Author Archives: SuzanneB
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.
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
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
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.
That’s what I knew going in. Here’s what I found out. Continue reading
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.
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
Given that technology—the Internet, e-commerce, smartphones, the behemoth that is social media—has dramatically changed consumer and personal behavior over the last decade, it’s no surprise our professional lives have evolved. For many of us, what we do at work and how we do our work have changed a great deal.
At the same time, more and more organizational leaders have grasped the business value of getting geospatial content out of a department silo and into the hands of knowledge workers using ArcGIS Online and a variety of enterprise applications.
As a result, many GIS professionals are being asked to share. Of course, the profession as a whole is a generous lot, so sharing itself is nothing new. What’s new is the ease with which things can be shared.
The ArcGIS Online organization has become an integrated content platform that supports enterprise GIS workflows and the information needs of both GIS and non-GIS professionals, collaborative working groups, and the public.
When there are many potential content consumers, the question of what to share needs to be carefully considered. If you’re in the process of crafting a sharing strategy for your ArcGIS Online organization (or on-premise portal), here are three tips to help the process along.
This is the third post in a three-part series on creating geoprocessing models in ArcGIS.
If you’ve read the previous posts in this series, you’ve got modeling basics down and you know how to add model parameters to support easy reuse and scenario testing. In this post, you’ll learn some techniques to do more with less—effort, that is. Continue reading
This is the second post in a three-part series on creating geoprocessing models in ArcGIS.
ModelBuilder 101 covered five steps to create a basic model. One of the main advantages of building a model is the ability to quickly test multiple scenarios. This post shows how to support scenario testing when a model is run as a tool.
- Confused about what running a model as a tool means? In the ModelBuilder application a model appears as a visual diagram. Outside of ModelBuilder you can run a model from a tool dialog box (double-click the model in the ArcMap Catalog window).
In ModelBuilder, you can open any tool, change its settings, and quickly run the model again to explore alternative scenarios. That’s great, but convenience matters too. When running a model as a tool, you can explore alternative scenarios by changing model parameters—all at once, in one place. Let’s talk the P-word. Continue reading
ModelBuilder has been called a visual programming language or a tool to make “visual scripts.” I like to think of ModelBuilder as a tool to map a workflow, and a model as a workflow map. Like a map:
- A model can be navigated (it has direction built in).
- A model uses shape, color, text, and symbols to represent and communicate about its features.
- A model reveals data relationships that can spark ideas and collaboration.
Invaluable for conducting sophisticated spatial analyses, models are everyday workhorses too. If built with reuse in mind, they can be your go-to shortcuts to get a lot of work done.
If you’ve never created a model in ArcGIS, here’s what you need to know to get started. Continue reading
Making a story map is an excellent opportunity to be creative, challenge your inner cartographer, and demonstrate GIS skills (and add pizzazz to your LinkedIn profile while you’re at it). If you haven’t yet made a story map, this four-step process may help you get started.
Number 2 in the process is to plan and execute your data strategy. This step is critical but can get glossed over in the creative excitement to make a cool map. It’s time to give it some time in the spotlight.
Typically, story maps are focused narratives about geographic places, features, and current or historic events. When considering data to support a story map project, pay particular attention to three items. Continue reading
The last six months have been a busy time for the Certification team. With the ArcGIS 10.2 release last summer, all exams had to be reviewed and evaluated against the platform changes. Several certifications have new exams at version 10.2, and the process to develop those exams concurrently was intense. Here’s a roundup of the latest certification news.
10.2 Exam Releases
Three version 10.2 exams are now open for registration:
- ArcGIS Desktop Developer Associate 10.2
- Web Application Developer Associate 10.2
- Enterprise Administration Associate 10.2
If you’re interested in taking one of these exams, as always be sure to carefully review the candidate qualifications and the skills measured by the exam to assess your readiness and preparation strategy. Continue reading