Esri today rolled out an ambitious cloud offering for government and enterprise customers that allows users to create data-driven maps and map services without ArcGIS servers or desktop software.
ArcGIS Online organizational subscriptions, in beta since December, also provide:
“One way to describe it — and here’s a big sentence — is that ArcGIS Online is a mapping platform, a new geospatial enterprise platform but especially focusing in on mapping,” said Esri founder and President Jack Dangermond in a phone interview with Computerworld (see related story). “It has other services in there, like geocoding services across the enterprise or spatial analysis services that can be deployed across the enterprise, but the basic thing that most people recognize it for is that it has really cool maps.
GIS pioneer Jack Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 and has steered the company since the mainframe era.
Today’s announcement of ArcGIS Online organizational subscriptions marks what he calls Esri’s evolution into the era of cloud and mobile computing. He talked about the importance of mobile and cloud, the role of GIS in organizations, big data and consumer vs. enterprise mapping.
ArcGIS Online has been updated with a number of new features and enhancements. This is a major release, with a focus on capabilities that enable ArcGIS Online to be used as a cloud-based, collaborative content management system for maps, apps, data, and other geospatial information in your organization.
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The CloudCode was developed following calls from a number of significant Cloud providers for a framework of voluntary self-regulated disclosures and minimum standards for those offering cloud-based services in New Zealand. The CloudCode has been developed over the last six months.
The CloudCode has been developed as an industry initiative under the auspices of the New Zealand Computer Society (NZCS), the independent professional body of the IT sector. More than 250 individuals and companies have contributed to its development.
New Zealand is one of the first countries to develop such a code.
What does this mean for the EAGLE GIS Managed Services Cloud? At an infrastructure level our cloud provider IBM New Zealand conforms to CloudCode with many of their technical cloud engineers already contributing to the development of the code. At a platform and software level we are working alongside IBM New Zealand to ensure we also conform to and support the development of the code.
While CloudCode is a voluntary code of practice, it is exciting as it’s purpose is to enable professional cloud services providers to benchmark and demonstrate their practices, processes and ethics via a recognized third party to build trust with prospective customers.
Tom Stickle, senior manager for solution architecture at Amazon, and Marwa Mabrouk, product manager for ArcGIS, discuss the benefits of using ArcGIS Server in the cloud.
Given that “cloud” has become one of the most used technology buzzwords of the decade, it’s not surprising that the Esri International User Conference 2012 is shaping up to offer an impressive number of cloud sessions on the agenda.
This year’s presentations are aimed at equipping the cloud-initiated with the information and answers you need to successfully implement cloud solutions.
You’ll also see an abundance of sessions about ArcGIS Online, aimed at exposing attendees to the variety of functionality present in Esri’s SaaS offering. Some highlights include demonstrations about consuming external content to craft well-designed symbols and pop-ups; and how to move your on-premise desktop maps from ArcMap into an ArcGIS Online organizational account — a new offering which allows you to tailor ArcGIS Online to your business or agency.
We’re thrilled to announce that the Esri International User Conference 2012 agenda search and planner is now available. In addition to exploring the more than 900-plus sessions in the agenda, you can also use the planner to start building your schedule for the week. Not only can this help you get to all of the presentations that matter most to you, but it’s also a great tool for justifying your trip to San Diego. Once you’ve built your schedule, you can export it to Outlook or iCal so you can synch it with your mobile device.
While we hope you spend time delving into the full breadth of the agenda, here are a few of the topics that are generating buzz throughout the GIS community: