Recall it was back in June when Esri officially lifted the lid off ArcGIS Online. Following that up, the company touted the merits of AGO quite heavily at the annual International user conference in July. Many users and orgs are still pondering ArcGIS Online and wondering exactly what are the benefits associated with the web service. Esri’s Bern Szukalski (@bernszukalski) has done a nice job in a recent blog post titled "Enabling the Fifth Part of a Successful GIS" where he takes a hard look at the end user, however, he goes on in the post describing AGO and provides some awesome user examples courtesy of some power users in Utah at UDOT (See the UPlan website). Most noteworthy in the article are the following snippets that I picked up on and found very shareworthy:
- Every successful GIS has champions that helped lift it
- the real value of ArcGIS Online is not so much the features and functions that it provides; it’s the transformation it can create in the way organizations think about, and use, GIS
- Data previously locked in disparate files or proprietary applications could now be easily accessed by anyone
- User expectations are for live, dynamic maps shared via a link that users find in their inbox.
- UDOT execs refer to the benefits of AGO… "it’s changing the discussion about GIS."
- Frank Pisani, UDOT’s GIS manager – "Historically I had to be the gatekeeper to all Web publishing,” Frank said. “But now with ArcGIS Online I can empower my users to manage and deliver their own content in an organized way."
Extending the Reach of GIS with the Cloud and ArcGIS Online – Bern Szukalski of Esri and John Thomas and Frank Pisani of the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) demonstrate how UDOT uses ArcGIS Online in their organization.
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