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Esri’s Jim Young to Join Geoawesomeness GeoChat December 1

Jim Young, Esri Head of Business Development will be the guest at the Geoawesomness GeoChat on December 1, 2016. Young leads business development activities for Esri in Portland, Oregon and works closely with tech companies and developers to explore the use of location-aware application program interfaces (API) and spatial analytics. He analyzes data from phones, cameras, vehicles, and beacons to find patterns. Young seeks to apply spatial analysis along with computer vision to help retailers, advertisers, and tech companies gain market advantage.

Geoawesomeness is a blog about geospatial technology and all the exciting things surrounding it. With a team of people passionate about GIS from all around the world, Geoawesomeness aims to be not only the best geo-news platform, but also to provide constructive commentary about everything happening in the geo-industry.

GeoChat is a kind of town hall Q&A session hosted by Geoawesomeness, with guests representing the most cutting edge geo companies today.

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Location Data Management

By Gary Sankary

Location is Critical to Retail

Every retail transaction happens in a specific place for a reason. For every item that is purchased, regardless of channel, there is a trail of location specific data points that can give retailers insights into why customers behave the way they do.

Examples of location data can be; where the item was sourced, where the raw materials came from and the cost, how the item was distributed, what stores the item was placed in and finally where the item was purchased. Retailers need to understand if it was purchased in a brick and mortar store and carried home in the trunk, or if it was selected on a mobile device and delivered to the customers’ home an hour later.  Each of the events are a series of transactions that happen in a specific place for a reason.

Every one of these locations; the store, the distribution center, the factory, the customer’s home is influenced by the geography and corresponding characteristics around it. A coffee retailer interested in introducing a new line of gourmet, whole bean coffee needs to understand who their target market is, and where they can be found. A retailer interested in enabling home delivery to extend their brand into their customers’ homes in order to drive loyalty and add value, has to be able to understand the costs of home delivery as well as manage a field workforce and the associated assets that go with this capability. Simply, deciding to take orders and sending groceries out with the catering van will not scale as more customers take advantage of this service. Not to mention as the competition begins to offer it and the capability matures from “nice to have” to table stakes.

The Value of Location Data

Best in class retailers are intersecting three data sets to implement their segmentation and marketing strategies effectively. Those data sets are; product information, customer information and location information.

ArcGIS enables a location data management approach to managing and leveraging this data. Our solution provides you with an understanding of where things are across your enterprise and how those things (stores, homes) relate to each other. It also provides insights about how location can impact your business, enabling you to be more efficient in moving products or providing services.

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International Digital Elevation Model Service (IDEMS)

By Kevin M. Kelly

A newly developed International Digital Elevation Model Service (IDEMS) is now available under the umbrella of the International Gravity Field Service (IGFS) of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG). IDEMS provides a focus for distribution of data and information about various digital elevation models, including spherical-harmonic models of Earth’s global topography and lunar and planetary DEM. Related datasets, such as representation of Inland Water within Digital Elevation Models, and relevant software which are available in the public domain are also provided. IDEMS will provide the following DEM related products:

  1. Compilation, tutorial-style provision and maintenance of information on global gridded DEMs
  2. Compilation of available national elevation data sets with information on data resolution, methods used for DEM generation and links to providers
  3. Generation and dissemination of spherical-harmonic models of Earth’s global topography and bathymetry
  4. Compilation of geodesy-relevant DEM-studies
  5. Extension of the focus from Earth to Moon and terrestrial planets through compilation of information on available planetary topography models

IDEMS is hosted and operated by Esri, lead by myself and Dr Jianbin Duan (Deputy Director). The new IDEMS website is available at: https://idems.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html.

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Celebrate the Use of GIS in Society on GIS Day!

Our world faces complex challenges that are global in nature but also are increasingly affecting our everyday lives.  These challenges occur at multiple scales, locations, time periods, and cross national boundaries.  To grapple with these challenges requires robust tools and data sets, and people who can effectively use them.  Every day, people are using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to make decisions that help people live healthier, safer lives on a more sustainable planet.   How can someone learn about these tools and data sets, and the people who use them?  One way is through GIS Day.

GIS Day (www.gisday.com) provides an international forum for users of GIS technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making these positive differences in our society.  This year, GIS Day falls on Wednesday, 16 November 2016.  GIS Day is a fun and engaging way to celebrate the benefits that GIS provides, to learn more about GIS, to showcase the uses of GIS, and to connect with those in your community who are using GIS.

