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There are many impactful change management components that can increase a technology solutions’ adoption rate among users.  People coming to UC get excited about so many new capacities or expanded utilization of their platform that will bring value to their organization.  Leverage these components to increase your success rate:

 

  • Preparing for Change is a strategic activity that should happen at the beginning of each project where you create strong alignment between people, the goals of the project, and the sponsors who will advocate for the technology’s use. 
  • Managing Change is a series of initiatives that are integrated into your project plan to assist people in accepting and embracing the new capabilities or workflows of each project. 
  • Reinforcing Change is the best practice to cement the new workflows into an everyday routine.  People interacting with technology brings your geospatial efforts to fruition. 

 

Come by the Guiding Your Geospatial Journey area to talk with experts about people focused change management activities that can enhance and increase your technology adoption rates.  Additionally, here are several people-oriented sessions that are happening at UC:

 

Technical Workshops

Tuesday, July 9                                                                                                         Location: SDCC - Rooms

8:30 am

Helping the Workforce Survive and Thrive in Times of Technology Change

SDCC, Room 16 A

Wednesday, July 10                                                                                         Location: SDCC - Rooms

8:30 am

Get the C-Suite’s Attention with Strategic Workforce Planning

SDCC, Room 31 A

1:00 pm

Increase GIS Adoption the Agile Way

SDCC, Ballroom 06 F

2:30 pm

Workforce Development Planning in Three Simple Steps

SDCC, Ballroom 06 F

4:00 pm

Helping the Workforce Survive and Thrive in Times of Technology Change

SDCC, Room 10

 

Spotlight Talks                                               

Tuesday, July 9                             Location: SDCC – Expo: Guiding Your Geospatial Journey Spotlight Theater      

10:30 am

Making It Real: Use Training to Make Your Tech Dreams Come True

 

Wednesday, July 10                          Location: SDCC – Expo: Guiding Your Geospatial Journey Spotlight Theater      

4:00 pm

Focus on Training to Go the Distance

 

 

Expo Area

Stop by to connect 1-on-1 with Esri Staff and talk more about Change Management and Adoption Strategies in our Guiding Your Geospatial Journey area.

Tuesday, July 9                9:00 AM–6:00 PM

Wednesday, July 10        9:00 AM–6:00 PM

Thursday, July 11             8:00 AM–4:00 PM

As the Esri platform continues to evolve, it is critical that organizations maintain a capable GIS system architecture that will support new GIS/IT capabilities and scale to support growing user demand. There are further key considerations that we have seen most recently such as moving to the cloud, migrating to ArcGIS Pro, and expanding the adoption of GIS capabilities within the organization. Esri Architects can work with you to understand your organization’s needs and provide guidance. We will be available at UC2019 at the Guiding Your Geospatial Journey area of the Esri Showcase and participating in several sessions throughout the conference. Meanwhile, have a look at the Architecture and Security section of GeoNet where you will discover valuable information related to GIS system architecture!

 

Technical Workshops

Tuesday, July 9                                                                                                         Location: SDCC - Rooms

8:30 am

Esri Best Practices: Architecting Your ArcGIS Implementation

SDCC, Room 33 C

8:30 am

Moving to a Managed Cloud Services Environment

SDCC, Room 30 A

Wednesday, July 10                                                                                         Location: SDCC - Rooms

8:00 AM

Designing an Enterprise GIS Security Strategy

SDCC, Room 30 A

1:00 pm

Moving to a Managed Cloud Services Environment

SDCC, Room 31 A

4:00 pm

Esri Best Practices: Architecting Your ArcGIS Implementation

SDCC, Room 31 A


Thursday, July 11                                                                                             Location: SDCC - Rooms

10:00 am

How to be Successful with Esri Managed Cloud Services

SDCC, Room 16 A

 

Spotlight Talks                                               

Tuesday, July 9                             Location: SDCC – Expo: Guiding Your Geospatial Journey Spotlight Theater      

11:15 am

ArcGIS Enterprise: Architecture Best Practices

 

1:00 pm

ArcGIS in the Cloud

 

1:30 pm

Build Security into Your System

 

Wednesday, July 10                          Location: SDCC – Expo: Guiding Your Geospatial Journey Spotlight Theater      

10:00 am

Are You Cloud Ready?

