Esri ArcGIS

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Esri ArcGIS connects maps, apps, data, and people so you can make smarter, faster decisions. It gives everyone in your organization the ability to discover, use, make, and share maps from any device, anywhere, anytime.

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Esri ArcGIS review by Yemsi P.
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"Mi Software de Trabajo Principal"

What do you like best?

Estoy vinculada con los actividades de tipo geográficas y territoriales, por lo tanto el uso del ArcGis en mi trabajo y estudios es primordial. Este programa me ha ayudado en la visualización, gestión, edición, cálculo, análisis de entidades y atributos georeferenciados en mi cotidianidad .

Otra aspecto que me gusta del ArcGis es el uso del ArcCatalog, que permite buscar y hacer operaciones de manera amena, permitiendo las vinculaciones directas con Servidores de bases datos, Servidores SIG, base de datos, servidores WMS , y su conexión con grupo de información disponible en Internet e intranet.

What do you dislike?

En general el programa me gusta mucho y lo he utilizado desde hace más de 12 años. Sin embargo, este programa cada día demanda mayores requerimientos del ordenador donde se instala, para que funcione de manera óptima la parte gráfica, lo que puede generar retrasos al trabajar con una cantidad importantes de entidades desplegada en Arc Map.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Recomiendo ampliamente a la comunidad vinculada a temas espaciales-geográficos , el uso del ArcGis como programa de manejo y administración GIS.

Tiene variadas herramientas y aplicaciones para innovar y crecer en esta comunidad. Además ArcGIs es un programa líder en su ámbito.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Los problemas que resuelvo con ArcGis están reflejado en mi trabajo diario. Siempre me llegan solicitudes por parte de supervisores, cliente, compañeros de estudios y colegas de diferentes tipos de información geográfica, que este depurada, georeferenciada ,analizada y en su formato de salida cartográfica . Por lo tanto, para poder hacer todas esas operaciones es necesario utilizar el Arc Gis, para manipular entidades con sus atributos de manera eficiente vinculados a los requerimientos de terceros o mios.

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Esri ArcGIS review by Isabel H.
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"La mejor herramienta SIG"

What do you like best?

Tengo muchos años utilizando ArcGis, es una herramienta fundamental para mi trabajo. He tenido la oportunidad de probar otros software SIG, y he comprobado que ArcGis es realmente poderoso. Me parece que es fácil de usar, tiene una interfaz amigable y una amplia gama de herramientas de geoprocesamiento disponibles. Me gusta también que dispone varias opciones para llegar al mismo resultado, pudiendo elegir la mejor según las circunstancias, y además, la salida cartográfica es incomparable.

What do you dislike?

Una de las desventajas que presenta el software, son sus elevados costos. Por otra parte, requiere de un computador potente para ejecutar las tareas de forma rápida.

En la parte de cartografía temática, siempre me ha disgustado las limitadas opciones cuando queremos realizar gráficos para representar las variables.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Lo primero es que si piensas utilizar ArcGis, debes tener una buena computadora, específicamente con buena capacidad en memoria RAM. Esto garantizará que el programa corra adecuadamente. De lo contrario será insoportable procesar información.

Yo recomiendo este software por su gran cantidad de herramientas, considero que no se iguala a algún otro software GIS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

En mi desempeño como profesional de la geografía he utilizado ArcGis para la regionalización del territorio, el análisis del sistema urbano regional de distintos ámbitos territoriales, y la construcción de cartografía topográfica y temática para el diagnóstico territorial.

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Esri ArcGIS review by Ana Karina G.
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"ArcGIS: El mejor aliado para realizar cartografía y análisis geográficos"

What do you like best?

Lo más representativo de ArcGIS es la capacidad de soportar gran cantidad de información con una alta velocidad de procesamiento, permitiendo generar cartografías temáticas de gran valor, las cuales van acompañadas de bases de datos completas y manejables para cualquier profesional.Por otra parte, las herramientas que posee ArcGis son únicas en cuanto a la facilidad de uso y confiabilidad en los resultados. Por otro lado, el soporte de las imágenes de satélite en este software es excelente, ya que permite la combinación de bandas de una manera práctica y agradable para el usuario, lo que genera un aumento en la productividad y mayor eficiencia.

El diseño de cartografía es muy sencillo de aprender y a su vez de utilizar, posee una amplia gama de colores, de formas, gráficas y figuras, la capacidad para guardar las paletas de símbolos y estructuras es excelente.

What do you dislike?

La licencia de este programa es un poco costosa, es su mayor desventaja, pero en realidad en cuanto a su funcionamiento vale lo que cuesta.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Recomiendo este software en toda su totalidad, ya que es una herramienta super potente, creativa, amigable y enriquecedora para cualquier profesional, ya que les permitirá plasmar el territorio de una forma gráfica y comprensible a través del comportamiento de cualquier variable que se este requiriendo estudiar o conocer.

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ArcGIS me ha permitido la generación de cartografía temática amigable y comprensible para cualquier profesional, a su vez ha facilitado el análisis de imágenes de satélite especialmente para generar actualizaciones de los usos del suelo de cualquier territorio.

Esri ArcGIS review by Augusto P.
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"La mejor opción para utilizar un SIG "

What do you like best?

Nos encontramos ante el Sistema de Información Geográfica más completo del mercado, solo al desplegar el menú de herramientas nos damos cuenta que contamos con más de 40 opciones para procesar datos geográficos de cualquier tipo (raster, shapefile, cad, entre otros), ademas de todas las herramientas para transformación de datos, ajuste espacial, estadísticas de imágenes raster, modelación de altitud a través de modelos digitales de elevación, todo esto complementado con muchísimas extensiones que permiten enfocarse en temas particulares, como el procesamiento de información estadística con fines espaciales, el geosideño o la modelación tridimensional. Sencillamente ArcGIS es el mejor SIG.

What do you dislike?

ArcGIS es un software extremadamente costoso, lo que limita las posibilidades de muchas personas de utilizarlo como herramienta de trabajo común, esta limitación del costo incide directamente sobre donde se pone en practica el software dado que son grandes empresas o instituciones publicas las que tienen capacidad de pagarlo, una pequeña o mediana empresa, o un grupo de emprendedores no podrían adquirir el software, limitando así la capacidad de utilizar esta increíble herramienta.

Recommendations to others considering the product

ArcGIS es una herramienta que todas las personas que realizan análisis geográficos deberían poder utilizar, la cantidad de herramientas que posee hace que se ajuste prácticamente a cualquier necesidad, sea esta ambiental, urbana, rural, administrativa, empresarial u otra, ArcGIS cuenta con una herramienta que va ayudarte a entender la dinámica espacial, y como mejorar la condición de tu empresa, aumentando los beneficios y utilizando mejor los recursos.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ArcGIS a contribuido a mejorar los niveles de atención de nuestra empresa, dado que conocemos la procedencia de la personas ello nos ha permitido ampliar nuestro mercado hacia lugares donde proviene la mayor cantidad de compradores y hacer más placentera y cercana la oportunidad de conseguir el libro de su preferencia. Todo esto se ha realizado cruzando datos espaciales con registros administrativos que en conjunto contribuyen a entender mejor la relación entre empresa y consumidor.

Esri ArcGIS review by Ayberk K.
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"ARCGIS review"

What do you like best?

Visual capacity for maps is amazing and fascinating. We can create maps easily and easy to learn as well.

What do you dislike?

Cant handle big data, gets too slow with that data. You have to work with python to diminish that downside. Also it s having problems competing with other data based startups in terms of mapping tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The problem is somehow product needs to increase its capacity to handle big data in different ways, some startups are moving forward while ESRI is struggling with that. If you re dealing with huge chucks of data, i suggest you look other options.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visualizing any data regarding traffic related or not traffic related. It is easy to interpret numbers with using mapping, at least easy to present. Providing spatial analysis is an effective tool thanks to ARCGIS. IT certainly uses spatial and numerical anlaysis easier in terms of visualization.

Esri ArcGIS review by Cheyne H.
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"This is the GIS standard"

What do you like best?

Firstly, the support. No GIS software comes with as much support online, from other users, through esri directly, or in school. This is the software taught in schools, and is what every industry uses. Also, once you have an active account, you have access to the most robust web mapping API on the market. This claim could probably be challenged, but I haven't seen anything that provides such a low barrier to entry that also allows for deep customization through the Java API.

What do you dislike?

The price. This software is not cheap, especially for a small business. Additionally, the newest version, ArcGIS Pro, is still a bit buggy and can lag, but it's getting better. The software isn't necessarily intuitive. I spent several years learning and using it in the university. That being said, ArcGIS Pro is trying to make it more intuitive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is the standard. I would only recommend something else if you have no money and must have a free GIS software suite. Otherwise, there shouldn't be any question. If you are going to learn GIS, learn the one that every employer is looking for in a GIS analyst.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use ArcGIS to locate and map client assets that they themselves may not know where it is We also use ArcGIS for content creation for use in a Google Maps environment.

Esri ArcGIS review by Stephanie W.
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"ArcGIS is great!"

What do you like best?

I love how user-friendly this program is. Whether or not you have any experience with ArcGIS, you can still maneuver your way through and learn how to create maps. If you are experienced with mapping, it can very easily create very precise and presentation-worthy maps. ArcGIS Online is also great since it is cloud-based.

What do you dislike?

I wish there was more symbiology and styles. Also, having to import old styles one and a time can be very annoying and tedious. The toolbars can be a little confusing at first - they take some getting used to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

ArcGIS is used by so many people so it is worth it for an individual or a company to purchase the product. The support team is always helpful as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am learning to create maps for our transportation department at my workplace. ArcGIS is useful and used by everyone so it's easy to share files. We create maps for our clients that very clearly label issues and solve problems. This program is extremely useful for engineers and planners.

Esri ArcGIS review by Sarah C.
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"Industry Standard "

What do you like best?

ArcGIS is the premier mapping software to use for professional mapping. The package comes with ArcCatalog, which is great for organizing files. There are many ways to use the software, if you can learn how the functions work together. Everything is referenced on a coordinate system, which means everything you do is fundamentally related to the real world. The raster uses and analyses are high-level as well.

What do you dislike?

The program can be error-prone, takes a lot of space, and randomly crash. It can be difficult to change coordinate systems if the data you're starting with has a non-specific coordinate system. There are a lot of uses, which is a double-edges sword: it is easy to learn enough to use in everyday basic applications, but it takes a lot of time and effort to really become an expert in using ArcGIS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This helps us map site plans, sampling locations, geology and hydrogeology, and engineered solutions for our clients. The majority of our use is basic two-dimensional problems. The use of layers and geo-databases is extremely important. We could get more use, but without having an expert the use is somewhat limited.

Esri ArcGIS review by Bronson B.
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"Perfect for everything GIS, albeit a little expensive "

What do you like best?

ArcGIS is extremely user friendly. Not only this, their online support as well as the online community is so massive there are few questions that have not been asked or answered at one point or another. I've also always enjoyed their community involvement and workshops which go along with Arc.

What do you dislike?

