Learning ArcGIS Pro in the Cloud

We released our first ArcGIS Pro instructor-led course early this year and it’s been a hit. Lots of organizations want their GIS staff prepared to work productively with the latest ArcGIS for Desktop application. Of course, one of the many cool things about ArcGIS Pro is its seamless 2D/3D visualization, editing, and analysis capabilities.

That 3D part—as cool as it is—is where we hit a snag. The instructor-led online classroom is a convenient and popular training option that provides the A factor—accessibility. Students can attend an online class and benefit from an instructor-led experience, even if their office is far from one of our physical classrooms.

With our partner ReadyTech, we provide a complete virtual lab setup for each online class. Students access a remote virtual machine provisioned with all Esri and other software required to complete course exercises.

Unfortunately, though it is popular, we have not been able to teach the ArcGIS Pro course in the online classroom. Streaming 3D content over the Internet is a challenge. Due to the size of the data, hardware and graphics requirements are much different than for our standard 2D virtual lab environment.

We needed a 3D solution, and now we have one.  Continue reading

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30 Days of ArcGIS Tips

For millions of homework- and test-weary youth in the USA, “June” is a magic word. It conjures the end of the school year and the start of sublime summer vacation. June is the month that students—laggards and high achievers alike—anticipate with glee. Not to mention teachers.

For non-teaching working adults, though, June is a continuation of routine—projects, meetings, to-do lists, and deadlines. For us, work doesn’t stop in June. And neither should learning.

That’s why we decided to share a different ArcGIS tip every day in June, thirty tips in all. We culled product documentation, GeoNet forums, blogs, and brains around the Esri landscape for practical info, tips, and tricks ArcGIS users can apply immediately.  Continue reading

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It’s Official: Version 10.3 Certification Exams Released

If you’ve been eagerly anticipating the opportunity to earn a version 10.3 certification, your wait is over. The Esri Technical Certification team is pleased to announce the first two version 10.3 exams are now open for registration on the Pearson Vue website.

You can schedule an appointment to take the ArcGIS Desktop Associate and Enterprise Administration Associate exams whenever it suits you. Esri certification exam table

Four other exams (shown in the table on the right) have been updated for version 10.3, and they will be offered in testing centers beginning next month. 

A team of psychometric and Esri subject matter experts is hard at work on the new ArcGIS Desktop Entry exam. Expect this exam to release in September.

Also Official

Based on impact data reports, a decision has been made to not offer the Esri Web Application Developer Associate exam at version 10.3. The most current version of this exam will remain version 10.2. We plan to update this exam for the next ArcGIS release.

With the release of the version 10.3 exams, we will be retiring our first set of exams. Version 10.0 exams will no longer be available in testing centers after July 31, 2015.

Esri technical certification exams are retired in accordance with the Esri Product Life Cycle Support Policy for mature support. Exam retirement has no impact on certifications awarded for that version. All existing 10.0 certifications will remain active.

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Announcing a Brand-New ArcGIS Desktop Certification

ArcGIS Desktop Entry certification candidate

Graduates, military veterans entering the civilian workforce, and others who have been using ArcGIS for two years or less have a new option to stand out in the crowd. Continue reading

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New Esri Technical Certification Option for LinkedIn

A major benefit of achieving an Esri technical certification is advancing your career aspirations. Whether you want to earn more responsibility in your current organization or pursue a new opportunity, a certification proves your expertise and commitment to professional development. Add Esri technical certifications to LinkedIn profile

In our digital age, broadcasting your achievements is more than adding a line item to your resume. Social media and professional networking site LinkedIn is heavily used by recruiters and hiring managers.

LinkedIn reports that members with certifications get more profile views and are contacted six times more often than members with no certifications. This is why we’re excited to announce that Esri-certified individuals now have an automated way to share their verifiable achievement to their LinkedIn profile.

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Simple 3-Step Analysis with ArcGIS Pro

There are many ways GIS professionals can get their work done these days. Technology is providing new capabilities and, at the same time, the user experience is becoming simpler, more intuitive, and integrated. Case in point: ArcGIS for Desktop, which now includes ArcGIS Pro and an ArcGIS Online organizational subscription.

ArcGIS Pro is associated with an ArcGIS Online organization and integration is built into the interface. You can directly publish content you create in ArcGIS Pro to the organization and easily grab content from ArcGIS Online to support mapping and analysis projects.  Continue reading

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Esri Certification Exams for ArcGIS 10.3

ArcGIS 10.3 is a major release that brings exciting tools for mapping and analytics, a brand-new desktop application, new capabilities for developers, and the tight integration among desktop, server, and online components needed to make Web GIS a reality. Esri certification exams table

These technology changes impact almost our entire suite of certification exams. Seven exams will have a 10.3 version.

Exam-development work is in progress and will continue throughout 2015.  Continue reading

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ArcGIS Pro Mapping Environment: Likes and Loves

After sampling the ArcGIS Pro geoprocessing environment, it was time to sit down for a meal. Mapping was on the menu. In ArcGIS Pro, there’s a lot about mapping to like and some things to love.

  • Note: Membership in an ArcGIS Online organization is required to use ArcGIS Pro. Your organizational administrator will need to provision you with an ArcGIS Pro license.

Starter Course: The Interface

When opening their first ArcGIS Pro project, ArcMap users may experience something akin to a new-house sensation. Familiar furniture fills the rooms, but the new space has cast the pieces in an exotic light.  Continue reading

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ArcGIS Pro Test Drive

Recently, I was invited to participate in ArcGIS Pro usability testing. If you haven’t heard, ArcGIS Pro is a new desktop application included with the upcoming ArcGIS 10.3 release. As an experienced ArcGIS for Desktop user who had not yet used ArcGIS Pro, I matched the profile the usability team was looking for.

I jumped at the chance because, like you, I’m busy. So far, my to-do lists had prevented me from getting hands-on with the beta and prerelease versions of ArcGIS Pro. I’d watched a few videos and read a little about it. I knew ArcGIS Pro uses the Microsoft Office-style ribbon interface, that it has a lot of 3D capabilities built-in, and that it incorporates context-sensitive tools. ArcGIS Pro application window

That’s what I knew going in. Here’s what I found out.  Continue reading

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Maximize Conference Value with Hands-on Learning

Amid the noise and kinetic rush towards the conference keynote speeches, panel discussions, tech sessions, and built-to-wow demonstrations, there’s a place where calm beckons. Where the atmosphere is mostly quiet, the muted staccato of individual keystrokes and mouse clicks merging into one ambient chorus. Occasionally a chair leg scrapes softly against the carpet, indicating a (possibly crowd-weary) professional is heading back to the louder agenda. Esri Hands-on Learning Lab

What—and where—is this oasis?

All over the place, actually. Found at many Esri and user group conferences held throughout the United States, the Hands-on Learning Lab helps attendees squeeze maximum learning out of their conference experience.  Continue reading

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