Takeaways from Esri UC 2013
The Esri International User Conference 2013 has come to a close, and I have returned to the home office feeling pretty good. During my flight home, I took time to mentally review the conference, which was a challenging task.
If you were there, you understand the sheer amount of “stuff” going on this year was daunting - I routinely had to make tough decisions as to what to see next. “What was really cool?” I asked myself. I knew I’d be asked the same thing when I got back in on Monday so I focused and here’s what I came up with…
The Esri Toy Box
Esri showed us a host of new tools and product offerings. ArcGIS 10.2, ArcGIS GeoEvent Processor, ArcOnline, and a ton of a new content; there’s plenty to choose from. One of my fun jobs to digest it all and see how Cartegraph can continue to leverage and partner with Esri to get you best of both systems – World class Operations Management tools partnered with the power of spatial analysis and mapping tools. Stay tuned.
It’s a Small World After All
With an unofficial count of over 12,000 attendees, it was pretty inspiring to see all the different industries and users who rely on GIS for their day to day operations. It was especially cool to talk to folks from industries outside Cartegraph’s primary domain of state and local government, and hear about what folks in Mining, Utilities, and environmental sciences, just to name a few, are doing with GIS. A take away from this; those industries face very similar trials and tribulations as our state and local government brethren – we’re all in this together.
To the Web
Continuing on the trend, Esri shows no sign of slowing its push to leverage the power of the web for application and content consumption. Seeing features previously the sole domain of desktop applications running flawlessly via web apps was exciting. Cartegraph is right in step, providing a leading edge web-based application, and seeing Esri’s tack and adoption by the GIS community is confirmation enough we are on the right track.
Cartegraph — The Operations Management System
Come on, you knew this was coming. I have no hesitation saying the Esri UC was one of Cartegraph best shows to date. We brought our “A” game and it showed! I had a ton of great conversations with existing Cartegraph users, as well as those getting ready to dip their toe in the Cartegraph pool. The booth looked awesome, the shirt give away was a blast, and the overall buzz and vibe was exactly what we were hoping for. For those of you who stopped by, thanks for being a part of it all.
We came away from the show feeling really good about our position in the market, where we are heading, and where you all are heading as well. We continue to look forward to partnering with you and Esri in the future to bring you the tools you need to succeed in your day-to-day operations.
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