The worst part about ArcGIS is that it is so "black-boxy". What I mean by that is any processes completed, ranging from geocoding to slope interpolations, do not have an exhaustive list of steps taken to reach the specific geo-coordinates, or percentages. It is also fairly expensive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you find it too expensive, give QGIS a shot

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ArcGIS extends well through-out the private and public sector. Being able to share maps with various clients is extremely important, and ArcGIS allows that.

Esri ArcGIS review by Rafael M.
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"ARCGIS completo y funcional "

What do you like best?

La posibilidad de realizar tantas tareas, desde vectorizar una carta geográfica hasta trabajar estadísticas en mapas temáticos, excelente como herramienta para la planificación de un determinado territorio.

What do you dislike?

Los requerimientos del hardware para su instalación, requiere de un buen equipo para tareas complejas.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Recomendada como la suite más completa en Sistemas de Información Geográfica, funcional para profesionales en Geografías y carreras afines como la Geología, Ambiente, Minería y hasta la Sociología. Un Software con el cual no necesitarás emplear el uso de otros programas similares para llevar a cabo las tareas trazadas o encomendadas

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Publicaciones de mapas temáticos según los requerimientos del cliente, totalmente funcional para estudios de planificación al momento de emprender proyectos de construcción que puedan afectar el ambiente, y poder ubicar la mejor zona para su ejecución.

Esri ArcGIS review by David D.
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"ArcGIS Online - Operations Dashboard"

What do you like best?

The ease of use, users can build an ops dashboard without having to know coding or dev work. Users now have the ability to build a dashboard and customize it to meet their needs. The customization of the data flow is simple and making the dashboard look and feel the way our company needs it to. The Ops dashboard has given us a real-time view of data flow combined with the geoevent server and filtering data streams we can view our regions of the world and monitor drought, weather, crime, and other natural resources and their current state. The online training and documentation is great, keep up the good work when it comes to producing quality recent videos and documentation in the ESRI online learning portal.

What do you dislike?

The ops dashboard dosnt allow for internal alerting to text or email. I have to set that up on the geo event server which is not as simple as using the ops dashboard. I wish there were other colors instead of dark and light, we may need an ops dashboard to have a dark blue background or a tan background for work in Egypt. Setting up the dashboard can be a bit of a learning curve for those who are not use to ESRI products.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go to a demo, try the online free ArcGIS cloud, meet with an ESRI rep and see whats possible.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have solved the issue of tracking all of our intrests in one location, we can see whats happening where and when with the ops dashboard.

Esri ArcGIS review by Jennifer M.
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"Standard in Mapping Software"

What do you like best?

I have been working with ESRI products for well over 10 years now, and its been amazing to see how quickly the technology has been evolving and streamlining. It always seems to be one step ahead in anticipating the needs and requirements of its customers, clients and the public at large. The accessibility to online training is also a tremendous asset.

What do you dislike?

Along the same lines as why I like ESRI products - the speed at which the software is developing and changing year to year creates some challenges in trying to understand new functionality

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take as much training as you can, there is so much to learn about this product

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in a contingency and emergency operations center for the US Army Corps of Engineers, and we have been developing numerous emergency dashboards and story maps to relay information relating to wildfires, hurricanes, etc. We have devleoped viewers for our power missions, blue roof missions and debris missions using AGOL, and using them to brief our senior leaders.

Esri ArcGIS review by Timothy S.
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"Great, Versitile Product!"

What do you like best?

There are SO many different uses for ArcGIS; I've worked with the program for two years now and only really used two main functions! No matter what sector you are in this will be immensly valuable! The visualization tools are constantly improving and already make amazing maps both on-screen and on tangible media, and obviously the analysis tools leave little to be desired.

What do you dislike?

The largest issue that I've run into is the program crashing. I deal with big data on relatively new machines and despite their power, it can be pretty easy to overpower them. While it is easy to get the hang of what the software will or will not be able to handle, it would be nicer to have a program which draws less processing power.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just like any program, it just takes a little bit of time to get the hang of. Also, the online trainings are quite valuable!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a research assistant dealing with historic public health, so the major benefit is pattern recognition.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"ArcGIS as a GIS Professional"

What do you like best?

ArcGIS has a full stack of GIS tools, ranging from mobile, to desktop, to server, to cloud and to web. They have numerous offerings from more generic products through to highly specific industry based and focused tools. This allows them to operate over a wide range of industrys and really push thier products

What do you dislike?

Esri/ArcGIS has a much slower development cycle than many of their (open source) competitors. You'' find that other companies will release new tools/functionality and a while later (often a year or two) Esri/ArcGIS will release the same functionality touting it as the latest and greatest. Because of thier market share, people often aren't aware that the smaller companies havebeen doing it for quite a while.

ArcGIS Pro seems to be a backwards step in terms of functionality, however it is great to finally see 64bit and multithreaded support

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for a full enterprise stack, then pick arcgis. If you just need to do basic mapping, or simplier analysis, look elsewhere

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A full stack, enterprise level GIS system that allows us to manage and distribute data, services and tools across a wide platform and 100s of users.

Esri ArcGIS review by ronald s.
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"The best and most complete geographic information system you can find"

What do you like best?

The amount of modules and spatial analysis tools that this software has make it the best and most complete system to work with, as long as you have a good computer. This software is one of the most robust in the market; Your space analysis tools are well developed.

What do you dislike?

Because it is a very robust software it is necessary to have a computer with good memory capacity to be able to have a better and faster results in the processing of geographic information. The image processing module does not seem so complete, I think it is necessary to develop it more.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Before acquiring this software it is necessary that they have good computers, because if they are going to work with satellite images the program will be very slow to process.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is the most advanced geographic information system software on the market, it is very complete and has helped me a lot with spatial analysis tools.

Esri ArcGIS review by User
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"The geography of everything through software"

What do you like best?

Being able to carry out a large amount of spatial analysis, use of statistics, and establish studies of all indoles, the use of satellite images and rasters allow the user a huge range of applications

What do you dislike?

The costs of the license and of the extensions can generate a problem in the moment that an analysis is needed and there is no tool available, so we must be very attentive to which of them we are really going to need and pay .

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its mechanics allows us to locate ourselves in the best way in the world, so my recommendation is to the companies to manage their staff in this software

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Nos ha permitido realizar análisis que podemos mostrar al cliente para que este pueda realizar proyectos mejorando la precicion y bajando costos de costruccion, ademas de la posibilidad de ubicarlo e el lugar exacto de su proyecto

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Environmental Services
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"Ventajas de ARCGIS"

What do you like best?

Indudablemente Esri, tiene una larga experiencia acumulada a lo largo de 40 años en el mercado, permitiéndole establecerse de forma sólida y dar soluciones a sus usuarios. Cabe destacar la amplitud de datos on line de que dispone ARCGIS online

What do you dislike?

Básicamente en este punto hay que referirse a la constante actualización del software que repercute en altos costos para los usuarios; en el caso del geoproceso , en ARCMap el usuario ve un poco limitada su funcionalidad en función del tipo de licencia que posea

Recommendations to others considering the product

Arcgis es una potente herramienta que permite a cualquier persona que maneje datos geográficos, publicar y compartir con todo el mundo sus mapas web y además crear aplicaciones de mapas interactivas online.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ha sido muy importante el uso de geodatabase para los datos geográficos de la organización a la cual pertenezco ya que en la geodatabase, la información espacial se encuentra en un marco de referencia espacial común (Feature Dataset), garantizando las relaciones topológicas. Además permitió, a través del dominio minimizar la posibilidad de introducción de datos erróneos o incongruentes y aplicar valores por defecto y dominios a los campos de la entidad en función del subtipo al que pertenecen, dandole valor a los datos utilizados, asegurando la calidad de los datos geométricos dentro del sistema geográfico implementado, de forma general.

Esri ArcGIS review by Keith P.
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"Excellent GIS Software"

What do you like best?

I like the feature that allows you to download datasets and manipulate them in various ways. You can make your geospatial data as complex or as simple as you would like.

What do you dislike?

I disliked the user interface which seemed very early 2000's-eque. It may be very difficult to navigate and watching tutorial videos will most likely be required. The learning curve may be inconvenient, however, it is to be expected with software that offers such a wide range of advanced features.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend that you allow yourself a good amount of time to get past the learning curve with this product. Once you get the hang of it, however, there are many advanced features available on ArcGIS that are not available with other similar types of software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This program allows geospatial data to be overlayed on maps. This is extremely practical for any business that can benefit from data insights.

Esri ArcGIS review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"Quality GIS"

What do you like best?

Esri's ArcGIS is the standard GIS for a reason, it simply works. Esri provides quality services and products that will fulfil your requirements. There might be other GIS software around, but they do not provide the service Esri can.

What do you dislike?

Esri makes a great GIS, sadly it comes at a cost many can not afford to implement.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Although much of the geoprocessing capabilities are available for free in other open-source software packages, non of the others provide the survice and backing. It is equal to using Windows 10 to Linux, they both do the same thing and depending on situation one performs better the the other but for a majority of your computing windows is fine.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have realized that Esri does a spectacular job at providing customer support and troubleshooting services. Their software is expensive but they do stand behind it 110%.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Higher Education
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"Great tool for spatial analysis and many other purposes"

What do you like best?

We use ArcGIS for working with maps and geographic data. I cannot say it's very easy to use, but when you get hang of it, it is very useful and make a big difference in research. The possibility of superimposing data, using different data sources, its capability to be used in different filed, even in social sciences, is great. I usually use it to map archaeological and cultural data, and to run several analysis. It is fast and the best thing about it is that the products of research is visual and understandable to different groups of people.

What do you dislike?

I do not like the undo option when I am working with it. Sometime when you use undo you'd lose data. Also sometime for some reason that I haven't figured out yet, I lose some of my processes and have to do them again.

Also, it is very expensive! Since I am working for a university we can use it there, but if I am not affiliated with somewhere that doesn't have the program, it is too expensive to purchase it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great program for different types of data mapping, analysis and spatial analysis. We all need to give it a try in this advancing world of research.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Assessing cultural heritage, archaeological sites, impact of natural and environmental factors on different areas, mapping archaeological and cultural resources. The benefit is that we can easily share the results with other experts and also we can use other researches in our own research. It is a harmonious way to share knowledge.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Research
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" My experience with ArcGIS, the most complete software in the field of GIS"

What do you like best?

There are no elements linked to the technological developments required by the GIS that are not present in ARCGIS. Within which we can mention. connection to databases, loading, administration, processing and analysis of data located online, interconnection with several users, loading of point clouds, elevation of structures, manipulation of raster data, loading of data platforms of other web software, topography of geoforms.

Export and import of vectors from CAD, coverage from and to other programs, any type of bitmap format, aerial photographs or satellite images, all can be displayed, manipulated and converted into information frames through ArcGIS.

ArcGIS enters the GIS world with the GeoDataBase format, a repository that suppresses the loss of information due to the loss or corruption of some component of the old base files, called the forms file.

It offers the possibility of analyzing the temporal evolution of the occupation of the urban territory, the analysis of rain flows, defining areas of slope or demarcation of basins through the processing of contour lines.

Generation of level curves by masses of points captured by the flight of a drone, within all the written I have not mentioned more than 20% of the options offered by the software.

What do you dislike?

