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Blog Post created by krichardson-esristaff Employee on Jul 10, 2015

Casual format drives Showcase talks


Open-air, lightning-talk style presentations have become a popular fixture at the Implementation Center, one of the Esri islands on the UC Showcase floor. This year promises to be no exception as some of the standing-room-only talks are being re-offered along with brand new topics.


The Implementation Center is staffed throughout the Showcase with Esri consultants and technical experts. Users stop by to talk shop and seek advice, no appointments necessary.


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Esri Proposals Coordinator Sara Fletcher delivers “Tips for Writing a Successful GIS RFP” during the 2014 Esri Users Conference.

The big draw, however, are the presentations. Focused and quick, 18 different expert talks are delivered at the Center during the showcase. Several of the most popular are presented twice, making 22 sessions in all.


The casual style facilitates discussion and questions and also allows users to easily drop in to see if a topic catches their interest. Presenters also appreciate the relaxed setting and often find themselves in deep conversations with users long after their talk has ended.


“The chance to engage with users this way is invigorating,” said Steve Temmermand, a presenter at the 2014 Users Conference, who will speak again this year. His talks are Launching Your Location Platform and Discovering the Location Dimension of Your Business.


“Users will have questions and ideas I hadn’t considered. The format encourages folks to get engaged,” Temmermand said.

The Implementation Center talks are included in the UC agenda, and a complete list is available at the island.


Among the new talks this year are Building Security into Your System by Bill Major and Gregory Ponto at 4:30 p.m. July 21 and Drive Order Management with GIS by Dave Lewis and Rodney Conger at 3:30 p.m. July 22.


Some of the popular returning talks include Tips for Writing a Successful GIS RFP by Sarah Fletcher and When is Agile the Best Project Management Method by Lana Tylka, offered at multiple times.