I am currently using ArcGIS online to create web maps and for mobile data collection; the data is stored/ created in a personal geodatabase, added to a .MXD and symbolized, etc. then pushed up to the web to create a web map. It is hosted by ArcGIS.

I deal with a lot of users and a lot of data. This set up has had some significant limitations. For example, backing up data; because it is stored in a personal geodatabase in order to back it up I need to over write it each time. Another limitation is that I can’t get live updates or syncs in the field again because it is stored in a personal geodatabase.

My question, what are alternatives to the system I am using? I realize this answer may be involved so sending me in the right direction to find information or resources would be great.

This also needs to be within the ESRI environment.

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Host it yourself, rather than with ArcGIS Online. Within an Esri environment you could manage your own installation of ArcGIS for Server, which includes Portal for creating/hosting the web maps. This way you can manage your own enterprise database environment.

  • How difficult are ArcGIS for Server and Portal to use? – Mapsy Daisy Apr 25 '17 at 18:37
  • Without knowing your experience with managing enterprise software, especially GIS software, all I can say is it's easy to install and very well documented. I'd venture to say that if you can use ArcGIS Online you can use Server/Portal. The hardest part is usually database management. – Radar Apr 25 '17 at 18:44
  • So what can I do with ArcGIS for Server/Portal that I can't do with a personal geodatabase/data hosted by ArcGIS online? – Mapsy Daisy Apr 25 '17 at 18:56
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    The comments section on GIS SE isn't the place for extended discussion or training. I would recommend doing some basic reading here: server.arcgis.com/en – Radar Apr 25 '17 at 19:06

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