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This is the first in a series of articles introducing the colorful group of professionals who work on the Esri Training Services team.
Alan, a native Oregonian, studied mechanical engineering at Oregon State University. After graduating, he went to work for the state of Oregon inspecting nuclear fallout shelters. Alas, mobile data collection apps had not been invented yet. Armed only with pen and paper, Alan validated shelter locations and documented whether each shelter met the wall-width requirement—12 inches of concrete was deemed necessary to protect against fallout. Continue reading
Amidst all the hoopla surrounding the recent arrival of a certain baby boy across The Pond, we’ve quietly expanded our own family—the ArcGIS foundational course family, that is. Announcement: the trio has become a quartet. By design, the expansion of our foundational course family from three to four mirrors the expansion of the ArcGIS platform.
As the technology becomes more and more pervasive and accessible, our learning options need to keep pace. ArcGIS for Desktop is no longer the sole “foundational” piece of the ArcGIS pie. To be considered truly foundational, this course set needs to explicitly address Web GIS. Continue reading
If getting up to date on the latest innovations in GIS and the ArcGIS platform is a major reason to attend the Esri UC next week, those of you traveling to San Diego can double-down on learning with the activities below.
In my experience, the week flies by and before you know it, you’re back on the plane hauling a tote bag full of quirky souvenirs and vendor swag you hope will satisfy the inevitable question, “Did you bring me anything?” To help you plan your conference time, here’s a daily breakdown of resources related to Esri training and certification. Continue reading
Summer officially kicks off in approximately 54.5 hours here on the West Coast, not that I’m counting. The days are already warmer, the evenings longer. Seems like everyone wants to leave the office early to get in a bike ride, fire up the grill, or grab a drink at the local pub’s outdoor patio.
In celebration of the season, we’re rolling out a new training format. An instructor-led workshop is a four-hour event held in our Online Classroom. In a workshop, the instructor covers recommended workflows for a focused topic, demonstrates how to apply those workflows, and devotes lots of time to question and answer sessions (Q&A). There are no hands-on exercises in this shorter format, but attendees receive resource materials and a certificate of completion.
The first workshops are designed for content publishers and users of an ArcGIS Online organizational site. How do you know if one of these workshops is right for you? Take this short quiz to find out. Continue reading
We posed the What Is GIS challenge and some of you responded. Thanks to everyone who participated and also to anyone who took a few minutes to ponder what a GIS elevator pitch might sound like. One thing I’ve learned in life: words matter. Communicate effectively and you have a good chance of winning the contract, job, or customer. If you speak a language that’s foreign to your audience, you court rejection or, worse, setting unrealistic expectations that you can’t deliver on.
Now, imagine a drum roll please. The winner is…oh, that’s right, wait. Continue reading
May 21, 2013 update: We have selected a winning entry. Thanks to everyone who submitted a response.
Recently, while perusing a long thread of comments by GIS professionals discussing a lack of awareness about the technology and its value, I got to thinking about the perennial problem of describing GIS to people who have never heard of it or who have a vague idea (usually wrong) about what it might be (it’s GIS, not GPS). Family, friends, new acquaintances, teachers, customers, the occasional coworker.
When you’re trying to sell a product, borrow money, get a job, reassure Mom, or influence change in some way, They says you should prepare an elevator pitch—a short, simple description that captures the essence and leaves the listener interested enough to follow up. When you meet someone you want to connect with, you deliver your elevator pitch and ideally, the connection blooms.
Well, how do you explain GIS to Mom? Continue reading
Experts say the outlook for formal skills development in 2013 is rosy. According to a recent study, overall spending on training increased by 12% in 2012, and the technology sector saw a 20% increase.
“As the pace of innovation accelerates, and companies look to expand their operations, employees should acquire more specialized skills and adapt to a workplace that grows more transient, mobile and self-serving – what we call the ‘borderless workplace,’” said Bersin by Deloitte’s Karen O’Leonard, lead analyst, benchmarking, Deloitte Consulting LLP.
Perhaps you will be attending a training class this year. Here’s a question to ponder before you start crafting your out-of-office auto-reply:
- Why are you going?
If you initiated the training request, you should be able to answer quickly with one or more job-related benefits because, for lots of us, submitting the request means providing a justification. At most organizations, gone are the days when you can take a class just because it sounds interesting. Typically, the justification documents how the training relates to your current job responsibilities (or references your professional development plan if your organization uses those). Continue reading
Our training catalog includes quite a few courses that cover fundamental GIS and ArcGIS topics. Designed for people with no academic or workplace experience with GIS, historically our introductory courses have been among our most popular. They likely always will be. As more and more organizations adopt GIS, more people require introductory-level training so they can perform the new workflows made possible by the technology. Makes sense.
If you’re someone who has mastered the fundamentals, you may be wondering what courses you should take next. You’ve learned the basics, you want to continue growing your GIS skillset, but you’re not ready to tackle 3D terrain analysis with lidar data. We get the what’s-next question a lot.
But what’s next does not have a one-size-fits-all answer. Continue reading
Our release plan for version 10.1 of the certification exams is set and execution is well underway. Two exams are publically available, two exams are in beta release, and four others will be going to beta in the coming weeks. Beta exams are open to Esri employees, distributors, and partners only.
The ArcGIS Desktop Associate and Professional exams are publically available now. For those of you interested in obtaining one of the other 10.1 certifications, here’s the current 10.1 exam release schedule. As always, carefully review the Skills Measured section of the certification page to understand the exam scope. Skills Measured information for exams not yet in beta will be available when the beta exams release. Continue reading
Lately, there’s been a steady flow of online talk and articles about what skills GIS professionals need to navigate today’s business climate, and how tech workers in general can ride the employment roller coaster.
Those articles are directed to individuals, the ones who feel like knowing CPR isn’t enough to guarantee a good outcome in a scary situation. But the last five years have seen major technology-enabled shifts in expectations, and these have had a huge impact on organizations and their leadership. Lots of organizations are looking for ways not only to meet the new expectations, but also create new products and services and reach new customers. Continue reading