2018 Esri DevSummit Recap, Take Aways and 10 Hot Topics

As we steamroll through March and towards Easter, our Esri DevSummit “hangover” is subsiding a bit and we’ve come down a little from another awesome event – DevSummit, along with EPC, is one of the highlights of our year! We’ve had a bit of time to re-goup and digest some of the materials we took away from Palm Springs, now hoping to integrate much of what we learned into our products and services. Below we share a few hot take-always, tips and hot topics we picked up on at the 2018 DevSummit.

Some highlights from the opening keynote

  • ArcGIS Pro is a complete GIS system and this is the future for development moving forward. New stuff… support for the new utility network and more 3D tools. Pro is also a complete analytics station!
  • Insights for ArcGIS is BIG – What Happened where and when, and why? That’s what data science aims to answer!
  • Look for the  newly redesigned developer website developers.arcgis.com where you’ll find success stories, categorized by industry
  • Automation is no longer an option, it’s critical!
  • The Science of where describes what we all do. It is bringing together geography and technology and transforms the world by unlocking the full potential of data within orgs everywhere.
  • DevSummit attracted over 2,200 attendees and about 300 Esri staffers were there to present and support their users. This was the 13th annual event, best described as for developers by developers.
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The new ArcGIS developer online resource – See  https://developers.arcgis.com

There was much to discuss, see, hear, and learn about at DevSummit this year. Of particular interest were mentions of smart mapping, machine learning, data analytics and Insights,  3D, 3D labeling, and IoT.  If we had to share 10 topics that resonated with us from the week these are the topics that you may wish to explore:

    1. Understanding the ArcGIS online identity – Gives access to functionality through credits, roles, credits, licensing
    2. The new ArcGIS utility network management extension (kudos Rich Ruh in Fort Collins, CO!)
    3. Get started developing FAST at the Dev Labs! https://developers.arcgis.com/labs/browse/
    4. JavaScript API – those looking for something written in JavaScript, Esri put together the Maps App JavaScript using the latest version of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript.
    5. WebApp Builder – this is even better than ever, get programming across all platforms with no coding! See more
    6. AppStudio a one stop shop for testing and deploying – a must bookmark – http://www.esri.com/landing-pages/appstudio
    7. Operations dashboard – presents data in an engaging way – http://doc.arcgis.com/en/operations-dashboard/
    8. Get up and running quickly with Collector for AGOL using the many pre-defined templates
    9. Survey 123 is available as an open source template. Edit it, customize it, publish it as its own app.
    10. To start developing for ArcGIS, sign up for the developers program, access to a vibrant developer community, sample data, access to SDKs and APIs https://developers.arcgis.com/announcements/
    11. BONUSArcGIS Hub (think ArcGIS Open Data) made plenty of noise at DevSummit and there was loads of hype – thanks to Andrew Turner for an update about this awesome resource. Need to know more? Here you go

See also our crew’s Walk Around wrap-up Video from DevSummit


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The Dev Labs

More Resources for the Developer

For would-be developers, Esri has several resources of interest for you. ArcGIS for Developers is a resource to help you get started with developing your next app. Register for free and gain access to resources, tools, dos, to help build your mapping apps for any device. To stay informed about interesting things going on in the Esri developer community, be sure to follow Developer topics in the Esri blogs – there’s something here for everyone. For those in search of APIs, you can jump in and get your hands dirty with plenty of them HERE where Esri can point you to a number of their dev tools. Developers with a great idea and early stage startups, Esri has a fine resource for you in the Esri Startup Program. This is a free three year program that gives emerging businesses the tools to build mapping and location analytics capabilities into their products.



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See also our news release,  GEO Jobe to share “The Power of GIS, Simplified” at the 2018 Esri Partner Conference and DevSummit

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