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Introducing the Geocortex Energy team

For over half a decade, more than 120 oil & gas companies and pipeline operators have implemented Geocortex Essentials; our intuitive web mapping solution helps them automate and streamline business processes, and they leverage its framework to integrate spatial data with other critical business systems. Our team has supported the unique demands of energy organizations by tailoring their implementations through professional services and product development, extending the core Geocortex Essentials suite.

The last five years have been an exciting and transformative time for Latitude Geographics, for our clients, and for the industry. Through this time, a few notable things have happened:

 
  • Geocortex implementations have been proven, and these implementations are providing substantial value and benefits to the organization. Whether it be processes that have been streamlined and simplified through Geocortex Workflow technology, the ease of administration of the ecosystem of sites organizations apply, or the intuitive interface of Geocortex, operators have been able grow the number of users through the organization.  Because of this, our solutions have become more deeply embedded, and are becoming crucial decision making tools, saving some customers hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
  • The global oil & gas economy has forced energy organizations to be more efficient and uncover new ways to use the systems and tools they already have in place. Due to the rapid development nature, ease of implementation, and scalability of Geocortex technology, many organizations are finding they can operate more efficiently through their investment in Geocortex.
  • Client implementations have matured, the user-base has grown, and advanced users are looking to extend Geocortex with distinct and powerful functionality. Whether it’s integration with asset management, work order management, or other key business systems, Geocortex is being pushed further to do more.
  • As we have worked through these advancements with our clients, our subject matter expertise has expanded significantly. Whether the expertise has grown from the work we have done alongside our clients, or through hiring individuals with industry experience, we have developed a deep understanding of the complexities of industry data standards and regulatory requirements. This positions us to provide far better advice and guidance to our customers.

Introducing the Geocortex Energy team

In response to the rapid adoption of Geocortex, the ever-changing industry landscape, and a desire to better serve our customers, we are excited to introduce you to our dedicated Geocortex Energy team!  We are focused on leveraging industry and client experience, coupled with the Geocortex framework, to build solutions and services that will continue to redefine how energy users engage with spatial data.

The Geocortex Energy team is comprised of two groups: Business Development and Solutions. Our Business Development team, Rob Lenarcic and Quinn Abbey (familiar names for many of our clients) continue to drive new business, support our energy customers, ensure continuity in the services we provide, and showcase our newest offerings. 

The Solutions team consists of several individuals that continue the tradition of crafting best-in-breed solutions and services - with a dedicated focus on workflows that address the specific challenges of oil & gas organizations. Led by me, Sam Acheson (Energy Solutions Manager), the team also includes Tom Kasmer (Project Manager and Business Analyst), and Software Engineers Yongzhi Zhu, Colin Aspinall, and Christian Morin (our resident Software Architect).

The team has already started collaborating with clients to develop new and exciting technology solutions built with Geocortex, and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve come up with! 

In the coming months, we will be sharing more information with you via this blog; if you’d like to hear more about our latest solutions – and learn how the Geocortex Energy team is continuing to help oil & gas organizations – be sure to connect with us at these upcoming 2017 events:

(You can also catch a webinar I recently hosted here.)


Esri 2016 User Conference: Q&A Highlights

At Latitude Geographics, we enjoy the rituals of preparing for the biggest annual event we attend: The Esri User Conference. One of these rituals I particularly enjoy is poring over Esri's meticulously prepared, pre-conference publication, called the Esri UC Q&A.

Each year it provides meaningful insights into Esri’s themes, message, strategy, and concrete development plans, and its coverage is extremely broad.

The 2016 edition emphasizes a key theme that is increasingly relevant to partners like us, and all organizations that use ArcGIS: the Web GIS pattern.

Rather than paraphrasing, I’ve captured some of the key questions that thoroughly describe Web GIS:

  • Can you explain what a Web GIS is?
    This is a great starting point for learning about Web GIS: Esri’s definitive explanation of the term.
  • What is the big idea with Web GIS?
    Esri’s response to this question describes an ambitious, global vision with comparisons to the Internet itself. This certainly is a ‘big idea’!
  • What is the Geoinformation Model, and why is it important?
    Most of the information in this answer is provided via the ArcGIS Online Help link provided. All software systems start with some sort of ‘model’. It’s great to see the formalization of the term Geoinformation Model to describe the building blocks of portals and Web GIS.
  • What is a web map and why is that important?
    I think that web maps form the central currency of ArcGIS Online, Portal for ArcGIS... and therefore a Web GIS. While Geocortex currently consumes web maps, we’re also doing a lot of engineering work right now to make web maps even more integral to our software.

