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A reminder this event takes place Wed June 12 – To register for the first GCS Geospatial Big Data webinar, visit the new GCS website at www.YourDataSmarter.com. The free one-hour webinar will be broadcast live at 3 pm (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, and will include a Q&A session with the audience. – See more at: http://www.yourdatasmarter.com/
The webinar will focus on “Building, Deploying and Managing Applications in the Cloud” and will feature the Montana Site Selector cloud-enabled GIS application.
“Geospatial organizations face unique technical challenges in deploying GIS applications in the cloud,” said GCS Founder and CEO Alex Philp, PhD. “Our first webinar will demonstrate how to cloud enable an application with minimal risk and maximum benefit to the enterprise and its stakeholders.”
An interesting mobile app to help with your mobile file storage issues, now supporting iOS – Amazon Cloud Photos. Release for iOS just today (May 9, 2013) the app syncs up with your cloud storage service and makes your data available for sharing. Protect and store all of your photos in one place with Amazon Cloud Drive Photos. Access your photos from your iPhone or iPod touch, your computer, or any web browser. Take a picture on your iPhone and save it to the Amazon Cloud to enjoy on your computer. Upload photos from your computer and enjoy them on your iPhone or iPod touch. See iTunes
Also available on Google play – Details… Get 5 GB of free storage to protect and store your phone’s photos with Amazon Cloud Drive. Access photos from your Android phone or tablet, your computer, or any web browser. See Google Play
– Store and secure thousands of photos with 5 GB of free storage
– Never lose a photo again your photos are automatically saved to your Cloud Drive
– Upload individual photos or entire albums from your phone or tablet with one touch
– View your photo albums in stunning layouts from your mobile device or on your computer
– Share your Cloud Drive photos on Facebook, through e-mail, and many other apps
On Tuesday night at ESRIUC in San Diego, CA, the EDN team hosted a round of lightning talks – think 5 minutes on stage to tell your story. James fee of WeoGeo took to the stage and shared 5 minutes talking about the cloud, his fear of the cloud becoming a money pit, and other items of interest.
No huge surprise here as much of the story t esriuc2012 was indeed, ArcGIS online (AGO), or as Jack Dangermond might describe it, The mapping platform for your organization! We heard how ago is a ready to use, simple, cloud solution and is the ideal way to reach your users and potential users. AGO provides users and web administrators with effortless sharing via the web, mobile Internet, and even social media. So, why ArcGIS Online? We heard many compelling reasons while at conference this year, some of the main reasons as outlined by the AGO development team and other Esri experts includes:
- Allows you to easily go mobile
- Free downloadable ArcGIS apps
- Collaboration made easy
- Easily add data and put your data in the cloud … Think web enabled services from your data.
- Feature or tile services provide a fast, smooth user experience
- ArcGIS Online provides users and publishers with tools that help maintain ownership
- Data publishers have the option of private or public data sharing via a robust environment to manage security and data ownership
- Publishers and webmap administrators have access to a wealth (understatement) of data and content
- Various levels of administration is enabled for users and content publishers enabling the definition of users as Administrator, publisher, or users
- Your published web service is scalable and can easily support unexpected spikes in traffic that could otherwise crash your system – see billing/license model for more information on this.
In the words of Esri founder and president, Jack Dangermond, from the UC opening plenary, ArcGIS online will amplify geography and with it Esri is Providing geography as a platform.
See more at https://www.arcgis.com/about/
and explore at http://www.arcgis.com/explorer/
So, by now you may have had a little time to catch the news that Esri has acquired GeoIQ and added some GeoGeek talent to the Esri talent pool. A few vocal bloggers in the GeoTech world have also had some comments on the deal and shared their thoughts about it. The following is some suggested reading if you’re interested in what kind of buzz is circulating:
Hmmm, perhaps this is why developers are flocking to the Microsoft Azure cloud solutions… Oh Microsoft!! Someone in the Azure team’s head is gonna be on the chopping block for this one from the #NDCOSLO event in Norway … Just watching it made me feel awkward, perhaps I’m not enough of a geek I guess! (Sourced from this article which explains in details just what Microsoft did – you gotta read this)
The DMP team (Digital Map Products) recently attended the GITA GIS in Oil & Gas event in Texas and have shared a short blog post to recap some of their favorite moments. Of interest, they note an impressive, packed session on Google in the Oil & Gas Industry and provided some valuable feedbakc on their own technical session, The Cloud Revolution: Leveraging Cloud Computing for GIS Success. they go on to share a summary of their Cloud GIS success tips:
- Tip #1: New GIS users are a different breed – understand what they are trying to do
- Tip #2: Invest your development time making the technology work for your users, not making the technology work. With the cloud you can find solutions that take care of making the technology work!
- Tip #3: Choose the right cloud provider and beware of impostors
- Tip #4: Build a solid foundation for your Cloud GIS application with data that’s current and relevant
- Tip #5: Be Obsessed with Performance – don’t let your app fall prey to “loading map syndrome”
- Tip #6: Don’t wait for perfection. Cloud GIS is evolving. It’s best to get started and add on data, functionality and users as you go. Remember, a big benefit of the cloud is scalability!
You may have heard, Apple has finally made it official and introduced iCloud®, their free cloud services that work seamlessly with applications on your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and automatically and wirelessly push it to all your devices.
The free iCloud services include teh following highlights:
- The former MobileMe® services Contacts, Calendar and Mail all completely re-architected and rewritten to work seamlessly with iCloud.
- The App Store and iBookstore? now download purchased iOS apps and books to all your devices, not just the device they were purchased on.
- iCloud Backup automatically and securely backs up your iOS devices to iCloud daily over Wi-Fi when you charge your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
- iCloud Storage seamlessly stores all documents created using iCloud Storage APIs, and automatically pushes them to all your devices. When you change a document on any device, iCloud automatically pushes the changes to all your devices.
- iCloud’s innovative Photo Stream service automatically uploads the photos you take or import on any of your devices and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices and computers.
- iTunes® in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to all your iOS devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to all your devices. iTunes Match will be available this fall for a $24.99 annual fee.
iTunes in the Cloud will support all iPhones that iOS 5 supports this fall.