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Building Innovation in LA

City of Los Angeles GeoHub

Last week Esri attended #LATechSummit. The summit brings together over 900 LA technology companies, investors, incubators and startups. Los Angeles is the third-largest technology startup ecosystem in the US and is home to “Silicon Beach” on the west side of … Continue reading

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Ten Essential Steps for Story Map Success

“Everyone has a story to tell.
Harness the power of maps to tell yours.”

Story Maps are easy to author, but to craft a truly great one you’ll likely need to put in a little extra effort . Like playing a guitar, it’s easy to learn the F, C, G, and E chords and start strumming away. But if you’re looking to become a true virtuoso, then it will take some thought, study, prep, and even practice. Here are 10 steps for success you should consider to build awesome stories.

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Esri’s Fourth Annual Public Sector CIO Summit

By Christian Carlson

On March 29-30, 2017 Esri will hold the fourth annual Public Sector CIO Summit in Redlands, California. The purpose of the summit is to bring together CIO’s from across world to discuss GIS, its capabilities and how location impacts government. The three previous summits have been very successful and resulted in information sharing, new insight, problem solving and new relationships. It has become an event that I look forward to each year and one that I know I will leave with a better understanding our government challenges and new friendships.

I’ll be upfront and tell you that organizing this event comes with a bit of anxiety. There is an abundance professional events that can be attended each year and I am sensitive to making sure that the events we do are high quality and deliver results that are beneficial. That said, we use our personal experience with CIO’s to drive the content and agenda.

I meet with literally 100’s of government IT leaders each year. I use these engagements to understand trends and information gaps that are common across the government IT landscape. The result is an understanding of the issues facing government CIO’s and how we can better support the community. Below are many of the common themes I hear from CIO’s across the country:

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GIS Technology Enables Many Uses for Open Data

The tremendous support for open data demonstrated by this President has brought innovation and engagement to government and has been so impactful on citizen engagement.  Esri, the global smart-mapping leader, has been in lock-step with the Administration on all of their Open Data initiatives.  The ease of use of GIS technology has enabled our users to harness the power of open data in such creative ways.  From the City of Fayetteville, North Carolina whose police department opened more than a 100 data sets to their community as a result of the Police Data Initiative,  to DHS announcing HIFLD Open, which provided public access to over 250 datsets to help better prepare for upcoming disasters, to NOAA publishing their National Water Model to answer a call put forth by the White House Water Summit, we are blown away each and every day when we see what our users in the GIS community are able to do with this data.

FEMA and POTUS with HIFLD Mobile Home Park Data on the Esri Map

Photo credit: Pete Souza, White House Photographer

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Esri Brings Smart Mapping to IBM World of Watson 2016

Esri’s gold sponsorship at the 2016 IBM World of Watson kicks off Monday, October 24 with a new chapter in the 30+ year partnership. Esri’s collaborative offerings with IBM’s analytics solutions and services will be unveiled during booth demonstrations and presentations throughout the week.

Esri and IBM customers and developers can now take advantage of Esri data and geographic information systems (GIS) technology in the IBM SoftLayer cloud and from IBM Marketplace and Bluemix. To speed startup and productivity, oganizations of all kinds can also leverage Esri managed cloud services in SoftLayer ranging from jumpstart to fully managed support.

Esri also integrates Watson Analytics and Weather Company data with its leading geospatial technology, as well as its global data library of demographic and business data, resulting in an integrated services approach that drives customer success.

“This expansion of our three-decade long partnership with IBM creates solutions that further accelerate scalability and performance,” said SJ Camarata, director of corporate strategies at Esri. “Now, Esri’s global data library and innovative technology in areas such as spatial analytics, big data mapping, and 3D visualization support increased levels of understanding in cognitive IoT applications and workflows.”

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Esri Announces ArcGIS for Server on the Microsoft Azure US Government Cloud

By Mike Quinn

Esri is excited to announce the availability of ArcGIS for Server on the Microsoft Azure US Government Cloud. ArcGIS for Server will allow users to deploy leading-edge GIS technology on Microsoft Azure virtual machines.

As the world’s leading enterprise mapping and spatial analytics platform, ArcGIS for Server provides a complete Web GIS environment for mapping and spatial analytics with ready-to-use maps and apps that can be shared and used by everyone in the organization.  ArcGIS for Server easily dovetails with other enterprise systems, including Microsoft Azure SQL and supports Azure security and compliance standards.  Mapping, analysis and geodata products can be readily used in apps for office and field workers, and for engaging and crowdsourcing communities.

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