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Getting Technical - August 2020

What's new in ArcGIS Pro 2.6? How can you get expert assistance and convenient answers on the go with the new Esri Support App – Canada? What’s New in the Summer 2020 ArcGIS Solutions Releases? Find out these and more in August’s Getting Technical blog post.

Security Advisor extended to check ArcGIS Enterprise
The ArcGIS Online Security Advisor has been updated. This July 2020 release focuses on integrating with ArcGIS Enterprise to further expedite identification of HTTP references and best practices. You can launch the app from the ArcGIS Trust Center. Now ArcGIS Enterprise users can connect to and use the Advisor to scan and get advice on settings and content.

Introducing the new Esri Support App - Canada
Esri Canada is introducing the new Esri Support App - Canada to help users get expert assistance and convenient answers on the go. The mobile application, available in both English and French for Android and iOS, provides quick reference to Esri help and documentation, guidance on common workflows and access to Esri Canada support services in an easy-to-use mobile interface.

Troubleshooting ArcGIS Pro like an Esri Canada Support Analyst: Part 3
Welcome to the third post in our Troubleshooting ArcGIS Pro like an Esri Canada Support Analyst series. While part 1 and part 2 focused on troubleshooting performance, crashes, data issues and Named User licensing issues in ArcGIS Pro,  this blog post will help you identify some key troubleshooting steps you can take when ArcGIS Pro is unable to connect to ArcGIS Online so you can get back to sharing, publishing (and searching for fun datasets in the Living Atlas).

ArcGIS Online will enforce HTTPS Only for all organizations in December 2020
The ArcGIS platform uses HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol for secure communication) as a key component of its security for web and service API connections. This includes connections between our software, such as ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Enterprise, with ArcGIS Online. Esri will be enforcing HTTPS Only, without exception, in December 2020, to increase the security of the ArcGIS platform.

If you’re wondering how this may affect you or your organization, or are simply looking for an action plan, we’ve got you covered! Register for this webinar that will go over the transition to HTTPS Only and dive into how you can best manage this change in ArcGIS Online.

Important Update for Enforcement of HTTPS in World Geocoding Service
Esri will be enforcing “HTTPS Only” in the World Geocoding Service on September 8, 2020. This important security update is likely to affect some ArcGIS software and custom solutions. Esri customers will need to act now to be ready for this change. “HTTPS” has always been an available URL for the World Geocoding Service, since the service debuted in 2012. With the upcoming update, the “HTTPS” URL will be enforced as the only available endpoint. Customers will no longer have the option of submitting requests to the “HTTP” URL. This update is in addition to the “HTTPS Only” enforcement that is planned for ArcGIS Online on December 8, 2020.

2021 Map Calendar contest now open
Submit your map for a chance to win one of the 12 spots in Esri Canada’s 2021 Map Calendar. To help you get started, we’ve compiled eight of our favourite cartography tips that will help you impress the judges and the GIS community with your amazing creations. 

Do you have an outstanding app too? Submit your app to be featured as our App of the Month.

FAQ:  What’s New in the Summer 2020 ArcGIS Solutions Releases?
This summer (July/August), we released a collection of eleven new solutions, including a series of new coronavirus (COVID-19) back to work offerings, our first racial equity solution, new utility data management solutions, several operations solutions for states National Guards, and a new set of special event solutions for local governments. We have also made enhancements to eight solutions and changed the lifecyle status to fourteen of our solutions.

Hot tip:  One simple script to migrate ArcGIS Enterprise content
Did you ever want to migrate your web applications, web maps, and hosted feature services from your test, development and production server(s)? Or have you ever wanted to migrate content from ArcGIS Online to ArcGIS Enterprise? While you could use ArcGIS Online Assistant to migrate all your content, you would still need to change URLs and item IDs. This could become quite cumbersome and messy. With ArcGIS API for Python you can deep copy all of that content without having to recreate your work or change the reference URLs.

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COVID-19 Resources

Visit the ArcGIS Solutions site to learn more about Esri’s suite of coronavirus recovery solutions.

COVID-19 Canada Resource Hub
Esri Canada released in mid-March the COVID-19 Canada Resource Hub, which includes bilingual maps, apps and other resources for the public, customers and media. The hub is constantly updated and features new dashboards on economic recovery, family structure, household dynamics and mental health, COVID-19 open datasets, additional GIS training videos and other resources.  Check out our COVID-19 Recovery Solutions.

Build your own Infographics using Community/Business Analyst Web
Business Analyst Web infographics are a powerful way to understand demographics and other information in context. The Business Analyst team has developed the Coronavirus Infographic Template to allow communities and businesses to examine the impact of COVID-19. This infographic can be used to highlight populations that are more at risk, including the elderly and households that do not have health insurance. Learn more here.


