I’ve used house analogies before in this blog. In many ways GIS has so many parallels with house building, DIY and re-modelling. In particular these analogies work very well for ArcGIS Online. And that will be our focus in this post. Onwards.
How to make ArcGIS Online your DIY Platform
One of the strengths of ArcGIS Online are the many apps which come ready to use. Story Maps, Configurable Apps, Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS. Its a GIS handiman’s paradise.
My weekend’s are often filled with DIY jobs: fixing the broken cupboard, painting the downstairs bedrooms, repairing the garage door. Given the right tools, I can do plenty of small jobs around the house myself – without having to hire a contractor.
But before we get too carried away with our DIY analogy, two words stand out in the above paragraph: the house and small jobs.
We first need a house to work on
We can all build minor structures like sheds, but few of us have the know how to build our own house. We leave that to the experts. The same applies to ArcGIS Online. You will need an expert to build your ArcGIS foundation and structure.
DIY is all about small jobs. What about big jobs: adding an extension, a custom built kitchen? Ask yourself:
Do you have the skills to tackle big jobs?
To answer those more complex where questions – truly the power of ArcGIS – you are going to need some help.
We hire a contractor to build our house and for those big jobs. I will even sometimes hire a contractor to show me how to get started on a DIY task. This is where Esri partners like WebMapSolutions are important:
We build your ArcGIS foundation and structure, help with those big tasks you cannot handle, and guide you in your DIY efforts.
ArcGIS Online is your perfect DIY platform … with a little help from your friends.
Download a free copy of our white paper ‘Success with ArcGIS Online’, which provides a road map for getting started and moving forward with ArcGIS Online.
Author: Matt Sheehan
Matt Sheehan is a Principal at WebMapSolutions. Matt evangelizes GIS and location intelligence around the world. Contact [email protected] to arrange for Matt to present his fascinating keynote on ‘Rise of the Where’. Also follow him on Twitter: