Call Esri Support! We’ve Changed the Way Our Call Routing Works

Okay, so call routing can get frustrating – we’ve all been there. Maybe you’ve called a customer service hotline and you feel like you have to press a thousand buttons just to get to a person. Maybe you’ve missed the menu items but there’s no option to repeat them, so you have to hang up and start all over. Maybe you skip calling entirely because getting through an organization’s call routing system requires a full day off work and a long hot bath afterwards just to recover from the experience. Whatever the issue, we hear you, and we want your experience with Esri Support to be the best it can be.

That’s why we’re happy to announce we have enhanced the Support call routing system!

The motivation behind this is simple: we want call routing to be quicker, easier, and more purpose-driven. So we simplified things – previously, we had a long list of options that sometimes had you frantically pressing “0″ out of sheer confusion or frustration. Realizing that the number and range of options was the issue, we drastically reduced the number of selections to 20 based on those most frequently chosen. View the diagram below to see how the phone tree will work starting next week. Continue reading

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Is Windows 10 certified with ArcGIS Products?

Esri is currently testing Windows 10 with ArcGIS for Desktop 10.3.x and with the version currently in development (ArcGIS 10.4). Until testing and certification are complete, we recommend that you do not install Windows 10 for use with ArcGIS for Desktop 10.3.x.

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Release of the Mid-Year 2015 Update to the Deprecated Features for ArcGIS

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This blog post provides updated information regarding deprecated features of ArcGIS 10.3.1 and the upcoming ArcGIS 10.4 release. ArcGIS 10.3.1 was released in May 2015.

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My Experience with ArcGIS for Desktop Licensing


Coming to Esri (and to California) for the first time four months ago as a very hopeful intern, I was excited at the prospect of completing a project that would have a meaningful impact on those who use ArcGIS for Desktop products. … Continue reading

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Supporting the First Esri Intern Hackathon

On the weekend of August 1st, the Esri summer interns came together to participate in a hackathon hosted in the Esri café. The weekend was designed to encourage innovation through the rapid creation of applications; the event was extremely successful. One of most interesting aspects of the hackathon was watching the diversity within each team harmonize to improve the overall quality of the final products. Each team included at least one developer to write the code and several other members from Marketing, Support Services, Professional Services, and other Esri departments to help with creative design, the use of GIS, and the delivery of the final presentation. Continue reading

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Women in Esri Support

In 2014, Dr. Linda Loubert from Morgan State University put together a crowd-sourced Story Map of women in GIS to celebrate Women’s History Month and to highlight the number of women working in GIS professions. The Story Map, “Women in GIS: Helping Map a Better World,” has over 50,000 views and contains thousands of data points representing women across the globe who work with GIS in various sectors. Continue reading

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Support Services at the Esri User Conference: July 21-23, 2015

Esri Support Services is going to be at the 2015 Esri International User Conference in San Diego (July 20 – 24), where we will be offering appointments to answer any of your technical questions. Specialists in all areas of Esri software will be available to assist you. Users attending the conference can set up a time slot for a specific technology area that they would like to discuss, as well as register to attend any of the Technical Support presentations available. Appointments are not required, so feel free to stop by in between sessions or during lunch.

Visit the Support Appointments website to set up an appointment with a specialist, or register to attend one of our sessions.

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Configure Your GeoEvent 10.3 Connector to Use a Secure GeoRSS Feed

GeoRSS is a standard way of tagging an RSS feed so that applications can use embedded location information in each post. Using the GeoEvent Extension for ArcGIS Server, you can monitor a GeoRSS feed in real time and use it to update the applications and common operational pictures used by your colleagues. Should you encounter a secured GeoRSS feed that you would like to use, there is no standard connector that allows you to pass credentials. However, it is possible to configure a connector (without programming) that will allow you to access a GeoRSS service secured with basic HTTP authentication.

Secure feeds may be input from an Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system, tracking company assets, or any secure GeoRSS service provided by a third party that you wish to consume and track with the analytic and processing capabilities of the GeoEvent Extension for ArcGIS Server 10.3. Continue reading

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The Secret Way to Create an Empty Feature Service to Use with ArcGIS Online

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Have you ever wanted to create an empty feature service to use in ArcGIS Online, and found yourself stuck with no easy way to get this done? If you’re asking why in the world anybody would want to do this, … Continue reading

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Esri Support Website Design Survey


Esri is currently in the process of redesigning, and we are looking for some design feedback from the user community. Please take a few moments to complete the Support Design Survey to help us improve your online support experience. Click here … Continue reading

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