Jack Dangermond highlights key initiatives at Esri. A new GIS Portal Web site helps users discuss problems and vote on where they think Esri should go in its development. Esri is extending mobile, desktop, and the cloud with other capabilities, such as local government and defense templates. Jack announces a new Social and Community Analysis initiative. He also talks about Technical Support, the global partner network, special relationships, and GIS in education, and conservation.
00:01 ArcGIS, I'm hoping I've been able to get across this notion that ArcGIS at 10 begins to open...
00:08 ...doesn't begin, it actually just blows the doors open, for GIS access to everyone.
00:17 This little Explorer application where Bernie was building these presentations...
00:22 ...imagine that you built a little presentation yourself and shared it with a teacher...
00:26 ...and the teacher was able to share it with the students and they were able to explore things.
00:32 And tell stories with Explorer.
00:35 Imagine this online viewer that everybody can access and begin to mash up and create their own interpretations...
00:42 ...the relationship between cancer and some environmental situation, connected, a different kind of exploration...
00:50 ...not by you as just GIS professionals, but by everyone.
00:54 Imagine iPhone access to these stories that you build on your core systems...
01:01 ...and that that opens up for embedding in Web sites everywhere.
01:05 So I like to think of this as a platform that's emerging, a new pattern...
01:11 ...a pattern that will actually transform the way that we think about working together and using GIS.
01:19 So I've tried to summarize, in this short amount of time, a lot of the basic feature function parts...
01:26 ...but the big story I'd like you to think about, is what all of this means in a greater context and as we move it along.
01:35 We're not done yet.
01:37 ArcGIS at 10.1, at 10.2, at 11, will continue reinforcing this pattern...
01:44 ...and we already have many development initiatives that are under way.
01:47 A couple of months ago, we also introduced a new Web site called the Ideas portal.
01:53 And this is now being used by many of you, I know, but it's a chance for you to tell us your ideas or where you're having problems...
02:01 ...or what you'd like us to work on, and discuss them online and then vote to help us get priorities about where to go.
02:09 And this knowledge goes right in to our development staff.
02:13 It's a way for us, instead of once a year getting together, that you begin to get together with us online every day.
02:20 And we would appreciate your participation in that.
02:24 The encore software, Esri has a number of solution initiatives, and the intention here is to extend the ArcGIS system...
02:34 ...mobile, desktop, server, and increasingly cloud, with other sorts of capabilities.
02:42 One of those capabilities is the local government templates.
02:45 So Clint Brown and our team, Charlie Frye and others, have been building templates that are ready to use...
02:54 ...that are free on the Resource Center you can download.
02:57 These are map templates, data model templates, workflow templates that will make your life easier. Similarly in defense.
03:05 And then we are extending the platform to better support linear referencing in the transportation world.
03:12 And the geoportal, which opens up the server so that data can be accessed and indexed openly.
03:19 And then redistricting initiatives and logistics, transportation logistics in the form of ArcLogistics.
03:28 And then we have a team that most of you don't know about at Esri, which builds geodatabases.
03:36 They take data from many different sources, commercial and otherwise, and they manipulate that data to do analytics.
03:43 They provide a kind of "data brick" that the Fortune 1000 businesses and also a number of agencies acquire...
03:52 ...and use as part of their business work.
03:55 This database, which provides timely monthly, quarterly, annually forecasts of information...
04:03 ...is a little goldmine of taking GIS further.
04:08 It's been built into Business Analyst, a product that many of you know and is now on the Web.
04:14 I'd like now to announce a new initiative along that same line.
04:18 Taking that same kind of data, government data, commercial data...
04:22 We intend this fall to release something called a Social and Community Analyst.
04:28 This will be for the policy makers and policy people working, needing rich information and simple analysis...
04:35 ...that will be both online and also in the desktop and the server environments.
04:41 All of these initiatives are designed to help our users do their jobs a little better but also help our partners, enriching their work.
04:52 Esri is more than simply software, as many of you know, technical support, educational services...
05:00 ...we have a rich press with over a hundred books featuring not only practical hands-on books...
05:09 ...but also academic press and methods books like Roger Tomlinson's great book on Thinking About GIS...
05:16 ...or a new one that is involving implementing a GIS, working with a GIS, and on and on.
05:23 Esri also maintains a number of people that do professional services; they help users get started...
05:29 ...or when they're in trouble, help them tune their system or, in some cases, take on large and interesting projects.
05:36 Finally, we have a partner program with thousands of partners worldwide, and I'll speak about that in just a moment.
05:42 But let's go back to technical support. This is getting better.
05:47 By independent evaluations, and we do track this carefully...
05:52 ...some years ago you asked us to make investments here and we have done it.
05:56 I'm just happy to say that we're getting faster and quicker.
06:00 Not done yet, but faster in our response and quicker resolution of issues for you.
06:06 And we're growing our staff, and we're also improving our staff...
06:10 ...and extending it internationally through our international distributors around the world.
06:15 In the training area, we're continuing, providing multiple alternatives.
