It was good to get back to the Esri DevSummit this year. This is by far my top conference to attend. It’s a conference for developers, put on by developers, so why do I attend? It’s a chance for me to reengage with the technical community at Esri and get one-on-one time with product managers and lead developers across the ArcGIS Platform--not to mention it's in sunny Palm Springs.

With the release of ArcGIS 10.6 at the beginning of the year, the DevSummit brought continued discussion around the power of ArcGIS as a complete enterprise class platform for Web, Mobile and Desktop GIS. We saw some nice enhancements to ArcGIS Online and the JS API:

  • Arcade
  • Smart Mapping
  • Feature Views
  • Clustering
  • Client-side processes through the geometry engine & projection engine
  • 3D Scene on the phone (faster and more responsive)
  • Point cloud scene layer, 3D area measure in real-time
  • Elevated labeling, elevation profile
  • WebGL coming at 4.6 through dynamic feature tiles

A new term being tossed around was “Progressive” Web Design. This term was actually coined by Google for “app-like” and I guess Progressive is the new Responsive in Web Design. Esri is baking this into the development experience which begins with the Web GIS Pattern where the Web Map and Scene are the focal points. Check out the new look for developers at

One of the more exciting announcements for me was to hear that the ArcGIS Online will begin to support IoT (Internet of Things) starting in early 2019. This is an area that Esri has been working on for a while now and fully supports this technology currently from an Enterprise standpoint through GeoEvent Server and the Spatiotemporal Big Data Store and will continue to support and make great strides this year with 10.6.1 and 10.7, but look for more information on what’s now being called “ArcGIS for IoT” coming out later this year on Esri’s IoT site. Basically, those who wish to provision the tools necessary to connect, analysis and visualize the connected world of IoT will be able to do that right from their ArcGIS Online Organizational account. From small implementations of hundreds of connections per second to very large implementations of millions of connections per second. This will open the door to many organizations who are on the cups of leveraging IoT. If you’re not aware, Esri has a very compelling platform for supporting IoT technology and we at GISinc have found great strides in this area. Learn more about GeoIoT here.

If you’re like me you’ve taken advantage of the Operations Dashboard, look for a new release coming in April with enhancements around:

  • Apply actions on charts (filter based on time windows drawn on the chart)
  • Search tool for the map using the World Locator or feature search capability by asset
  • New (EC) Embedded Content element based on a URL
  • Map will have a new layer action type to apply actions between features in the map and elements on the dashboard, like clicking a video camera on the map will show the live feed in the EC element.
  • Gauge enhancements: only show values on the features selected on the map, and ability to apply guide lines
  • Subscribe Content is added to allow for premium content within a dashboard without the need for public login

In summary, the Dev-Summit proved to be very insightful with what Esri is doing now and with future release of the ArcGIS Platform. If you missed the Dev-Summit this year you can always review the Plenary online.

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