Recap: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Racial Justice at the Esri User Conference 2020

Historical redlining data now in ArcGIS Living Atlas

What's new in zonal analysis in ArcGIS Pro 2.6 and ArcGIS Image Server 10.8.1

Exploratory text analysis of comments from surveys

ArcGIS Insights - the July 2020.2 release is here

Retirement of alpha and beta versions of Esri Vector Tile Basemaps

What’s New in the ArcGIS Pro SDK 2.6

What’s New in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1: Documentation updates

ArcGIS Living Atlas News (July 2020)

Introducing Time Series Forecasting in ArcGIS Pro

Q3 2020 ArcGIS Release

ArcGIS StoryMaps - Now Available in Enterprise!

What's new in ArcGIS Pro 2.6

Map Viewer Beta in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1

Introducing ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1

Identify relationships and patterns in civic data

ArcGIS Experience Builder Developer Edition 1.1 Now Available

ArcGIS Hub Enforcing HTTPS

ArcGIS Solutions Presentations from the Esri UC 2020

Proximity based spatial analysis of civic data

What's New for ArcGIS Utility Network in ArcGIS Pro 2.6 and Enterprise 10.8.1

Introduction to Spatial and Temporal analysis of Civic Data

Introducing Civic Analytics with ArcGIS Hub

What’s Coming in the ArcGIS Pro SDK 2.6

Highly requested features are now available in Map Viewer Beta

Your table is ready — Map Viewer Beta (July 2020)

ArcGIS Indoors for ArcGIS Online is Out Now

What's new in the ArcGIS API for JavaScript (July 2020)

Update to ArcGIS Enterprise Product Lifecycle

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Service Packs, Patches & User Resources

Location Referencing 10.8.1 Issues Addressed
This announcement contains the list of issues addressed with the release of Pro 2.6, Desktop 10.8.1 and Server 10.8.1 specific to ArcGIS Pipeline Referencing and ArcGIS Roads and Highways.

ArcGIS 10.8.1 Announcement
This page contains the list of issues addressed in the upcoming release of ArcGIS 10.8.1.

ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine, Server) 10.6.1 Spatial Analyst COM and Extraction Tools Patch
If you are using the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst COM components and creating custom applications, this patch resolves a runtime error when certain components are used in a pre-10 coding style. This patch also fixes a problem in the Sample tool when a raster is used as the input location data.

Esri Maps for Dynamics CRM Documentation
Esri Maps for Dynamics CRM works directly with your organization's ArcGIS subscription to allow you to access geographic content to enhance your business data.

2020 Infogroup Business Listings and Codes
These PDF documents describe the fields and information included with the Business Locations data in ArcGIS Business Analyst. Also included for download are franchise and industry codes.

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Web Watch – White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

App of the Month: Québec population's vulnerability to climatic hazards
The rising intensity and frequency of extreme weather and climate events in Canada has had an impact on many residents’ lives. It has prompted us to ask – who is vulnerable? To what extent can extreme climate events affect others around us? August’s App of the Month, a visually stunning web application called the Interactive Atlas of the Vulnerability of the Québec Population to Climatic Hazards, seeks to answer these questions for the province of Québec.

The Art of the Possible in 3D webinar Q&A
Thank you to everyone who attended The Art of the Possible in 3D webinar on July 23. It was a great opportunity to provide an overview of the best practices for working with LiDAR and BIM Revit and incorporating 3D data into ArcGIS Urban, ArcGIS Earth and ArcGIS Indoors. You can access the webinar recording here. Over the course of the webinar, there were many great questions from our enthusiastic audience. We didn’t have a chance to address all questions live, so as promised, we put together a Q&A that covers the group’s questions.

5-step process for creating a municipal asset management information model
The popularity of ArcGIS Solutions can be attributed to their ability to quickly address challenges across many industries. There are numerous free industry-specific configurations and solutions for local and state government, emergency management, telecom, defence and many others.

Map in a minute: Map a fire using ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Living Atlas
ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World includes authoritative live feeds and other content that helps you learn more about the fire and current status and conditions. Follow the steps in the blog post to make your own fire map in a minute.


Working with Attribute Rules and Contingent Values
The workshop provides an overview of attribute rules and contingent values. This advanced functionality is discussed in the context of ArcGIS Enterprise while short, hands-on activities are completed using the file geodatabase, providing a solid foundation of these concepts. Arcade is used during the workshop; however, familiarity with Arcade is not required.

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Upcoming Webinars

What You Need to Know About the ArcGIS Online Transition to HTTPS Only
Aug 27, 2020

GIS Hack: Big wins for small GIS teams with Community Maps
Sep 15, 2020

Reveal Your Data’s Hidden Patterns: Data Discovery and Pattern Detection in ArcGIS Pro
Sep 24, 2020

LiDAR: What You Can Do with Flying Machines and Laser Beams
Oct 1, 2020

Migration Planning for ArcGIS Enterprise
Oct 15, 2020

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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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