ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS

August 2, 2016 — Brian Higgins  [3:49]

In this video, SSP Innovations answers the question that so many of our customers ask us. Should I choose ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS? This video does not include a coverage of the ArcGIS Enterprise option as well, but the tenants described in the video will still be the same ones applicable to your web GIS implementation today.

Is your utility, telecommunications company, or pipeline operation interested in getting up and running on ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise, and/or Portal for ArcGIS? Learn about the ArcGIS Online Jumpstart option from SSP on our GIS Jumpstarts overview page here. We’ll get your team up and running quickly on the leading Esri web GIS platform.

Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Brian Higgins. I am a Senior Consultant with SSP Innovations. SSP has written numerous blog posts on the subject of Esri ArcGIS Online and Esri Portal for ArcGIS, but we get numerous comments "which one is right for us?" It is very simple.

We got a blog post. It will probably be published as this video goes out. We will reference it on our website. Basically, there's two major categories to consider. First the upgrade frequency. Maybe people don't know it, but Esri upgrades ArcGIS Online 3 to 4 times a year.

Sometimes I'll log in and say "oh look at that!" So, Esri Portal for ArcGIS gets upgraded 1 to 2 times a year. The difference is when you are using Portal, it is your responsibility or the client's responsibility to go through that upgrade process.

Whereas you are using the Esri ArcGIS Online option, it's seamless. It is going on behind the scenes. The biggest reason people choose Esri Portal for ArcGIS over Esri ArcGIS Online is the security. Now, on our blog post, I draw this really elaborate diagram of an individual with their GIS inside a box with a larger box representing the internet.

If this is your situation. Meaning you have no interaction, restricted/no access to the internet, or your organization does not allow your data to be published in the cloud or distributed over the internet, then absolutely Esri Portal for ArcGIS is your option. If you are able to access your GIS from the internet, then Esri ArcGIS Online is your option.

Skye has written a blog post discussing the security and the nature of Esri ArcGIS Online. So, don't totally rule it out just for enhanced security. I hope this presentation was beneficial and good luck with your options.

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Brian Higgins

Brian Higgins is a Senior Consultant at the Utility & Telecommunications GIS consulting company SSP Innovations in Centennial, Colorado.  He is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) with 22 years of experience in the design and development of GIS systems for the management of municipal infrastructure.

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