July 18, 2011
Esri UC 2011 Plenary & Keynotes
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A new software is ArcGIS Runtime, lightweight software that is easy to deploy for developers. It can be deployed on USB for Windows and Linux and supports 64 bit. With this software, GIS can be embedded in both connected and non-connected environments into all kinds of applications. ArcGIS Server has been rearchitected with fast performance, and is said to be easy to install and to create services in it. It resides in a full 64 bit environment – cloud ready, highly scalable, and for the first time supports the Linux environment.

On the users’ side, 10.1 will support web printing directly on demand, on the fly symbology, improve standards support for OGC standards and REST, the new tile standard and processing standard from OGC, and continue the trend toward keeping the platform open and interoperable with others. Improved APIs and web applications for Flex, Silverlight, Java and Explorer environments are available, as well as enhanced support for SharePoint, in which you will be able to make a map.

ArcGIS Online

Bernie Szukalski talked about ArcGIS Online and the web gateway to that system, ArcGIS.com, which enables everyone to make and share an intelligent map easily.

Szukalski said that users can bring shapefiles into ArcGIS Explorer Online and MapViewer, by importing them into a map, and make them come alive by using popups to add meaning to polygons. Intelligent maps also support analysis.

ArcGIS Online also include catalog and group sharing in map packages. This summer they also made a free app mapping tool where anyone can make their own map.

This fall Esri will add the ability to do online hosting, and also the ability to take the entire ArcGIS Online environment and turn it into an on premise environment running on the cloud with an organization’s front end, hosted in the cloud. Next spring, with release 10.1 these environments will be integrated into 10.1 so every server is connected.

“This new cloud web environment can be configured to bring your own geographic assets together,” said Szukalski. “ArcGIS Online allows these distributed resources to be grouped and catalogued and from time to time hosted and made available, bringing portal technology online inside user organizations.”

Community Analyst

Community Analyst, an easy application that was announced last year, allows “anyone” to create maps. Now it contains 6,000 variables, 2010 information, demographic information until 2015 so you can map data coming from various sources. You can filter and query the map. It is also hosted in the cloud and offers focused solution providing, 2200 behaviors or lifestyles, allows you to drill down into data, all the way down to the block level. A policymaker can use it to understand the impact of policy they’re trying to make, or to allocate resources after a disaster.


Although in the Plenary, Dangermond suggests that we need a different approach, the approach of Esri could mirror others in the GIS industry, working toward making GIS technology easier to use, so that more people can benefit from its vast information stores. The cloud, mobile, 3D GIS, integration, collaboration, greater computing power, new sources of data, new ways of distributing data – are all converging into a picture of ease of use and accessibility that is strange and somehow titillating to the traditional GIS industry. Is it a “different” approach, or is it simply attempting to meet the needs of those tasked with solving huge problems?

With all this great human capability, there is also the sense of urgency coming from the world with its incredible challenges of climate change, natural disasters, famine, wars, global warming and more.

To address environmental concerns, keynote speakers Jacqueline McGlade of the European Environment Agency speaking on the effects of global warming and Timothy and Michele Schilling, whose work brought Rwandan farmers into the competitive global coffee market, talked about re-engagement with landscape and monitoring the environment, and how to create a sustainable future.


Esri’s Jack Dangermond & Jacqueline McGlade of the European Environment Agency


UC Plenary Videos

The Vast Reach of the European Environment Agency, GISWeekly, June 20, 2011

Top of the News

The latest release of ArcGIS Online supports the addition of data from a .csv or .txt file directly to the map viewer. Users can also add GPS Exchange Form (.gpx) files; Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC), Web Map Service (WMS) layers; and KML layers.

Location information, such as business or customer locations, can now be quickly visualized on a web map. ArcGIS Online also gives users control over how features from .csv, .txt, or .gpx files are displayed. Users can configure pop-up windows and customize the appearance of features drawn on the web map by changing symbols and colors. Once information is added to the web map, it can easily be shared with others.

Esri has released an updated version of ArcGIS for iOS that includes several enhancements, as well as support for pop-up windows, access to ArcGIS Online basemaps, and new collaboration features.

The new update lets users view pop-up windows in their maps, giving them the ability to see additional information by simply tapping on the map. This intuitive feature makes accessing text, photos, pie charts, and website links even easier.


Esri has acquired Procedural, one of the world's leading software companies for creating stunning 3D urban environments from typical 2D data. Urban planners, architects, video game developers, and movie studios around the world use Procedural's CityEngine product to create 3D cities at any resolution. 

Esri will integrate CityEngine into ArcGIS, allowing ArcGIS users to create and design 3D urban environments leveraging their existing GIS data, such as parcels and street centerlines. CityEngine's rule-driven approach will allow users to undertake large-scale civic planning efforts and will provide immediate visual feedback on the impact of planning decisions, such as setbacks and floor-specific zoning changes. Users will also be able to interactively design and analyze urban growth with intuitive sketching tools.

Trimble Navigation Limited announced  that it has completed the tender offer for all of the issued and outstanding shares in Tekla Corporation through its subsidiary Trimble Finland Oy. The aggregate equity consideration paid was approximately EUR 319 million, equivalent to $454 million at the current exchange rate of EUR 1=$1.4214, based on EUR 14.20 per share consideration (net of the additional dividend distribution by Tekla of EUR 18m or EUR 0.80 per share, which was paid on July 8, 2011) and an enterprise value of EUR 311 million, or approximately $442 million.

The tender offer, which commenced on May 19, 2011, was finalized after Trimble completed the settlement of approximately 99.46 percent of all the shares and votes in Tekla on July 8, 2011.

The Board of Directors of Pitney Bowes Inc. declared a quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock of 37 cents per share, payable September 12, 2011, to stockholders of record on August 12, 2011; a quarterly cash dividend of 53 cents per share on the company’s $2.12 convertible preference stock, payable October 1, 2011, to stockholders of record September 15, 2011, and a quarterly cash dividend of 50 cents per share on the company’s 4 percent convertible cumulative preferred stock, payable November 1, 2011, to stockholders of record October 14, 2011.

GeoEye, Inc. is launching GeoEye Image Pack for Esri ELA Customers on July 11, 2011, with its partner, Esri. Small governments, public safety organizations and utilities rely on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and imagery to effectively perform regular activities within tight budgets, such as urban planning, economic development and public works. The GeoEye Image Pack provides an easy way for Esri customers with a programmatic Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) to procure high-resolution data from GeoEye's extensive imagery archive. The GeoEye Image Pack is expected to be available for purchase on August 1, 2011.


Intermap announces that Esri has selected the Company’s NEXTMap database to serve as a core component of its soon to be released World Elevation Service (WES). The new integration will make Intermap’s leading-edge geographic information system (GIS) data the first commercial content available to subscribers of Esri’s Premium WES.

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