Streamline Workflows with Enterprise Integrations - ArcGIS Open Platform Series: Part 2

This is Part 2 of a 4-part series rounding up the latest features related to data interoperability, enterprise integrations, ArcGIS extensibility, and open source analytics. These features highlight key advantages of the ArcGIS open platform architecture. With the distraction of global pandemics and all the other feature goodies, we wanted to make sure you chief data officers, data scientists, developers, educators, and others didn’t miss these new features and how-to’s from across the ArcGIS platform. We’ve looked back through the past several months of blogs and videos and picked out the most important announcements highlighting ArcGIS’s open platform architecture.

Part 2 focuses on how ArcGIS works with other software products and in-house enterprise systems. If you want all the recent updates by product instead, see this Q1 ArcGIS Release roundup.

Streamline Workflows with Enterprise Integrations

One advantage to the ArcGIS platform is that it directly integrates with several leading software products through technical alliances with Microsoft, Autodesk, Adobe and SAP. Esri also enables thousands of other partners to create custom integrations through robust RESTful APIs and Software Development Kits for desktop and mobile applications. These integration options for spatial data and analytical tools allow organizations to leverage the unique strengths of each tool and streamline organizational workflows.

Esri Global Technical Alliances
Alliances combine their resources and technology with Esri to develop specialized programs, services, and solutions that help our joint clients. Explore our alliances and learn more about featured initiatives.

Improving the Map Experience in Microsoft Power BI and Excel

Analysts in organizations using ArcGIS Enterprise (10.7.1+) can now connect their accounts to use their private, secure GIS data and maps in dashboards and reports within Power BI (license required). Learn more about what’s new in ArcGIS Maps for Microsoft Power BI.

Using Excel? Using the ArcGIS Maps for Office plugin, you have always been able to visualize location data. This how-to walks through decluttering your map visual to share just key details with colleagues. Learn how to configure pop ups.

Enterprise Login to ArcGIS Maps for PowerBI

Bring your AutoDesk Revit Model Directly into ArcGIS Desktop

For many the architectural, engineering and construction industries, working with AutoDesk design products like Revit are essential. ArcGIS Pro 2.5 now includes support for Revit Version 2020 files through new tools for easy ArcGIS importing and exporting. When adding a Revit file, ArcGIS Pro allows you to choose the data you want to use, and translates it on the fly to be represented in a data model, like CAD data. This allows users to then use it as a direct input to a few key geoprocessing tools that then allow that file to display in your maps and be used by other analytical and visual tools.

The new key tools include:

Learn more about the Esri / Autodesk integration vision. Learn more about ArcGIS Pro enhancements.

Dubai Digital Submission Prototype
Prototype BIM submission project integrating ArcGIS and BIM 360 created for Dubai by Esri and MG

Location Supercharged Business Applications with SAP + Esri

A new QuickStart program got underway last month to let GIS teams experience Esri’s native support for SAP HANA. Deploying ArcGIS Enterprise with SAP HANA, SAP’s flagship multi-model in-memory database, allows GIS and IT teams simultaneously to reduce data silos and data management tasks and to enable ArcGIS applications with real-time business data. QuickStart participants were given free, virtual access to a cloud hosted environment to experience the combo for themselves.

This deployment allows technical teams and business leaders to re-imagine how location context can streamline workflows that involve SAP Business applications. With transactional business data and location data combined, teams can quickly launch focused analytical, visualization, and operational applications from both platforms to meet their specific use cases. Leveraging configurable, no-code web applications or custom built with Esri’s JavaScript API, teams can answer questions faster and make better decisions. Find out more about Esri + SAP HANA, and explore the QuickStart webinars and guides.

Overview of SAP and Esri deployment benefits
The SAP HANA + ArcGIS Enterprise deployment allows technical teams and business leaders to re-imagine how location context can streamline workflows that involve SAP Business applications.

Migrate Enterprise Data Connections

Different enterprise integrations may be needed at multiple levels – database, services or identity. For data tier integrations, ArcGIS Enterprise now allows easier migration of existing data connections. Many professional GIS users may start a new project working from an ArcGIS desktop application and a standalone ArcGIS Server, where they register connections to any of the existing supported database and cloud store connection types. When migrating to an ArcGIS Enterprise deployment, with version 10.8, now users can more easily create data store connection items from those previously registered databases and folders in ArcGIS Servers. This greatly speeds up the process of integrating enterprise data connections across your organization from ad hoc implementations to a truly enterprise approach. To learn more, see the first item of What’s New in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8 Data and Publishing.

Trigger user-based integrations

Webhooks in ArcGIS Enterprise support new events around user types and roles to allow you to streamline more administrative tasks across platforms. For example, you could trigger users with a new role requests to other enterprise APIs or IT ticket systems (like ServiceNow) to provide access to other tools and systems. Learn more about how to leverage webhooks with the ArcGIS Enterprise API.

Send Design-Ready Maps from ArcGIS Desktop into Adobe Creative Cloud

GIS professionals and map makers within your organization can share content directly with designers and marketers for editing without extra transformation steps needed inside Adobe Illustrator. The new export type, the Adobe Illustrator Exchange .AIX format, has been added to ArcGIS Pro, Esri’s premier desktop product. This export type converts vector and raster map content into editable, layered artwork for a more streamlined handoff to Adobe Illustrator. Once opened in Illustrator using the ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud free extension (v2.0 Beta), the file can be used for high-end graphic design or map finishing workflows and migrated across the other Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Learn more about this beta feature and register for the upcoming webinar.

Supporting Accessibility Standards

Many organizations require content and new software functionality to be readily available to all users, and also comply with WCAG or Section 508 and ADA in the United States. A guest blogger recently described some of the in-built accessibility features within ArcGIS StoryMaps, like accessible color themes and keyboard navigation. She also shares best practices on how users can write accessible StoryMap content, including for:

Learn more about accessible StoryMaps. Or, learn more about how other ArcGIS products support the latest accessibility standards.

Up Next

So that rounds out Part 2. Go back to Part 1 or stay tuned for the rest of the series.

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About the author

Adam Martin is a Senior Product Manager focused on ArcGIS Knowledge and system interoperability. With more than fifteen years of entrepreneurial, government and private sector experience, he applies business and technology strategies as levers to improve government digital services and public decision making. Based in Washington, DC, he focuses on how ArcGIS connects “all the data” into knowledge graphs to find hidden patterns and relationships, provide quick context and accelerate decision making. He is also a proud dad, metadata hobbyist and consummate starter of things.


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