06:20 There's classroom training, which many of you have taken...
06:23 ...there's the Web classes through the Virtual Campus, which is still alive and growing.
06:28 A couple of years ago, we introduced something called live training seminars, and they've been very popular.
06:34 And this year, we started something new, called a Virtual Classroom...
06:37 ...which is like a normal classroom except that you don't have to go to the classroom.
06:42 You can be in your office and take a live instructor course without having to spend the money or time to leave your own office.
06:50 There's been very good feedback on that.
06:54 Another effort you asked us to work on was something called certification.
06:58 And a couple of years ago, we began this. This is not something easy.
07:02 We spent millions of dollars building a certification program, and it's quite extraordinary.
07:08 We're not ready to release it yet; it will be early next year.
07:11 It's in beta right now, and I think it will also help enhance your reputation and status as actually knowing, and this is part of the intention.
07:23 Our global partner program is very important to us. Partners fall into two categories for me.
07:30 One of them is people who help us evolve our technology...
07:34 ...people like Microsoft and IBM and SAP and Oracle, and others, Google, and HP.
07:41 They help us integrate our technology into the IT stack and also take advantage of some of their advances.
07:49 And then there are thousands of partners who extend, with services and products, our offerings.
07:56 And there are actually thousands of these little applications, some of them not so little, that basically extend our platform.
08:03 And there are actually hundreds of these partners who've actually already released their solution on version 10.
08:10 You can see it in the exhibit areas this week.
08:14 A couple of comments about ESRI...Esri. Hah! What do you think, ESRI or Esri? Esri okay?
08:26 I'm not hearing very much. You're supposed to say yes! Okay. Well, I don't really care.
08:33 You can call it ESRI or Esri; our intention is still the same.
08:44 Our organization is about serving you, and some of you know that intimately.
08:50 It was our goal many years ago to take that on as a private company focused on advancing GIS and geographic science...
09:01 ...promoting spatial thinking and understanding, helping you get trained...
09:06 ...developing a professional workforce around the world...
09:10 ...supporting our employees so that it's a great place to work and they're enriched...
09:14 ...and also being a social company where we could give back and contribute to society.
09:20 And through our partners, we have been very privileged to be able to do that.
09:26 Our status is that we are financially quite strong and continue to grow even in these difficult times.
09:32 And I want to say thank you for that.
09:36 We don't take that notion lightly, and we know that you support us. And we appreciate that.
09:42 And we appreciate the privilege, most off, to be able to continue doing that work for you.
09:48 And we have, as I mentioned, many relationships.
09:51 Our most important is the one with you, and this week we'll be enriching that and looking for lots of feedback.
09:57 And another group is our business partners, and we appreciate them as well.
10:02 And then we have a whole group of special relationships that help us leverage our technology to support shared goals.
10:10 These are people like the Conservation Biology Institute...
10:13 ...who have built Data Basin; and Wilburforce, who've helped contribute to that vision...
10:18 ...The Nature Conservancy; the National Geographic Society and education; and on and on and on.
10:27 We are helping students learn geography and think about geography in new ways.
10:34 And last year, thanks again to the National Geographic Society, we launched a new program called GeoMentoring.
10:39 We're going to hear more about that this afternoon from Gil Grosvenor, the chairman of the society...
10:45 ...but it's really a great privilege to be connected there.
10:49 Also, GIS in conservation. There are some hundreds of people that belong to a society for conservation GIS here...
10:56 ...and they work supporting thousands of NGOs around the world in various sorts of activities.
11:04 I want to thank all of them and then conclude with a couple of statements. Your work, in my sense, is very important.
11:14 It's improving how we understand and how we manage our world.
11:19 The little examples of maps that I showed this morning are evidence, clear evidence of that.
11:25 These new technologies are making GIS much easier. That's exciting to me! And, of course, more productive.
11:34 And the way it's being rolled out - much more accessible. GIS professionals, you, are working together.
11:43 I can smell it. I can see it. More.
11:47 Beginning to share knowledge and realize this notion of a common geospatial platform for the world.
11:56 This is going to open up our world to everyone, open up the GIS world, of course.
12:03 But more importantly, open up our world for everybody. It's going to begin a new age of exploration.
12:13 Kids will be able to explore from their desktop. Adults will be able to explore.
12:19 Amateurs, like amateur astronomers, will become amateur geographers...
12:24 ...and it'll connect and weave its way into virtually everything we do.
12:30 This is going to create a new age of understanding and also of enlightenment.
12:38 This afternoon's keynote speaker is Richard Saul Wurman. He's a remarkable man.
12:43 He once said, "Understanding precedes action."
12:48 And, well, I think you are creating the understanding platform. Your work, the knowledge that you are creating, is just amazing.
12:59 And I think that that understanding will help us turn it around. It'll help us create a better world.
13:08 It'll help us achieve all of those goals that we need to achieve to create a better world.
13:14 So thank you very much for coming this morning, thank you very much for this session, and I appreciate you being here.
13:20 Thank you.
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