Also, at 9.3 ESRI will support the open source PostGRES.

The ArcGIS Server

also manages replicated copies of data such as change only updates, such as
between various agencies which collaboratively maintain data (i.e., city,
county, etc.)

ArcGIS Server has a

system for mapping, analyzing and visualizing imagery. By including the Imager
Server tool as part of the stack of ArcGIS Server, users will be able to take
raw imagery right from media and make it immediately available without previous

A new mobile

application, ArcGIS Mobile, is a lightweight client for field use powered by
ArcGIS Server that can be configured with processing. You can collect features
such as photos, generate driving directions all in a disconnected mode.

ArcGIS Server also

includes ArcGIS Explorer, a free, downloadable tool that resembles Google
Earth. It has wonderful visualization and continuous viewing, and analytical
tools that allows you to request of the server. You can access ArcGIS Server
with modeling services, and can connect to ArcGIS Online and overlay those
services with ArcGIS Server services.

ArcGIS Server is

open and interoperable, with enterprise standards, and OGC-compliance built in
so it can interoperate within the IT stack. ESRI has been working closely with
Adobe for increased interoperability with PDF, and with Microsoft and Google
toward increasing interoperability.

for AutoCAD is a free download that has been available for awhile, and is
currently focused on mapping. In the future it will also focus on data
management, spatial analysis and editing.

ArcGIS Server

supports mashups. If you take two services from the web and bring them into
your web application, you can read them in and overlay them like overlaying two
map, and re-serve them out for someone else to view. ESRI has had this
capability with SOAP for some time, but this is more lightweight and easy to
do. It’s possible to bring data in from Google or Microsoft and use it with
your other data. Everyone can use it.

ArcGIS Server can be

federated (enterprise environment), meaning that different departments using
web services and service oriented architecture (SOA) will replicate data in an
enterprise database for backup and recovery. Using web services standards you
will have the ability to integrate distributed services and serve each other
within an organization and also out to other organizations.

ArcGIS Online is a family of Web-based products that enhance the ArcGIS

user experience, by allowing you to “access 2D basemaps, 3D globes, and
functional services via the Web to support your GIS work.” ArcGIS Online
is authored using Desktop and served using Server.

When not wanting to

rely on online services, you can use ArcGIS Online Data Delivery – you can
specify format and projection for your download, which can come from a storage
device, ftp site. You can use an ArcGIS data appliance, which contains all the worldwide, nationwide data available in a
format that you can plug into your ArcGIS Online structure.

ArcWeb Services

extends ArcGIS Online services. Behind these services are a whole set of ESRI
data products, which are in the box when you get ArcGIS. You will be able to
buy a globe and put it behind the firewall and use it yourself.

Dangermond said that

ESRI creates data products almost as a sideline but it has become a main

Solution Products include:

- GeoPortal Solution

– toolkit for building SDI portals, not just GeoSpatial One Stop

Production line
mapping tools –

- JTX – a workflow
management system

- mobile environment
– such as ArcGIS Mobile server extension, also ArcPad – leader in ArcGIS in the
field. The U.S. Census is getting 400,000 copies to take the 2010 census.

- Web solution used
in consumer applications

- Solutions for
military, GEOINT, business people, logistics

- Logistics –
ArcLogistics Route addresses issues of space and time.

How ESRI is doing

The Online campus

promises to drive the cost of training down.

The 9.2 release was
more successful in its adoption rate than any previous release. ESRI is
committed to helping out with implementation, with strategies such as embedding
support staff inside the development team, with support as part of the cycle to
build product.

Staff is being

added, with support services growing by 30 percent. In 9.3 diagnostic reporting
will be added as low level code in the release that will generate reports and
get better software to users. Sounds like the stuff of dreams, but users will
have complete access to the ESRI bug list on a daily basis, and there will be a
more active online community in a sort of one stop shop/online support center.

ESRI has grown

“perhaps another 15 percent this year,” according to Dangermond.

Job Tracking

(JTX) in ArcGIS

ArcMap goes directly

to the area of interest previously defined. The Job Tracking extension embeds
functionality in ArcMap, describes what feature classes need to be generated,
directs user to export map as JPEG for use later in the job. Departments can
use the same job tracking application to track jobs, and can provide countywide
level of collaboration.

You can apply

geographic weighted regression quite widely to many health statistics, natural
resources, and re-execute a model that has already run. You can compare before
and after data, and take local patterns and processes into consideration.

ArcGIS Engine can be used to build a custom solution to do

dynamic display to track objects and events. In the example given, ambulances
in Kansas City use Bradshaw Consulting to dynamically manage their ambulance
public safety assets.

Dynamic display is

an enhancement to ArcGIS Engine which leverages a multithreaded environment,
and can leave static maps static, without forcing a repaint of the entire
display. You can use it to look at historic call information and a density map
lets you visualize areas of high demand.

With this

information you can place ambulances in areas that will ensure a shorter
response time. Rendering is possible through Dynamic Display. Tracking Server
is used to collect data and put up to a
client which uses ArcGIS Engine.

The ArcPad 7 release, in beta right now,

will introduce the following features –

In a field with
limited or no pre existing data, you can start capture data quickly with these
two enhancements a) Streetmap extension and QuickProject tool. Street Map is
included at no cost, which includes Streetmap data for the whole U.S or Canada.
You can use the QuickProject tool to capture data. With the GPS tool you can
capture data in the field. b) editing complex data relationships. ArcPad
supports adding related tables. When data has been extracted from the ArcPad
geodatabase, it honors the database schema in the field. You can use ArcPad
Data Manager Extension to add data to the geodatabase.

ArcGIS Server – CIOs are increasingly dealing with

servers, according to former CIO John Young, and organizations are dependent
upon enterprise servers. Enterprise GIS will likely be considered a mission
critical application.


- systems must be
highly reliable and recoverable.

- scalable, flexible

- strong security

- know enterprise
GIS will be used by non GIS specialists.

- no unpleasant
surprises, for when mission critical systems fail, organizations stop.

- based on SOA

Mentioned here is

Adapx (pronounced "Adapts") who introduced the product Mapx, a technology that enables you to
use digital pen and paper or a large format map for data collection. This fully integrated software solution with ESRI ArcGIS software allows users to draw on a map as they have always done, yet the information is captured in the pen, which holds a small computer. When the pen is docked into a USB port, all the pen-written features automatically update the geodatabase.

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