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2020

It's time for This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Enterprise.  As you may know, within ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Server can be licensed for a variety of different roles.  There is of course ArcGIS GIS Server, necessary to deploy a hosting server in your base ArcGIS Enterprise deployment, but there's also:

  • ArcGIS Image Server
  • ArcGIS GeoEvent Server
  • ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server
  • ArcGIS Notebook Server
  • ArcGIS Business Analyst Server

 

Each role has its own unique capabilities.  Instead of just describing the capabilities of each, we're going to take a look at specific examples of ArcGIS GeoEvent Server, ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server, and ArcGIS Notebook Server.  It doesn't matter if you've only ever used a base deployment of ArcGIS Enterprise or if you've only ever used ArcGIS Enterprise for analyzing your big datasets…  After reading this edition of This Week's Picks, you'll be thinking, Wow, ArcGIS Enterprise can do that?

 

We’ll be covering:

1. Dynamic geofence synchronization in GeoEvent Server

2. Detecting Water Utility Leaks with GeoAnalytics Server

3. What is ArcGIS Notebook Server?

 

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1. Dynamic geofence synchronization in GeoEvent Server

This blog explores the concept of geofences -  a location-based concept that is set up so that when A occurs within a boundary, B is triggered.  For example, when a moose wearing a GPS collar walks into a park boundary, the local wildlife department gets an email notification.  These boundaries, such as a park's border, are typically static.  “Typically” is the keyword there – sometimes the boundaries are dynamic.  Think about boundaries that change; a meteorologist might need to track wind speeds within a moving hurricane.  Never to fear, GeoEvent can accommodate both static and dynamic boundaries.  This blog describes the workflow in order to do this, provides demo data, and a video to go through it step by step.  Check it out for yourself here.

 

2. Detecting Water Utility Leaks with GeoAnalytics Server

This blog explores how a data analysis workflow for a water utility enables the organization to make better business decisions and improve operations.  It starts with creating a space time cube in ArcGIS Pro, filtering the results, taking a look at trends through ArcGIS Pro's emerging hot spots tool, and then joining features.  This concept is not just relevant to water utilities though; GeoAnalytics can help out any organization that needs to process, analyze, and understand their larger data sets faster.  Read more for yourself in this blog here.

 

3. What is ArcGIS Notebook Server?

Released in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7, ArcGIS Notebooks leverage ArcGIS Notebook Server by providing a Jupyter notebook environment in ArcGIS Enterprise.  Once set up and licensed, ArcGIS Notebooks allows for you to run analysis and build models right within your GIS system of record.  It's not just for data science - you can use ArcGIS Notebooks to clean up portal items or notify web map authors of broken links.  The best thing is that you can share these notebooks with others; once you have your notebook configured, you can distribute them - allowing for not only transparency but also reproducibility.  Take a look at this blog for more details.


Thanks for reading This Week's Picks!  As always, please feel free to reach out in the comments below  if there are any outstanding questions, comments, or suggestions for future topics.  I'd love to hear from you!  And be sure to check out This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro - and stay tuned for more This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Enterprise.

Welcome back to This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Enterprise!  In past editions, we've been focusing on ArcGIS Enterprise: the product but haven't gotten into ArcGIS Enterprise: the backbone of your GIS workflows.  In many organizations, ArcGIS Enterprise is integrated with other components of the ArcGIS platform - including ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and Esri's suite of essential, field, and office apps.  All of these have unique considerations to keep in mind when working with ArcGIS Enterprise.

 

That said, the focus of this edition of This Week's Picks is ArcGIS Enterprise and field apps.  We'll be diving deeper into this topic by looking into:

1.  ArcGIS Secure Mobile Implementation Patterns

2.  Troubleshooting connecting to ArcGIS Enterprise on your iOS device

3.  Disconnected Editing with Collector for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Enterprise

 

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1. ArcGIS Secure Mobile Implementation Patterns

This whitepaper is a great resource that acknowledges that, in recent years, the transition from office-based to field-based GIS workflows has forced IT architects to be strategic in deploying an effective enterprise GIS strategy.  It goes into almost all possible WebGIS deployment patterns, as well as considerations for different field apps.  Whether setting up your environment for the first time or wanting to see where your deployment fits in, this whitepaper is worth checking out - take a look for yourself here.

 

2. Troubleshooting connecting to ArcGIS Enterprise on your iOS device

In later versions of iOS, an issue can arise when connecting to your ArcGIS Enterprise portal if you aren't using a valid certificate; this error is particularly common if you're using a self-signed certificate.  While self-signed certificates aren't designed for production use, they can be great for internal testing.  So, how do you get around this error?  This technical article from Support describes the solution and, while written with Collector for ArcGIS in mind, the steps are helpful when connecting ArcGIS Enterprise to any Esri field app.  For the exact workflow, look at the steps outlined here.

 

3. Disconnected Editing with Collector for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Enterprise

The focus of this Esri Canada video is using Collector for ArcGIS for offline editing of a feature service, coming from a registered enterprise geodatabase, in ArcGIS Enterprise.  It breaks down the workflow step by step, from feature class creation to data collection and syncing, and also covers important considerations start to finish.  Even if you know this workflow by heart, this short video is a great refresher - be sure to check it out for yourself here.

 

And these are just some of the considerations to have in mind when using field apps with ArcGIS Enterprise!

Thanks for keeping an eye out for This Week's Picks!  And, as always, thank you for reading and please feel free to reach out in the comments below  if there are any outstanding questions, comments, or suggestions for future topics.  Be sure to check out This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro - and stay tuned for more This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Enterprise.