ESRI hires new Director of Product Management

Directions Magazine has a press release from ESRI about a new hire from outside the company. From the PR:

Says Jack Dangermond, ESRI president, “We are pleased that Dirk [Gorter] has joined our company and believe that he has much to offer with his extensive experience in product management in the commercial enterprise software industry. He will be helping us develop new markets as well as improving our products for the traditional user base.”

I’ll be honest here, I was thinking about blowing off the Developer Summit this year but maybe now I won’t. We’ll have to see how this plays out.

Arc2Earth releases new beta that supports embedding digital globes in ArcGIS

Brian Flood has a detailed post describing some of the new features of the latest Arc2Earth beta where it can embed Virtual Earth’s 3D globe in ArcMap. Now Arc2Earth has benefits beyond just creating web mapping from ArcGIS, but creating layouts that include 3D views (check out this screen shot to see what this means). I know a ton of my friends who do cartography with ArcMap are excited right now. We’ll have to see what folks start doing with this new ability to produce 3D maps with ArcMap.

Geodatabase Replication

I get a ton of emails asking me exactly how ESRI’s geodatabase replication works. It is pretty slick to be honest so I think everyone who has SDE should probably learn more about it. ESRI has posted a podcast titled “Geodatabase Replication: Working with Replication that explains in more detail what geodatabase replication is.

Geodatabase replication enables the distribution of datasets across several geodatabases, and provides a mechanism for keeping those datasets in synch by sending changes over the network or the Internet. This discussion contains suggestions for planning a replication strategy that will help you implement a comprehensive distributed data workflow. The mechanics of creating and synchronizing replicas are also discussed.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Spatial will be supported on free Express versions

I just got this tidbit of information from a friend who talked to Ed Katibah (lead Program Manager for SQL Spatial).

Spatial datatype, methods and indexes will be supported equally on all SQL Server editions (Express, Workgroup, Standard and Enterprise) at no extra charge. That means anyone who wants to use the SQL Server 2008 Spatial can download the free Express version and start working with spatial databases. Express will still have its limitations as it does now but you have to believe that this puts a huge damper on middleware producers that are targeting .NET developers (ArcSDE cough).

Just think, download SQL Server 2008 Express and perform geospatial operations in Virtual Earth or OpenLayers.


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