The main problem that the user must deal with is presented in the acquisition of the license, defining if all the analytical tools are wanted or only some of them and in what range they are, since the costs vary according to the client's intention and the robustness of the system to be implemented. It is worth the cost, but if you do not have a good resource to invest, it is best to research the best option, in the same way, ESRI advisors will know how to tell you which best suits your need.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have enough economic resources, you have defined the use that this powerful tool will give you, dare to acquire it, you also have the facility to test the program for a finite time, just in case you have doubts. The program is very friendly, aimed at people with little experience in the field. It is easy to use, but it is not necessary to neglect the rules and theories on which it rests

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With ArcGIS I have solved several problems; first, errors in the topology that other programs do not correct and that generate a considerable error when performing surface calculations.

Another important point is the editing and configuration functions of a final map for printing, with ArcGIS saving two days of work, which invested in other software to achieve the desired quality and representation levels.

And finally, the management and standardization of processes through the model constructor, where I develop the links of the variables together with the processes, simulations and analysis methods that I wish to apply, having defined the models, I can apply it in similar studies in other areas. Space zones and the results will be obtained in a couple of minutes.

Esri ArcGIS review by Shannon H.
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"ArcGIS is the Industry Standard"

What do you like best?

I like that I can use ArcGIS to communicate with fellow scientist all over the world about a specific area I am researching. We can share updated updated maps and data instantly. I like that Esri also makes softwares such as Collector and Survey123 to work hand-in-hand with ArcGIS.

What do you dislike?

The software is very expensive. Especially for students who are in the scientific community. I wish there was an educational discount for students/faculty. I remember the course I took back in college had us download the free 60 day trial. However, that did not last the entire semester.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are taking field research seriously, you must know this software. I have used it for every job I have had.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are utilizing the software to record wildlife presence and abundance. It's used to record how many species of milkweed at found in a specific plot to how many Monarch larvae were recorded on blooming plants. When we as a team are dealing with over a dozen plots, it helps us keep track of where we are going and which plot was which. That seems to easy to do until you are out in the middle of rolling grassland prairies and everything looks the same.

Esri ArcGIS review by Jorge G.
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"An Offline Software that connects seamlessly online "

What do you like best?

Arcgis is probabaly best used for its mapping utilities. Specifically, what I enjoyed the best was that heatmaps with specific filters can be made within the software and then (after signing up of course) it can be transferred a work in progress with colleagues around the world. Additionally, these features do not necessarily need the offline software to work. If you are strapped for time and need to maleness a quick presentation the go like I did, ESRI allows for an online Arcgis tool. It started off as barebones but now it is fully robust and approaching maturation.

What do you dislike?

My major gripe about ArcGIS would be the dependency when a file needs to be saved. To elaborate, when saving a project that’s is a work in progress m, arcmap saves your progress into different directory trees. These trees need to be saved on a flash drive in the exact same order if you want them to work flawlessly on another computer. This makes saving work so that you can work from the office or home a bad experience. There is a solution, which is to upload it to their cloud but for hose of us who don’t want to remembers another password we are stuck with meticulous saving.

Recommendations to others considering the product

In order to ensure the best migration to GIS, it is best that you have lots and lots of data. While this software comes packed with globally shared sensor data and overlays, it sometimes isn’t the best if you don’t have all the data causing the software to under-perform to your needs

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ArcGIS for my company is used mostly for fluid mapping. Specifically, we map particulate matter 2.5 to ensure that concentrations in the industrial sector do not reach a public hazard level. If it’s does, we deploy a patented filter to industries to help them mitigate their problems.

Some benefits are that the map making process for these purposes are extremely simple even to a beginner. Mostly because the map is only as good and it’s data and arcgis handles raw excel data very well when needing to interpret it into a visual aid.

Esri ArcGIS review by Maryalba G.
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"La mejor herramienta para analisis espacial"

What do you like best?

Cuando se trata de realizar y analizar cartografía temática, imágenes de satélite o radar, o cualquier otro elemento vinculado con el espacio, ArcGIS ofrece la mejor opción para todos esos usuarios que utilizan el análisis espacial para realizar diagnósticos de el terreno rural o urbano, sobre los usos del suelo, la distribución de la población, el marketing entre otros, permitiendo gestionar bases de datos numéricas y transformar estas en elementos espaciales principalmente a traves de shapefiles y de esta forma permitiendo sacar conclusiones, determinar patrones o fijar puntos de vista sobre las tareas a realizar para que los cambios en los patrones de ocupación espacial no afecten la calidad de vida de la población. ArcGIS ofrece un sin número de herramientas para realizar análisis, desde la Topology, el Cadastral Editor, los 3D Models y muchos más que dependiendo del contexto pueden utilizarse para realizar análisis del espacio más precisos y prácticos.

What do you dislike?

El precio es la mayor limitación de este software, es extremadamente costoso, y produce que una pequeña o mediana empresa no pueda adquirirlo, ni utilizar todas las herramientas que posee, esto puede ser una gran limitación dado que muchos modulos y extensiones se venden de manera independiente, limitando al usuario a utilizar solos las herramientas por las que pago, sin poder utilizar el resto ni en modo de prueba.

Recommendations to others considering the product

ArcGIS realmente no tiene comparación con otro software del mercado, sencillamente es el mejor, tiene que utilizar aunque sea su versión de prueba, para conocer las potencialidades de este gran software y la magnifica cantidad de herramientas que posee, y son aplicables a múltiples realidades sociales.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Con ArcGIS hemos podido especificar las áreas de atención y entrega de productos, mediante la georreferenciación pudimos conocer cuales eran las áreas mas y menos accesibles, y así establecer rutas mas eficientes para la entrega de los productos, igualmente pudimos calcular los tiempos de entrega y hacer más eficiente la utilizacion de los vehiculos de carga que trasnportan nuestros productos.

Esri ArcGIS review by Cesar A S.
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"El mejro SIG (GIS) del mercado "

What do you like best?

ArcGIS es el mejor software del mercado para realizar todas las tareas vinculadas con análisis espacial y manejo de bases de datos geográficas, la interminable cantidad de herramientas que posee hacen que con ArcGIS y cualquiera de sus extensiones puedas realizar análisis del entorno urbano, ambiental, geodiseño, hisdrología, modelos digitales de terreno, análisis de cuenca, procesamiento de imágenes de satélite, modelación en tres dimensiones, modelación de procesos geoespaciales, y muchísimas otras actividades pueden realizarse con este SIG. Las extensiones de ArcGIS como Catalog y Arcscene permiten el primero mejorar los procesos del manejo de datos, dado que su función es mantener organizada la información en ficheros y lograr que esta sea ordenada en principalmente en Geodatabase para mejorar su procesamiento y manejo, mientras que Arcscene permite hacer modelos, simulaciones y videos, especialmente asociados a modelos digitales de terreno y procesamiento de imágenes raster.

What do you dislike?

La mayor desventaja de ArcGIS es el precio, es un software extremadamente costoso, especialmente para emprendedores o pequeñas empresas que deseen utilizarlos para realizar estudios e investigaciones, en este sentido, las versiones de prueba son sencillas y bastante limitadas, solo tienes opción a unos pocos módulos que no te muestran todo el potencial que tiene la herramienta.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tienen que utilizar ArcGIS, sin lugar a dudas es el mejor SIG del mercado, no tiene comparación con ningún otro software así sea privativo o con licencia GNU, en este sentido, ESRI siempre ha mantenido la supremacía sobre sus competidores, con esta herramienta que es indispensable para cualquier profesional, técnico o académico que trabaje con información geoespacial.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ArcGIS nos ha ayudado en la organización a gestionar todos los procesos de levantamiento de información y generación de planes mediante información geoespacial para realizar el mantenimiento de la ciudad, la facilidad de vectorizar cartografía, agregarle atributos y visualizar esta en mapas temáticos o en el mismo programa ha permitido establecer áreas prioritarias y utilizar los recursos físicos y humanos de manera más eficiente.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Government Administration
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"ArcGIS is great"

What do you like best?

ArcGIS is a great software for sorting through and displaying large amounts of geographic data. The online interactive platform ArcGIS Online is incredibly useful.

What do you dislike?

Esri's ArcGIS is still developing in some newer areas in GIS, so I regularly run into questions about software functionality--"Can I do this feature in this way?" and sometimes the answer is not yet, which is fine but requires finding a workaround. For example "clumping" coincidental points is new in ArcGIS Online, and "scattering" is still in the works, both of which are/would be useful for the display for my work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For me, using ArcGIS replaces updating spreadsheets and map graphics separately, which is awesome. It cuts my work time in half. Esri is always expanding what you can do with the software. I have never looked for GIS outside of my workplace though, so do research competitors/companies with GIS services if you're considering using ArcGIS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work for a local government and we use ArcGIS to track geographic data about the city, use it for city planning, and be transparent in sharing this data with the public. ArcGIS has been great for sharing this data internally and externally in map format, and is very accessible (especially ArcGIS Online, the online interactive platform).

Esri ArcGIS review by Selena O.
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"Good mapping tool"

What do you like best?

ArcGIS is the premier mapping software to use for professional mapping. The package comes with ArcCatalog, which is great for organizing files. There are many ways to use the software, if you can learn how the functions work together. Everything is referenced on a coordinate system, which means everything you do is fundamentally related to the real world. The raster uses and analyses are high-level as well.

What do you dislike?

The program can be error-prone, takes a lot of space, and randomly crash. It can be difficult to change coordinate systems if the data you're starting with has a non-specific coordinate system. There are a lot of uses, which is a double-edges sword: it is easy to learn enough to use in everyday basic applications, but it takes a lot of time and effort to really become an expert in using ArcGIS. While the analysis functions can be excellent, they can also be a let-down as they don't account for statistical anomalies.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are a lot of free mapping apps available, and they are good for small-time personal use and professionals who need limited use. However, for anyone who needs to map items regularly, I recommend ArcGIS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This helps us map site plans, sampling locations, geology and hydrogeology, and engineered solutions for our clients. The majority of our use is basic two-dimensional problems. The use of layers and geo-databases is extremely important. We could get more use, but without having an expert the use is somewhat limited.

Esri ArcGIS review by Erica D.
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"Endless possibilities"

What do you like best?

There are endless possible ways to use this product to your advantage. If you fully put time and effort in, you will be able to solve several problems and organize data in a way that suits your needs. It also does a decent job of running formulas in-house without the need to export/re-import.

What do you dislike?

The fact that there are multiple ways of doing one thing. This is not necessarily a drawback, but it is something to keep in mind when communicating a step-by-step process to other users. Two different GIS users may use different methods to arrive at the same outcome.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Worth it. There are endless possible ways to use the product to your advantage. If you have an employee willing to learn it and apply it. Get it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data organization and data sharing needs, as it relates to spacial analysis.

Esri ArcGIS review by Administrator in Civil Engineering
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"ArcGIS review"

What do you like best?

User interface, pop-up descriptions of tool icons

What do you dislike?

