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With the push towards ArcGIS Enterprise, the successful integration of Portal for ArcGIS has become increasingly important to a smooth deployment of your Web GIS. Portal, though just one component of ArcGIS Enterprise, a few IT-centric system requirements and require a bit of pre-planning. This Spotlight Talk looks at 3 areas in the pre-planning process that can help smooth out the implementation of Portal for ArcGIS. 



Access: One of the first decisions to make before deploying Portal, is to decide whether or not you need external access. When making this decision you want to consider your data's sensitivity, the need for public access, whether you need a mobile solution, and the type of security you will implement. Deciding on the access of your Portal will help dictate some other decisions you will need to make when implementing Portal. 

Security: There are a variety of ways that you can authenticate your Portal, and it’s important to think about who your users will be, how they will be using the Portal, and most importantly where they will be accessing it from. 


SSL/TLS: This is how secure websites leverage HTTPS to encrypt all web traffic. Having a valid TLS will safeguard your sensitive data from being compromised and it happens to be a requirement for running Portal for ArcGIS!


These components are the heavy hitters that you will want to take into consideration when you start to prepare to implement Portal. We recommend starting with a kick it off meeting with your IT department to look at your organizations access needs, security requirements, and SSL/TLS availability. In our experience these are things that can derail a smooth implementation, and even cause some hiccups down the road if not properly considered during the planning stages.


Download the PDF version of the presentation from the 2018 Esri User’s Conference: Preparing to Implement Portal for ArcGIS 

At this point, web maps are easy to use, and quick to make, and many of our Web GIS users are happy to share a link to their ArcGIS Online or Portal Map Viewer and go from there. That being said, it can be argued that almost any web map would benefit from being taken out of the authoring view of the Map Viewer and into a web application better suited to its use case.


This Spotlight Talk looks breaks down some main advantages that Web Application Templates can provide to your organization.  

  • With Esri’s latest ArcGIS Web App templates, users can quickly create and publish maps and control the look and feel of the user experience without coding expertise. 
  • Learn how Esri can help you quickly get your Web apps up and running.
  • Taking a COTS-first (Commercial Off the Shelf) mindset with Esri's Web App templates, with customization as a last resort can put the control and more importantly the cash back into the hands of the GIS department. 


Whether you find yourself a chronic user of the Map Viewer, or are not sure what type of application to make, the bottom line is this: If you want to make cleaner, clearer, and better maps efficiently while reducing costs, web mapping applications contain the tools to help you maximize value with your Web GIS. 



Download the PDF version of the presentation from 2018 Esri User’s Conference: Maximize Value with Web Application Templates 

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