In my role as Project Manager for the Center for GIS, I am involved in many interesting efforts that leverage GIS technology to solve critical issues in today’s ever changing world. Having just gotten back from the premier GIS conference, the Esri International User Conference, I feel a little overwhelmed – as I do every time I get back – and energized by Jack Dangermond’s plenary session that opened the conference.
Here are a few of my thoughts from the conference, which attracted over 15,000 attendees (about 5,000 were there for the first-time!).
- ArcGIS Online is going to change the way we work together to explore and share information. For instance, it enables us to easily create and share content with others, be it a bike route map to connect friends for a pre-conference outing or an on-line map showing USA Tapestry Segmentationfor geo-demographic comparisons.
- Continued emphasis is being placed on empowering everyone who uses Esri technology. Visit these web pages to read about ways Esri is improving the user experience.
- Mobile access is now commonplace and expected. Esri solutions are there to support this environment and solve real-life issues.
- The Esri International User Conference is the ultimate event to grow existing relationships and establish new ones.
Hopefully, you’ll have the opportunity to attend next year’s User Conference.