Support in the past several years is less user friendly and accessible. It is not easy to find topics on the older software, and all efforts are directed toward on-line products. Our small rural county does not have resources to employ these products, and there are many, many users out here that are in the same situation. The very helpful forums are obsolete or hidden from access.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is virtually the only GIS software available. Yes, there are many "free" applications, but industry-wide esri is it. Sharing data, results of analysis and peer support is easier when we are all using a compatible product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

GIS does solve problems and answer questions in a less costly manner. We have a limited number of users in our area and their workflow has been improved using desktop ESRI products

Esri ArcGIS review by User
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"ArcGIS, used by many for a reason"

What do you like best?

Esri software always has a good help database, allowing newer users to learn how to perform functions and get answers quickly. For newer users, the help function and search are your friends. You can do basically anything with ArcGIS. There are so many field for which this software is useful. You can upload a lot of data and produce clean, professional maps. Symbology is easy to work with and there are many options.

What do you dislike?

The more information you add into one project the slower the software tends to work, which occasionally causes crashes in the product. Sometimes errors occur because you missed a step in the data processing, the software provides you with information that says an error occurred, but sometimes the error messages are vague.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The older or slower the computer you have the slower the software runs. Get a fast operating computer! Also, save often! You don't want to lose work because it crashed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used this software to look at bathymetric data. Using polygons to average GIS points to see whats going on temporally, erosion? deposition? etc. Also, I have used ArcGIS to observe historical site data.

Esri ArcGIS review by Tommy S.
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"Daily power user of ArcGIS!"

What do you like best?

I love everything about ArcGIS, as I use it coupled with Omega Crimeview to create weekly reports and to extract all sorts of criminal and traffic-related data.

What do you dislike?

The product is a bit on the expensive side, but it is the best product available of its kind in my professional opinion.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want a powerful mapping application with some of the best features around (which are mostly all-inclusive after you buy the product), then ArcGIS is the best there is. Our main city planning offices also use ArcGIS for their needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My agency uses the software in the Crime Analysis Unit and in the Community Relations Unit to create maps, to include: crime maps, traffic incident maps, maps of popular locations, parks, and community centers, as well as route planning maps to assist presidential and other political visiting parties.

Esri ArcGIS review by Alina R.
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"Great GIS software, plus programming possibility using ArcPy"

What do you like best?

The graphical interface of ArcGis is user friendly. There are many functions implemented in the software, which are helpful for a lot of fields. I am a Cartographer in the background and I personally like the design interface and the symbols database.

What do you dislike?

The software has issues while handling a lot of data and it usually crashes (at least the version that I use). So I prefer to do processing of big data volumes in other environment.

I would like to have more statistical methods introduced in ArcGis, I think they might be useful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend ArcGis for having a comprehensive toolbox and an easy mapping design interface.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am working in Spatial Crime Analysis for the present time. I use ArcGis for density analysis, regression models, different calculations, mapping and design.

In the past I worked in Remote Sensing and I used ArcGis for mapping satellite imagery.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in E-Learning
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"Industry standard....if you can afford it"

What do you like best?

Because of ArcGIS's popularity, there are a lot of forums, blog posts, and YouTube tutorials out there if you are struggling with something. This makes the program easier to use in a sense.

What do you dislike?

The high cost of ArcGIS means that I am limited to using it on my University's computers, which is not ideal. I prefer to work in my own office or from home, so I am more likely to invest in learning the QGIS interface since I can access it on my own computer for free.

I find problem-solving using this program to be incredibly difficult. I typically have to rely on outside advice, as the online ESRI tutorials are often too complex or assume the user has a higher level of knowledge.

Recommendations to others considering the product

More open source options for students.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is the industry standard for spatial analysis and graphics. I am expected to use it for my research and it allows for complex analyses that can be run with a reasonable amount of practice.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Law Practice
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"There is no alternative "

What do you like best?

ESRI is the program for geospatial analysis. But its main benefit is scalability. Its intuitive for new users to be operational, but can also handle complex analysis

What do you dislike?

Not much to dislike about ESRI. Only fault is AGOL is too streamlined and doesn't offer much value in terms of analysis and mapping.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Theres nothing else like it. No other product that does what ESRI does at that scale. Sure you could piecemeal your GIS using a variety of programs. But if you want the real solution, get ESRI

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use to generate hotspots, kernel density mapping, as well as general cartography to show the layout of the county and where things are spatially.

Esri ArcGIS review by Administrator
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"ESRI Flagship"

What do you like best?

ArcGIS suite has met our business needs for well over a decade and the capabilities that it provides, along with its evolutions are typically improvements. We are not usually early adopters of the releases, but are happy with what we have been able to accomplish with each releases improvements

What do you dislike?

Currently we have had issues with upgrading to later releases, some due to external factors, but we have bee concerned with the slow development of the Water Utility Network and with it's initial rollout finally occurring requiring 10.6.1 which we may not be able to move to because of those external factors. Another issue, occasionally with development of the suite, some tools have sometimes gone away or changed in where they occur or how they operate with no clear forewarning.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have solved numerous business problems such as customer obligations, isolate and identify water main breaks/leaks, proactive maintenance of system components, etc. The benefits are numerous including cost savings, but most telling is the internal response from engineers and field crews who feel the infomation we provide by our systems is crucial to their daily job.

Esri ArcGIS review by Administrator
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"Great tool for cartography"

What do you like best?

Cartographic tools are exceptional. They provide you the ability to reach a fine level of detail when creating a map as well as controlling the presentation of data.

What do you dislike?

Lack of support for non-esri based data. There are open data standards that exist both in the United states and internationally, that make it easy to bring in and share data. Esri doesn't support these in many cases, which is exceeding frustrating. If you are going to work with esri for the long-term, the likelihood is that you will get locked into their ecosystem and it will be difficult to move your data out if you wished.

Another major issue is the lack of use of basic database functionality when handling data. Much of the processing that ArcGIS does is in their software layer sitting above the database. This layer replicates functionality that is inherently possible to do inside of the database, and many times, the database is actually more efficient at performing these tasks. By putting the functionality in the software layer, it makes it less efficient, and also creates inconsistencies with data that make it hard to move or share if necessary.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Determine the business needs of your organization and create a plan for software that meets those needs. This may mean you need solutions outside of Esri, but don't be afraid of doing this as there are many solutions to these problems that may be more cost effective than a pure esri implementation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sewer and stormwater tracking, community development and planning problems. Ease of visualization of complex planning project parameters.

Esri ArcGIS review by Administrator
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"ArcGIS can't be beat"

What do you like best?

It is the powerhouse of all things mapping. I love the way the entire ESRI suite let's me interact with data and produce maps to change the world. I love SDE databases and how easy they make it to share data across different agencies.

What do you dislike?

Some of the geoprocessing tools are inefficient and poorly designed. The error messages are not helpful. Please get rid of the 999999 error and figure out a way to tell users why certain geoprocessing operations fail. I have worked with Java, JavaScript (several frameworks), Rails, lots of python outside of ESRI, and ESRI's error messages are seriously lacking in quality. Please get rid of the 999999 error and provide an actual reason why it failed. It's just not acceptable. Also, half of the time when a geoprocessing tool that fails, arcmap quits. Please build better error handling into the arcgis pro tools. (I understand arcmap isn't going to be changing much...)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Realize the limitations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Utilities management

Esri ArcGIS review by Administrator
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"Powerful tool to store and manage your data"

What do you like best?

For basic maps it is fairly easy to create a map for a beginner to intermediate user. There are many powerful tools that can create many relationships out of your data.

What do you dislike?

Not always user friendly or easy to use. The process to publish maps to our portal is not consistent and is not intuitive. There seems to be too many steps to get one data set published to the portal. As the saying goes in our company, "there are 14 ways to do one job in Arc, one is easy the others are hard and finding the easy way is not easy to find!"

Recommendations to others considering the product

Training. Take a lot of training. Have your users take advantage of the esri online training.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Geologic mapping and geochemical analysis. ArcGIS allows us to manage large data over multiple databases and with multiple users effectively. The new tools allow us to view our data to help us see our geology clearer.

Esri ArcGIS review by Michelle L.
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"ArcGIS is a staple!"

What do you like best?

There's not much I cannot do in ArcGIS. I can analyze drainage patters, topography, identify potential streams and wetlands, georeference historical maps and site plans to create overlays, calculate stream lengths and construction impacts. It can do everything I need as an environmental consultant. And when I am done, I can format the final map to look perfect everytime!

What do you dislike?

It can be very slow... It takes a few minutes to open and uses a lot of RAM. I also wish it would permanently remember links so I can copy and paste maps into new folders without constantly having to reconnect shapefile and data links.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get a fast computer! It may cost more upfront, but it will save your employees a lot of time and therefore money! Also, go through a couple trainings. There's 5 different ways to do everything in GIS and learning the ins and outs will allow you to use the program to its potential. You can wrestle through it and will never even scratch the surface of what it is capable of!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have to create an array of environmental maps outlining soil types, vegetation cover, surfaces waters, etc. In using ArcGIS, I can create solid maps to guide our field efforts. This helps reduce time in the field by making it more efficient. Additionally, it gives our company a professional edge over our competition.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Public Safety
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"Industry Leader for a Reason"

What do you like best?

I like that they are always adding new features and are continually trying to make their product better.

What do you dislike?

I can't say that all of it is really intuative, there are some issues they have with labeling and it's not necessarily easy to set a labeling hierarchy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There is a reason for Esri being number one. It is widely used by other agencies so data integration is easier when using it. There is a bunch of free data and free services you can pull in to create great maps!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I utilize Esri by creating data. I create street centerline information for our Dispatching software. I also make large Wall Maps for the Fire Stations. The benefits are astronomical. The ability to create and update wall maps for Fire Stations makes their jobs easier when planning how to get to a fire or an incident.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Environmental Services
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"ArcGIS Desktop - The good and bad"

What do you like best?

Some of the best features of ArcGIS (32bit flavor - not ArcGIS Pro) are in the cartography and vector editing categories. ArcGIS has good tools to produce quality maps. Some tools include the use of ESRI's "data driven pages", which allow users to tile maps on small pages for large areas with high detail (large scale).

Another nice feature in ArcGIS (only available at the Standard and Advanced license level) is vector editing with topology within a Geodatabase. The topology tools work well and have good tools built into them to allow the user to find topological errors and fix them. Vector topology is an essential tool for ensuring data integrity.

What do you dislike?

The costs of this software are enormous for the initial purchase price and the subsequent yearly fees for the product. Not having recent quotes, but in the past pricing for Standard and Advanced licensing were $7,000 and $12,000 respectively for initial purchase. Then yearly fees are incurred to get "updates" to the software and tech support. With $1500 and $3000 yearly maintenance fees respectively for Standard and Advanced, the costs per year can rapidly escalate when multiple licenses are purchased. The annual fees are practically mandatory to stay current with the community and client needs.

Proprietary data format of the Geodatabase. The ESRI geodatabase can only be created and written to by ESRI software (Standard and Advanced licenses). This design creates vendor lock-in, such that organizations need ESRI software to access and edit geodatabases. This design enforces sales of the ArcMap software, as ESRI geodatabases demand ESRI software to be fully utilized. This also creates an environment where a few special operators with special software can access the data. This discourages the accessibility and sharing of GIS data information. Being that GIS data is information, and information should be shared, the proprietary data format is an obstacle to creating easily accessible information within an organization and with other organizations.

