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SIGGRAPH—“A Creative Recharge of Epic Proportions”

This is an actual quote from a recent SIGGRAPH attendee: “Think of everything that has ever made you geek out and feel so passionate about something in your whole life and put it into one feeling … That, my friend, is the feeling you get when being at SIGGRAPH.”

We couldn’t agree more! Once again, Esri will have a strong presence at SIGGRAPH, on the main exhibit floor as well as in the job fair. I sat down with HR team members Shawn and Jennifer to talk about what people who stop by our booth in the job fair can expect.

Why is Esri exhibiting at SIGGRAPH?

Shawn: Esri is the world leader in geographic information systems (GIS) and we also just happen to be a great place to build a career! With the changes in technology shifting more toward 3D technologies, a major component of Esri’s work has to do with 3D, graphics, visualization, and more. Esri has opportunities for all types of people and you certainly don’t need a background in GIS to join the company.

What skills are you looking for?

Shawn: We are looking for innovative people who have the desire to inspire and make a real difference with the work they do. We want forward thinkers who are ready to dive into different technologies. Esri is always interested in people who run the gamut of technical knowledge, but people who have expertise in 3D software development will be especially desirable at SIGGRAPH.

Jennifer: One of the most important things we stress about Esri is that our company is doing work that impacts people and our planet. GIS is and can be used in almost any industry imaginable. On the 3D side, Esri has a product called CityEngine that allows users to turn flat designs into vivid 3D visualizations. It can be used to improve urban planning and architecture and design, as well as to create cities from the ground up for utilization in many applications. In fact, our booth in the job fair will have a reader that links to CityEngine to create a 3D city using the contours of your thumbprint. Pretty cool, huh?

A scene from Esri CityEngine software

What are you looking forward to most?

Jennifer: Well, I’m excited to spend some time in Canada!  I can’t even imagine how taken I am going to be surrounded by all of that incredible technology and the brilliant minds that create it.

Since this is my first year going, I am so amped to experience new things! Of course, speaking for both of us, we are also looking forward to meeting the creative and daring individuals advancing these technologies … hopefully even finding a few future Esri stars in the group.

Shawn: Since I have been to SIGGRAPH before, I have in mind what I think we’re going to see, but I am also looking forward to the new technologies and such. I think with the explosion in 3D printing in this last year we will see a lot of companies doing something with that. It will be interesting to once again see where Esri fits into the mix. And to agree with Jen, we are definitely looking forward to talking to some potential candidates.

Have we left you wanting to know more? Check out the Esri CityEngine web page, or better yet meet us at the job fair and talk with Shawn and Jen face to face. You’ll leave as excited about our technology as we are!

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Make a Note!

Want to learn about about a cool new 3D modeling tool that allows users to transform polygonal objects? Check out this session being presented by staff in the Esri R&D Center in Zurich: PushPull++. Catch it Wednesday afternoon in East Building, Ballroom B-C.

Wondering how 3D technology fits into Esri’s ArcGIS platform?

3D is across the ArcGIS platform, from the desktop to sharing 3D content through the browser and natively on mobile devices. Esri CityEngine is a stand-alone software product that provides professional users in architecture, urban planning, entertainment, GIS, and general 3D content production with a unique conceptual design and modeling solution for the efficient creation of 3D cities and buildings. CityEngine uses procedural modeling to transform 2D data into 3D city models and can import/export both geospatial data and industry standard 3D formats. During the last several years, Esri has continued to integrate key parametric components of CityEngine into ArcGIS for Desktop, culminating in the release of the parametric design tools in ArcGIS Pro.

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You Never Stop Learning

On Wednesday, interns had the chance to sit in on a brown bag presentation from two employees in Esri’s Professional Services Division. Chad Helm, who works in the extended support programs group, gave us a brief overview of the vast department, telling us about the various projects done by 600 employees all over the world. The Professional Services team supports customers and partners in effectively implementing and applying Esri software products. This may include short-term, in-house technical work or more long-term solutions projects.

