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ESRI’s Jack Dangermond on ArcGIS Online, GoogleEarth and Google Maps

Received an email link to “a series of questions to and answers from Esri on a variety of topics.”

Thought I’d include this one below.  I played around with ArcGIS Online last year and it wasn’t flexible enough for what I was trying to do, which was to create a smooth, dynamic user experience.  It is a new product and will unquestionably get stronger.  Intrigued by the statement that ArcGIS is for organizations, the implication from that being that Google Earth is for individual developers who require more customization options. – Andrew

Q: Is ArcGIS Online like Google Earth and Google Maps?

In some ways, yes. It provides the same kind of high-quality basemaps, imagery and geocoding services in easy-to-use web and mobile apps that virtually anyone can access and use. Beyond these similarities however, ArcGIS Online is quite different. ArcGIS Online is for organizations. It is focused on providing geospatial services including:

  • Easy mapping requiring no GIS expertise
  • Geospatial content management for an organization’s authoritative data
  • Full integration with other enterprise systems (IBM Cognos, Microsoft Office)
  •  Full integration with ArcGIS – i.e., desktop, mobile, and server technology. This includes full server integration.

ArcGIS Online has the following characteristics:

  • All content remains under the ownership of the user
  • Open access with advanced API (REST) support to the most popular development languages
  • Many free apps and APIs for the web and all mobile devices (iOS, Android, and Windows)
  • Ability to manage content and user access
  •  Ability to create collaborative maps
  • Full integration with Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint)
  •  Low cost, scalable subscriptions for organizations
  • Access to a large and growing collection of user-shared geospatial content (hundreds of thousands of maps and datasets)
  • Easy configuration and customization
  • Hosted application templates
  • Administrative capabilities for data and user management
  • Flexible and scalable to meet an organization’s system needs as demand grows.
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