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As you may have heard, due to the continuously evolving circumstances around COVID-19, last week’s Esri Developer Summit plenary was held in front of an empty audience.  If you missed the Livestream of the plenary, do not worry - it can all be found here.  And, better yet, the focus of This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Enterprise is the Dev Summit Plenary Highlights.  The highlights included:

1. Big data analysis using GeoAnalytics Tools

2. Use raster analytics and the ArcGIS API for Python to monitor coral bleaching

3. Automation comes to ArcGIS Notebooks

 

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 1. Big data analysis using GeoAnalytics Tools

Sarah's demo at the plenary covered how, using Apache Spark, GeoAnalytics performs parallel analysis to analyze vector and tabular datasets in both ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Pro.  Without Spark, each tool has to be executed separately; with Spark, a function can be written to chain multiple tools together.   With the run_python_script tool, Sarah’s workflows can be streamed across ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server.  Read more for yourself here.  As a bonus, check out the related video here.

 

2. Use raster analytics and the ArcGIS API for Python to monitor coral bleaching

Vinay’s ArcGIS Image Server plenary demo covered how analysis tools in raster analytics can process multidimensional data.  Utilizing both Notebooks and the ArcGIS API for Python, he created a model that helped illustrate and comprehend the impact of sea surface temperature on coral bleaching.  These tools empower users to build custom applications and automate their raster workflows.  Check it out for yourself in this blog and this video

 

3. Automation comes to ArcGIS Notebooks

Automating tasks can make life easier for ArcGIS Enterprise administrators.  At the Dev Summit plenary, Jay spoke of three types of automation: simple, advanced, and intelligent.  As this blog mentions, it is important for organizations to understand and consider these types of automation so that they can make the best decisions for their organizations.  Starting with ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8, ArcGIS Notebooks have an "Execute Notebook" option.  This option allows administrators to automate notebook execution – to run an existing notebook without manually accessing the notebook.  Read more about this for yourself here.  To see the demo for yourself, watch the video here

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.

Get excited, the focus of This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Enterprise is all things 10.8!  For those who missed it, ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8 released last month on February 20th.  And while we can't cover everything in the 10.8 release in this edition of This Week's Picks, what we'll be doing an overview of the new functionality.

1. Overview of What's New in 10.8

2. What's New in 10.8 Portal Administration

3. What's New in 10.8 Data and Publishing

 

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1. Overview of What's New in 10.8

Want an overview of the 10.8 highlights? Check out this video put out by me and my fellow Product Advocacy Lead, Peter. I'll be the first to admit, we had a blast making it, but we also made a point to cover what we consider to be the top new features and functionality in this release: user type extensions, data store items, new group settings, read-only mode for the ArcGIS Enterprise portal, an information banner, hosted map image layers, and vector tile enhancements.  Watch it for yourself here.

 

And, as an added bonus (or if watching videos just isn't your favorite thing to do), take a moment to check out this blog that also covers what's new in 10.8.

 

2. What's New in 10.8 Portal Administration

With an overview of what's new covered, we can shift our focus to new functionality in specific aspects of ArcGIS Enterprise…  We'll be starting with ArcGIS Enterprise portal administrators.  They tend to have a lot of responsibility, comprised of tasks both big and small.  With each release, the product introduces new functionality to make these tasks simpler.  New features in 10.8 that do just this include the access notice, information banner, and new group capabilities. Jeffrey and Marley's blog does a deep dive on these new features, including what they are and how to configure them within your own Enterprise portal.  Take a look for yourself here.

 

3. What's New in 10.8 Data and Publishing

10.8 has brought a lot of new functionality to data and publishing. This blog goes into the top five new data and publishing related features, including creating data store items, using field descriptions and field value types to provide context about your data, working with auto-calculate length and area values, and publishing hosted map image layers, and other enhancements.  Hilary's blog goes into not only what the functionality is but also when it could be useful for you to implement.  Read more for yourself here.

Hope you're all as excited about 10.8 as I am!  As always, thanks for keeping an eye out for This Week's Picks.  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.