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As an authorized Geocortex Implementation Solution Provider, DDS has been providing custom Geocortex solutions to our clients since 2011. We work closely with our customers to identify their needs and requirements, and implement solutions designed to what is important to their organizational goals. We can develop Geocortex applications entirely within a client’s internal infrastructure, or develop applications on our server and later migrate it to the client site.

More information about DDS's Geocortex Implementation Solutions can be found at digitaldataservices.com

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Integrate key business systems to enhance your GIS

One of the most powerful capabilities of a GIS is the ability to integrate your mapping applications with 3rd party business systems and data sources. Integrating with key business systems extends the reach and capabilities of your applications, and ensures you and your team remain efficient and effortlessly informed.

So, why should you integrate your business systems with your GIS?

 

Added spatial awareness

Everything is somewhere, and there are patterns in data that can only be seen when looking at it on a map. Whether you need to view important asset data, or see key business intelligence data for a geographic area, the added element of spatial context takes your data to the next level.

Streamline data access

By centralizing access to important data in your mapping applications, you’re able to break down departmental siloes and improve data flow. Many organizations have important data that is difficult to access because it’s managed by another department. By integrating everything into a centralized application, data flows between systems and departments seamlessly.

The City of Brooklyn Park has realized the benefits of an integrated approach. Historically, City staff were limited to the databases and systems in their department. By integrating their assessment, licensing, land management, permitting, and police records into one internal mapping application, City staff can now access the data they need with just a few clicks.

We’ve also seen customers across other industries benefit significantly by integrating 3rd party business systems with their GIS. For example, we have helped oil and gas pipeline operators streamline their asset integrity programs. By integrating all the required data – which lives across multiple systems – into their Geocortex applications, many have been able to reduce overhead, simplify the audit process, and protect themselves from inevitable technology change.

Leave your data where it is

In most cases, you don’t even need to replicate, move or remodel your existing data to integrate it with your GIS. Geocortex Essentials offers varying levels of integration that allow you to leave your data where it lives, work with it directly on the map, and have it update the 3rd party system dynamically. It makes it simple to gain added spatial awareness and improve data flow between departments and systems.

Want to learn about the many ways to integrate with Geocortex Essentials? Download the eBook here.

What kinds of systems can you integrate with Geocortex?

The flexibility and extensibility of Geocortex allows you to integrate virtually any 3rd party business system or data source you’re currently using. Geocortex customers have integrated with ERP, asset and land management, document management, business intelligence, and CRM systems.

Whatever your business need is, chances are high that Geocortex can help you solve it. With a wide array of integration methods – from simple hyperlinking to custom API integrations – there is almost no limit to what you can achieve with Geocortex Essentials integrations.

Get in touch with us to learn how Geocortex can integrate with the system you’re using.

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Vancouver Police Department and Geocortex: using machine learning to prevent crimes before they happen

Last week, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) released their findings from a 6-month program they undertook with us in 2016 to pilot Geocortex Crime Forecasting, a state-of-the-art machine learning system that helps predict when and where crimes may occur.

The goal of VPD’s pilot program was to prevent break-ins and property crime throughout metro Vancouver, which typically spikes during the summer months when many people are away on vacation or leaving doors and windows open to beat the heat. 

 

VPD focused on areas south of Broadway where residential break-ins are the most common. Special Constable Ryan Prox reported that their program reduced property crime by as much as 27% in some areas (compared to the past 4 years).

Geocortex Crime Forecasting turns simple, historic point crime data into powerful, actionable crime predictions. Predictions are quite precise; the system forecasts within a 100 m X 100 m (300’ X 300’) block, with a 2-hour time window, to determine where and when a particular type of crime might occur. By reviewing what took place in the field against predictions made for the same day, Vancouver’s Chief of Police said the system predicted with up to 80% accuracy.

With their successful pilot program complete, VPD has rolled out Geocortex Crime Forecasting to the entire police department: the first in Canada to adopt a “predictive policing” system.

The completion of the program also means that we will continue our investment in Geocortex Crime Forecasting and are excited to share it with other organizations this year!