 

11:15 am

Designing a Robust Environment - Workload Separation

 

1:30 pm

Considerations for a Highly Available Enterprise

 

4:30 pm

Designing a Robust Environment - Environment Isolation

 

5:45 pm

Distributed Web GIS - A Modern Approach to Sharing

 

 

Appointments         

Tuesday, July 9 – Thursday, July 11  Location: SDCC – Expo: Guiding Your Geospatial Journey Spotlight Theater                                             

Architecture Maturity Review

Get expert advice and feedback on your enterprise implementation, including best practices. Leave with recommendations for meeting security and architecture needs.

Schedule an appointment

 

Stop by to connect 1-on-1 with Esri Staff that can talk more about your system architecture plans in our Guiding Your Geospatial Journey area.

 

Tuesday, July 9               9:00 AM–6:00 PM

Wednesday, July 10        9:00 AM–6:00 PM

Thursday, July 11            9:00 AM–4:00 PM

As an Esri geospatial engineer specializing in project delivery, I work with lots of different organizations as they attempt to launch a new GIS project.  At the start, organizations often have a good high-level idea of what they want, but there is a lack of clarity in the essential details required to make the technical implementation successful.  Gathering and managing requirements effectively is critical for ensuring that the expectations of stakeholders are correctly aligned with the technical implementation of the project. 

 

If you are starting a GIS project and don't know quite where to begin, come find me at the 2019 User Conference – I will be sharing some of my own experiences, lessons learned, and helpful strategies when it comes to gathering requirements for GIS projects.

 

Come participate in my Technical Workshop:

Esri Best Practices: Collect and Manage Requirements for Successful GIS Projects

Wednesday, July 10 at 1:00 PM 

SDCC, Room 30 A

Organizations who establish and take action through a Geospatial Strategy, raise the profile of GIS and geospatial technologies in their organization. Taking a business first approach is key. Creating a business-oriented plan, considering people, process, and technology, defining how an organization will use GIS to achieve goals, outcomes, and overcome challenges. There are many opportunities to learn more about this concept at UC. My colleagues and I will be sharing our experiences and advice through workshops, 1-1 activities, and an inaugural Geospatial Strategy panel!

 

You can find me and my colleagues at UC:

Technical Workshops

Tuesday, July 9                                                                                                         Location: SDCC - Rooms

1:00 pm

Introduction to Geospatial Strategy

SDCC, Room 17 B

Wednesday, July 10                                                                                         Location: SDCC - Rooms

10:00 am

Introduction to Geospatial Strategy

SDCC, Room 31 A


Thursday, July 11                                                                                             Location: SDCC - Rooms

1:00 pm

Geospatial Strategy Panel Session

SDCC, Room 16 B

 

Spotlight Talks                               

Tuesday, July 9                             Location: Expo: Guiding Your Geospatial Journey Spotlight Theater      

10:00 am

Introduction to Geospatial Strategy

 

12:15 pm

Prioritizing Activities: Where to Start

 

5:15 pm

Evangelizing GIS in your Organization

 

 

Appointments                                                                           

Tuesday, July 9 – Thursday, July 11  Location: SDCC – Expo: Guiding Your Geospatial Journey Area                                              

What’s Your Geospatial Strategy?

Review where you are today with an expert on geospatial strategy and discuss how a strategy can help you meet organizational goals. Leave with a set of initial recommendations based on the elements of a geospatial strategy.

Schedule an appointment

 

Expo Area

Stop by to connect 1-on-1 with Esri Staff and talk more about Geospatial Strategy
in our Guiding Your Geospatial Journey area.

Tuesday, July 9                9:00 AM–6:00 PM

Wednesday, July 10         9:00 AM–6:00 PM

Thursday, July 11             9:00 AM–4:00 PM

 

 

 

geospatialstrategy esri esriservices implementingarcgisstrategyandplanning

Isn’t life all about people? People are responsible for successful or failed relationships, processes, plans, getting things done, and changing the trajectory of history. It’s no different in an organization – people are the critical piece of a well-executed geospatial strategy. So, if you focus on a strategy for educating, developing, growing, and nurturing those people in your organization, then it all flows from there.
My colleagues and I are excited to be at UC, sharing from our experience helping Esri users with their people strategy – we'd love to connect with you – you'll find us in all these places:  

 

Technical Workshops

Wednesday, July 10                                                                                        Location: SDCC - Rooms

8:30 am

Get the C-Suite’s Attention with Strategic Workforce Planning

SDCC, Room 31 A

1:00 pm

Increase GIS Adoption the Agile Way

SDCC, Ballroom 06 F

2:30 pm

Workforce Development Planning in Three Simple Steps

SDCC, Ballroom 06 F

Spotlight Talks                                               

Tuesday, July9                             Location: SDCC – Expo: Guiding Your Geospatial Journey Spotlight Theater      

