The ArcGIS Pro Roadmap, 2018 and Beyond

Esri shared an update for the ArcGIS Pro Roadmap, otherwise knows as The Road Ahead. This roadmap gives you a sneak peek of what Esri’s development team is focusing on for the near, mid-, and long-term development of ArcGIS Pro. Previously, we shared updates about the 2.2 release and subsequent 2.2.2 patch; today, we look at it’s future. Seems like Esri has even more planned for the software.

ArcGIS Pro roadmap, Sept 2018
It’s crucial for our enterprise development team and system architects to stay informed of ArcGIS product development. Especially to support our clients.

Near-term (next release or two)

  • Attribute Rule Enhancements – Additional user experience for creating and modifying rules; existing rule validation; support for querying additional layers as part of calculation or constraint-based rules.
  • Dimensions – Create, manage, and edit dimensions in an updated format for the ArcGIS Platform.
  • Contingent Values – Set domain lists based on attribute values of other fields.
  • Parcel Management – The new generation parcel fabric will introduce 2D/3D editing capabilities and a simpler, more efficient approach for parcel maintenance. The new generation of the parcel fabric can be edited from the entire ArcGIS Platform, while being maintained using newly improved editing functionality.
  • Building Scene Layer – Publish buildings from Revit files as Buildings Scene Layers in the Web GIS and share them across the platform.
  • Reports – Generate and share multipage reports using grouping, summaries, and tabular information.
  • Offset Printing – Color management, spot color support, and support for overprints and knockouts used in offset lithography and commercial printing processes.
  • Extract Locations from Text – Discovers and extracts geocoordinates, place names, and other critical information within unstructured text data.
  • Dynamic Feature Binning – Dynamic grouping of features in order to visualize areas with greater and lesser numbers of features when displaying data at varying scales.
  • Scatterplot Matrix-  Examine relationships between multiple variables in one visualization.
  • Mobile Scene Package –  Create Scenes packages with 3D content that can be consumed across the platform directly or as published Web Scenes and Layers in the Web GIS.
  • 3D Interpolation – Supports prediction of ocean and atmosphere variables through 3D interpolation.
  • Parallel Desktop Geoprocessing using Spark- Spatial-temporal analysis tools can run across multiple cores on a single desktop machine, resulting in increased performance.
  • Deep Learning Support for Image Analysis – Inference (detect objects and classify pixels) using selected deep learning toolkits and the raster functions framework as part of the Image Analyst Extension.

ArcGIS Pro Now

While Esri’s roadmap highlights features that are coming soon, ArcGIS Pro is very useful in it’s present state. Even more functionality is already available for GIS and mapping professionals, including:

  • Create and Manage Data
  • Perform Spatial Analysis
  • Create Maps
  • Work in 3D
  • Visualize and Manage Imagery (Rasters)
  • Automate Workflows
  • and even more!

ArcGIS Pro Basics (demo)

In addition to being a powerful tool, ArcGIS Pro is also simple to get started with. For instance, check out this quick tutorial. Follow along, and, in less than twenty minutes, you’ll be ready to get started on your own:


Migrating to ArcGIS Pro

Many ArcGIS users have yet to make the switch to ArcGIS Pro. However, it doesn’t have to be a daunting task! In fact, there are several convenient ways to ease in and make the transition.  For example, via the Esri Academy website! While there, you can take advantage of a free, 2-hour course titled Get Started With  ArcGIS Pro.

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Are you just getting started with ArcGIS Pro? Esri has shared a resource to assist you with getting started.

Source: Esri release notes

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