Monthly Archives: December 2009

Training Spotlight: Mobile GIS


The desire to access information no matter where we are is a fact of modern life—walk down just about any street and you’re bound to pass at least one person using a Blackberry, iPhone, or other mobile smart phone slash device. Decision makers want access to the most current data available, preferably gathered 5 minutes ago. And so the rising popularity of mobile GIS solutions is not surprising.

Many organizations, including utilities, public works, and public safety agencies, are using mobile GIS to collect field data, ensure the currentness of their GIS database, and maintain situational awareness. As with any technology investment, developing the staff who are responsible for implementing and maintaining the solution is critical. Below are the ESRI training options for mobile GIS.

For organizations using ArcGIS Mobile, the instructor-led training courses below are recommended.

Instructor-Led Training

Free Web Training Seminars

For organizations that are considering investing in mobile GIS, watching one or more of the one-hour training seminars below is a good way to get familiar with how other organizations are using mobile GIS and what ESRI mobile GIS solutions are available.

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Explore ArcGIS Explorer in a Free Training Seminar

A new free training seminar covers everything you need to know to get started using ArcGIS Explorer, the free GIS viewer from ESRI. If you’ve used previous versions, the seminar offers an easy way to get up to speed on the latest ArcGIS Explorer features and capabilities and the enhanced interface. And you can’t beat the price.

In just under an hour, you’ll learn all the basics—how to navigate the various interface components, view content in 2D and 3D, and add different types of content to the default map. Then the cool stuff—you’ll learn how to create popups, notes, and dynamic ArcGIS Explorer presentations (I like to call them geopresentations).

In the demo below, Bern Szukalski, senior product manager and technology evangelist at ESRI, shows how simple it is to create a geopresentation that will wow your audience. Why confine yourself to boring PowerPoint bullets when you can just click to add map “slides” that play in a live ArcGIS Explorer session?

Note: The demo is 15 MB and may take a moment to load.

Watch the demo

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