ArcGIS: The Road Ahead

Esri staff discuss what's ahead for ArcGIS software.

Jul 23rd, 2012

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00:01With each release of ArcGIS, we've been able to achieve incremental advancement... quality and functionality of the applications.

00:09But what we're really looking at here in our vision is building an application, which is for the next 15 years.

00:14It's a leap ahead, if you will, in technology and capability and simplicity.

00:19We...we're excited to be building this and putting a lot of energy into it, and we look forward to sharing it with you.

00:27Web applications are very exciting, definitely moving forward at a very rapid pace.

00:32A lot of people want to build a simple application that can be served on the desktop browser...

00:38...or it can be served on many of the tablets or mobile devices.

00:42With HTML 5 and the advance in the browser-based applications, it's really becoming more possible.

00:48Where we'd like to go next is actually enable you to extract even more useful information...

00:54...from that data that you've uploaded to the cloud. And that's the area of analysis.

00:59So our vision there is that you have some data that you'd like to gain further insight into...

01:06...and what we can bring to the table is additional data that you can use in conjunction with your data to gain that insight.

01:13Plus, what we can bring to the table is a number of really interesting geospatial analysis tools that you can use on that data.

01:21So that's what's happening on the front end. At the back end, we think we can do a lot of really interesting things...

01:26...because we're running all of these analysis tools in the cloud against your data that's already in the cloud close to the tools.

01:33So that means that...and you can specify what you want to do, and we'll directly access your data, crunch...

01:39...and write the results back to your databases for you to look at and visualize further.

01:44For the analysis and geoprocessing users, we will continue to improve performance.

01:51We will continue to modify all of our algorithms and keep pace with science.

01:55We will be adding geodesic support for all of our proximity tools.

01:59We're improving the science, we're working on a new tool, which we're calling Change Analysis...

02:04...which we'll hope is going to help you answer questions like, where are housing markets going to improve?

02:10Where are they not going to improve, and where are they going to stay the same?

02:14In terms of the solutions work, the project that we're working on right now is called Smart Hotspot Analysis.

02:21And what that does is actually interrogate your data to identify the best way to aggregate your data...

02:28...what's an appropriate scale of analysis, and then we've also got some new strategies for displaying outputs.

02:35In the future releases of ArcGIS, there's going to be a lot more support for 3D and 3D displays...

02:42...and many of our tools, especially our space-time analysis tools, are going to be able to definitely take advantage of that.

02:47I work with a whole bunch of different teams, so my job is to make sure that 3D appears all over the software.

02:54The interactive 3D rendering speed I think is going to be most attractive to people.

02:58For a long time, we've been hearing how much faster everyone wants 3D to appear.

03:032D, we've done a lot of work on now. 3D's coming next.

03:06And when people say they want fast rendering in 3D, they mean two things.

03:09They want fast frame rate, which is this really slippery, fast frame rate feel as you move it around.

03:16And the other one is content to come in quickly.

03:19So when I zoom in somewhere, content crisps up really fast.

03:22And there're two things that we really focused on with this desktop app.

03:27Let's go look at a bit more heavy data.

03:30This is some great data from Pictometry and Precision Lightworks, PLW...

03:35...and it's 50 GB of textured buildings with San Francisco.

03:39So when people want really fast performance with massive datasets, that's what they're talking about. This kind of behavior.

03:47So we've been working really hard on that. And then, we're also going to look quickly at seeing multiple views together...

03:52...a couple of 3D views and a 2D view, all together in the same application and how that can really help you get your work done.

03:58So what we're working on currently are personal editing workflows.

04:01And the software will actually automate these workflows.

04:05And one of the most challenging things that we've had to do is come up with these best practices.

04:10So we've talked a lot with our current user base, our customers, you specifically...

04:14...and we've found out what's best to automate, and then what's the best way to automate it.

04:19So it'll actually improve your overall editing efficiency, productivity, and streamline the whole process.

04:25With the ArcGIS system and image services, we're actually finding...

04:28...that you can actually combine many image services to create more rich geographic information products.

04:40We're expanding the coverage of the existing content that we provide...

04:43...adding high-resolution imagery for large parts of the world...

04:47...adding detailed street data from many of our maps...

04:49...adding new types of maps, such as our new Oceans basemap, National Geographic basemap...

04:56...and also introducing new types of services on ArcGIS Online.

04:59We can now start focusing on more advanced spatial analytics, and of course, the big one, information enrichment.

05:05These are all going to be made available to the Esri platform.

05:08Additional services that we can make available to your business systems.

05:11Now, what you would see as part of all of this, supporting micro strategy, supporting Microsoft Dynamics CRM...

05:19...and also extending Microsoft Office support to Office Online or Office 365, as well as SharePoint Online... that the maps, the beautiful maps that you create on ArcGIS Online that you share with your organizations, your groups...

05:33...will now be available across the organizations, not just to your GIS department.

05:38I work with a lot of developers and product engineers...

05:41...and we work primarily to build great applications for users to access the ArcGIS system.

05:46Our new application is going to allow you to author maps in ArcGIS Online with a purpose.

05:50And it's going to allow you to configure an application...

05:53...and create an experience on the iPad and on the iPhone that really makes sense for you and your users.

06:00Before, there's a massive amount of stuff coming. We've got...the new platforms are supporting like Mac and Windows 8.

06:06Some really exciting platforms in Windows Phone 8.

06:09We're also trying to synchronize all of the apps and SDKs across all of the platforms, that when you deploy ArcGIS on those platforms... get the same capabilities. That allows us to build great apps and also you to build great apps.

06:22So this is ArcGIS on the Mac. You can do all of the same things that you can do on the online application...

06:27...but do it on the native platform with a Mac. And that's something...

06:30...a platform that we've never really fully supported. So we're really excited about that.

06:33So this is running on the Google Nexus 7 tablet, which we got from Google I/O a few weeks ago, so it's hot off the press.

06:40And we just got a prototype application that shows you some of the widgets and configurable aspects of that application.

06:46And the other thing I'm going to show you is 3D running on an Android tablet.

06:49And you can see that we're going to zoom in and see buildings in the San Francisco area...

06:54...and a full 3D workflow, and also some really nice gestures for you to interact with that 3D view in a really intuitive way.

07:02Our group is building what we call a visualization platform of the future...

07:08...with a great scalable technology level. Data got pulled from ArcGIS Online Server, because it's multiterabyte imagery database.

07:18There is no way it will cache to the client.

07:21Which just gives us idea about visualization platform of next generation.

07:27It's capable to do massive data transformation in real time.

07:31And it doesn't require very complex hardware to do deal with.

07:35For example, machine that I am using right now is a seven-years-old machine.

07:41This week you'll hear a lot about the role of these kind of simpler ways to work with GIS through a map-based interface.

07:51I'm particularly excited about the role that maps play in being able to deliver geographic information in online systems.

08:02These digital maps provide a window in information.

08:07It's a window into attribute information, a window into your business information...'s a window into any web information that you want to access.

08:18As GIS professionals, our role is to learn how to build those maps and to make a difference with GIS.

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