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SuzanneB
Suzanne is a Maryland native with a degree in English Literature who enjoys writing about Esri technology and other topics. She works with Esri Training Services in Redlands, California.

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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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Three Tips for GIS Content Sharing

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.

Providing content to everyone who needs it

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.

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ModelBuilder 360: Amp Up the Automation

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

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ModelBuilder 220: Add Flexibility

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

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ModelBuilder 101

This is the first installment in a three-part series on creating geoprocessing models in ArcGIS. In this post, learn the steps to build a simple model. Geoprocessing model built in ArcGIS ModelBuilder

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

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