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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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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 Feature Highlighting screenshotimproved 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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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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You have a GIS. Have you connected your business processes to it?

Historically, GIS has been a system of record for many organizations, and the ability to complete any meaningful analysis lived within the GIS department. Mapping software has recently become more accessible and easy to use, and we’ve seen GIS evolve into a system of engagement and insight.

Did you know you can take your GIS even further, and use it to streamline many of your key (and often annoyingly manual) business processes? 

 

Simplify end-user experiences with automated, repeatable tasks

Many of your end-users’ common interactions with your applications can be automated and significantly simplified. Common tasks that can be automated include:

Data collection: Paper-based data collection -- particularly for users in the field – is still a common process for many organizations; modern GIS tools allow data to be collected seamlessly through easy-to-configure forms. Providing fields for only the information you need simplifies the experience and improves data quality.
Visual analysis: There are many examples of visual analysis that, if not automated, would be incredibly laborious and difficult for a user to complete. For example, if a water utility needs to shut down a valve, they can quickly run an analysis inside their mapping application that shows them all the water supply sources that the shutdown will affect. To complete this manually would take many hours, and becomes increasingly costly for everyone involved. Reporting: When work is complete, there’s often a need to compile all the necessary information into a report; this can happen manually (and usually involves some combination of photocopying and scanning). This can be simplified with web mapping software: by pre-determining report templates, you can automatically compile the required data into a summary report.

Take charge and guide your end-users

Your end-users don’t need a set of complex GIS tools; they only want to see what is required to complete the task at hand. Automating repeatable tasks is one way to simplify the experience for your users, but there are additional steps you can take to improve your business processes.

Guided interactions: Walking your users through the processes they need to complete increases the likelihood of success, and can reduce frustration. Only show them what they need, when they need it. A great example of guided interactions is walking the public through permit applications. Many local governments offer mapping applications where residents can submit applications online, and by guiding the public through the process, you ensure that you get the right information and that the user understands what is required of them. Dedicated interfaces: Offer your end-users dedicated, task-based interfaces; it reduces clutter and allows them to complete their jobs more efficiently. Pre-populate key fields: If your users are collecting data through the application, don’t make them complete fields that you’re able to pre-populate automatically. Fields such as who’s running the task, or what time it is, can be populated based on information that already lives in the application.

Validate data intelligently

Data integrity is an ongoing challenge for many organizations, and fixing poor data can eat up precious time. Luckily, there are approaches you can use to ensure quality data.

Real-time validation: If your users are entering data into the application, notify them instantly if the data is incorrect. Being allowed to enter incorrect data throughout a form – only to have to go back and fix it later – can make for a frustrating experience. For example, a field worker may be completing a water meter install: if they enter the model number of the meter into the application, they can be automatically notified if it’s the wrong meter, or if there’s a duplicate meter number already in use. It saves them from installing the meter, only to find out later that it needs to be replaced. Rules-based validation: If you need data to be displayed in a specific format, building formatting requirements at the outset will save you – and your end-user – needless frustration. Rules-based validation allows you to provide instant feedback if a user tries to enter data in an incorrect format. An example of this that we’re all used to is password requirements. How many times have you tried to create a password for a new system, and are prompted that the password requires a capital letter, a number, and a special character? That’s rules-based validation.

Spreading the word in your organization

You can greatly improve the experience for your end-users and increase adoption of your mapping applications. For many, GIS is a foreign concept, but with a few simple tactics you can put powerful tools in the hands of your employees that are simple and intuitive to use.

Now that you know what it means to streamline business processes with GIS, it’s up to you to share this knowledge in your organization.

Why should anyone else care? At the end of the day, it all comes down to efficiency gains, consistency, and ROI. If your organization is following paper-based processes or battling with data integrity, it’s costing you time and money. By automating repeatable tasks and taking steps to ensure the correct data is collected, we’ve seen organizations save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in operating costs.

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You have a GIS. Have you connected your business processes to it?

Historically, GIS has been a system of record for many organizations, and the ability to complete any meaningful analysis lived within the GIS department. Mapping software has recently become more accessible and easy to use, and we’ve seen GIS evolve into a system of engagement and insight.

Did you know you can take your GIS even further, and use it to streamline many of your key (and often annoyingly manual) business processes? 