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Interns Go High-Tech with the Applications Prototype Lab

During the last week of June, interns were given the opportunity to sit in on some demonstrations in the Esri Applications Prototype Lab. These demos included looking at real-time social media trend maps, environmental habitat maps, and some 3D responsive design. For those of us not working in the APL this summer, these demonstrations were incredible to see. Just another cool piece of Esri that interns got a peek of.

A big thank you to Hugh Keegan and his team for taking the time to show us their stuff!

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Esri User Experience Architect Shows the Layers of a Successful Application

In the scheme of things, the terms user experience and user interface are relatively new to the technology world. Even the job title User Experience Architect is unfamiliar to many of us. But for Steven Nelson, it’s his nine-to-five.

Steve works in the Creative Lab, or the “creative arm of Esri,” as he likes to call it. Simply put, his job in user experience is to help map out applications that are intuitive and simple to use for consumers with various technology skill levels. Steve works closely with user interface (UI) architects who work on an application’s “front end” to make it both visually appealing and easy to follow. Together these two groups take an application from a simple idea to a useful end product.

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Are You on Instagram? Esri Is!

With its amusing play on the app’s name, esrigram has taken the company to the popular photo-sharing service. With over 200 million users, many businesses included, Instagram has become a mobile sensation. How does Esri fit in? esrigram is a way to visually represent what’s going on around campus, post pictures of maps (of course) and fun Throwback Thursday memories, and much more. There are even posts talking about the upcoming Esri International User Conference and pictures of our new building on campus.

esrigram is a space for geogeeks and all things Esri. Tag your own #geophotos and you may just see your pictures on the esrigram feed!

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A Lesson in Location Analytics from Chief Technology Officer Art Haddad

One of the great things about being an intern at Esri is getting to experience and learn about things that are going on throughout the company. One of the ways they expose us to that information is through the Intern Brown Bag Series, where employees from various teams present the cool things they’ve been working on. This week we had the pleasure of being joined by Art Haddad, Chief Technology Officer at Esri.

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Investing in STEM Education: Free Mapping Software for Public Schools

By Katherine, Strategic Marketing Intern

Recently President Obama called for businesses to create new opportunities for students through classroom technology. In his speech at the White House Science Fair this week, he spoke about some of the amazing innovations young students have created in the past year and emphasized there is still significant talent to be tapped.

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Business Analysts at Esri: Influencing Decisions, Sharing Knowledge, Always Evolving

I recently had the opportunity to get to know two members of our IST Division, Diana and Dimitri. We talked about what it’s like being a business analyst at Esri, what motivates them, and what skills are most valued in new recruits.

How long have you been with Esri?
Diana: I’ve been here over 14 years; the last 8 have been in IST. Before that, I was in the US Air Force.
Dimitri: I started January 2012, and prior to that I was an SAP consultant for 16 years.

Do you each have a specialty within the business analyst role?
Diana: It’s expected that we have the general skills of a business analyst—requirements gathering, processes, communications—that type of collaboration is needed. But we each also have specialized skills where we understand a particular product—in my case, Salesforce—and can take those requirements and figure out how to build them into the system.
Dimitri: When I got hired, I had the HR background from both the business and the SAP side, so it was easy for me to transition into my role here. Additionally, my prior consulting experience gave me the skills I needed to be a successful business analyst at Esri.

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Where is Alagiri Now?

Alagiri, Product Engineer

I’m on the Location Analytics team in Product Development. I work closely with developers and the Developer Lead to ensure that features are implemented as per the specification and that they make sense from the user’s perspective.

I started as a Support Analyst back when the SDK Team was the Developer Support Group. After two years, I transitioned into the role of a Group Lead. I was in Support Services for five years before I moved to my current role in Product Development.

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Intern Passionate about Geography and Mapping

By Maura, Strategic Marketing Intern

Esri intern KathrynIntern Kathryn Hagerman occupies a unique niche at Esri. Serving as a member of the Partner Program Team, she is working to streamline knowledge transfer campaigns. She also worked to develop a collection of ArcGIS Online maps to share stories about the growth of the global Esri Partner Network and highlight exciting work Esri partners are doing.

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