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...

00:05...in 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...

05:26...is 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...

06:16...you 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...

08:13...it'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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