The performance of ArcMap (32bit) is poor relative to today's computing standards. 32 bit architecture is very outdated and when performing spatial operations, the delay in processing costs users time. Since ArcMap came out and was re-written from scratch in the early 2000s, there have been continual issues with bugs and performance. Fixes to the bugs are slow to be resolved. Sometimes the application hangs up (not responding) for seemingly basic tasks.

Lack of modern algorithms. Example would be the hydrologic routing tools that are from the early 1990s and have not been updated with current modeling features such as Multi-Flow Direction (MFD) modeling of where water flows, and how much accumulation.

Tech support is a paid service along with updates to the software through yearly annual fees. The first level tech support has often left a disappointing feeling, where either the topic was being read directly from the help menu, or the technician kept trying to solve the problem with educated guesses, rather than knowing what the solution is. A substantial amount of time has been lost with tech support at the tier 1 level. The tier 2 level of support is good. The technicians know the products more specifically, and are generally more helpful to resolve the issue.

Some spatial functions are only available in the top tier product (such as identity). This aspect was really frustrating as a user and for an organization. The difference between the Standard and Advanced licensing is about $5,000 (last checked). The interesting thing is that the Basic, Standard and Advanced licenses are all the same product, just with varying levels of provided tools. One such tool is the identity function. This is a commonly overlay function in any GIS, however, ArcMap only provides this simple overlay at the advanced level.

Lack of general interoperability. Over the years, open data standards such as Web Mapping Services (WMS) and Web Feature Services (WFS) have provided open formats to work with GIS data. WFS is designed to allow editing of features over a web protocol, but in order to implement this in ArcMap, $10,000 software needs purchased (ArcGIS for Server). There is currently no way to write to an open database GIS format from ESRI software, without purchasing additional software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be careful. ESRI has managed to gain major market share and monopolized the GIS software. Over the years, other open data formats have nudged ESRI to move to more supported open data formats.

Evaluate your needs. Check to see what your organization needs GIS services for. Quantum GIS (QGIS) is a great open source desktop software that meets the geospatial communities needs, with hundreds if not thousands of user contributed add-ons and tools. Some cases may require the purchase of an ESRI license. Explore other options before falling into the vendor lock-in trap. Open source software in the geospatial world, is really advanced and amazing. Consult with a user of GIS in the FOSS world, to gain information about how different products can meet the needs of an ArcMap user.

Setting up a GIS Data Library as a PostGIS/PostgreSQL server was a challenge to integrate with ESRI. The good news is that SDE is a deprecated product and the libraries are now included with ArcMap. This allows ArcMap to access Database servers and PostGIS data formats as read-only. This is ideal for setting up large, state-wide layers of GIS data, with ArcMap able to connect and clip or select features from it, and place the data in the local Geodatabase for editing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Client needs. This ranges from permitting applications and risk assessment. Hydrologic modeling for large tracts of land are done with open source software (GRASS GIS) and then brought into ArcMap for compatibility with the organization and client needs. The benefits of ArcMap (from a consulting standpoint) is that it provides a comfort level tho those who believe that GIS is synonymous with ESRI.

Esri ArcGIS review by Isabelle R.
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"Overall good experience using GIS. Great program with many applications."

What do you like best?

The amount of applications and uses. Arc GIS is a powerful yet simple tool to use. Fairly easy to get up and running. Easy to import other file types.

What do you dislike?

Arc GIS has a lot of functions and steps that can be difficult to remember. When formatting the final map it can be difficult to move titles and place map in the location of choosing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great program to use. It's very simple and has many applications.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solving mapping and locating structures to gain insight on the areas. Creating maps of area of concerns for flood issues. Creating a map to show connections and number of users of a local bus routes.

Esri ArcGIS review by Chad C.
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"Industry leader in commercial GIS software"

What do you like best?

I've been using ArcGIS since version 8.0, and ArcView 3.2 before that. Whether you want to admit it or not, the ArcGIS platform is THE commercial software package of the GIS world. ArcGIS is an incredibly powerful suite of applications and tools that all work together seamlessly for a complete desktop, mobile, and web solution - and this is what I like about it the most.

The Python (arcpy) integration and REST API are incredibly powerful and fun to work with, allowing you programatic access to your data in a variety of ways.

What do you dislike?

I have a few beefs with ArcGIS, I challenge you to find a real user that doesn't.

1. The online help/forum presence - just when you get used to the online help, they change it, often resulting in horrible redirects and 404s. Their forums have been a mess for years, and they have only gotten worse.

2. Publishing a geoprocessing task from Desktop to Server is about the most unintuitive workflow ever, and it has always been that bad. I struggle to make sense of this for clients regularly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get a trial version and test it out; Esri is really good about trial licenses.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Is there a business problem that can't be solved with GIS, using the ArcGIS platform as the tool? I have used the ArcGIS platform in online mapping for city/local governments/utilities; cartography, data analysis, online mapping, and data-mining in oil and gas; 3D modeling and visualization for offshore wind farms...the list goes on and on.

Esri ArcGIS review by Mike H.
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"User-friendly, effective & comprehensive GIS software."

What do you like best?

If you need to do something new, there's probably a tool for it. Generally tools are straightforward and the userhelp is really good, explaining all the possible choices on each tool's setting right next to the setting box.

Being able to drag and drop elements from window to window, including tools, Model builder etc is a real time saver. Inter-compatibility and conversion tools mean you can switch between CAD and other programs with ease.

The label engine is the best I have ever used, and the 'convert to annotations' feature means if you are still unhappy you can manually improve the labelling in the layout window.

What do you dislike?

Trying to find tools using terminology that is often unexpected!

Usually always get there though, internet searches really help. There is often more than one way to do something which can clutter the toolbars unnecessarily.

Occasional problems with exporting to .pdf or merging when a lot of data is being used can be frustrating.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Even buying the most basic version will be vast improvement over MapInfo or QGiS etc. There are lots of free add-on toolbars that can cover much of the missing tools if you do stretch to an advanced licence. It is best to bite the bullet though and get a higher-level licence as the time savings the tools will provide far outweigh the cost.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use ARC for a lot of different stages of renewable energy site development; primarily for constructing environmental figure content for planning applications. Automation of tasks that have long processing times through Model Builder is one of the biggest benefits.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Public Policy
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"Excellent program for the realization of cartographic products and spatial analysis."

What do you like best?

It allows me to generate accurate cartography with information based on points.

I can have digital cartography online.

It allows to update and manipulate the information in any place.

The information is portable and a standard format is used to use it in other similar programs.

It allows the incorporation of decision making at a managerial level.

What do you dislike?

The costs of the license are very high.

It can not be used in all operating systems.

It should have better accuracy in terms of the georeferencing of the cartographic products.

You can not do digital processing of the images.

You have to acquire toolkits, since your menu does not have easy access.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Decision making for the selection of land suitable for housing construction

Permits spatial analysis and modeling in 3d

It allows to perform simulations of land with housing and have a better perspective of the area.

Esri ArcGIS review by Erik N.
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"Great for Mapping and Keeping Geospatial information organized"

What do you like best?

ESRI has been a staple software for me since 2007. Overall it is easy to use, there is always more than one way to complete a task, and just about anyone can learn it. I have formal training and a degree in Geography that was centered on ArcGIS. I use the software to build maps and maintain all of my geospatial data throughout the upper midwest region.

What do you dislike?

BUGS. Being one of the only paid GIS softwares, there is no real competition. This always leads to lack of innovation and bugs in the software releases. That is my only big gripe.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to buy the license you need. There are 3 different levels and you need to know which tools will be available, and which ones you will want to utilize. Also make sure you know which extensions you may want to purchase.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Keeping my data updated and ready to use at a moments notice. I can work on 10 different projects in a given day, and ArcGIS makes it easy to switch between them and keep all of my data straight.

Esri ArcGIS review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer
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"ArcGIS for Utilites"

What do you like best?

We use ArcGIS for asset management of our transmission and distribution system. Without it we couldn't manage our workplan for maintenance. We use it for planning, storm restoration and just about anything esle you can think of. ArcGIS tools are easily accessible to new users who are unfamiliar with GIS.

What do you dislike?

I hate the red tape with trying to deploy things to masses. Our users are not tech savy and have problems with setting up apps on their phone which makes it difficult to deploy apps. I also get tired of having to use a third party vendor to make the ESRI core product useable..

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is instrumental in planning, trouble calls, and storm restoration. We also use it to plan overhead groundwire replacement projects based on age, issues associated with aging infastructure, and environmental factors.

Esri ArcGIS review by Administrator in Utilities
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"ArcGIS is very powerful but costly."

What do you like best?

I like ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online. The new interface of ArcGIS Pro takes a while to get used to but makes a lot more sense and and works more efficiently than ArcMap.

What do you dislike?

I dislike all the license-locked tools and the inability to export maps into a format such as AI to tune them up in another program. I also find a lot of Esri's solutions to be very expensive. One of the challenges in my company is the ability to efficiently distribute maps that work offline, as we work in many rural areas as well as urban.

Recommendations to others considering the product

ArcGIS Pro is the best desktop GIS I've used amongst QGIS, MapInfo Pro, Global Mapper, and more.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are currently solving spatial analysis issues related to utilities. For example, if someone is digging somewhere, we can decided not to send someone to check the area for underground if our spatial analysis indicates that there's nothing there.

Esri ArcGIS review by John H.
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"The current standard for geospatial analysis."

What do you like best?

ArcGIS is undeniably powerful. There's so much going on behind the scenes that even after years of working with it, I find new tools that sometimes come in handy. I also like that the user community is so active, and so it's easy to find documentation online.

What do you dislike?

The interface is clunky and slow. All of this adds up to wasted time, but more importantly, it leads to headaches for the user.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the time to learn the software, but also consider learning some of the open source alternatives. Quite frankly, Esri's offering is expensive and so not for everyone.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One recent example: I was able to conveniently separate the data I needed from the very large dataset they were provided in using spatial joins.

Esri ArcGIS review by edward f.
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"GIS Rules!"

What do you like best?

that the collection and analysis of authoritative data is transformed into graphical representations that aids human understanding of our world.

What do you dislike?

Upgrades in general that necessitate re-doing programs and workflows to adjust to new data formats, for example. Yeah SDE is nice, but the power of arc-node topology in coverages is sorely missed. I still tell my colleagues it's coming back as ArcINFO 12.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

enabling self-government for a local county so that adequate funds (from tax parcels) are used to fund road maintenance, population growth, habitat monitoring and restoration, emergency preparedness, and econominc development

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Esri's ArcGIS product offer expansive mapping capabilities but is far from intuitive "

What do you like best?

Endless extensions and addins you can download and use, best mapping software for technical users, good way to perform spatial analysis for a number of different types of applications and topics.

What do you dislike?

Software can be very laggy at times, not intuitive at all for non-technical users looking to do basic mapping/analysis, expensive product with limited discount opportunities.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you haven't had an opportunity to take an introduction to GIS course, this product will be very confusing and difficult to use initially. Picking up a GIS Tutorial book is a great idea, to access a year long subscription and step-by-step guidance through each section.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having ArcMap allows my organization to perform additional mapping and visualization techniques that many other organizations don't have the capacity or technical skills to do.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Research
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"Skip arcGIS. It's an obsolete and sensationally bad software"

What do you like best?

