Category: ArcGIS Enterprise

ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server: DevSummit 2018 FAQs!

This year’s Esri Developer Summit was the biggest one yet. Crucial conference highlights include: the giant outdoor carnival full of games and food and fun, and the opportunity to talk with visitors to the GeoAnalytics showcase. Getting to hear your questions, comments and use cases is always exciting and inspiring. In case you weren’t there, our team has compiled the most frequently asked questions here in hopes of answering yours!

“What is ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server?”

GeoAnalytics Server is a licensing role for one or more ArcGIS Server machines used for the analysis of large volumes of vector and tabular data. What’s unique about these analysis servers is that they can distribute processing across multiple machines and cores. This means that when your datasets become too large to be processed on a single machine or core, GeoAnalytics can step in to speed up that process. Jobs that may have taken months, weeks, or days can take hours or minutes with GeoAnalytics.

“I see that the ArcGIS Enterprise portal’s Map Viewer has both Standard Tools and GeoAnalytics Tools. What are the differences, and when would I use one or the other?”

Standard tools are available by default in ArcGIS Enterprise and perform feature analysis using your hosting server. These tools are useful when you are processing average-sized data. GeoAnalytics Tools, however, process data in parallel on your GeoAnalytics Server, and are specialized to process larger amounts of data more quickly. Both toolsets contain some similar tools, like Aggregate Points, Join Features, and Find Hot Spots, but GeoAnalytics’ extra edge is that it provides tools to track trends, patterns and anomalies in both space and time.

Learn more about standard analysis and GeoAnalytics Tools

“GeoAnalytics, GeoEvent, Insights, and analysis in ArcGIS Pro: How does it all work together?”

GeoAnalytics, GeoEvent Server, and Insights for ArcGIS complement each other, but also work well in isolation. GeoEvent is used to ingest real-time stream data from sources like sensors and GPS measurements. GeoEvent exposes ingested data as feature layers, which can optionally be explored further in Insights or processed using GeoAnalytics Tools. Insights provides a data workbench experience for your data, allowing you to explore, iterate on and share your findings via charts, graphs and maps. Insights can take advantage of different analysis engines, so while you are using your Insights workbook, your analysis may be powered by Insights, standard analysis tools, or even GeoAnalytics Tools, depending on the configuration of ArcGIS Enterprise.

“I have a huge dataset, and it’s not drawing quickly. I want to draw a zillion points, how do I do that?”

Well, you may not want to. Why? Because visualizing millions and trillions of features on their own isn’t informative. Instead, consider using GeoAnalytics to visualize big data patterns by aggregating and summarizing trends. This allows you to explore and find patterns that would otherwise go unseen amid your many features. For example, below are millions of….can you tell? Exactly — it’s hard to see anything with that many points. These are taxi pickup locations in New York City (Do not try this at home!)

NYC Taxi big data dataset aggregated into polygons

“Am I able to automate GeoAnalytics workflows? Does it work with the Jupyter Notebooks I’ve been hearing so much about?”

Yes, and yes! The ArcGIS Python API can be used to automate and execute workflows. For those of you who are fans of Jupyter Notebooks, GeoAnalytics Tools can be executed there, too! Additionally, GeoAnalytics Tools can be used with Model Builder in ArcGIS Pro and in ArcPy. If REST is your preferred tool execution method (props to you!) then you can run the tools through the REST API.

“That all sounds great. Now, how do I install it? Is GeoAnalytics an extension or a separate install?”

GeoAnalytics is a server role within ArcGIS Enterprise, not an extension. It builds off of the ArcGIS Enterprise base deployment. First, install ArcGIS Server and license it for GeoAnalytics, then federate your GeoAnalytics site with your Enterprise portal. You’ll need to also install and configure the ArcGIS Data Store (spatiotemporal big data), used as an output for your results. Once your environment is all set up, you can start crunching some data!

Hopefully this was useful in answering your questions. Which features are you excited about? Are you currently using GeoAnalytics? Let us know in the comments below!

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Announcing ArcGIS Earth 1.7 Beta Release


ArcGIS Earth 1.7 Beta is now available. ArcGIS Earth is an experience for browsing a variety of spatial data for non-GIS specialists. While online, ArcGIS Earth connects directly to the ArcGIS platform allowing users to leverage the Web GIS pattern, … Continue reading

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Top 5 Questions about Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS & Esri Dev Summit report


We had a very busy Esri Developer Summit last week. It was great to meet and talk with many users about Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS in the exhibit showcase, after our technical sessions, and during the social events.

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ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World updates in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6

Landscape layer data in Living Atlas

A broad collection of beautiful and useful geographic items are available to access within your own ArcGIS Enterprise environment, brought to you by ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. Now, with the new 10.6 release, you can enjoy an even … Continue reading

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Collector for ArcGIS (Windows 10) updated!


On Monday, March 12th, we released an update to Collector on the Windows 10 platform. Version 18.0.1 is a small, focused bug-fix update that addresses a number of issues that are affecting customers. You can find the list of specific … Continue reading

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Welcome the Newest Arrival of the ArcGIS API for Python – Version 1.4

Using matplotlib-style symbology in the ArcGIS API for Python Spatial DataFrame

A brief summary of additions to the ArcGIS API for Python at version 1.4 released in March of 2018. Continue reading

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A technical walk-through for a simple utility network web trace tool with Javascript

Subnetline feature class

It’s time to show the power of the services oriented architecture nature of the Utility Network Management extension. Currently ArcGIS Pro is the richest client for utility network functionality. However, that doesn’t mean that the functionality is not available for … Continue reading

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What’s happening at DevSummit 2018 with Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS


It’s one of my favorite times of the year. No, not Spring Training baseball (well, that IS one of my favorites); it’s DevSummit time! It will be happening in less than one week in Palm Springs. There are a lot … Continue reading

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What’s New in 10.6 – New Properties Exposed on the Feature Layer

Properties on the feature layer

Today I would like show you the new properties exposed on the feature layer. These properties are new in 10.6 for services that reference an enterprise geodatabase. If you want to see a general overview of the new feature service … Continue reading

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Introducing ArcGIS Monitor service packages


Esri is excited to announce the availability of two new services packages for the newly released ArcGIS Monitor: ArcGIS Monitor Jumpstart and ArcGIS Monitor 20-Hour Remote Consulting. While ArcGIS Monitor can be installed and configured on your own, these services … Continue reading

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