10:30 am

Making It Real: Use Training to Make Your Tech Dreams Come True

 

Wednesday, July 10                         Location: SDCC – Expo: Guiding Your Geospatial Journey Spotlight Theater      

1:00 pm

Advance Your Goals with Esri Technical Certification

 

4:00 pm

Focus on Training to Go the Distance

 

Appointments         

Tuesday, July 9 – Thursday, July 11 Location: SDCC – Expo: Guiding Your Geospatial Journey Spotlight Theater                                             

Workforce Development Planning

Our training consultants will help you devise a strategy-driven learning plan that will ensure that your workforce has the skills to leverage ArcGIS. Leave with a high-level plan and strong justification to develop your workforce.   

Schedule an appointment

Expo Area

Stop by to connect 1-on-1 with Esri Staff and talk more about People Strategy
in our Guiding Your Geospatial Journey area.

Tuesday, July 9                9:00 AM–6:00 PM

Wednesday, July 10         9:00 AM–6:00 PM

Thursday, July 11             9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Return on Investment, commonly abbreviated as ROI, is an important goal for any GIS project that should be calculated, documented, and shared.  Check out this Story Map to learn more about GIS ROI and view many real-world examples.

 

https://arcg.is/1Wi0CO 

If you're headed to the 2019 Esri International User Conference and are interested in sessions for GIS Managers, here is a link to the GIS Manager Track:

 

https://userconference2019.schedule.esri.com/schedule?filters=1964269831

Are you a GIS manager, leader or other executive headed to the 2019 Esri International User Conference (UC)?  I know it can be a challenge creating your personal agenda for the world's largest GIS conference, so I created this flier to assist.  It covers suggested events and activities you should consider when deciding how to spend your valuable time at UC.  I hope you have a productive UC experience, and I hope to see you there!

 

UPDATED 6/24/2019 - Added GIS Manager Track and Get Advice from Esri Services section.

 

UPDATED 6/13/2019 - Corrected the name of the Implementing ArcGIS area in the Expo to “Guiding your Geospatial Journey”

 

FYI there are other Esri UC fliers here: https://community.esri.com/community/events/user-conference/content?filterID=contentstatus%5Bpublished%5D~category%5B2019-uc-industry-fliers%5D

Introduction

To cloud or not to cloud is the question that many organizations are currently facing. While on-premise data center technology is not necessarily on the verge of extinction, cloud computing is an option with many benefits including scalability, agility and cost efficiency.

 

The ArcGIS platform is supported on both on-premises or in a cloud environment like Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services (AWS). By leveraging these components, you can expose GIS content and capabilities as web services and consume those services in your apps. This enables users to access and apply useful GIS resources in their work.

Moving to the cloud is more than just upgrading your servers and software. It represents a radical change in the way that you manage technology. This shift gives you a unique opportunity to align technology with your overall business vision, which in turn can help you grow your business, improve productivity, and reduce costs.

 

Before starting, it is a must to document your current infrastructure, this includes compiling a list of your servers, storage systems, network components, off the shelf software, bespoke software, and subscriptions to gain a full picture of your current technology. This information is critical for helping you determine the best path forward.

 

Analyzing your current infrastructure against your user workflows is the next step.  From assessing your desktop workflows to assessing your integrations, your security policies, SLAs, data storage requirements, authorization, and authentication providers all these points will play a huge factor in designing your cloud infrastructure. We will discuss these topics briefly in this article and will go into the specifics of each separately in future blogs posts.

 

General Database Considerations

Moving your Geodatabase to the cloud is a big step, you need to consider where your clients accessing the data exist, are they running from the cloud or on-premise, and what is the type of work is being performed (read-only, frequent edits, etc.).

 

General Network Bandwidth and Speed

Moving all the infrastructure to the cloud will need a resilient and reliable Internet connection, most importantly with low latency. Low bandwidth can be a serious problem when you factor in a large number of employees sharing the same network. Sometimes cloud solutions don’t offer enough bandwidth, especially when it comes to uploading larger files such as raw satellite imagery. However, latency is the primary concern as network latency is the key factor in determining cloud architecture decisions, for example, because of the latency it is likely not practical to keep desktops on premise and move the database into the cloud.

 

Assessing ArcGIS Desktop Workflows

First and Foremost, do you need to provide this functionality through ArcGIS Pro or ArcGIS Desktop, or can we have it replaced via a web-based app? That would save us setting up a dedicated machine or application instance on the cloud.

