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Moving Outside the Firewall with Web AppBuilder and Portal for ArcGIS Server

Presentation given at the 2015 Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference in Providence, RI.

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Moving Outside the Firewall with Web AppBuilder and Portal for ArcGIS Server

  1. 1. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 Moving Outside the Firewall with Web AppBuilder and Portal for ArcGIS Server
  2. 2. Nathaniel Everett GIS Systems Analyst Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation David Speight President True North Geographic Technologies Moving Outside the Firewall with Web AppBuilder and Portal for ArcGIS Server
  3. 3. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 About Us Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation • 200K residential and business customers • Serving 4 primary counties in the metro Nashville area • State’s largest electric cooperative -- 6th largest in the United States True North Geographic Technologies • Based in the Nashville area • Esri Gold Partner • ArcGIS Online Specialty, Local Government Specialty • Cityworks Silver Implementation Partner • Serve utilities, local/state government, public safety, commercial customers
  4. 4. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 MTEMC GIS Landscape Software Stack • Esri – ArcGIS Desktop/Server 10.2.1, Portal for ArcGIS Server 10.3 • Schneider – ArcFM Designer/Responder 10.2.1a • Clearion Vegetation Management Infrastructure • Citrix • VMware – Dev / Test / Production Integrations • SAP • SCADA • AVL • OnBase
  5. 5. Business Goal: Update Flex-Based Web Dashboard Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015
  6. 6. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 Business Purpose for Revamp 1. Get more with less – trim down our robust Web Dashboard 2. Mobile focus for Responder users 3. Eliminate need for VPN 4. Accessibility from ANY device
  7. 7. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 1. More with Less • Wonderfully robust Web Dashboard in Flex that wasn’t being utilized • Abundance of custom tools and integrations (narrow down) • Formerly custom tools now OOTB and some needed their own venue • Stakeholder meetings to determine requirements
  8. 8. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 1. More with Less • Fewer clicks makes for happy users • Our Flex Identify tool required at minimum 5 clicks to access the list of attributes Efficiency…
  9. 9. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 1. More with Less • Web AppBuilder Identify requires only 2 clicks to access the full list of attributes 1 2 (maximize)
  10. 10. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 1. More with Less Locator/Search Bar… • Previously a custom tool, the Locator/Search bar is now provided Out of the Box. • Esri World Geocoder mode searches worldwide. This means full addresses are needed…i.e. 555 New Salem Rd, Murfreesboro, TN • MTEMC Locator mode searches MTEMC’s database. The user can search for any of these items AMI Equipment – COMPANY_NUMBER CapacitorBank – SWITCH_ADDRESS CustomerPoints – ACCT_NUM CustomerPoints – MOBILE_NUM CustomerPoints – PHONE_NUM Cutout – NUMBER_29 Light – COMPANY_NUMBER CustomerPoints – MTR_NUM OHStructure – FID_NUMBER ReclosingDevices – COMPANY_NUMBER Substation – SUBSTATION_NAME Switch – NUMBER_29 UGStructure – FID_NUMBER UGSwitch – COMPANY_NUMBER UGSwitch – FID_NUMBER VoltageRegulator – NUMBER_90
  11. 11. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 2. Mobile Focus for Responder • Majority of design was based on accessing outage info and data mining • Total Members without power at your fingertips
  12. 12. 2. Mobile Focus for Responder • Incidents and their details are easily displayed even on a phone • Crews can view the next closest outage without direction from Control Center if needed
  13. 13. 2. Mobile Focus for Responder • This simplified interface allows easy access to data • Supervisors can quickly see Crews are on scene
  14. 14. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 3. Eliminate the need for VPN • Move away from using VPN to access internal data • This sets the stage for usability outside of the MTEMC network • Users simply need to be in MTEMC’s Active Directory to gain access to the website
  15. 15. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 4. All Device Accessibility • Users in the office gravitated to Designer and Responder • Providing a mobile solution for ANY device was key • Web AppBuilder makes this possible via HTML5
  16. 16. 4. All Device Accessibility • Linemen, Supervisors, Board Members, etc. can access GIS data anytime • Interest and subsequent use increased exponentially, making this transition well worth the effort
  17. 17. Architecture
  18. 18. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 Specific Challenges • Enterprise Logins • Managing web maps with complex services/popups • Consistent access from all areas of the network • Avoiding customization
  19. 19. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 Specific Challenges • Enterprise Logins • Managing web maps with complex services • Consistent access from all areas of the network • Avoiding customization
  20. 20. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 Specific Challenges • Enterprise Logins • Managing web maps with complex services • Consistent access from all areas of the network • Avoiding customization
  21. 21. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 Specific Challenges • Enterprise Logins • Managing web maps with complex services • Consistent access from all areas of the network • Avoiding customization Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Web Maps / Popups Composite Locators Local Gov Basemap Templates
  22. 22. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 Custom Widgets • Responder Incidents • Tracing • Leveraged ArcFM Server SOE
  23. 23. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 Achieving Business Goals – Technical Overview 1. Get more with less – trim down our robust Web Dashboard • Lose the “kitchen sink” map • Use COTS widgets as much as possible 2. Mobile focus for Responder users • Publish maps/services with the right content – geodatabase and non-geodatabase • Spend time tailoring attribute display – GDB / map services / web maps 3. Eliminate need for VPN • You need a portal! • Use SSL along with Esri best practices for deploying maps/apps outside your firewall 4. Accessibility from any device • Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS – HTML5 / Javascript
  24. 24. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 Breaking Barriers • Migrated an internal-only GIS dashboard to an adaptive, mobile- friendly GIS app • Increased adoption of GIS at all levels • Prepared for future mobile/web applications outside the corporate network
  25. 25. Esri Southeast User Conference 2015 Q & A
  26. 26. Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference 2015 Thanks! Nathaniel Everett nathaniel.everett@mtemc.com Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation David Speight dspeight@tngeo.com True North Geographic Technologies

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