ARC GIS Pro Data Sharing

Discussion created by tkowal on Oct 27, 2017
Latest reply on Nov 1, 2017 by KKramer-esristaff

I recently had a chance to play around with ArcGIS Pro 2.  Look and felt nice except for being ungodly slow.  I am sure that will change moving forward in its development. 


However, I did run across a show stopper for me and my agency.  We rely heavily on Microsoft Office products and share data between the office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, MS Access, One Note and Visio) and numerous other applications.  The personal MS Access database is core to us sharing data. 


I understand the limitations of the 32 bit drivers -- however there are 64 bit work arounds as well as a 64 bit Access engine which we had to employ for various 64 bit applications.  Forcing the File GDB upon our agency is a show stopper.  Not one other product outside of ESRI, whereas, 100% of our Agency software products (both 32 bit and 64 bit) versions can read a personal Geodatabase.  The GDB is not compatible with anything outside of ESRI.  I believe that only leaves a DBF as an option -- are we moving forward?  In fact our outside Contracts cannot limit GIS to ESRI formats/products but must be able to accept data from numerous GIS platforms other than ESRI -- again MS ACCESS database has proven over and over to be an essential tool in storing and coverting external data into something we can use.


Currently without MS Access there is no possible way for me to go down the ArcGIS pro path.  ESRI does not allow editing to a SQL-Lite or SQL Server  without special licensing!


Any one else facing this situation?