Is the data you are processing 2D or 3D? ArcGIS Pro required a GPU and the resourcces are even more demanding if processing 3D data. GPU enabled machines on the cloud cost considerably more than machines without a GPU. Do you have advanced Geoprocessing workflows that require hefty computing power, do these workflows run overnight? Check out https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/get-started/virtualization-overview.htm for more information about running ArcGIS Pro on the cloud.

 

ArcGIS Server Sites and Portal for ArcGIS Sites

The least difficult method for starting to use the cloud for hosting your own software is perform a lift-and-shift migration, where you move software currently running on-premises to the cloud host. The behavior of the software is precisely the same after moving into the cloud however now it is running with the benefits of underlying cloud infrastructure, such as having affordable and reliable virtual machines that don’t require high upfront purchasing costs and little ongoing maintenance of the infrastructure.

 

Using specialized deployment tools can make it easier to install and configure the software on certain cloud platforms. You can also create your own machine images to host Esri software in cloud environments. These deployment tools don’t just install and configure the software; they also provision and set up the underlying infrastructure, including the virtual machines, load balancers, networking, and storage.

 

Bespoke GIS Applications

Whether you have Geocentric applications, Geo-enabled applications, or Composite applications you will need to reassess the architecture of these applications and ensure the compatibility with the new cloud environment. check out developers.arcgis.com for information about our wide coverage of SDKs and APIs.

No single application integration pattern fits all situations. You can use the application pattern that best combines capabilities from ArcGIS and your business system to deliver the greatest impact.

 

Integration to Other Systems

Application integration lets you deliver solutions that combine data and tools from different systems—including your GIS as well as business systems like permitting, licensing, and asset management systems. With integrated solutions, you can improve cross-functional business processes and provide decision-makers with integrated views of your organization’s information. Insuring that these systems integrate prevents information duplication and enables having the right data available when you need it. You need the option of deploying your integration technology so that it works in both environments. To decide whether your integration technology will reside in the cloud or in a rack in your data center, you have to start with the specific requirements of your business.

 

Security

Security is not only an important decision to avoid becoming a statistic, but also one that may be government regulated. Depending on your industry, market, and location, you may have to abide by an array of rules determining how you use and store sensitive data. Cloud security has come a long way, though, and is arguably as secure as most private data centers. In either case, security and regulations of your industry are something to think about when considering cloud and on-premise. With either option, security is granularity configurable to meet your security needs. Consider Esri best practices for configuring secure ArcGIS Server and Portal for ArcGIS environments as well as your organization's needs and policies when designing your ArcGIS Enterprise site security.

 

High Availability and Redundancy

Designing the HA environments in Azure or AWS are somewhat the same design principles as of on-premises however more functionality is provided by cloud providers such as scalability on demand. You can configure your site so that ArcGIS Server machines are added in response to certain triggers, such as CPU usage. New servers can be created in a matter of minutes, allowing your site to gracefully respond to abrupt spikes in traffic. When you no longer need the instances, you can destroy them and incur no further infrastructure charges for them. The installation is much easier as now there are images already provided for faster installation times.

 

Backups and Disaster Recovery

Cloud computing has led to a new way of preparing for IT disasters by providing secondary environments for backing up and restoring data and failing over business applications. These disaster recovery services are cost-effective and straightforward to set up. ArcGIS Server and Portal for ArcGIS include utilities that you can use to create backups and restore your sites on Azure and AWS.

 

Access Management Providers

When implementing a cloud-based application it can be a challenge to ensure that information security and access management controls are applied to the cloud application.

 

Organizations should ensure that the single sign-on (SSO) access management is implemented in the cloud. In particular, organizations need to understand how employees can seamlessly access the various cloud-based applications using their existing access management protocol.

 

Portal for ArcGIS is compliant with SAML 2.0 and integrates with identity providers that support SAML 2 Web Single Sign-On. The advantage of setting up SAML is that you do not need to create additional logins for users to access your ArcGIS Enterprise portal; instead, they use the login that is already set up in an enterprise identity store. For example, Microsoft Azure Active Directory is a SAML-compliant identity provider. You can configure it as your identity provider for enterprise logins in Portal for ArcGIS on-premises and in the cloud.

 

I hope you find this helpful, do not hesitate to post your questions here: - Arcgis Architecture Series : Moving to the Cloud

If you want to learn how to redefine yourself from mapmaker to solution provider, I will be presenting The Underutilization of GIS & How To Cure It in a webinar on Tu June 18 at 10AM Pacific:

 

https://www.esri.com/en-us/landing-page/industry/government/2019/underutilization-of-gis-and-how-to-cure-it