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Cutting out the Middle Man

Edge-ArcGIS-Integration

June 21, 2017

By David Basil

Connect your ArcGIS Desktop environment to mobile users anywhere

TerraGo has always helped ArcGIS® Desktop® users share their data-rich maps with end users….and not just as flat maps, but as interactive GIS-Lite applications, in which end-users can search, query, markup and extract data with the click of a button- even offline.

So it’s no surprise that many customers asked us for a way to connect their ArcMap environment with mobile users to enable cloud-based collaboration. Of course, we already do that today (using ArcGIS DirectConnect) with ArcGIS Server®, Portal® and ArcGIS Online®. But for some customers, especially some smaller GIS teams or organizations, they need a private cloud for mobility that doesn’t require server infrastructure or installing a private instance of ArcGIS Online on their networks.

Today, we have that and we call it Arc2Edge. And it works with TerraGo Edge or custom apps built with TerraGo Magic. What can Arc2Edge do for you?

  • Arc2Edge will streamline the publishing of mobile ready content. Often, the user has transfer the data in a staged or piecemeal fashion to make it available on mobile. With Arc2Edge, the user will be able to send the data to Edge in a single transfer.
  • Arc2Edge will make it very efficient to roundtrip data back into ArcGIS Desktop. Again, as opposed to a multi-step, convoluted process involving multiple technologies, Arc2Edge does this directly.

Our customers often face challenges with ArcGIS Online data management. When managing data between your local geodatabase and ArcGIS Online hosted data, the number one question that we hear from customers is, "How do I sync my online data with the data on my desktop?" Well, for many users, you don't….not if you don't have ArcGIS for Server to host your services, or if you prefer to host your data in ArcGIS Online.

Currently, there is no "sync" functionality between your ArcGIS Online feature service and the geodatabase you used to publish it. So, what are your options? There are several options with TerraGo Edge and TerraGo Magic. Many of them will be addressed in upcoming blog posts and Tech Talks. However, there is one new standout for desktop users. Arc2Edge. No middle man (or server infrastructure) needed.

Learn more about Arc2Edge and request a demo.

For more information on all the ways TerraGo Edge integrates with Esri ArcGIS, download this Technical Overview.