 

Simplify end-user experiences with automated, repeatable tasks

Many of your end-users’ common interactions with your applications can be automated and significantly simplified. Common tasks that can be automated include:

Data collection: Paper-based data collection -- particularly for users in the field – is still a common process for many organizations; modern GIS tools allow data to be collected seamlessly through easy-to-configure forms. Providing fields for only the information you need simplifies the experience and improves data quality.
Visual analysis: There are many examples of visual analysis that, if not automated, would be incredibly laborious and difficult for a user to complete. For example, if a water utility needs to shut down a valve, they can quickly run an analysis inside their mapping application that shows them all the water supply sources that the shutdown will affect. To complete this manually would take many hours, and becomes increasingly costly for everyone involved. Reporting: When work is complete, there’s often a need to compile all the necessary information into a report; this can happen manually (and usually involves some combination of photocopying and scanning). This can be simplified with web mapping software: by pre-determining report templates, you can automatically compile the required data into a summary report.

Take charge and guide your end-users

Your end-users don’t need a set of complex GIS tools; they only want to see what is required to complete the task at hand. Automating repeatable tasks is one way to simplify the experience for your users, but there are additional steps you can take to improve your business processes.

Guided interactions: Walking your users through the processes they need to complete increases the likelihood of success, and can reduce frustration. Only show them what they need, when they need it. A great example of guided interactions is walking the public through permit applications. Many local governments offer mapping applications where residents can submit applications online, and by guiding the public through the process, you ensure that you get the right information and that the user understands what is required of them. Dedicated interfaces: Offer your end-users dedicated, task-based interfaces; it reduces clutter and allows them to complete their jobs more efficiently. Pre-populate key fields: If your users are collecting data through the application, don’t make them complete fields that you’re able to pre-populate automatically. Fields such as who’s running the task, or what time it is, can be populated based on information that already lives in the application.

Validate data intelligently

Data integrity is an ongoing challenge for many organizations, and fixing poor data can eat up precious time. Luckily, there are approaches you can use to ensure quality data.

Real-time validation: If your users are entering data into the application, notify them instantly if the data is incorrect. Being allowed to enter incorrect data throughout a form – only to have to go back and fix it later – can make for a frustrating experience. For example, a field worker may be completing a water meter install: if they enter the model number of the meter into the application, they can be automatically notified if it’s the wrong meter, or if there’s a duplicate meter number already in use. It saves them from installing the meter, only to find out later that it needs to be replaced. Rules-based validation: If you need data to be displayed in a specific format, building formatting requirements at the outset will save you – and your end-user – needless frustration. Rules-based validation allows you to provide instant feedback if a user tries to enter data in an incorrect format. An example of this that we’re all used to is password requirements. How many times have you tried to create a password for a new system, and are prompted that the password requires a capital letter, a number, and a special character? That’s rules-based validation.

Spreading the word in your organization

You can greatly improve the experience for your end-users and increase adoption of your mapping applications. For many, GIS is a foreign concept, but with a few simple tactics you can put powerful tools in the hands of your employees that are simple and intuitive to use.

Now that you know what it means to streamline business processes with GIS, it’s up to you to share this knowledge in your organization.

Why should anyone else care? At the end of the day, it all comes down to efficiency gains, consistency, and ROI. If your organization is following paper-based processes or battling with data integrity, it’s costing you time and money. By automating repeatable tasks and taking steps to ensure the correct data is collected, we’ve seen organizations save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in operating costs.

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Bay Area Rapid Transit: Improving Efficiency and Simplifying Critical Business Processes

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is a public transportation system serving four counties in the San Francisco Bay Area; their rapid transit system operates 46 stations across 112 miles of track, with an estimated average ridership in 2016 of 433,000 trips per weekday, and close to 129 million trips for the entire year.

For more than four decades, BART has been an efficient and reliable way for San Francisco’s Bay Area Residents to commute: what began as a futuristic dream in 1972 has grown to be a vital part of the regional culture and economy. 

 

A major challenge BART faced was how to manage the ongoing need for track maintenance and repairs. They were following a paper-based system, which was inefficient and labor intensive. Each time the track had to undergo maintenance, Track Allocation staff had to complete and submit a detailed paper form, which took more than half an hour to complete and often had transcription errors.

They were able to solve this problem with a Geocortex application called the Track Allocation System (TAS) that leverages Geocortex Workflow and Geocortex Reporting technology. Track Allocation staff can now simply draw a box on the map to select the area and assets where the work needs to occur, and the workflow running in the back-end automatically populates a Track Allocation Request Form.

A process that used to take more than 30 minutes now takes a matter of seconds to complete. The TAS was implemented in March 2016 and already has a user base of more than 160 employees, who have recorded more than 7,000 track allocation requests.

Read the full Bay Area Rapid Transit customer story here.

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