Not much really to like about arcGIS. In my use, I have not liked anything about arcGIS. Even its UI looks like it's from the early 2000s when compared to contemporary applications.

However, arcGIS does have a slew of interesting products for spatial analysis, presentation creation, interactive maps, and website creation that no other competing product has. I have never used these suites but from what I have seen from my colleagues, these elements work decently and produce nice results.

What do you dislike?

It's slow and that's an understatement. I use arcGIS for spatial data work on the rather powerful office machines and it still takes minutes to draw a CSV layer? Using QGIS on my ultrabook, I can perform identical operations in less than a second!

Moreover, it's projection and drawing systems are clunky. It takes me hours (sometimes days) to map layers onto the same projections and even then I frequently do not get the desired result. On the other hand, on an open source software such as QGIS, projections are a minor nuisance and take seconds to resolve (even if you're not familiar with the software).

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are other free or substantially cheaper solutions (ie QGIS) that are faster, less buggy, more user-friendly, and easier to use than ArcGIS. Moreover, the transition from arcGIS to these products is easy since the alternatives are quite similar in layout and function (on the surface) to ArcGIS products.

Do yourself a favour, make your life easier and switch away from ArcGIS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I primarily use to assemble spatial data or use spatial files to attach geographical data to non-geocoded data.

Esri ArcGIS review by Sudhir P.
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"It has been very easy working with ArcGIS"

What do you like best?

The plethora of information available to navigate any problem is the best thing for me. With ever expanding user base, there is always somebody to help in case of an issue. Its just not a map making tool but one can actually use it for various design applications, perform spatial functions. Also, it can be utilized for various applications. I have used it for mapping the water distribution network, perform hydraulic modeling, use it for citywide planning, etc.

What do you dislike?

It requires lot of processing power and takes a lot of time for certain functions. Also, the basic license doesn't really have much teeth. You can't do spatial analysis and you have to buy an upgraded licence to be able to use most of the features. I think the costing should be restructured to include the spatial analysis in the basic licensing as it is one of the primary requirements for the civil engineering applications. Most of the time the administrator purchasing the license is not aware of these limitations and it becomes difficult for the end user. I faced similar issue in my company and had to use QGIS because i was short on time and needed to get the work done immediately.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am working on the public utility side mapping the water distribution network. One advantage i have realized is the compatibility of ArcGIS with various modeling software namely, Bentley WaterGems. I can work with the Bentley model directly in ArcGIS which saves so much time and increases the functionality that i can provide to the clients.

Esri ArcGIS review by Kartik R.
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"ArcGIS: The one stop tool for most civil engineering projects"

What do you like best?

ArcGIS is a robust software, which allows engineering drawings, designs as well as calculations. It is one of the most efficient data management tools that I've used. I love the fact that it can incorporate information into the attribute table straight from an excel/access database. Also the fact that the data points get transferred from the hand held gps units in the field.

What do you dislike?

I feel the concept of geodatabases can be a little tricky/cumbersome. Also, digitizing can become a little difficult as tools like symbology, etc. aren't so friendly to use. However, the best part is the ArcGIS tutorial. I've always found my answers through the search/help menu.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a civil/environmental engineer. I've worked on various projects, including pipeline rehabilitation, water distribution network, stormwater management, etc. I've used GIS hands on to delineate watersheds, mark utility information on the maps and to populate the corresponding attributes. I've also used it to classify the area based on various factors like land use, zoning density, population, soil type, etc.

Esri ArcGIS review by Daniel R.
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"A great platform for innovative GIS software development"

What do you like best?

The ArcGIS platform is always evolving and adding new products and platforms to develop against. The community both at Esri and those that use the products create a constructive place to find answers and share experiences. With these two things combined, there really is no limit to the possibilities of what ArcGIS can do, and I see new innovative ways to use the platform nearly every day.

What do you dislike?

My biggest dislike presently is the lack of full feature parity between the different platforms, though I must say this gets better and better with each release. Finding a solution that works on one mobile platform, only to find that similar functionality is missing on another, was always a painful realization, but there are usually ways around that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

ArcGIS has done a lot in the avenue of open data and open source code lately, if these are things that are important to you, don't discount this proprietary software just yet. If you are looking to build GIS applications and like a good development community, ArcGIS is a great choice, with good documentation and samples, as well as regular, regional meetups.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have leveraged ArcGIS primarily in the realm of asset management and data collection. ArcGIS allowed for rapid field data collection with good support for mobile and enterprise interoperability.

Esri ArcGIS review by Kristin E.
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"Long-term user with nothing but praise (except for cost)"

What do you like best?

One of my favourite features of ArcGIS is the mapping capabilities that the program has as mapping is a very intuitive way to communicate information. Although a true cartographer would disagree, I really like the defaults. Maps are very easy to produce and look visually appealing. Additionally, newer version of ArcGIS have improved labelling capabilities called "The Maplex Label Engine". Provides more options for labelling which is important when you have labelling multiple overlapping data layers.

What do you dislike?

One of the major downfalls of ESRI's ArcGIS is the cost. There is also a steep learning curve for this program. However, once that is passes, the motility between QGIS, ArcGIS, and other geographical softwares is quite simple.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a great set of programs with a fantastic online community. I have no reservations using or recommending this program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If the company has the resources to purchase all licenses, the capabilities of this program are almost endless. This program can be used for simple geovisualization to more complex geospatial analyses, such as deciding where to place a new factory (location-allocation), make predictive models such as linear regression and geographic spatial regressions, and determine a route/ path of least resistance (lowest cost) to name a few.

Esri ArcGIS review by Consultant in International Affairs
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"Just too expensive, not practical"

What do you like best?

The product is easy to learn and use even for beginners. There are wide variety of tools to address many different problems. It is the most widely used Geographic Information System software, hence there are several tutorials and help available online. The large user community is always there to back up questions you may have on different forums, apart from ESRI's own free training materials. Spatial analysis capabilities are top notch. ArcOnline is gaining popularity and the simplicity is attracting more users.

What do you dislike?

Cost - not practical from a developing countries' perspective and the high cost nullifies the benefits it provide, when compared to many open source GIS software available today. It is not the best when it comes to analysis satellite imagery. The software is also quite heavy, to run on a old machine with less RAM could be challenging.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend to consider open source options first before using ArcGIS

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Environmental management, disaster management, health and planning

Esri ArcGIS review by John B.
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"I have used ArcGIS and its predecessor Arc/Info for 18 years."

What do you like best?

The software in its basic version has lots of features and analysis capabilities. If you are willing to pay more money, you get tons of analytical tools to do just about anything with vector data, raster data, image data, and transportation/networks. The software is fairly intuitive to use and the interface is nice to look at, and it has the ability to make very nice looking map products. Plus, there is a huge online community that can help you figure out how to do just about anything, or solve any problem, with the software.

What do you dislike?

The price of the product can be a barrier for smaller businesses, and if you require more sophisticated analysis tools the price gets even steeper. ArcGIS can be slow to startup so you have to be patient, and navigating through folders to find data can also be very slow, especially if that data resides on a network.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are commercial and open source alternatives to ArcGIS, however, none have the combination of functionality and ease of use that ArcGIS has. ESRI usually gives potential customers ample time to evaluate the software, and they have staff with a wide range of experience in various industries that can help you. It is important to understand how you will use the software and what features you absolutely need, otherwise you may pay for more than you need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have solved numerous problems with the software, such as managing geographic data for large timberland owners, completing transportation and logistics optimization analysis, locating optimal sites for wetlands mitigation and renewal, managing endangered species habitat, and completing higher and better use land analysis for real estate sales and development. The software has paid enormous dividends in helping determine what projects to invest in, and what projects will not pay off. It is also very useful in communicating analysis results with high quality map products.

Esri ArcGIS review by Patrick R.
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"The most powerful GIS software package for geospatial analyses and map production"

What do you like best?

ArcGIS is a powerful GIS software package that's capable of processing complex geospatial analyses - making it versatile and useful in many industries. Whether for finding and evaluating areas for natural resources or producing maps for safety and security, the tools within can be used for a wide variety of contexts. The company that produces ArcGIS (Esri Inc.) are dedicated to customer satisfaction and have many skilled developers, sales reps, and education experts that are there to help you find the right solution for you.

What do you dislike?

Licencing for the product can sometimes be daunting to understand or rather expensive. Esri are actively working to simplify this process, but it can be off putting for some.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Over my years of experience, I've used many GIS packages (e.g. MapInfo, QGIS, ArcGIS, etc.); ArcGIS, by far, has the community that provides the most support and is the most powerful GIS package out there. That said, though, the cost may make this difficult to implement in your organisation. I might recommend starting out with QGIS, which is free, to begin doing basic geospatial analyses. Once you become comfortable with it, if you feel there are higher level analyses that you would like to do that QGIS isn't capable of and you have the finances to be able to afford ArcGIS, then try out ArcGIS and if you like it, purchase a copy.

I'd also recommend checking out ArcGIS Online, the cloud GIS solution that is free to sign up for and you get 2 GB of storage space to begin making basic maps. It's quite robust and makes sharing maps very easy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have worked in a wide variety of industries - Oil and Gas, Defence Contracting, Urban Planning, and Academic Research. I find that many questions across industries are geospatial ones that ArcGIS helps me answer - understanding transportation costs, finding areas of vulnerability, or simply better understanding what is where and showing that to people who are interested. ArcGIS can be used to improve decision making and save money and resources for companies that recognise the importance of geospatial analyses.

Esri ArcGIS review by Christopher H.
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"ARCGIS, so powerful, useful, innovative and sometimes frustrating"

What do you like best?

I love all the various tools that ARCGIS has available for different forms of spatial analysis and data visualization. Although, it takes some getting used to, eventually things become more familiar overtime. ARCGIS provides good tech support and is always making it easier for the user to do complex calculations with the click of a button.

What do you dislike?

Because it's been around for a long time, ARCGIS has it's bugs and can sometimes freeze or shutdown unexpectedly. When learning to work with ARCGIS, it's recommended to save often. At times, tools may work because of something hidden that needs to be clicked or unclicked which can be frustrating.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Offers a lot of great tools but there is also free open source software types that may suit you better. Determine what your needs are and proceed from there.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm solving real world problems. I've worked on projects including flood risk analysis involving communities to mapping for social justice issues like food and open space availability.

Esri ArcGIS review by Administrator
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"ARC GIS in Tribal Resource Management"

What do you like best?

ARCGIS has made it possible for Tribes to mage lands and resources using the most current tools at an affordable level. These tools have given us the ability to classify lands, vegetation cover, manage pre and post wildfires, restoration analytics, and parcel management. We use ARCGIS daily in management and policy decisions and are training employeess to better use the suite. ARC Pro is improving our speed and efficiency.

What do you dislike?

ARC Map has some speed issues and also can have a lot of crashes depending on the task at hand. We had to seriously upgrade our hardware just to use it for some of our technicians.

Recommendations to others considering the product

have good hardware.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are performing land classification, habitat suitability, defining roads, improving wildfire tasks, and managing land parcels.

Esri ArcGIS review by Christopher W.
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"The biggest player in the industry and with a number of good reasons"

What do you like best?

