Our Information Systems and Technology (IST) group recently sponsored Tech Madness, a “come get to know us and see what’s new” event in the Esri Café. Team members were on hand to show demos of technologies that were recently implemented companywide, such as a new wireless network and Microsoft Lync, as well as to tell us about all the exciting new initiatives planned for the near future.
I spent a few minutes with CIO Dan Abushanab, who joined Esri last June, and Terry Kelly, PMO Manager, talking more in-depth about future plans and what’s great about being part of the IST team.
What’s your overall vision for the IST Division?
Dan: Esri has been vertically oriented in terms of function: Development, Sales, Marketing, Professional Services, Educational Services, and so on. There are only a few divisions that go horizontally across them, and IST needs to be one of them. My job is making sure we’re providing the connective tissue across groups. It is our core reason for being.
Who better to give advice on this topic than one of our own success stories! While pursuing a degree in geospatial technology, Timothy Hales, known as @GISpathway in the Twitter-sphere, used a number of social media avenues to network with GIS professionals, which he attributes to eventually joining the Esri team.
Timothy has been on board for about a year and a half, and works as a raster support analyst in our Charlotte, North Carolina, office. Tune in to this week’s chat Wednesday, April 4 at 1 p.m. Pacific to learn from Timothy’s success and have your questions answered about using social media to land your dream job.
Send your questions in advance via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or DM @EsriCareers on Twitter.
Note: Chat is being held on Wednesday this week only. Next week we’ll go back to Thursdays.
We’re excited to have Mike Hogan from our Support Services team joining us for this week’s #EsriJobChat Thursday at 1 p.m. Pacific. Mike joined Esri in 2002 as a new grad from BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) where he obtained an Advanced Diploma of Technology in GIS. He also has a degree in Geography.
Energetic. Resourceful. Great communicator. We’re looking for individuals with these skills and more to join our Training Sales team and be a part of group of employees dedicated to being innovative and creative in their approach to selling Esri training.
“This is an opportunity to help Esri customers develop an action plan to help them achieve their goals of becoming a geocentric organization,” says Sandra, the recruiter for the position. “They won’t be selling customers a training course, but rather a strategic solution to benefit their entire workforce and help them successfully implement and use ArcGIS.”
Water/wastewater and GIS. Do you have experience with both? We’re looking for a seasoned account executive to join our growing sales team and sell Esri technology to large water, wastewater, and storm water accounts.
In addition to working with existing customers to bring Esri solutions into new departments, the account executive will develop and drive new accounts by identifying and proposing solutions that meet a potential customer’s business and technical needs.
One of the questions we received during our first #EsriJobChat on Twitter could be on the minds of many, so we asked Chris, a recruiter for our Professional Services Division, for his expertise.
Q: What tips do you have for getting out from a computer as a GIS tech/analyst and working on the business side of GIS services?
Try to think about things from a customer perspective and what questions they may have, for example
- What issues are they looking to solve by leveraging GIS technology?
- What types of technology infrastructures and products will they need to meet their goals?
- What issues might they have implementing GIS technology into their current infrastructure?
- How can they customize their current GIS platform/infrastructure to meet their organization-specific needs?
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Thanks to everyone who tuned in to our first #EsriJobChat on Twitter last week. You asked a lot of great questions, and we enjoyed the opportunity to interact with you. Mark your calendar for our next chat Thursday, February 23 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific.
We didn’t have enough time to cover all the questions, so we picked some that we thought would be of general interest and have answered them below.
Chat with you soon!
Q: Do I need Esri training to work in an Esri office? I already have training with other GIS products.
A: It depends on the position you’re applying for, but it’s not always a requirement. Of course, training in and experience with Esri products is always a plus! You can learn more about Esri training at www.esri.com/training.
Q: Which positions can give me the ability to innovate and create new things in GIS using my GIS and web development experience?
A: We have many needs for people with these talents. Specific positions will depend on your background and skills, as well as what your passion is. For example, do you want to be customer facing, develop content, etc. The best thing to do is search our website for current opportunities.
From the CIO.com blog, February 14, 2012
Below you will find three bullets related to our future of software development research. Two are truths as identified by our research, one is a lie.
- Software’s fueling today’s disruption, becoming embedded in everthing to make technology useful, usable, and desirable.
- Software development expertise will increasingly be centered around Java, .NET, and proprietary development and application platforms.
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects software development related roles and jobs to increase at double the national average through 2020.
What are the truths? What’s the lie? Read the article to find out.
Search Esri openings in software development at www.esri.com/programmers.
Esri staffers Victoria, IT Strategies Architect, and Chris, Technical Recruiting Specialist, are stocking up on sunscreen as they prepare to attend the 2012 SWE Western Regions Joint Conference in Honolulu in a few weeks. What’s got them pumped up about exhibiting in the career fair? Read on to find out.
Do you have questions about the application process at Esri? Wonder what skills we look for in a particular division? Interested in learning more about summer programs for students?
Join us for our first Twitter chat February 9 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific. Patty and Lara from our Human Resources team will be standing by, ready to answer your questions about careers at Esri and provide helpful tips on topics such as writing a good cover letter, preparing for an interview, and more.
If there’s a topic you’d like us to address or have a specific question you’d like answered during #EsriJobChat, send it to @EsriCareers on Twitter or e-mail email@example.com. We look forward to connecting with you!