ArcGIS 10.2 Preparing Data for Offline Use and Versioned Data

Discussion created by jckbeers on May 8, 2014
Latest reply on May 18, 2016 by sdmartin
In the ArcGIS 10.2 Help documentation (http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.2/index.html#//0154000006m1000000) it states the following about offline editing and versioning:

"To use the sync capability, all the data in the feature service must be from an enterprise geodatabase. Also, you must prepare the data so it can be used offline and, if required, synchronized through the feature service when you have connectivity. How you prepare the data depends on whether the local copy of the data will be editable or read only and, if the local copy of the data will be read only, whether you use versioned data in your feature service.
If clients will be editing data while offline and sychronizing their changes when they have connectivity, the feature service must contain nonversioned data."

My questions are... What is the point of having an Enterprise GDB if you're not going to use versioned data for a multi-user editing environment?  If you are going to SYNC the edited data on ArcGIS Online (Collector) to Non-versioned data, how are you supposed to track those changes when you Also have multiple in-house editors? 

Even if you don't use editing versions on your data, you still may use replication (one-way or two-way) for disconnected environments.  And, if you do so, you would need to fully version your data. An organization that has disconnected desktop editors or multiple editors on multiple versions may still want to use something like the Collector for ArcGIS Online.

If anyone from Esri could shed some light on the subject, I would greatly appreciated it.