Almost everything I need in my job can be done in ArcGIS. Sure I use other software for some tasks out of personal preference but ESRI allow you to do nearly everything you can dream of in the geographic information (GI) sector.

For cartographic work the PDF output is first class.

What do you dislike?

Performing cartographic tasks such as labelling to any serious level requires navigating menu after menu. This is so frustrating and in terms of user experience it is the interface and interaction that lets the desktop software down. I am yet to use ArcGIS Online in what I would consider a professional capacity.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are a number of pehaps cheaper options but ArcGIS gives you a full, professional solution backed up by a dedicated staff of experts in their fields.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Automated cartography, map sheets, marketing maps, national series. ArcGIS is often my first port of call for manipulating geographic data. It has also done a pretty good job in the automation of some cartographic production.

Esri ArcGIS review by Zachary  L.
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"Great introduction to GIS"

What do you like best?

I liked that on ArcGIS desktop the ease to begin learning how to use Esri products. I used Arcmap to map bighorn sheep movements and I thought it was great.

What do you dislike?

I didn't like how slow Arc Desktop sometimes could be when working with large amounts of data. It may be my computer but it still takes a while longer than Arcpro.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Start with Desktop then change to Arc Pro, it will help train you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use ArcGIS to map bighorn sheep movements in Lander Wyoming.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Environmental Services
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"ArcGIS is unparallel when it comes to mapping "

What do you like best?

It is great for mapping and also for plotting data. The first time I used this software 5 years ago for my statistics class during my PhD, it was a great tool to utilize the data I had from models and turn it into a vivid imagery of how the data was distributed globally. What I like most is that it is very easy to use.

What do you dislike?

I have had issues when I had large data sets but for that matter I have had issues with Matlab as well when I had large datasets. I will not hold it against esri. However, I do wish that the online help section was more useful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are into GIS and/or if you handle large datasets to see how they are distributed on a global scale, ArcGIS is great

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I often have to see the data distribution on a global scale and ArcGIS is a great help. Large datasets that are imported in excel can then easily used with ArcGIS for the purpose of plotting the data.

Esri ArcGIS review by Sarah A.
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"Amazing for marketing reporting and storytelling with maps "

What do you like best?

ArcGIS is the only GIS worth having. There's almost no other product that comes close, although I once had to use quantum GIS while on a Mac.

ArcGIS helps me input huge amounts of data and use it two ways. I'm a writer. The first way is to understand my audience for marketing. I can see if my target audience is all clustered in one are and overlay demographics, egg, and with this greater understanding of them, I get to write messages that I feel are more compelling and valuable to what they actually care about. That's the marketing side.

The second side is the storytelling. I'm also a freelance journalist and the GIS helps me develop correlations that can help tell a story. I can show you where all the voters are behaving a certain way, for instance, as it correlates to their income average in a particular area. The uses for storytelling are really endless, depending on what data you can get and put in there.

What do you dislike?

The system is a little count in the sense it's hard to use and you have to take training. I've taken a few ArcGIS classes and you definitely have to keep up o. The software. It's also moving to online, which dumbs down the deli films although this gives way more people way more access to making maps, so that's good.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't just buy the software and expect it to work. Invest in the right classes and find mentors Doug what you want to do so you learn from the best.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've been able to tell richer stories and prove points visually through supportive maps. Also I can guide my marketing content better by geographically understanding content needs.

Esri ArcGIS review by Jeffrey M.
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"GIS Administrator for an Enterprise GIS system at Health and Human Services"

What do you like best?

ESRI has some of the best documentation out there. The installation of the software is easy to follow and technical support has always been extremely helpful.

What do you dislike?

ESRI software can be daunting for a novice user. I have worked with some non-GIS people to try to teach them basic GIS tasks. Luckily, there are some free ESRI training courses that can get them some basic skills quickly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommend ESRI products. From the easy install to the available training, its no wonder that ESRI is the market leader when it comes to spatial analysis and mapping.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in the Emergency Response field. We use GIS in a number of ways, from creating static maps to dynamic web maps. Also, we create some custom applications starting with some out of the box tools. ESRI maps are very visually appealing and can easily tell a story.

Esri ArcGIS review by Mohammed S.
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"It's the best GIS software"

What do you like best?

It has everything you need, and you don't need. I think it is a GIS sea

What do you dislike?

It's not easy to use and sometimes it feels so complicated.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You need to do a massive number of training to help your staff masters it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating maps, it's more professional than other software, especially the free ones

Esri ArcGIS review by Chris L.
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"Excellent GIS Platform"

What do you like best?

ArcGIS is extremely powerful and flexible, with the ability to import data from a huge variety of sources. If there's a tool or feature that's not already built in to the application, you can build your own with Python.

What do you dislike?

It isn't intuitive at all. You will definitely need to buy a few books and do some training, however there ARE a number of free training and webinars available on the ESRI site.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm using ArcGIS for facilities management and documentation. ArcGIS also makes data visualization a breeze for doing territory analysis.

Esri ArcGIS review by Taylor T.
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"Great software, if you're willing to pay the price. "

What do you like best?

Wide array of processing tools available

What do you dislike?

Extremely high costs for advanced license

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you can afford it, this product is the way to go. It is the industry standard and offers far more support than any other GIS software. A standard license for business use is upwards of $7,000 per user, but many companies (including mine) find that this cost is offset by the benefits of this product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easily and quickly produce and analyze high-quality geographic data. The software allows us to solve an array of geographic problems and is easily shareable with other users and online.

Esri ArcGIS review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Information Technology and Services
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"Product Review: Esri ArcGIS 10.6"

What do you like best?

The catalog. It allows the program to connect to relevant files on the desktop rather than providing constant access to each and every file in your storage. I assume this impacts the memory usage of the program, making it more efficient.

What do you dislike?

There are many batch processing features which should be available as default options in the program which are not available at the moment. This could be something as simple as applying the same background color across several layers. These features require coding and are not accessible to non-coders.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Customer service over the phone is absolutely phenomenal.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data visualization. Providing a spatial element to any data analysis is crucial and visually effective to the viewer.

Esri ArcGIS review by Drikus T.
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"Spacial planning mad easy"

What do you like best?

The ease of use of the interface as well as the depth of functionality available. It was easy enough for a novice to start using after a day's training but rich enough in functionality that an expert could utilise the tools to assist in any spatial query.

What do you dislike?

The amount of SQL knowledge needed for in depth analysis of the core data. Verification of cadastral data could be very intricate and confusing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As a company they are very approachable and easy to work with. I built up a good working relationship with them within weeks of implementing their software. They are considerate of their clients needs and treat all their clients the same regardless of the amounts spent on their services and software

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used Esri software to assist our emergency services disaster management team with various queries including, plotting of fire lines, safe zones and emergency routes.

Esri ArcGIS review by Samantha H.
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"Great for mapping"

What do you like best?

Easy to use and allows you to be creative and make either functional or pretty maps

What do you dislike?

Can be a little glitch. Every once in a while it'll just close for no reason.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great product

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We create maps of the entire County showing each parcel. It is easy to use and very productive.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Management Consulting
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"Great Cartographic and Spatial Analysis Program - Poor UX and Design Features"

What do you like best?

If you know this program well, you can do a lot with it - this includes simple map making to advanced spatial analyses. Lots of industries use this software, from Architecture and Urban Planning to the Police Department to UPS and Fedex.

What do you dislike?

The challenge is knowing how to use the software. The learning curve is quite steep to do simple tasks, and even steeper to do advanced tasks. Often times, staff will need to attend a training class or program to become comfortable enough to use this software on their own. The UX is also not very great, and not intuitive at all - same goes for designing a map once you've created it (often you'll need to export to Illustrator to pretty it up).

Warning - this program ONLY works on WINDOWS OS (not Mac).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Steep learning curve - make sure your staff is up to the challenge (or you have a budget to train them)!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used to work in an urban planning consultancy - this was the best software on the market to do what we needed to do. I heard it was very expensive.

Esri ArcGIS review by Ariana J.
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"Researching for best map making software"

What do you like best?

It has a good variety of features and programs. ArcGIS Online works well, it didn't freeze up too much and had a good interface, however the desktop version is still more powerful and convenient. The interface is a lot better and more understandable than in years past.

What do you dislike?

I dislike paying, wish I could get more time to test it out before paying, or that they had some small section of ArcGIS online that could be more open like Google Maps.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A great product to consider, lots of potential for more complicated projects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed to make a few maps for a project.

Esri ArcGIS review by Valerie C.
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"ArcGIS, the best thing since sliced bread"

What do you like best?

I like being able to combine data from several sources and make something that makes those datasets into something others can visualize and utilize

What do you dislike?

Picking the correct transforms. With all these data, you often end up with data from a variety of CRS's

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just do it. Worth the time and investment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Too many to list, but I build a several maps that we utilize for field work and reconaissance as well as field safety and hazards planning/documentation.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Higher Education
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"Quickly being supplanted by Google Earth Engine"

What do you like best?

ArcGIS has had the longest run of GIS software. Due to this, it is the most well-documented GIS software available to industry and the consumer. As GIS software, it is adequate and serves the needs of most users.

What do you dislike?

ArcGIS is expensive and does not interface well with external software. Compared to new (and free!) offerings such as Google Earth Engine, ArcGIS is heavy and difficult to fine tune. For example, ArcGIS' functionality is more like an Adobe Photoshop project than it is an easily-editable and lightweight programming script. As more functionality and processing power is needed for GIS applications, this is quickly becoming a liability.

Recommendations to others considering the product

In the scientific community, GIS users are beginning to switch over to the Google Earth Engine because it is a superior product to ArcGIS, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a professor in the natural sciences. I use GIS software to analyze remote sensing images and produce maps for professional publications.

Esri ArcGIS review by John N.
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"Expensive but worth it"

What do you like best?

It does pretty everything I need it to and lets me extend what it can do with things like Python and SQL

What do you dislike?

I wish we could skip this era where it's unclear whether to use ArcGIS Portal, Online, or Enterprise and just skip to the time when I assume they'll all merge together

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's expensive, but no other GIS platform can do everything Esri does as well collectively

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data integration, storytelling, good ol' spatial analysis

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Government Administration
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"ArcGIS for Conservation Mapping"

What do you like best?

I like how there is an online community of people using GIS and solving GIS problems. Between ESRI's help and these threads, I can nearly always figure out how to make Arc GIS work for my project.

What do you dislike?

ArcGIS is a big program and often works with big files. This means it can get slow and bogged down. You can avoid delays by ordering your actions correctly and not putting more on your map than is necessary.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a class! Learn the basics before jumping in. There can be a learning curve at first, but once you know a little you can do a lot!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using ArcGIS has allowed me to map conservation practices on property's across the state and visually communicate the on the ground work.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Higher Education
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"Awful Program, website, and customer service"

What do you like best?

Nothing. I have not one nice thing to say about Esri besides that Jack Dangermond needs to fire the staff or leave, himself.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the fact that the computers in my department's GIS are always having problems due to GIS licensing. I dislike the fact that I have spent HOURS trying to download ArcGIS (I am not computer illiterate). I dislike the fact that I have spent over and hour and a half on hold with customer service. I'm actually on hold right now. I hope someone else comes along and creates a better program than Esri.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If possible, find another program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None.

