The Esri Difference

By Guest Blogger Aradhya, Professional Services Intern

It’s been over a month now since I joined Esri as an intern and it’s been a fun experience so far. I am an international student at University of Redlands and will be graduating with my MBA in Global Business in August. Esri has already been a catalyst for many friendships and professional relationships. Since day one, my fellow interns and I have exchanged much more than just Facebook and LinkedIn requests. We have watched some FIFA world cup games together, visited a few exciting places in SoCal, and went to Redlands’ biggest 4th of July celebration at the U of R.

I have been working with the Professional Services Division in the Extended Support Services program. The program has about 200 domestic and 100 global clients and it has been a great learning experience. I have been specifically working on data analysis and extracting information from raw data to help senior management take data-driven business decisions and visualize that information on a map. I have also been given the responsibility to analyze, develop, and implement business workflows, processes, rules, and products via Excel, SAP, and SharePoint. Although I have used Business Analyst and ArcGIS Online for my MBA coursework, visualizing current statistics and observing live examples has blown me away. That information looks incredible on a map. Due to all of this, the most important thing I am learning from my internship is time management. Unlike other interns at my schooling level, there is no real summer break for me. Working all day, taking evening classes, and completing my assignments and exams have been a completely new challenge for me, but I am enjoying it.

Before my MBA, I worked with many big corporations based in the US and Europe, but in my time here I have found that Esri is different. Esri is certainly doing innovative things and the future of the company looks bright. At Esri, you are given the freedom to express your creativity and connect the dots. People here are friendly and the atmosphere is family-like, where every employee motivates one another and tries to bring out the best in everyone. From the first day I joined Esri, I was assigned a mentor who has been a wonderful friend and has helped me at every step. The virtue of giving back to others and being generous can be seen at all levels of the company. Leadership of a company is what the employees will follow and I must say Esri has some smart people who are creative and innovative. What better example of leadership than Jack Dangermond himself, who recently announced that Esri is donating $1 billion in Esri software for schools to benefit millions of children. Esri strongly believes in giving back to society which has helped the firm grow exponentially. I feel I am growing professionally through my internship experience with Esri, and I am confident that my time here will help me in achieving my future goals.

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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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Has It Been 30 Days Already?

It is my thinking that when a college student is offered an internship (after the “Will I be paid?” question is answered), they wonder if the work they do will actually benefit the company in the long run. For some companies, yes. For many others, probably not. It is part of the questionable catch 22 of gaining experience. How does one get significant experience before graduating college and getting a real job? And how do we even know if we will enjoy doing what we majored in?

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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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First Day of Summer 2014!

Who can believe tomorrow is the first day of summer already? Well, those of you who live in California don’t see much of a difference in temperature, but where I’m from, we got 132 inches of snow this year. Yikes!

Southern California is a great place to be during the summer months. From beautiful beach days to music festivals and other great events, there is plenty to do to maintain that work-life balance.

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85 Interns? Wow!

On Tuesday, Esri welcomed its last large group of interns to Redlands. A few more will be coming in over the next few weeks here and in regional offices. Today we had our second mixer breakfast, and this time the fun was a little more condensed. We sat at different tables with new faces and had to fill out some challenging brain teasers. Surprisingly, the biggest challenge of the morning was trying to get everyone in a group picture!

Have a great summer, interns!

Curious what interns did at the first mixer? Find out here.

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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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Happy Friday!

TGIF, am I right? From everyone in Esri offices near and far, we hope you have a great, relaxing weekend!

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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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