Tag: ArcGIS Online

Willy Simons: “Kenya is not yet operating at the cutting edge of Geospatial technology”

Willy Simons: “Kenya is not yet operating at the cutting edge of Geospatial technology”

Interviews
Willy Simons has worked in the geo-spatial industry, since coming to Kenya in 1994. Over the last 18 years in the capacity of Founder and Managing Director of several companies. Among them Esri Eastern Africa, Oarkar Services and currently Spatiality He combines his vast industry experience with qualifications in agricultural science, geo-spatial technology, business and project management. Willy cares about leadership, competitiveness and productivity and wants to use his skills to leave this world a better place. See more here LinkedIn Qn: I was looking to have this interview in Swahili, so it's just fair for me to ask this first. You've been in Kenya since 1994 roughly 23 years, how's your Swahili? Ans: I have a basic understanding of Swahili, and have been taking lessons since last y...
Laban Karanja: “GIS is already becoming a darling of the business world..”

Laban Karanja: “GIS is already becoming a darling of the business world..”

Interviews
Hi! My name is Laban Karanja - currently working as a Solutions Engineer with Esri Eastern Africa. Sounds like a grand title but it basically means that my job is to craft ArcGIS - based solutions for people/organizations who need them. I wasn't always into GIS (actually most of the people I work with would tell you I'm more into the 'IS' part of it than I am the 'G') - I stumbled onto it when I applied for a job at the company I currently work for. I studied Telecommunication Engineering at JKUAT many moons ago but never managed to join that sector. GIS was a bit more welcoming and I'm glad that I ended up here. Hobbies? I'm all about sleep, watching and listening to audio interviews and reading articles about the music business.   You can find Laban on Twitter @sowanch  also
The Present and the Future in Geospatial technology: What transformation are we looking forward  to seeing in this industry?

The Present and the Future in Geospatial technology: What transformation are we looking forward to seeing in this industry?

Applications, Case Studies, General, GeoIT, Industry, Integrations, News, Software
This article was inspired by a recent discussion on a Whatsapp group Do you think traditional GIS desktop apps will become redundant given the rapid developments in SaaS, PaaS etc? What's your take? With the proliferation of Cloud computing, especially considering it offsets your organization infrastructure costs allowing you to invest in what matters, software service, we've seen numerous new technologies and concept emerge within geospatial technology Internet of things, Big Data, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, 3D Mapping and BIM, Smart Cities concepts. So are these the future of Geospatial technology? Are we looking at something more? Is desktop application loosing ground to cloud based solutions? First, let agree on this; I believe desktop application will be replaced by cl...
Create web map applications using Mango

Create web map applications using Mango

Applications, Case Studies, GeoIT, Integrations, Tutorial
With the advent of numerous technologies in the Geospatial sector, web mapping has become a must-have skill when handling spatial data in this realm. Sharing information across nodes, devices and users is vital to allow for faster project execution and management. Today, creating web maps has become an easy task taking into consideration that some platforms require little to no programming skills, no licenses and no  massive servers to launch. I have been testing some of these platforms within a duration of about one year and have seen great improvements by the teams behind these platforms. Starting from ArcGIS Online, QGIS Cloud, GIS Cloud, Mapbox, CartoDB and Mango. Today, I will demonstrate the procedures involved in making maps with Mango. First, you can find out how Mango works by