At Latitude, we’re laser focused on building software that complements Web GIS implementation approaches. Geocortex integrates with ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS, it consumes web maps and other aspects of the Geoinformation Model, and leverages ArcGIS identities to personalize app experiences and provide the right content to the right users. We spent a considerable amount of time discussing Web GIS at our own user conference in May, and are committed to helping our customers understand it as it continues to influence technology changes.

Another interesting takeaway from the Q&A is how Esri’s position of ArcGIS Server is evolving. No, I’m not referring to this (I have no comment on that), there’s a far more interesting question worth a read, and a re-read: How would you describe ArcGIS for Server today? Succinctly, we’re seeing ArcGIS for Server positioned as all aspects of the Web GIS that might run on premise, including the traditionally independently positioned Portal for ArcGIS, and server extension products. ArcGIS Server is far more than just the GIS server in its classic form, and it's empowering to think of it as a the on-premises component of a broad-reaching Web GIS.

We’re excited about heading down to San Diego next week to and talk about all things Web GIS with Esri and our customers! Come visit us in Booth 311, and visit our event page to sign up for some of the presentations, demonstrations, and get togethers we have planned.


Latitude Geographics & Geocortex in 2015… and 2016 (Part 1)

On January 15th we held our Annual Kick-Off – a conference-style event at our headquarters in Victoria – where each team at Latitude Geographics shared their strategies for the year ahead and we set our 2016 plans into motion.

Of course, we let ourselves have a little bit of fun after the event as well.

As we looked back on 2015, we realized just how big a year it was. We welcomed 26 new Latituders to the company (which led us to take over an additional floor in our head office’s building), established new programs to share our technology with educational and non-profit organizations, built targeted, industry-specific solutions, launched more features and capabilities in our core product than ever before (we also added a new product while we were at it!), and made some important new partnerships.

Here’s a Top 10 list, in hotly contested order, of the notable developments at Latitude Geographics in 2015 that will have a big influence on the work we all do with Geocortex in 2016. (Well, this post actually contains the first five entries in our list... we will post the second part next week.)

10. Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 and Feature Parity (+)

When Google definitively deprecated support for Silverlight in their Chrome web browser in September 2015 faster than anyone expected, we were closing in on our goal of feature parity with previous-generation technology. A huge number of client migrations took place in 2015, and aggressive development of Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 features was our #1 focus over the year.

2015 saw two massive releases of our HTML5 viewer (2.4 and 2.5), with 40+ new capabilities and enhancements, including (for example): visualization options for point features including heatmaps and clustering, out-of-the-box buffering support, accessibility enhancements for end-users with disabilities, using geolocation/GPS to create features, the addition of a fully pre-configured toolbar with context-sensitive tools and stateful toggle buttons, drill-down map tips for all devices, and a brand new UX for handheld devices.

In the coming weeks, we will ship Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.6, which includes an improved “save/open project” feature, and brings us to primary feature parity with our Silverlight viewer. Some features are no longer required, while others are niche and flowed into the product as a result of specific professional services work.  Many features have been enhanced and enriched for next generation, and there are a bunch of completely new features for customers to get acquainted with.

9. Geocortex Support Center Upgrade

We launched a completely overhauled and modernized the Geocortex Support Center in September 2015. New features include improved search capabilities, the ability to post ideas (including up/down-voting), and the ability to submit and monitor support cases more easily. Customers can also contribute to the community and find information related to specific products, which have their own forum, knowledge base, code gallery, video, and product download sections.

8. Geocortex Decision Support via a Houston Advanced Research Center Collaboration

The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) Program, managed by Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), focuses on providing unbiased science and developing solutions to address issues associated with oil and gas development. HARC, the University of Arkansas, and Latitude Geographics collaborated on a multi-year project, which completed in November 2015, to help create software for accessible geodesign related to well pad placement.

Our work with HARC resulted in the development of Geocortex Decision Support, which is centered on a collaborative, familiar interface that allows project team members to interact with GIS data without needing to be GIS experts. Users can share maps with other users in the organization, provide input on siting decisions via comments, and view/respond to tasks assigned by others.

While the impetus for this project was to help the energy sector make environmentally-conscious decisions, it is clear the foundation of Geocortex Decision Support can help any industry that has a need for project teams to collaborate with spatial data. Some exciting customer conversations have already begun.

7. Geocortex for Educational Use & Geocortex for Non-Profit Organizations

Esri provides amazing, no-cost access to ArcGIS technology for use by K-12 institutions, and low-cost access for post-secondary educational use. Inspired by this, we rolled out a complementary program in 2015 to help remove barriers to access for educators and students who’d benefit from integrating Geocortex technology into their curriculum and research.

