ESRI User Conference Opening Session
We are happy to announce that Matt and Tyler are attending this year’s U.C., so if you are around, please contact us and we can set up a meeting time. We will also have some equipment and some Collector demos to share.
Some of our equipment manufacturers also have booths this year, including:
- Eos Positioning Systems (Booth #1027)
- LTI laser rangefinders (Booth #419)
- Handheld (Booth #320)
Also, Matt will be giving a co-presentation with a client on using Collector and RTK in remote area stream monitoring on Thursday at 8:30 am in Room 27B. Please stop by if you can make it!
For anyone that has attended the ESRI User Conference, you know that attending Jack’s opening session on Monday morning is a must. This was my second year attending and I will detail some of the highlights from this year.
The Science of Where
This is the 2017 theme and it can be seen everywhere around the conference. Along these lines, Jack focused on how GIS is assisting public agencies around the world to better predict natural disasters, track the challenges of our planet including climate change and population growth, and how GIS can assist decision-makers with finding solutions to these problems.
Story Maps are a little over a year old at this point. ESRI claims as many as 1,000 Story Maps a day are being created. That is an impressive growth for this software.
The big winner of Jack’s President Award this year was UPS. They created custom algorithms using ArcGIS to choose the best delivery routes for every driver on every day. It has also saved them immense amounts of gasoline and driving hours. The breakdown was impressive, I just d0n’t know why they still aren’t as reliable as FedEx.
Jack spent a lot of time focusing on how GIS is getting better and more powerful with quicker hardware and the continued expansion of implementing Big Data. As technology gets faster, smaller, lighter, these advances will only continue to drive GIS development. This is especially true in the computer, camera, and drone industries.
Apps continue to be a HUGE focus for ESRI. Field apps, business modeling apps, 3D building apps, you name it, even ESRI almost has an app for everything spatial. ESRI also continues to push the focus of their software to online/cloud computing. They continue to take the hint from Adobe, knowing that they can recoup a lot of lost revenue by forcing more of their software online where users are completely on the hook for things like “maintenance” fees. Not only that, but ESRI also incorporated the ability to work with Adobe’s Creative Suite software like Illustrator. How much you can do this remains to be seen as it is very new.
One big new thing is Dynamic Image Services. Any image source can be used in ArcGIS Image Server, making a dynamic processing system that performs in real-time. Jack seemed perturbed that the audience didn’t cheer over this, and I chalk it up to him poorly explaining. But it is supposedly a big thing that ESRI worked on a lot to this point.
Another new release will be ArcGIS Hub focused on government entities to help make it easier for them to share public data with the public. It will be a separate web login where it will be easier for groups to share things like Story Maps, Insights, and Dashboard data in real-time with the public.
Overall, it was an entertaining opening, but nothing wowed me like last year. The potential of Insights displayed last year really hit home for me how powerful a tool it could potentially become. This year there was nothing that really struck me with that WOW factor.
You can see the videos of the Plenary session HERE