ArcGIS is a family of software designed to handle and analyze geospatial data by visualizing geographical statistics using layer building maps with information such as climate data and trade flows. It comprises a base layer, which is typically a geographical map, with spatial layers that are overlaid on top of others. Integrating ArcGIS with Microsoft products helps businesses use quality data and advanced spatial tools to generate location intelligence in their business data for a better perspective and data-driven decision-making. In this article, we will focus on using ArcGIS with SharePoint to map, visualize, and organize the SharePoint data.
What Are the Advantages of Using ArcGIS with SharePoint?
Using ArcGIS with SharePoint allows users to geotag SharePoint content to map features. Here are some of the advantages of using ArcGIS with SharePoint.
- Users can click on a point-line or an area on a map and see SharePoint documents related to that area.
- Users can visualize, organize, tag, and search SharePoint data on ArcGIS maps.
- Using geotagged SharePoint documents to map features minimizes the need for keyword-based searches, which can be slow, frustrating, and time-consuming.
- All the documents associated with a location can be grouped, helping teams collaborate on documents and workflows with greater ease.
- ArcGIS web parts can be configured with SharePoint components easily without any programming knowledge.
How to Use ArcGIS Maps for SharePoint?
Using ArcGIS maps with SharePoint allows users to geotag and geo search documents and data, add maps to the SharePoint pages, perform spatial analysis such as Buffer/Drive time analysis and use Infographics cards. Here is how to get started with ArcGIS for SharePoint.
- Add a new SharePoint page, and search for the ArcGIS Maps web part.
- Log in to ArcGIS if there is an account. Alternatively, click on Continue to use public content.
- Import data from either SharePoint or ArcGIS to add layers to get started. For example, select a SharePoint list and then click on the Add button.
- Layers can be configured by selecting Styling in the Layer options widget. Options such as Select features and Clustering are available in the Styling selection.
- Ensure that pop-ups are enabled to reveal additional information. Similarly, time animations can be enabled for spatial analysis.
- Basemaps can be applied to add customizations to existing maps.
- The search tool can be used to zoom in to an area.
- The newly introduced Geotag and Geosearch capabilities can be used to organize files and documents and add them to the map. This can be done by simply dragging the document to a location on the map.
- Infographics cards can help users dig more into spatial features, while buffer/drive time analysis can help in understanding distributions better.
- Maps can be shared to ArcGIS and web parts can be configured based on requirements.
Apps4Rent Can Help with ArcGIS SharePoint Integration
Using ArcGIS with SharePoint enables users to search, and share data-driven maps and geotagged documents in the SharePoint framework with which they are already familiar. It can help in using demographic data to identify patterns that may not have been uncovered before. In addition to SharePoint, ArcGIS can also be used with other applications, such as Excel in the Office suite.
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