At the same time we launched the Geocortex for Educational Use Program, we also created the Geocortex Non-Profit Organization Program. We believe deeply in the importance of organizations that strive for positive social and environmental change; there are many organizations in the non-profit/charity sector that have talented people and great mandates, but as registered non-profit organizations, have limited funds with which to procure software like ours. Our hope is that this program will make it easier for them to do their valuable work.

You can inquire about the Geocortex for Educational Use Program or Geocortex Non-Profit Organization Program by emailing us at education@latitudegeo.com and nonprofit@latitudegeo.com respectively.

6. Schneider Partnership & ArcFM Web

In July, we jointly announced our partnership with Schneider Electric at their user group meeting in San Diego, with news that our Geocortex Essentials software would soon be integrated into Schneider Electric’s ArcFM™ solution. This partnership allows utilities to develop useful, targeted applications to quickly empower field workers, streamline business processes, manage assets and analyze data.

Officially released in November, ArcFM Web extends the capabilities of Schneider Electric’s GIS solutions using core Geocortex technology.

Schneider’s ArcFM solution has long been the industry standard for utilities that are looking to leverage the benefits of GIS solutions. Now, with a little support from Geocortex Viewer for HTML5, ArcFM Web provides customer access across devices. This is a new partnership that we expect will blossom in 2016.

Stay tuned for the second half of this list, which we will post next week!


Geocortex at the 2013 Esri International User Conference

Now that our own user conference has wrapped up, we are looking forward to the next big event on our calendar: the 2013 Esri International User Conference. If you are attending the conference, you will be able to find us throughout the week in a number of ways.

Scheduled demo at the 2012 Esri User Conference

1) Exhibit Hall, with Scheduled Demos 

  • Tuesday, July 9 @ 5pm
  • Wednesday, July 10 @ 5pm

Please visit us Tuesday through Thursday in the exhibit hall at the Geocortex Exhibit (#2301). Latitude staff will be on hand to answer questions, provide demos, and listen to feedback and ideas. We will be delivering scheduled demos at 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, during which you can get a first look at our very latest technology. We value the time that we get with our customers and partners in person, so we hope that you will come by and say hello.

2) Annual Geocortex Picnic

  • Wednesday, July 10 @ 12pm-2pm
Our annual picnic is on again this year, located in Embarcadero Marina Park South. Take a walk outside and enjoy a fully catered lunch on the green. This is an event that we really look forward to each year, with great food and great people. Enjoy a break outside and an opportunity to rub elbows with Geocortex staff, fellow customers and partners. This is a very popular event with our community, so please RSVP as soon as possible to ensure you can get a seat at the table*.

* table not included

3) Geocortex Technology Update
  • Tuesday, July 9 @ 11am-12pm in SDCC Room 31C
Steven Myhill-Jones (President and CEO) and Drew Millen (Geocortex Product Manager) will be presenting the Geocortex Technology Update to clients and partners. The session will include a tour of key developments, our product roadmap, and a Q&A period.
For more details, and to confirm your place at the picnic, please visit our Esri User Conference event page.

Winter 2013 Geocortex Training Schedule

Geocortex Boy Wonder

Geocortex Training helps you acquire the knowledge you need to make the most of your investment in Geocortex technology. We've recently developed new content and materials to ensure a greatly improved learning experience.

The new 2013 training schedule helps accommodate tight travel budgets and offers greater flexibility for participants across different time zones.

Introduction to Geocortex
This half day course provides a basic technical understanding of what you can accomplish using Geocortex, with an emphasis on Geocortex Essentials. Learn More

Getting Started with Geocortex Essentials
This two day course provides a great foundation for building and configuring solutions with Geocortex Essentials. Learn More

Developing Workflows for Geocortex Essentials
Building on Getting Started with Geocortex Essentials, this two day course dives into solving real-world business problems using Geocortex Workflow technology. Learn More

Upcoming Schedule

January and February workshop dates, along with more information and registration links, may be found on our Geocortex website.


Geocortex Events and the 2012 Esri International User Conference

Geocortex Trade Show Activity

We are eagerly awaiting the 2012 Esri International User Conference taking place in San Diego, CA from July 23rd to 27th. As always, Latitude Geographics will be there. Be sure to visit us at booth 1808 in the exhibition hall.

