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Dave Peters
As Esri’s principal technical architect, Dave Peters’ primary focus is helping Esri customers implement successful GIS operations. Under his direction, he has established a solid foundation for Esri system architecture design consulting services. He is author of the Esri Press book Building a GIS: System Architecture Design Strategies for Managers. He is also content manager and principal instructor for Esri System Architecture Design Strategies educational services, and travels the world teaching system architecture design to a variety of GIS audiences.

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2015 GIS Managers’ Open Summit: Presentations and Round Table Discussion Notes

On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, more than 300 GIS professionals came together in San Diego, California for the 5th annual GIS Managers’ Open Summit.  The GIS Managers’ Open Summit is an “unconference”-style event designed to help GIS managers, business and technology strategists, and other decision makers attending the Esri User Conference to engage in conversations with their peers on topics that relate to business efficiencies, ROI, GIS management strategies, and much more.

More than 87 percent of 2015 GIS Managers’ Open Summit attendees found it valuable or very valuable.

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The ArcGIS Platform: An Architecture Overview

Enterprise implementations typically include a mix of software technology and data sources carefully selected to satisfy specific operational business needs.

[Note:  This is latest post in our series about Managing GIS.]

The ArcGIS platform includes an integrated mix of software developed to satisfy a full range of GIS user requirements. All of these components are designed as a system to work together within an integrated enterprise GIS environment. This is the big picture of what ArcGIS has to offer in building an enterprise GIS. ArcGIS is the overall platform, and the components of this platform work together to satisfy a variety of specific business needs.

An overview of the ArcGIS platform component architecture.

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The Evolution of GIS Software

From tightly scripted software code to the cloud, understanding our history can help guide us in building the technology of the future.

[Note:  This is latest post in our series about Managing GIS.]

There is much we can learn from our past. Each technology advance has been a tradeoff between heavier processing loads and deploying software that was easier to build and maintain. Faster hardware processors and improved network bandwidth provide opportunities for more software innovation. As platform and network capabilities improve, new advances in software move technology forward at an increasingly rapid pace.

Software development history gives us insight into the basic principles that guide us in building the technology of the future. The figure below provides a high-level overview of the major GIS technology changes over the past 20 years. Continue reading

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Selecting the Right Computing Architecture for Your GIS

From centralized to distributed operations, choosing the right architecture pattern for your GIS can improve user productivity and reduce operational costs.

[Note:  This is latest post in our series about Managing GIS.]

There are benefits of centralized operations, and there are some reasons why distributed operations may be preferred by some organizations. We can find reasons why a distributed operation may work better than a centralized one. Distributed operations require more hardware, higher administration cost, higher implementation risk, more data access problems (to centralized data sources), and reduced security. Selecting the right architecture pattern to best meet your business needs can improve user productivity and reduce operational costs. Continue reading

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Building a GIS: Implementation Strategy and Best Practices

[Note:  This is the fifth post in our new series about Managing GIS.]

Trying to build a GIS without completing a proper system architecture design can lead to system deployment failure. System architecture design is a process developed by Esri to promote successful GIS enterprise operations. This process builds on your existing information technology (IT) infrastructure and provides specific recommendations for hardware and network solutions based on existing and projected business (user) needs.

There are several critical deployment stages that support a successful implementation. Understanding the importance of each stage and the key objectives for success leads to more effective enterprise implementations. The figure below shows a series of typical system deployment stages for building and maintaining successful enterprise GIS operations. Continue reading

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