At Esri and Schneider Electric we appreciate the feedback on our product releases and take interest in identifying and resolving any issues that might arise during an upgrade. Both companies take this feedback seriously and have been working hard to resolve issues and provide patches to allow you to use the software with confidence. Recent testing of the joint 10.2.1 release at a utility site continued our focus on performance as improvements dropped execution times of various tasks significantly. These improvements are being rolled out to you in patches in the coming months for both the ArcGIS and ArcFM Solution product suites.
At Esri, the focus has been on reconcile/conflict management, the geometric network, and replication. The main improvements help reduce conflicts, provide better tools for network QA/QC, and update the logging process for replication. More recent updates have focused on improving drawing and labeling experience. These updates are included in the 10.2.1 release, and the majority of these updates are also being rolled back to previous releases. The 10.1 SP1 version of the updates (Utilities and Telecom Quality Improvement Patch) is also currently available here. Work has begun on the 9.3.1 and 10.0 versions of the updates, and we expect those releases soon. In the meantime, Esri will continue to work on finding ways to improve the overall performance and usability of the system and provide any updates to you.
At Schneider Electric, our improvements targeted ArcFM and Designer in the areas most critical to our end users. ArcFM saw a number of performance and stability improvements, including:
- Quicker start-up time
- Faster performance for core tools such as the Attribute Editor
- Shorter time to open Stored Displays
- Increased speed of Feeder Manager initialization for both versions 2.0 and 1.0.
In addition to general performance improvements, Designer saw the performance and stability improvements to the following functionality:
- Open and Save Design
- CU Referencing
- CU to Work Location Assignment tool
- Placing Template Favorites
- Memory utilization
Nearly all ArcFM Server operations saw performance improvements between 50% and 100%.
These enhancements are part of the 10.2.1 release, which is currently available on the exchange connected community. The majority of these performance and stability enhancements are also being rolled back to previous releases to benefit a larger portion of our user base. The 10.1.1 Quality Improvement Patch (QIP) is currently available on exchange. The 10.1 QIP is in development and will be available in the next couple weeks. Later this year, a second round of enhancements will focus on further usability improvements to ArcFM and Designer.
Esri and Schneider Electric plan to showcase these performance and stability enhancements during Link, Schneider Electric’s user group meeting scheduled March 4-6, 2014. Information about Link 2014 as well as the conference agenda is available on exchange.
With 10.2.1, Schneider Electric also introduced Application Metrics in ArcFM. This opt-in program allows us to capture usage information and develop enhancements even more targeted at how our end users work with the software. More information on Application Metrics can be found here.
Finally, to ensure optimal performance and stability improvements, Esri and Schneider Electric conducted joint testing in the Esri Holistic Lab in Redlands, CA. Baseline performance metrics were collected on 10.2 before testing ArcGIS and ArcFM 10.2.1 applications on customer data. Esri and Schneider Electric are currently compiling these metrics and preparing to share them with our users.