4 resources that will make your transition to ArcGIS Pro a success

January 18, 2019 Carole Arseneau

If you’re an ArcMap user, you must be aware by now that you will need to transition to ArcGIS Pro at some point in the future. We have many solutions to support your organization in this process. Wondering where to find helpful resources to guide you through the transition? Read this blog post for a summary of training resources that are available to you for free or for a fee, and where to find them.

1. Instructor-Led Course

In Canada, our bestselling instructor-led classroom course of 2018, Migrating from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro, is offered in multiple cities and as an online course, over the next few months.

Explore the differences between the two desktop applications and get familiar with the new workflows required to complete common tasks, directly from GIS experts.

Check the course schedule and pick the date that works best for you.

2. Esri e-Learning

You will find a collection of web courses, training seminars, videos, tutorials and documents on ArcGIS Pro on the Esri e-Learning site, either free of charge or at no extra cost to Canadian clients with a qualifying product current under our annual maintenance program. Use the keyword “Pro” in your search to pull the full list of Pro-related resources.

Check out these free items:

For more details about what is e-Learning, how to access it and where to find the latest releases, read my blog post Esri e-Learning: Frequently Asked Questions from Esri Canada Customers.

3. Online Documentation

Now available in seven languages, Esri online documentation on ArcGIS Pro is full of detailed explanations and step-by-step instructions to guide you. You can navigate the “Get Started” menu at first for quickstart tutorials and tips and tricks for experienced ArcMap users, and move on to the “Help” menu to learn more about projects, maps and scenes, data, analysis and geoprocessing, metadata, layouts, production, workflows and sharing your work.

4. Book

On Valentine’s Day, look out for the release of a brand new book called Switching to ArcGIS Pro from ArcMap, authored by Maribeth Price of Mastering ArcGIS (McGraw Hill). This book will be the latest addition to the list of resources developed to help individuals and organizations tackle the migration to ArcGIS Pro. You can order it online starting on February 14.

No matter what type of resources you choose to support your journey to Pro, expect that it will require some getting used to. Unlearning old habits can be tricky at times. To help you out, don’t forget that you can install ArcGIS Pro on the same machine as your ArcMap. That way, you can start using ArcGIS Pro when you are not on a time crunch to start completing familiar workflows in the new interface but switch back to ArcMap for assignments with more urgent deadlines.

If you require assistance, let us know by contacting your representative or leaving a comment below.

About the Author

Carole Arseneau

Carole Arseneau is a Sales Representative at Esri Canada. She advises customers from all industries on how to use GIS technology to be more efficient in their daily workflows. Carole holds a GIS certificate from Florida State College in Jacksonville and a Bachelor degree in Kinesiology from Laval University in Québec City. Being by the water has always made her feel at home and has given her inspiration to keep a positive outlook in life.

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