To learn more about VPD’s program, check out the articles below:

If you want to learn more about Geocortex Crime Forecasting, we’d be happy to chat! You can contact us here.

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Geocortex at the 2017 Esri User Conference

The Esri User Conference is right around the corner, taking place July 10-14 in beautiful San Diego, California. The Esri UC is our biggest event each year, and this is a particularly special year for Latitude Geographics, as we’ve launched one of our most noteworthy products in years – perhaps in the history of our company: Geocortex Workflow

 

Geocortex Workflow 5 builds upon our extremely popular Geocortex Essentials workflow capabilities, and is offered as a standalone product. Geocortex Workflow 5 provides many new benefits, including: an overhauled design experience that makes building and maintaining workflows even more intuitive; the ability to run workflows in an offline environment (if using Geocortex viewers); and richer, more dynamic forms.

And for the first time in the history of Geocortex, you don’t just use our technology alongside Esri; you can leverage the power of Geocortex inside your Esri apps. Workflows authored with Geocortex Workflow 5 can run inside Esri’s Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS as a custom widget that you can acquire via the ArcGIS Marketplace.

Be among the first to explore and try out our next-generation workflow technology at one of our demo stations; we think you’ll be blown away. We’ll also be hosting a related fun activity at our booth (301) for the creative builder in everyone.

There will be many opportunities to see Geocortex Workflow – along with other exciting product enhancements -- in action during your time in San Diego:

We’ll be in booth #301 all week! Team members from Sales, Partners, Support, Products and more will be available to chat with new and existing Geocortex customers. We will have dedicated pods for you to explore different Geocortex capabilities. Our annual Geocortex Technology Update will be taking place on Tuesday, July 11 from 10:30-11:30 AM in room 12 of the San Diego Convention Center. Join us to learn about key product developments, our product roadmap, and discuss our strategy with Esri’s modern technology. We have two dedicated Geocortex demos that will be happening in our booth. These fast-paced, hands-on demonstrations highlight the latest developments in Geocortex technology. Join as at booth #301 on Tuesday, July 11 or Wednesday, July 12 at 5:00 PM.

See you in San Diego!

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When is it time to break up with a business process?

Far too often, organizations find themselves tied to inefficient, labor-intensive processes. Whether your end-users are stuck completing mindless and repetitive tasks, or they’re collecting data on paper (only to have to enter it in an archaic system in the office), it can make for a frustrating experience.

With advancements in technology, and GIS in particular, there is no reason to continue following manual, inefficient processes. There are several signs that a business process is just isn’t right for you anymore – see if any of them sound familiar. 

 

End-users are experiencing difficulty

While this may be the most obvious sign that a process isn’t working, it’s often overlooked. When processes are complex or manual in nature, you’ll generally see end-users having difficulty completing their tasks and continually requiring assistance from the GIS department

This can slow down your workforce and bog you down with requests for assistance. One way to improve in this area is by simplifying the end-user experience; providing users with guided interactions makes for a much more pleasing experience and improves end-user success

You’re experiencing data integrity issues

Data integrity is an ongoing challenge in many organizations, and depending on the type of data being used, errors can have significant consequences. In many cases, poor data comes from using paper-based processes that are prone to transcription errors, or from not setting the proper parameters on the data being entered into an application.

At their core, GIS systems are about improving decision making. If your team doesn’t have proper information, they are not making properly informed decisions.

The best way to avoid this is to provide dedicated interfaces for data collection. Most technology will allow you to present only the data you require your field workers to collect, as well as set rules against the data being entered, to ensure it enters the system correctly. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to completely avoid data errors, but following best practices can reduce them significantly.

Your users are spending a lot of time searching for information across disparate systems

Most organizations house important business data across several different systems; there are financial systems, asset management systems, document management systems, business intelligence systems, and many more.

If these systems are not properly integrated, it can become difficult for your end-users to track down all the information they need. It can also waste time and money if your users need to jump between systems to find information.

This pain can be alleviated with proper integrations between systems. Try making all the necessary data – regardless of which system it lives in – available in the application being used to manage a process.

