The ArcGIS Platform

Jack Dangermond discusses the components of the ArcGIS platform.

Feb 25th, 2013

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00:01So if we back away from this story, we can see this notion that ArcGIS is a platform for organizations.

00:10It has cloud parts, server parts, desktop parts, web app parts, and because of its architecture will allow us to leverage our legacy...

00:20...if we want to call it that, systems, plug-in, with catalog services to be able to discover what everybody is doing.

00:29It also allows us with open standards to provide open access, one of the themes of the engineering underneath the covers.

00:38It also will improve collaboration.

00:40We saw that in some of these examples, and we'll see much more of it this afternoon.

00:45And it's also this notion that it can empower everybody else, help you do your work more.

00:52It's not a replacement. It's an additional thing that organizes and makes accessible everything you do.

01:00ArcGIS has also got a few other stories.

01:04One of them is it's a strong imagery platform.

01:09It now reads all imagery types with different sensor models from different sources - aerial, imagery...

01:21...and it's not just something on the side. It's actually been engineered and implemented as being part of the core platform.

01:31It has many image processing tools for visualization and analytics. So - and data management.

01:38So instead of having two screens on your desktop, it's just one integrated system.

01:44And this has been implemented with new concepts in image processing, dynamic image processing, very fast image processing...

01:53...and massively scalable image processing in the server environment.

01:59This is an open platform, and it's not just our own tools but partners like Exelis and PCI and others have integrated the access to this... ensuring that we have multiple technologies that work on the platform technology.

02:19At 10.1, we implemented the ability to unlock lidar data.

02:24This means being able to read directly LAS files and use them in both vector and raster environments for visualization and also LAS analytics...

02:37...leveraging a lot of the tools that already exist there but then introducing some new ones.

02:45A big effort this year for us has been the integration of this ArcGIS environment with other enterprise systems.

02:52This has been hard in the past and has limited its use in the past.

02:58So some of you have already seen the integration with Microsoft Office.

03:02So if I'm a spreadsheet user, I can drag and drop my spreadsheets and make maps and implement them in my analytics.

03:12Today, we're announcing a few new things, however.

03:15Integration with not only the BI platform of Cognos from the cloud and SharePoint from the cloud...

03:24...but also MicroStrategy and SAP.

03:28This means people that do BI analytics can not only make charts and graphs and tables but they can have dynamic, real-time...

03:40...out-of-the-cloud services from ArcGIS Online.

03:46ArcGIS is also a platform for developers.

03:49It's a major theme of Esri this year, not only open interoperability standards...

03:55...but also the delivery of small lightweight runtimes for embedding and open APIs following standard patterns... that desktop apps and web apps and these device apps are not just authored by us but, much more importantly...

04:13...we want them authored by everyone.

04:16We have new business programs to give this technology to startups to help them get going in this geospatial place.

04:24And not just the technology but also new generations of technology make it simple for developers.

04:31And toolkits that help people manage their tools.

04:35And, finally, coming this summer, something we call Marketplace which is, you might think of it as a store... that developers can - hmm - redistribute their work to our users everywhere.

04:52Couple years ago, users asked us if we would work on patterns that showed best practices within different industries.

05:00And so we've been adopting that request and have come out with a fleet of apps and sample maps within different industries...

05:12...and models and some additional tools.

05:14These are free. They're open-sourced, and they're supported just like the basic product.

05:19They're not end-user solutions. They're the templates that allow people to actually take these templates and build solutions from them.

05:28And many of our users have just saved millions and millions of dollars in getting going...

05:32...but also developers have been able to use it as patterns with the same data models underneath it so we don't get confused about that.

05:41For the last two decades, we have produced a series of solution products.

05:46These are relatively narrow things in, for example, cartography or roads and highways or...

05:53...Community Analyst and Landscape Analyst you've seen.

05:57Last year we introduced something called bathymetry.

05:59This is really a very difficult subject to be able to take bag files from a bathymetric source from many different sources...

06:08...and bring it together into models.

06:11We work on this in the solutions space, but most of the work gets done by our partners.

06:17And I want to take a minute and thank them.

06:20I know some of them are here.

06:22These are about 2,000 partners who extend - help our users work with our technology and do integration.

06:31For example, the Arlington Cemetery work in part was assisted - assisting the major do some of his work.

06:38These are people that love GIS and have partnered with us for years.

06:44These technologies are like 90 percent of the apps that get built in the commercial space.

06:50So I want to thank them and acknowledge them. Many of them are here in the exhibit area that you can see tonight and tomorrow.

