Esri Headlines

Highlighting Esri technical topics, news, and updates.

Taking a Look Into Esri’s Newest Launch: ArcGIS Platform:
What is ArcGIS Platform? This is a location platform-as-a-service (PaaS), for developers that need to integrate location capabilities into their application, business systems, or products. Learn more about ArcGIS Platform and its capabilities here!

Explorer, Collector, and Tracker to be Replaced by ArcGIS Field Maps:
Launched in October of 2020, ArcGIS Field Maps is set to replace ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Explorer, and ArcGIS Tracker. These applications are still available to be downloaded but will be retired in December of 2021. Find out more on Esri’s Blog. If you have any questions or would like assistance with ArcGIS Field Maps please contact NPGS at [email protected].

What We’re Working on

How we implement Esri functionality into our applications.

North Point Assists in Updating MN Compass Site!

We recently had the opportunity to work with the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation on the Minnesota Compass project to update the Application Programming Interface (API) and enhance their GIS capabilities. This project was made possible by many generous donations, including primary funding from the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.

Read the whole article here on our blog page!

North Point Recognized by Esri as a Release Ready Partner!

As an Esri Partner, NPGS is proud to now be a Release Ready company. Esri Release Ready companies are recognized for their expertise in the industry and provide solutions that help their clients leverage the latest capabilities of the ArcGIS system.

GIS Tips & Tricks

When we learn something new or helpful, we like to pass it along. 

Using JavaScript API to Extend Survey123 Capabilities.

If you were unable to attend our webinar in January, hosted by NPGS’s GIS Web Developer, Kray Freestone, on extending the capabilities of Survey123 with JavaScript API, find it here on our YouTube page!

Events and Conferences

Events of interest for our GIS and web development folks.

Esri Developer Summit 
April 6th-8th, 2021

Designed to demonstrate how to build cutting-edge applications, this year’s Developer Summit will be hosted virtually April 6th-8th! Find out more about this event here.

MN GIS/LIS Spring Conference
May 10th-14th, 2021

Mark your calendars for the week of May 10th-14th! MN GIS/LIS will be hosting virtual Spring Workshops. More information on this event is soon to come here!

MnCCC Bee Buzzworthy Conference
June 7th-10th, 2021

Save the date! This year’s Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative Bee Buzzworthy Conference will be hosted on June 7th-10th. NPGS will be presenting on “Online Permitting Application Solution” and “Address Point Editor & Adress Collector Application” at this conference. To learn more about this virtual event and how to become a vendor visit here!

Esri User Conference
July 12th-14th, 2021

The annual Esri User Conference will be hosted virtually again, July 12th-15th. Attend the Plenary Session, technical workshops, and connect with other GIS professionals. Register here now!

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NPGS is excited to announce a collaboration with Urban GIS!

North Point is passionate about supporting diversity in the GIS industry, so we are collaborating with Urban GIS to promote EDGE and the Diversity Survey.

EDGE stands for Ethnically Diverse Geospatial Engagement and was founded by Keith Searles from Urban GIS. Learn more about EDGE at or by joining the LinkedIn Group.

We would love your feedback and insight on how you’re approaching diversity within your organization. Please take a couple of moments to complete the Diversity Survey here. Those that participate will be highlighted on the EDGE website, on LinkedIn, and through other social media channels. Thank you for your time and participation.

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