On Jan. 14, 2020, Esri hosted a GIS Leadership Workshop at the Maricopa Co. Flood Control District in Phoenix, AZ. We had about 50 attendees, mostly from state and local government. Here's the ArcGIS Hub site we used for registration, which was done with Survey123: https://esri-denver-office.hub.arcgis.com/pages/az-gis-leadership-workshop. There's also a post-event survey being done with Survey123.
There were presentations on Geospatial Strategy and Surfing the GIS Waves to Success from Esri and presentations from Dave Roby of AZ DEMA on their Operations Dashboards, and David Moss of Maricopa Co., AZ on The GIS Management Blueprint. This is the second one we've done in Phoenix, and there was lots of discussion about doing more in the area. If you are interested in hosting such an event, please reach out to your Esri Account Manager.
At the Architecture Practice, we are getting a lot of questions about shared SOC pools. Before 10.7.0, the solution for reducing the amount of RAM was to set low-utilization so that the minimum number of instances in that service’s dedicated pool to zero. By doing so, you allow ArcGIS Server to not run any ArcSOCs for the service if it hasn’t received any requests in a while.
This “min-zero” solution eliminates the resource usage for services that are going unused. Because you can still set the maximum number of instances, you can accommodate services that receive infrequent bursts of traffic. The next time the service gets a request, an ArcSOC powers up to handle it at the cost of the startup time of the ArcSOC. Also, this service could then sit idle for a more extended period, consuming the started SOC until the service hits the set idle timeout.
At 10.7.0, Esri announced support for shared SOC pools. Every ArcGIS Server Site now comes with a shared instance pool, containing four ArcSOC processes by default. This number can increase to accommodate more services. The Shared SOC pool utilizes all of the SOCs assigned to it, so you should only increase the pool as you need to.
Once a compatible map service has published to your ArcGIS Server site, you can designate it to use the shared pool. Any service added to the Shared SOC pool will no longer have its dedicated pool; it will dip into the shared pool and use a SOC or two as needed. Once it’s done handling a request, that ArcSOC is free to be used by any other service in the shared pool.
The following restrictions limit what services can use the shared instance pool:
Only map services published from ArcGIS Pro can be configured to use the shared instance pool. Other service types, such as geoprocessing services, are not supported.
Only specific capabilities of map services—feature access, WFS, WMS, and KML—can be enabled. Turn off all other capabilities before continuing.
Services that have custom server object extensions (SOEs) or server object interceptors (SOIs) cannot use shared instances.
Services published from ArcMap cannot use shared instances.
Cached map services published from ArcGIS Pro that meet the above requirements can use shared instances.
Interest has been expressed within the Esri community with having Esri provide a set of icons for building presentations, particularly those involving conceptual IT architectures. Esri recently released an initial set of "Esri Presentation Icons" which can be used to develop conceptual architecture diagrams to provide a unified view of GIS deployments. Attached is the initial set of icons that are being provided for customer usage.
The intended use of this icon set is to enhance PowerPoint presentations by illustrating core GIS concepts. These are not intended to be used for schematic drawings or highly detailed workflows.
This is a really good TEDTalk from Scott Brinker on the democratization of software development. Definitely worth a view for this valuable perspective. There are so many no and low code options, full custom code should be a last resort and only if its business value is proven with a total cost of ownership analysis. The question is not CAN I DEVELOP THE APP, it is SHOULD I DEVELOP THE APP.
In an effort to connect with executives and increase awareness, Esri has launched a campaign called See What Others Can't. It was formally launched at the 2019 Esri International User Conference in July. It will continue into 2020. Executive sponsorship is one of the largest contributions to building a successful enterprise GIS, so use this microsite as a way to communicate with your executives and help them See What Other Can't.
Really interesting article that shows the value of location as a way to get more value from the ever increasing amount of data.
Every day, a mind-boggling 2.5 quintillion* bytes of data are created - data that should improve our ability to understand the world in which we live, yet could all too easily overwhelm and prevent us from making timely decisions. Amazingly, we’re not even at the peak yet; the volume, variety and velocity will continue to increase at a phenomenal rate. In 2018, the world created 33 zettabytes of data (one zettabyte is a trillion gigabytes); by 2025, IDC predicts this will increase to 175 zettabytes. Whilst it may seem an almost impossible task to be able to make sense of this ever-increasing tsunami of data to make timely decisions, we can. However, the answer doesn't come from just breaking down data silos, which will simply result in information silos and create different challenges, it comes from a really rather refreshingly simple source. The answer lies in the concept of location.
Many local governments administered elections yesterday. For many of them, they execute this critical function with little or no support from GIS. It's time to change that and reach out to expand your GIS to include elections. There's a national election coming next year in the U.S. which provides a great opportunity.
Check out this success story on how Orange Co., California is using GIS to support their election operations:
Here are two great examples of how cities are using ArcGIS to power open data sites.
The first one is from Arlington, TX and allows the public to interactively explore the city's performance management dashboards to see how they are doing in relation to their key performance indicators (KPIs).
The second one is from Topeka, KS and allows the public to interactively explore the city's budget using ArcGIS Insights. You can choose between the Operating Budget, Capital Budget, or Projected Budget Revenues. Just click any of the three EXPLORE buttons.
Executive sponsorship is a key ingredient to a successful enterprise GIS. If you work in government, then there's a new book that can help you gain some executive sponsorship for your GIS program. It is Smarter Government: How To Govern for Results in the Information Age by former Maryland Governor and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley. Give it a read, and since the holidays are coming, this is the perfect time to give this as a gift to the leaders in your government agency. I have attached the Table of Contents and a Sample Chapter. Also be sure to check out the companion web site below.
Support of elections is a great opportunity to expand your GIS footprint in local government. Check out these resources from the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) on their Geo-Enabled Elections project and pass this site along to your election officials.