Dear Esri Users,
The Higher Ed team for Esri recently announced that they would be sunsetting ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap). Please read their blog post here. We have followed up with our Esri rep with specific questions on how this will affect UF. They have indicated two relevant items:
1) Our number of ArcMap licenses will go from 5000 to 250 on 11/22/22
2) They would like us to discontinue concurrent use licensing for both ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro. For ArcMap, Esri recommends single-use licensing. For ArcGIS Pro, they recommend named user licensing, single-use when necessary, and concurrent use only if absolutely necessary.
Official support for ArcMap does not expire until Spring 2026 (source), however, you should immediately start the migration to ArcGIS Pro if you wish to continue to use desktop GIS software from Esri under the UF/Esri site license. There are legitimate concerns with the continued use of ArcMap because it’s built on old architecture, which could cause security and/or incompatibility issues with future windows updates.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact GeoPlan. Especially helpful would be any information on why ArcGIS Pro and/or a switch to single using licensing won’t be feasible for you.
Can university Staff/Faculty/Students install ArcGIS Pro on their personally owned devices? Yes, as long as it’s for University-related work.
What do we do if we manage a lab and use Concurrent Use? We are currently working through the details of this and how to best use Single Use in lab settings.
Will there be a change in price for using ArcGIS Pro? No, providing that Esri continues to charge us the same amount and as long as the number of units chipping in for the site license stays consistent, the charge per unit will not change. It will stay at $100 or $500 per year.
Will students still have access to ArcGIS Pro? Yes, we have functionally unlimited licenses for ArcGIS Pro, please send students here.
Does this have any effect on the use of ArcGIS Online? No, we still have functionally unlimited logins for ArcGIS Online.
Will I be able to use ArcMap in Fall 2022 or after? There aren’t enough licenses of ArcMap for the University at our current usage. We can’t predict if you will be able to have a license of ArcMap after 11/22/22. After this date, you should plan to use ArcGIS Pro.