For example, if your end-users need to complete fire inspections on buildings, don’t make them jump to a separate zoning system to collect information about a particular building. Instead, consider integrating the zoning system within the inspection application, and automatically present the necessary zoning info at a stage in the process that makes sense.

You’re struggling to organize and present important information to other departments and stakeholders

One of the most common, and valuable, use-cases of a GIS is conveying information to people so they can make informed decisions. If you find that your users are spending many hours collecting and compiling information into reports, it may be time to revisit the process.

Besides the obvious repetitive, inefficient nature of manually compiling reports, it takes your users away from high-value activities. Labor is expensive and you want to ensure you’re getting the most out of the investments in your team… they’ll be happier doing more fulfilling work, too!

It all comes back to decision making – if people don’t have the information they need, when they need it, and in an easy-to-interpret format, they won’t be making properly informed decisions.

When building out processes, it’s important to start with the end in mind. Consider GIS technology that allows you to auto-generate reports in different templates. Start with a vision for the report you want in mind, then tailor data collection activities based on your goals.

So, it’s time to break up - what do you do now?

If your organization is experiencing any of the challenges described above, chances are it’s time to break up with your business process(es). But that’s a big decision to make, so what do you do next?

A good start is to shadow the people responsible for completing a particular process (if it’s not you). If you’re in the office supporting a process for a different department, you may not get a full sense of everything that’s involved. It’s good to get in the trenches with your staff and really get an understanding of what it is they have to do to complete their work.

You can also try drawing your workflow out on paper, from end to end. By thinking critically about the entire flow of a process you’re able to identify areas that are ripe for improvement. We often get so tied up in the day-to-day demands of our jobs that we miss tasks that are repetitive or unnecessary. There may be steps that can be automated with the right technology, or removed entirely. Until you see the full picture, it’s difficult to determine where to adjust.

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Work Smarter with Geocortex Essentials 4.7

We’re pleased to share that Geocortex Essentials 4.7 – alongside Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.8 and Geocortex Mobile App Framework (GMAF) 2.2 – are now available for download in the Geocortex Support Center.

Packed with tons of new features, these releases help customers improve communication, stay organized and take advantage of enhanced visualization options. 

 

Solving Communication Challenges Spatially with Geocortex Collaboration

Communication is an ongoing – and often the most identified – challenge in many organizations, particularly when working with distributed workforces and/or field workers. In some industries, such as public safety, being able to communicate effectively is critical and can save lives and protect critical infrastructure.

Available out-of-the-box with Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.8, Geocortex Collaboration is a set of map-based collaboration tools aimed at streamlining how people interact through their GIS. Users can share messages, pictures and mark-up about the map in real-time, directly in your Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 applications.

You can also review how Geocortex Collaboration conversations unfolded with time slider playback. You don’t just see the result; you see how you got there so you can learn from successes and failures.

A good use case for time slider playback is emergency operations center (EOC) practice exercises; many EOCs simulate emergencies periodically to help them prepare for the real thing. By using Geocortex Collaboration for these exercises, the EOC can review how the emergency response unfolded and identify areas that are ripe for improvement. Strong emergency responses can mean the difference between life and death, so EOCs are always looking for ways to improve their responses.


The Power of Groups

Returned results are now grouped by layer, keeping everything organized and allowing you to perform additional actions on each discrete collection of results.

GIS is all about conveying information to people to help them make decisions, and we feel that these improvements to results will help you present information to your users in a way that’s intuitive and easy to interpret.

Feature Highlighting Enhancements

You can now see the extent of your selected features and easily associate individual features with your results list through improved feature highlighting and push-pin interactions. This has been one of the most sought after features in recent months, and we’re excited to deliver it with Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.8!

Learn more

While these are some of the more prominent additions, the releases include a wide array of powerful new features. To learn about everything that’s included, or to download the new versions, please visit the product release page.

Haven’t upgraded to ArcGIS 10.5 yet? We recommend timing these upgrades together, and our ArcGIS Implementation Services team is here to help get you there!

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