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    • GIS Technology & Mobile Applications - Impact on IT Systems
      Municipal Technology Association of South Carolina
      Hilton Head Island, SC
      September 22, 2011
      Jim Tochterman, VP – Research & Development
      www.bcs-gis.com
      www.facebook.com/bcsgis
      www.twitter.com/bcsgis
    • What Comprises a Mobile GIS Solution?
      Mobile Hardware
      Software
      Data
      Servers / Infrastructure
    • How Is Esri Advancing Mobile Technology?
      Esri has developed a integrated system of Mobile-based products and SDK’s to help an organization select the appropriate mobile solution for its field tasks and applications.
      These products and SDK’s help reduce the time, cost and complexity of extending GIS solutions to the mobile users and devices of an organizations enterprise system.
      One size does not fit all!
    • Mobile GIS Challenges?
      Increase productivity of the mobile workforce
      Taking/Getting information in & out of the field
      Rapidly changing technology
      Plan for both internal use & public use (crowdsourcing)
      Trade-Offs: Capabilities, Price, Size, Ruggedness, Weight, Outdoor Screen Readability, BATTERY LIFE.
    • Wide Array of Mobile Devices
      iOS
      iPhone
      iPad
      Android
      Phone
      Tablet
      Windows
      Windows Mobile 6.5
      Windows Phone 7
      Tablet
      Blackberry/RIM
    • iPhone (iOS)
      GSM / CDMA
      ArcGIS for iOS
      Ready to Use App
      SDK
      Development
      Deployment
      Pros: Usability, Availability
      Cons: Limited Development Resources, Ruggedness, Expensive
    • iPad (iOS)
      GSM / CDMA / WiFi
      ArcGIS for iOS
      Ready to Use App
      SDK
      Development
      Deployment
      Pros: Usability, Availability
      Cons: Limited Development Resources, Ruggedness, Expensive
    • Android Phone
      Open Development Environment
      GSM / CDMA
      Market Apps
      ArcGIS for Android (Beta)
      Ready to Use App
      SDK
      Development
      Deployment
      Pros: Development Resources, Usability, Availability
      Cons: Ruggedness
    • Android Tablet
      Open Development Environment
      GSM / CDMA / WiFi
      Market Apps
      ArcGIS for Android (Beta)
      Ready to Use App
      SDK
      Development
      Deployment
      Pros: Development Resources, Usability, Availability
      Cons: Ruggedness, Expensive
    • Windows Mobile
      Visual Studio for Development
      ArcPad
      ArcGIS for Windows Mobile
      Ready to Use App
      SDK
      Development
      Deployment
      Pros: Development Resources,
      Availability, Ruggedness
      Cons: Usability, Connectivity
    • Windows Tablet
      Visual Studio for Development
      ArcPad
      ArcGIS for Windows Mobile
      Ready to Use App
      SDK
      Development
      Deployment
      Pros: Development Resources,
      Availability, Ruggedness
      Cons: Usability, Connectivity, Expensive
    • Windows Phone 7
      Visual Studio for Development
      Marketplace Apps
      ArcGIS for Windows Phone
      Ready to Use App
      SDK
      Development
      Deployment
      Focused applications for the Enterprise or Public
      Pros: Development Resources, Usability, Availability
      Cons: New & Not Widely Adopted Yet, Ruggedness, Expensive
    • Blackberry / RIM
    • How Can I Get Started Quickly?
      Identify The Specific Need & Users
      Data Collection and/or Data Serving
      External and/or Public Users
      Identify If Development Resources Are Needed
      COTS
      Custom Applications
      Determine Available Computing Resources Needed
      Hardware (Mobile Devices, Servers, Etc.)
      Bandwidth Requirements
      Leverage Cloud Computing Technologies!
    • So What is Cloud Computing?
      Many different variations and meanings depending on who you ask, but the principle tenets are always:
      Rented physical infrastructure and/or applications
      Shared architecture
      Maintained off premises
      Delivered on demand as a service
      Technology pioneered by Amazon
      Cloud offerings can range from data storage and end-user web applications to other computing services.
    • Traditional vs. Cloud?
      Critical difference is the scalability and elastic nature that cloud services provide. In simpler terms cloud computing allows to:
      Dynamically scale up and quickly scale down for high reliability, quick response times
      Flexibility to handle traffic fluctuations and demand.
    • Cloud Components
      Software as a Service (SaaS)
      End-user applications delivered as a service rather than on premise software
      Salesforce.com -> CRM Software
      Office.com -> Productivity Software
      Apps.Google.com -> Document Creation Services
      ArcGIS.com -> ArcGIS Explorer, Business Analyst Online
      Platform as a Service (PaaS)
      Application platform or middleware as a service that developers can build and deploy custom applications
      SQL Azure -> RDBMS
      ArcGIS.com -> Online API’s
    • Cloud Computing Components
      Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
      Encompasses the hardware and technology for computing power, storage, operating systems, or other infrastructure (shared data centers)
      Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
      Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)
      Amazon Elastic Block Volumes (EBS)
      Amazon Relational Data Service (RDS)
      Delivered as off-premises, on demand services rather then dedicated, on-site resources.
    • How Can I Leverage Easily?
    • Things To Understand
      Cloud Applications: Accessed by end-users
      Cloud Platforms: Used by developers
      Public Cloud: Code & data that live in Internet accessible data centers (Amazon, Microsoft, Google, etc.)
      The technology itself has no value. The value comes from how it is used!
    • Why Use Cloud Computing?
      While not everything will move into the cloud, nearly every organization will use, or is using, this approach in some way.
      For GIS users, the cloud opens a number of new possibilities.
      What are they?
      Why might they be better than what I am doing now?
      Why should I care?
    • Benefits and Risks of Cloud Computing
    • How Is Esri Using The Cloud?
      Providing users the ability to deploy ArcGIS Server on AWS.
      Built ArcGIS.com for offering tools and shared data for GIS applications.
      Building Cloud versions of applications: ArcGIS Explorer, ArcLogistics, and Business Analyst Online.
      ArcGIS Server is the platform for delivering GIS Services to software on other systems. Exposed as RESTful web services, SOAP web services. Consumed by clients written in various technologies (JavaScript, Adobe Flex, Microsoft Silverlight).
    • Mobile Security Concerns
      While there are benefits to mobile technology, there are key mobile security concerns:
      Exposure of critical information
      Lost/Stolen Devices
      Viruses & Spam
      In order to safeguard systems and data proper procedures must me in place to avoid a variety of security errors when using mobile devices:
      Use passwords, encryption & remote wipe technology
      Avoid unsecured wireless networkif necessary
    • Conclusion
      Mobile technology is here and it’s effects are widespread. Esri (and others) are providing clear examples of how these technologies can be used:
      using mobile platforms to provide new data collection & access options to internal users and the public (crowdsourcing).
      using mobile platforms to support web sites & applications that provide broadly usable GIS data & tools (ArcGIS.com, private deployments, Marketplace deployments).
      This shift will have an impact on your organization (if not already) in both GIS and/or IT. The time to understand this shift is now.
    • Questions?
    • Want More Information?
      http://aws.amazon.com
      http://resources.arcgis.com/content/arcgisserver/10.0/arcgis-server-amazon
      O’Reilly Book: Cloud Application Architectures (Reese)
      ISBN#: 978-0-596-15636-7
      jtoch@bcs-gis.com
      twitter.com/jtochterman