What is the future for ProductivitySuite and how will we assistance the OS Highways dataset?

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The technologies underlying the ArcGIS Platform has changed substantially over current years, with core functionality possessing matured to the point where many ProductivitySuite functions can now be performed out-of-the-box. We have as a result communicated plans to deprecate assistance for some functions of ProductivitySuite (please see this blog post for further information).

One of the main functions of ProductivitySuite is for converting Ordnance Survey (OS) data. The Data Interoperability extension is element of the core ArcGIS Platform and is made specifically to convert and manipulate spatial information into the ArcGIS atmosphere. We for that reason plan to migrate ProductivitySuite’s information conversion functionality to the Information Interoperability extension and offer tools to permit customers to continue to convert their OS Information (the tools are nevertheless in improvement and a lot more data will be communicated as we progress).

We are nevertheless working on the precise particulars of this change and how that will impact clients. Current ProductivitySuite buyers will be switched to the Information Interoperability extension by way of a clear migration approach.

We will continue to assistance and preserve ProductivitySuite until a suitable alternative is obtainable.

OS Highways

Due to the plans outlined above we will not be extending ProductivitySuite to convert the new OS Highways dataset.

When the OS very first released the OS Highways dataset they also offered some FME workbenches to aid convert the data. Esri UK transformed these workbenches into Spatial ETL tools which could be utilised with the Information Interoperability Extension to load the data into a file geodatabase.

These tools have since been extended to now also output a network dataset that can be employed for routing and evaluation. We hope to release a beta version to customers shortly.

During the Beta phase we also plan to host processed data in ArcGIS On the internet. The processed information will be created accessible to customers who have a present ProductivitySuite or Data Interoperability licence and an applicable OS Highways data license. To request access to this processed information please send us an e mail, like details of your organisation and an ArcGIS On the internet User that we can share the data with.

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