Monthly Archives: June 2015
Where were you on August 14, 2003, at 4 p.m. Eastern Time? That’s when much of the northeastern United States was blacked out. No power. Sweaty office workers got stuck in elevators from Manhattan to Cleveland. Traffic signals died everywhere. Tons of food spoiled. At the time, people were still wary from 9/11.
The culprit for disaster this time? Well there many.
Before we know it, the San Diego Convention Center and surrounding hot spots will be filled with Esri users and staff chatting about maps, apps, cool geo-tools, and innovative ideas for putting them all to creative use. It will be a beautiful thing.
While the managers in attendance will be just as excited as the rest of us, they face a unique challenge. How does one convert creative, tech-fueled ideas into tangible results that benefit the organization?
To start with, executive buy-in is required. Just as important, “people buy-in” is required. People, after all, are an organization’s highest value asset and a manager’s main resource.
New technology brings new processes. In order for technology to deliver the desired results, individuals must adopt and successfully adapt to the new processes.
When we say the Esri UC is the place to come and learn about technology – we aren’t kidding. You can choose from almost 1000 sessions and if your brain still has room – dabble in all sorts of new experiences in the GIS Solutions EXPO.
One of the best places to stop is Esri’s Hands-on Learning Lab. Here you will find free training open to all conference attendees who want to explore ArcGIS workflows and applications. FREE. And there is no limit. You can choose from more than 20 45-minute self-paced lessons on desktop, server, and online topics. Each lesson includes a video lecture and a hands-on software exercise.
When your organization depends on geographic information system for its day-to-day operation, data errors can introduce unacceptable risk and unplanned costs.
Beginning at the 2011 Esri International User Conference in San Diego, Esri provided customers an opportunity to see just how clean their data really is. Since then, the Data Health Checks, as they are called, have become a staple service at every User Conference.
Galen Harry is the Marketing Events Team Lead – On-Site Events at Esri. We didn’t actually sit down for this interview, since Galen is usually running around campus delivering items for onsite meetings and checking on the status of conference rooms. Instead, we laced up our best cross training shoes and tried to keep up as he blanketed the Esri campus.
Presentation Success: It’s All About Preparation
Are you presenting a paper session or technical workshop at this year’s Esri UC? Are you excited to share your work? Or, like a lot of people, are you feeling a bit nervous about speaking in a room full of people you’ve never met?