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Getting Technical – August 2019

Why should you prepare now for when ArcGIS Online enforces HTTPS Only in March 2020? How do you publish layers in bulk in ArcGIS Enterprise? How can you do damage assessment using deep learning in ArcGIS? Find out these and more in August’s Getting Technical blog post.


Prepare for the Next Major ArcGIS Online Security Advancement Now
While all ArcGIS Online organizations established after September 2018 only allow HTTPS communication (encrypted), we still have many pre-existing organizations who have chosen not to utilize HTTPS only for their web services.  If your ArcGIS Online organization is already utilizing HTTPS and you don’t have any external systems making requests to HTTP-based services, then this change will be a non-event for you. For customers who do not yet enforce HTTPS, please begin preparing now for when ArcGIS Online enforces HTTPS Only for all organizations with the March 2020 update of ArcGIS Online. This change is being made to improve ArcGIS Online web security communication and to meet security requirements mandated by customers, such as site-wide enforcement of HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS). Visit Trust ArcGIS site to access the “ArcGIS Online Security Advisor” tool (top right corner of web page) which includes a check for HTTP references in an ArcGIS Online subscription. Please run this tool against your ArcGIS Online Organization. The ArcGIS Online setting of allowing access to the organization through HTTPS only is not linked to ArcGIS Hub at this time. Check here for details and how to set a Hub site to HTTPS

Damage assessment using deep learning in ArcGIS
At this year’s Esri User Conference plenary session, the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) demonstrated the use of deep learning capabilities in ArcGIS to perform automated damage assessment of homes after the devastating Woolsey fire. This work was a collaborative prototype between Esri and USAA to show the art of the possible in doing this type of damage assessment using the ArcGIS platform.

FAQ:  What's New in Esri Vector Basemaps?
The August 2019 update to the Esri Vector Basemaps includes new data from Esri’s commercial provider, open sources and community contributors. Esri also released a new vector National Geographic Style map along with the Navigation (Dark Mode) map and Watercolour creative style.

Hot tip:  How to batch publish in ArcGIS
Beginning with 10.7.1, you can publish layers in bulk from a data store item in the portal. You can also synchronize the data store item and layers within the portal. Any changes in content, feature classes and tables will be updated during the sync. This new functionality will make batch publishing from your database a breeze!

This Esri Canada video demonstrates how to batch publish layers in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7.1. Follow @EsriCanada on Twitter and check out more technical videos using the hashtag #HowtoArcGIS


2019 ArcGIS StoryMaps Contest

Post UC Recap: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

ArcGIS Runtime 100.6 is here!

Recap: AppStudio for ArcGIS at Esri User Conference 2019

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS v2.13 Developer Edition Now Available

ArcGIS Experience Builder Beta Is Available Now

PerfQAnalyzer: New 10.7/10.7.x Version (Build 173) Available for Download

New documents repository available in the ArcGIS Trust Center

Esri's Data and Location Services Improve Maps, Apps, and Analytics

Lifecycle for Esri's hosted raster basemap services

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Service Packs, Patches & User Resources

Mapping and Charting Solutions 10.6.1 Patch 6 (Desktop | Server)
This is a general cumulative maintenance patch for the Mapping and Charting Solutions including; ArcGIS for Aviation (Desktop), ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry (Desktop), ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting (Desktop), ArcGIS for Maritime: Server, Esri Defense Mapping for (Desktop, Server), and Esri Production Mapping for (Desktop, Server). Please download and install this patch at your earliest convenience.

ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine, Server) 10.6.1 Ortho Mapping Patch
This patch fixes a failure caused by a missing default elevation value when performing a block adjustment with the Ortho Maker app.

ArcGIS Server Scene Service Performance Patch
This patch improves the performance of scene services and allows more concurrent users to consume scene services at the same time.

ArcGIS Online Issues Addressed List - March 2019 Release
This page contains a list of issues addressed in the March 2019 update to ArcGIS Online that were logged through Support Services.

ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine, Server) Microsoft ( R ) Windows ( R ) June 2019 Security Update Compatibility Patch
This patch resolves an issue with publishing services containing character marker symbology from ArcMap to ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Enterprise or ArcGIS Online. This issue began with Microsoft's June 2019 security updates. The patch should be applied to ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Engine and ArcGIS Server machines.

2019 Esri Business Analyst Variable and Report List
Data and report listing for over 15,000 demographic and business variables and 37 summary reports.

2019 Tapestry Segments and Groups
Tapestry segmentation provides an accurate, detailed description of America's neighborhoods—U.S. residential areas are divided into 68 distinctive segments based on their socioeconomic and demographic composition—then further classifies the segments into LifeMode and Urbanization Groups.

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Web Watch –White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

App of the Month: Map of Accident-Prone Road Segments
The hardest part of creating maps and applications that cater to a wide range of users is coming up with the data. First, you need to find and retrieve the data, clean it (data can be messy sometimes, and it takes an analyst to translate the data into something meaningful) and organize it. This process is exactly what the Regional County Municipality of Brome-Missisquoi follows to keep their data well maintained for building applications like August’s App of the Month, Cartographie des tronçons routiers accidentogènes, which maps the location of accidents for the public to see.

What is the future of ArcPad?
ArcPad will be retired on December 31, 2020. ArcPad fills a necessary position in Esri's product offering by enabling GIS users to work with the many high-accuracy and rugged field devices running on Windows Mobile/Windows CE. But, it is important to note that ArcPad is a mature product that's closely tied to Windows Mobile, and Microsoft has stopped development for the Windows Mobile/Windows CE platform. As such, any future updates to ArcPad will be focused on critical bug fixes, and new app development will be focused on modern platforms (iOS, Android and Windows 10) and products such as Collector for ArcGIS, Survey123 for ArcGIS and AppStudio for ArcGIS. See the “What is the future of ArcPad?” question on the ArcPad Common Questions page.

Update to ArcGIS Enterprise Product Lifecycle
The latest release of ArcGIS Enterprise includes an important update to the support given to the product. The ArcGIS Enterprise product lifecycle will now include short-term support (STS) and long-term support (LTS) releases. A product lifecycle defines the number of years that technical and software support such as patches and other security updates are made available.


Getting Started with Asset Management Using ArcGIS
This course demonstrates how ArcGIS provides a location-centric foundation for asset management. Understand how the geodatabase enables maintenance of accurate, accessible data; analysis of that data to make sound, evidence-based decisions; and the use of web apps to dynamically engage your staff, stakeholders and the public. The course also offers basic theory for those new to asset management and simple exercises for participants just getting started with ArcGIS.

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Upcoming Webinars

ArcGIS Pro for Intelligence, a Workstation for Multi-Source Intelligence Analysis
Sep 19, 2019, 1-2 pm ET

What’s New in Imagery in ArcGIS
Sep 26, 2019, 1-2 pm ET

Introduction to ArcGIS Notebooks
Oct 24, 2019, 1-2 pm ET

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About the Author

George Kouroupis is the Director of Technology and Solutions for Esri Canada. His efforts are focused on advising customers and business partners on the latest ArcGIS trends and technologies. With over 35 years’ experience in software development, project management and product management, George takes a holistic and pragmatic approach to addressing customer’s technical and business problems.

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