Brian Timoney put it perfectly, “agile mapping” is where we need to be. His?expertise?in the energy sector, plus the ability to mix in some PostGIS and he can deploy a map quickly and?effectively.

Hurricane Gustav Energy Impact

Everybody has been using Google Chrome for screen shots, so why not me?

Everybody has been using Google Chrome for screen shots, so why not me?[/caption]

We were talking shop the other day and a couple of us lamented the need to have an ArcGIS Server license to use ESRI’s map cache generator. While I have no problem using Arc2Earth to generate tiles I can integrate into Google Maps or Virtual Earth, it seems like such a no brainer to give ArcGIS Desktop users (heck even just ArcInfo users) the ability to use ESRI’s map tile generator. ArcGIS Server has its place, but when wanting to put up timely maps such as Brian’s Energy Impact site, you need the ability to go from ArcMap to Google Maps with one click.

It amazes me that GIS Professionals are more comfortable rolling out an old ArcIMS site than they are working with Google Maps or Virtual Earth (even within the ArcGIS Server Javascript API). You don’t have to spend a ton of money or effort to get your message across and noticed.