Don't Miss Technology Keynotes at the EsriUC

Blog Post created by krichardson-esristaff Employee on Jul 15, 2015

Transformational and inspirational – that’s you with GIS reimagined. Esri is offering two technology keynote presentations you don’t want to miss on this topic.

There is a whole wide world out there waiting for you and your GIS-based solutions. Be transformative in your communities. Learn how at the Technology Keynotes.

Ignite Your Revolution: Implementing the Platform 8:30 a.m. to 9: 45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, Ballroom 06 A

Learn how different organizations, large and small, sparked a transformation in the way they do business. Esri experts will share insights into the business drivers, implementation approaches, and technical capabilities behind these accomplishments.  Examples will include a behind-the-scenes look into stories from the plenary. Whether you are just getting started or extending your existing capabilities, get inspired to ignite your own revolution.

Presented by Brian Cross, Director of Professional Services, and Team and Mansour Raad, Senior Software Architect

Reimagining GIS: Geographic Information Society at 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, July 23, Room 10

GIS is social. Web GIS is the GIS of the world. And it’s happening thanks to Cloud computing.  You can become a part of this comprehensive GIS of the world. Your work can be shared with anyone, anywhere through devices and apps. Learn how, including understanding special implementation challenges, implications, and opportunities, so you too can apply your GIS virtually everywhere.

Presented by Clint Brown, Director, Product Engineering, Linda Beale, Product Engineer Geoprocessing and  Mark Harrower, Product Engineer and Designer

We delved a little bit closer into the technical keynotes with Brian Cross, to get you some inside information on the topics being covered.

Brian Cross, the director of professional services at Esri will join other Esri senior level staff to give users a look at the future of GIS on Wednesday and Thursday mornings during EsriUC


The title of your team’s Technology Keynote talks about igniting a revolution with the platform. What does that mean?

Sometimes, when GIS users get together, conversations tend to drift toward technology and technique. That’s great, but it’s important to keep the larger goals in mind as well. This session is intended to do that.

We’ve seen users accomplish pretty amazing things in their organizations through the ArcGIS platform, things that made transformational differences in their business. A variety of Professional Services leaders and consultants will give examples of users from different markets, of different sizes, with different missions, from all over the world. We hope seeing examples of how these users leverage the platform will inspire others to recognize an opportunity to ignite a revolution in their business.

Is it realistic to think that “transformational” change is possible for the majority of GIS users?

It is definitely real. Any business can run faster, better, smarter. Any government can be more effective and deliver its mission better.

The cases we’ll discuss come from large organizations and single-person shops with diverse levels of experience. We want to share both the technology approach as well as the human approach to delivering transformation. It can be pretty amazing to see the impact one or two foundational apps can have on an organization.

Is there any common quality that these users share, something others can copy?

They all use the ArcGIS platform with the same essential elements, but each one has its own flavor and approach.

The Web GIS pattern is also one of the fundamental elements, although different users emphasize different parts. That’s one of the points we want to highlight in the keynote.

Even though they each use some of the latest Esri technology, they didn’t merely pursue the new technology for its own sake. These users each based their approach on the key business drivers for their organizations and achieved something that was transformational.