The conference represents a great opportunity for Esri users to get inspired, make connections, and learn about the very latest Esri technology. We also have a number of events planned:

  • Geocortex Technology Update (Tuesday July 24 at 10 AM) : Geocortex clients and partners are invited to join us for the Geocortex Technology Update, which provides insight into our product plans.
  • Geocortex Picnic (Wednesday, July 25th at noon): We're pleased to invite our clients, partners and prospective clients to our Geocortex Picnic. Enjoy a casual meal of pulled pork sandwiches, cornbread, beans and coleslaw while enjoying the company of fellow members of the Geocortex community. RSVP quickly! Space is limited and has filled up quickly.
  • Scheduled Demonstrations (Tuesday and Wednesday at 5 PM): Take in a live demo of the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 at our booth. Attendees will get a sneak peek of the upcoming 1.1 release.

For more details and to RSVP for the picnic, please visit our Geocortex at the Esri UC page. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!


New 2012 Gecortex Training Sessions Announced

Our Geocortex Training schedule has been established for the beginning of 2012: we're offering online sessions that we hope will make it easier for you to participate. Training helps you acquire the knowledge needed to make the most of your investment in Geocortex Essentials, providing the hands-on experience necessary to build and manage your Geocortex deployments. Our  schedule is now as follows:

More Info Geocortex REST Technology Training (Online - East Region) Feb. 7-9, 2012
More Info Geocortex REST Technology Training (Online - West Region) March 13-15
More Info Geocortex REST Technology Training (Online - East Region) April 17-19
More Info Geocortex REST Technology Training (Online - West Region) May 15-17

Upcoming Webinars

Webinar: Migrating from Web ADF to RESTful Technology

>> December 20, 2011 10 AM PDT

Given Esri’s deprecation of Web ADF, many organizations are in the process of devising migration strategies to shift to Esri’s RESTful web-based mapping platform. In this 30-minute webinar, we’ll explore strategies and best practices to help ensure smooth, efficient transitions.

If you are planning to migrate Web ADF applications, this is an ideal time to rethink how your web-based mapping applications are designed, developed and maintained in order to gain efficiencies and improve productivity moving forward.

This free Webinar will be of interest to GIS administrators, GIS managers and analysts currently using Web ADF who are involved in planning for the transition to ArcGIS for Server using a RESTful approach.  The presentation will take about 30 Minutes, but please allow for an additional 15 minutes for Q&A.

Register Here

Webinar: HTML5 and Esri-based Web Mapping

>> February 1, 2012 10 AM PDT

With the steady growth in smart mobile devices and with every modern web browser now supporting HTML5, the adoption of HTML5 for web-based mapping is clearly on the rise.  This 30-minute webinar will provide an overview of HTML5 for generalists, theorize on likely timelines around adoption, and provide information to help you ensure that your organization is positioned to embrace this important standard at the right time.

It may still be a year or more before browser support for the HTML5 standard enables wide-spread adoption, and until then, a pragmatic approach works best. But don’t let that hold you back! Even today, HTML5 offers the opportunity for building platform agnostic mobile applications and solving real-world problems and we will show some examples using the forthcoming Geocortex Viewer for HTML5.

 This free Webinar will be of interest to GIS administrators, GIS managers and analysts currently using Esri’s ArcGIS Server platform. The presentation will take about 30 Minutes, but please allow for an additional 15 minutes for Q&A.

 Register Here

Dec. 5, 2011 -  Some small edits have been made to the original post.


Updates to the Fall 2011 Geocortex Training Schedule

Geocortex Training helps you acquire the knowledge needed to make the most of your investment in Geocortex Essentials.

We have now added an additional Virtual training session in October. Our training schedule is now as follows:

More Info San Antonio, TX Oct. 4-6, 2011
More Info Virtual Classroom Oct. 18-20
More Info Renton, WA Oct. 25-27
More Info Charlotte, NC Nov. 8-10
More Info Virtual Classroom Nov. 14-16
More Info Denver, CO Nov. 29-Dec. 1
More Info Los Angeles, CA Dec. 6-8

Migrating from Esri ArcIMS to ArcGIS for Server

A frequent discussion topic between Latitude Geographics team members and our customers is the Esri release plans for ArcGIS for Server 10.1, and Esri’s plans to deprecate ArcIMS (details at the Esri blog).

On October 12, we will be providing a free webinar to provide guidance on migrating from ArcIMS to ArcGIS for Server. We will also demonstrate an approach that can help accelerate this migration by gaining efficiencies in the design, development and maintenance of web-based mapping applications.

Interested? The event is filling rapidly. More information and registration is available at: http://www.geocortex.com/events-training/webinars/arcims-arcgis-migration/