06:59I'll conclude by a comment about Esri. We're healthy. We're growing.

07:05This is sort of my stockholder meeting. You are my stockholders, and I appreciate the relationship between us.

07:12You've given us lots of directions. We screw up, I know, and I apologize when we do that.

07:18But it's been pretty good working with you and so, thank you.

07:23Our vision is to create a GIS platform.

07:27That's what we're driving to. I hope that I could get that message across to you in this talk...

07:32...and this afternoon you'll see it in a much better light.

07:36This platform is designed to address the kind of challenges that you, in governments, face, and they're big.

07:45Our interest - our personal interest is also to advance the method...

07:49...advance both the science as well as the technology and engineering dimensions of making GIS work...

07:56...and hopefully having an impact on spatial literacy around the world and making a difference...

08:03...making a difference in other communities.

08:07To do this, we've designed programs like giving our software away to NGOs and schools and other organizations...

08:14...and we have a few hundred partnerships that really help us amplify that kind of activity.

08:21We have some new ones. The Audubon Society or at Claremont University, the Peter Drucker School.

08:31Most of you know Peter Drucker. Yeah. He's a pioneer.

08:34So before he died, he said, "You know, the last frontier for business efficiency including government...

08:41...was spatial, spatial logistics."

08:45So now the Peter Drucker School has embraced GIS.

08:47They have a new program there. It's quite an extraordinary thing offering clinics and educational programs.

08:54It's one end of the spectrum, the academic spectrum.

08:56The other end of the spectrum is my new best friend,, down here in the middle.

09:02How many of you know Three people in this audience. Well, he's a rapper.

09:09And he's totally got into GIS and his foundation, we're going after schools in ghettos to introduce methods of education, et cetera, in schools.

09:20And it's - he's excited, I'm excited, and we're making some real progress.

09:25And then there's a whole bunch of other partners I won't go into, but I want to say that they're part of your ecosystem...

09:32...and you can use them and get connected with them as well. That's why we do it.

09:36I'll close by a comment about our country, and I've already said it, but I like to reinforce it.

09:44In this age, I think your work today, as we saw in all those examples, is making a difference, I mean a significant difference.

09:54The evidence is actually there.

09:56And I hope I was able to get across this notion, at least from my experience...

10:02...we're at a turning point where this is going to grow out and become a platform.

10:08I see the hockey stick actually affecting our own work, and we're holding on, evolving it...

10:17...serving you who are actually making it come alive.

10:21I think this platform will transform what you do.

10:26It'll transform how we work as communities, both in government and between government and academia and the private sector.

10:34It's going to help us make efficiencies, the very thing that our legislators and the White House is driving right now.

10:41It'll help us do collaboration and communicate more effectively.

10:47It'll help us also make better decisions as we saw from the Landscape Analyst.

10:54We can bring all the geography and information and models right into the hands of people...

11:00...who can do these designs and strategic planning.

11:03That's the evidence of what I'm talking about.

11:06It isn't what it is. It's just the beginning.

11:09But to realize this vision, to realize this notion of transforming or geotransforming the government and the world...

11:18...will take you, actually, working across government.

11:22And here we're not talking about hardware or software or cloudware, it's kind of humanware...

11:29...working and collaborating and embracing and imagining this new generation of what the platform will bring.

11:39Leonardo da Vinci once said, "Knowing is not enough." It's not enough just to know about this stuff.

11:47We must apply it.

11:48And he also said, "Being willing is not enough," also. We must do.

11:56I met also another interesting musician this year. Do you guys know Yo-Yo Ma?

12:04He's a very, very famous guy. And he's also totally interested in GIS, by the way.

12:10He's going to be presenting at the Kennedy in April.

12:14He's going to talk a little bit about GIS, so better buy your tickets now.

12:18But, anyway, we were drinking some wine and enjoying life, and he said, "You know, Jack" - I asked him about his life, I guess...

12:26...and he said, "You know, Jack, I sort of came up with this doubting myself."

12:33Yo-Yo Ma doubting himself? He says, "Yeah, I always have and even before I perform and I get up...

12:38...I still have self-doubts.

12:42But what distinguishes me is I then do.

12:47So I doubt, but then I do."

12:50Isn't that an interesting story?

12:52I mean I was totally touched because of all of his expressions, this, for me, was the most interesting one...

12:58...and it builds right on what Leonardo da Vinci said. You can know. You can understand, but that's not enough.

13:09We actually have to do.

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