Tim Rankin, Esri’s Technical Marketing Manager, puts together the Esri UC Showcase every year. Here, he gives some insight on what to expect. And, he talks about that one time he hung out with Sparky the Fire Dog.
Q: What’s different with the Showcase this year?
A: This year we will have a new area dedicated to all things 3D GIS, including Esri’s 3D development projects and solutions. We’ve also improved the layout to make it easier for our users to find what they are looking for and better understand what we mean when we talk about the ArcGIS platform. We will have seven areas—ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS for Server, ArcGIS for developers, Apps, ArcGIS Online, Imagery, 3D, and Location Analytics. There are also some cool upgrades in store for the industry team areas.
Q: What are the crowd pleasers of the Showcase?
A: The product areas are probably the most popular. Esri is unique in that we design our product areas so our users can sit down and talk to our engineers, build relationships with them and have a two-way conversation about our products and their needs. It’s amazing how much of our development projects come from these meetings with our users. Also our technical support team is on the show floor to help users.
Q: How many times have you attended Esri UC and what advice can you give?
A: I have been to 20 Esri UCs. I always tell people to spend time figuring out five things you want to accomplish there because it can be overwhelming. Schedule your tech workshops, demos, and sessions ahead of time. Spend time in the Showcase consulting with Esri experts and also visiting our partner booths. If you need help finding something, go to the information booth. Also, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a sweater and a water bottle.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about Esri UC?
A: I always look forward to learning what our users have done with Esri technology. It’s fascinating what new and creative solutions our users have created.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in San Diego, after hours?
A: I love to go to Dublin Square Irish Pub. They have live music and great boxtys—like a potato pancake.
Q: Speaking of things Irish, there was a rumor going around about you at last year’s Esri UC…
A: Yes, it’s true. Last year I brought my bagpipes to play at Showcase, in honor of the firefighters. I ended up playing bagpipes all evening with Sparky the Fire Dog. It was a lot of fun, and definitely a unique experience.
For your chance to see the Showcase (and eat boxty), register for Esri UC today!