Build a Change Management Plan at the Esri User Conference

Blog Post created by sboden-esristaff Employee on Jun 4, 2020

In a year that’s seen many changes, the 2020 Esri User Conference exemplifies a positive response to change—pivoting to a virtual event and embracing new ways to provide a venue for our amazing worldwide community to learn, collaborate, and share their important GIS work.


This year’s conference continues the longstanding emphasis on educational opportunities, including postconference seminars on popular topics after the main conference activities conclude.


Change is not unique to 2020; it is always happening. Technology advances are changing how organizations collect, manage, visualize, analyze, and share data using ArcGIS software. This in turn creates change for the people collecting, managing, visualizing, analyzing, and sharing data.


Preparing for Change Workshop is a postconference seminar that supports attendees who are modernizing workflows using ArcGIS apps and capabilities, expanding ArcGIS access to new groups within their organization, or planning other GIS-related projects that will significantly impact how members of the workforce perform their jobs.


Where and When

Online following the 2020 Esri User Conference

July 16-17, 2020

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Pacific time


This is an interactive workshop that includes discussion and activities. Certified Esri change management practitioners cover practical steps to increase awareness and acceptance of new technology-driven workflows and gain buy-in for the change up and down the organization. Attendees will start building a plan to


  • Document the strategic value of ArcGIS adoption at all levels of the organization.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of impacted stakeholders.
  • Establish a support and sponsorship framework to ensure successful adoption.
  • Communicate effectively by understanding the impacts of new technology from the perspective of executives, managers, and employees.


Who Will Benefit from Attending?

Organizational leaders, GIS managers, influencers, and change agents who want to increase the overall adoption rate of geospatial capabilities and plan a people-focused change management effort.


Research shows that when organizations apply people-focused change management to support employees (and managers) through times of change, they are six times more likely to achieve project goals (Prosci 2016). Workshop materials include templates that attendees can use to start actioning people-focused change-management immediately.


If your organization is planning a technology project that will impact existing workflows, take this opportunity to learn how to prepare your people to more quickly pivot, embrace change, adopt new workflows, and together achieve the intended business results.