Esri ArcGIS review by Nicholas M.
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"The Best Paid GIS Program"

What do you like best?

They have the best assortment of tools, and they usually listen to customer requests. Their help systems are quite good, and their free access to the user conference with a software license is a nice bonus. They are also very active with local groups around the country.

What do you dislike?

Some bug fixes and popular feature requests can take a long time to address. More resources devoted to development and satisfying customer demands rather than doing what they think we want would be nice.

Recommendations to others considering the product

none

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Utility-scale GIS of water and electric assets. This gave us the ability to combine all our data and maps into one location and serve it out over a network and with mobile devices. Previously, we just had dumb CAD drawings and scattered Access databases.

Esri ArcGIS review by Mike M.
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"I have more then 7 years using GIS both in an educational and professional settings."

What do you like best?

I like how GIS can integrate between survey and CAD work. I like how integrated cities-counties-states are in sharing information that serves for the betterment of all.

What do you dislike?

GIS is a powerful program. It takes time to understand enough to become effective at utilizing its many tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would highly recommend training from a college-university to get up-to-date training.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mapping and concept planning. I like the pretty pictures that can be produced to sell ideas-concepts.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Environmental Services
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"Good GIS software, but requires some training"

What do you like best?

ArcGIS is really the industry standard, but to achieve anything beyond really basic functionality, you really need to get some training or teach yourself using a good reference book. Honestly to even understand the full potential of ArcGIS, you need some guidance and training.

What do you dislike?

The software is very resource heavy - even on a very new computer with a very good processor and decent memory capacity, the software can lag a bit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For any real mapping needs, you need ArcGIS. Visually illustrating anything geographically arranged or even higher functions of data analysis only possible when combined with other geographically projected datasets.

Esri ArcGIS review by Annie H.
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"ArcGIS Review after 15 years user expereice"

What do you like best?

easy to use, technolody changes and but core function are still there

What do you dislike?

many chnages happening, a little hard to keep up with. ArcSDE is its own world not really database freindly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used for spatial analysis, density analysis, all kinds of reporting, a lot of files need to be tansferred back and forth. epsecially geoprocessing are its own set, wasted a lot of space and could create confusion in the file structure

Esri ArcGIS review by Scott F.
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"Industry leader of GIS solutions with great partnerships covering most needs"

What do you like best?

Very versatile solution with easy to use interfaces for all levels of users. Fantastic partnerships with companies such as SAP and SAS for business needs, ENVI for advanced imagery processing, FME for advanced data transformations and the list goes on. Widely used as the standard for GIS making it easy to share and work together with other organizations. Integrated across multiple platforms and capable of enterprise wide deployment.

What do you dislike?

While the help tools built into the software are great and the additional details that can be found online it can still be hard finding what help documents you need in the first place. There is so many users all fighting to get enhancements made for their workflows and it seems ESRI gets so bogged down they can't reasonably vet everything or organize it. In many cases items don't get noticed because multiple users are saying the same things but worded differently and spread out across multiple locations so it looks to ESRI as though there is 500 users wanting 100 unique things spread out across 100 requests instead of 500 users asking for 1 thing all consolidated.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have the money this is the biggest bang for your buck in terms of GIS solutions and you can easily expand it out as needed to take advantage of the additional extensions and plugins or integration pieces with other software. From simple desktop solution to enterprise wide integration ArcGIS has something to handle 95% or more of users needs out there.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ESRI handles all of our GIS needs from printed maps to web applications or simply storing and processing spatial data for analysis. GIS provides a seamless visualization tool we can combine data from across the enterprise and build out complex relationships to help answer questions along with making the best decisions possible.

Esri ArcGIS review by Michael C.
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"There really is no competition"

What do you like best?

The platform has many modules that fullfill the needs of all industries... and if ESRI does not have it, a third party app is there to add the support

What do you dislike?

There is very little to not like now that Pro is here.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can make use of the product for every industry - there is no reason not to include it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it for parcel data, land records, and environmental/cultural purposes

Esri ArcGIS review by Lauren M.
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"Despite issues, necessary to know in the GIS world"

What do you like best?

Joins are immensely helpful when comparing tables of data with shapes. There are even more options available to those who have/know ArcCatalog as well and can build relationships and subtypes into their databases. Makes it simple to digitize features from CAD files or images. Generally plays well with other programs like CAD. Can build scripts in python that use ArcGIS tools to speed up repetitive tasks and not even have to open the program. Their Customer Service is also generally great and wants to help

What do you dislike?

Does not deal well with large data sets. Dealing with attribute tables SHOULD be more like working in excel but isn't. Scripting with their geodatabases can be a pain with the learning curve but is definitely manageable.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you can afford it, just get it. Its so well documented and the help staff are eager to find solutions.

If not don't worry too much. QGIS is very similar and free. If you just need the tools and not the GUI, GDAL can also be used to script up processes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Working with large databases that contains housing information. Able to quickly compare data with excel using joins and other QC procedures.

Esri ArcGIS review by Jared H.
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"Great product. Can be expensive, but worth it. "

What do you like best?

ArcGIS Online is easy to use and extremely accurate.

What do you dislike?

Advanced features are can be difficult to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take advantage of the large amount of training and information ArcGIS has to offer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy to use and access maps with a variety of data.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Higher Education
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"Many spatial options in one (sometimes frustrating) package"

What do you like best?

Many easy to find options for analyzing spatial data; great table select features

What do you dislike?

Frequent challenging-to-solve errors; program crashes often

Recommendations to others considering the product

For large automated processes, consider relying more heavily on python, R, GDAL etc. . Figure out how to automate large numbers of data file downloads (DEM tiles etc.) from government websites. Spend a good quantity of time with the ArcMap before jumping into a project to understand common sources of errors etc., and keep your file storage system very trim and organized in order to reduce errors.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

(Partially) automating models, analyzing spatial hydrologic raster data

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Oil & Energy
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"ArcGIS: Industry Standard GIS Software Platform"

What do you like best?

ArcGIS is a widely used GIS software program by ESRI which comes in three flavors (Basic, Standard, Advanced). It can be further enabled with extensions such as Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, etc. to help with specific GIS data and analysis. ArcGIS can work with CAD data, KML files for Google Earth and other data sources. There are several other GIS programs out there that do some of the same things and cost much less but do consider the immense number of ArcGIS users that have already run into problems and found solutions for them. ESRI also has a good support team that can help as long as you have kept up with your annual maintenance fees. Inevitably you will run into a problem and in a production environment it's crucial to have that additional support when you need it.

What do you dislike?

ArcGIS, like any program has bugs. I know ESRI usually attempts to fix them when they are aware of them but some of them can be annoying. One that any GIS professional will tell you is that ArcGIS holds onto data locks sometimes. Once you understand them you can make it work but it's still a bother. Some of the ArcGIS toolsets are not ideal but do still get you a result. An instance where it could be improved is clipping out a subset of imagery, which can take a considerable amount of time depending on the area and it does not always succeed as desired. So if you want a program that deals with a lot of imagery manipulation this is not it. Viewing imagery data is fine but imagery processing is limited. Another significant point to note is that it does have a steep learning curve. Finally, it is expensive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need GIS software consider these things:

What do you want to get from it now and in the future?

What are you willing to and able to pay for it?

How crucial is GIS software to providing your products/services?

Do your clients work with it and require ArcGIS data outputs?

ArcGIS is a great tool, just make sure you really need it and that you have someone that can work with it. It is the high-end version of GIS software so just make sure you need it before you pay to get it. There are many free GIS tools out there that can do quite a lot.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ArcGIS has been a great resource for our organization with regards to pipeline mapping and data analysis.

Esri ArcGIS review by Sarah R.
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"Useful for visuals, but can be tedious."

What do you like best?

I like the interface that GIS uses. Specifically the Desktop version (I mainly use ArcMap10.2, and ArcCatalog,). I find Arc products to be very consistent, and as such, I feel comfortable using the various software in different situations. Its is also amazing for visual analysis.

What do you dislike?

Arc, and ESRI products can be very tedious. Many tools and applications will only work if action are performed in specific ways and steps. Arc licensing is also expensive and can be a deterrent.

I am a Mac user. The company I work for is a Mac company. The fact that Arc products do not work on Macs is a major issue for me. I had to get my own computer specifically for the ArcGIS needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's very good for consulting and market research. You can easily show the visual side of your projects. If you are looking for these sorts of needs, I would suggest Arc. Also if you ware doing any spatial research or analysis Arc is a good program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My most recent project was to determine where targeted marketing for a company should occur. I used Arc to create a cluster analysis of where the company had the highest program uptake and the highest program results. I then created maps outlining where I suggest targeted marketing occur based on historic trends of program uptake and program benefit.

A major benefit is the fact that Arc software can produce a visuals for projects were necessary. This is key for the research marketing and consulting world.

Esri ArcGIS review by Zak B.
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"User review for ArcGIS"

What do you like best?

ArcGIS is an exceptional program. It has man more uses than we currently have, but the functionality is fantastic. It is a program which requires a little more effort to master, but once one does, the sky is the limit. I am a firm believer in creating something right the first time, and this program enables one to.

The best part of this program is the ability to create and modify attributes for shapefiles. Many coworkers prefer to work with KML or KMZ, but the preferred display settings are limited, and are easily lost when the system is rebooted. The attributes for .SHP enable analysts to create a file with a preferred display and enable one to do much more for presenting the graphics.

What do you dislike?

There are two primary issues with ArcGIS: the cost and the stability. The suite we use is extremely expensive and is more than $12k for one user. The software can be very touchy when using thin client architecture.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When attempting to train the next generation of DoD intelligence analysts, a tool for terrain analysis and for pattern analysis is needed. The mapping of ArcGIS is far superior to nearly every other digital mapping tool I've used in nearly 15 years within the industry. As both a user and an instructor, I found myself as the "go to" guy when utilizing this software on a daily basis for more than four years.

Esri ArcGIS review by User in Information Services
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"Used in creating flight maps "

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to adjust the map, and change out the base layers depending on what is needed by the pilot/operator.

What do you dislike?

There are certain tools that can only be used in certain versions which is a headache to find the right version in the office on a computer somewhere.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it to create the flight maps the pilot and operator give to ATC so they can get clearance to fly in certain areas.

Esri ArcGIS review by Arun K.
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"ESRI is a great tool"

What do you like best?

If you are a Geographer or GIS professional, this is your primary tool to create maps using ArcMap and ArcGIs. It's very advanced and helps you achieve your geospatial goals.

What do you dislike?

It is complicated at at times, too many functions and one can only use it confidently after many uses.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Start with esri and you might stick with esri - we did.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We create maps when we present our findings of climate change effects in the arctic.

Esri ArcGIS review by Katherine F. F.
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"Good for basic work, slow for advanced"

What do you like best?

Intuitive tools, great for beginners to use. Easy to understand interface

What do you dislike?

The interface is a little slow for advanced computing and analysis. Python or other programming languages are slightly easier

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

There are a lot of great research answers that emerge using this to target urban development problems, including problems of land identification, land suitability analysis, ability to identify regional hotspot, vacancy options, etc.

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