ESRI has announced that will host its annual Business Partner Conference on March 22–25, 2003, at the Wyndham Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California. More than 60 vendors and 1,000 people are expected to attend the event. The conference will include a plenary session, a GIS Solutions EXPO, breakout sessions and sales and ESRI product demonstrations that detail the cutting edge of ESRI software technology to ESRI business partners. The conference, now in its fourteenth year, provides a forum for partners to acquire important software and development information; gives attendees the chance to network with ESRI staff, other business partners, and international distributors; and provides an opportunity to share successes and experiences. Industry solutions and product development teams will be on-site to help business partners learn more about ESRI’s solutions for specific market sectors and gain valuable product information. The conference will also feature more than 60 breakout sessions that focus on ESRI product information, sales, marketing, industry marketing, and more. Sessions are led by key ESRI staff from various departments throughout the company. Preconference seminars will be offered two days before the conference. These sessions will discuss an array of GIS topics such as system architecture design, enterprise GIS, and ArcIMS development.
There will also be several opportunities for attendees to take advantage of the Palm Springs scenery including the 11th Annual Business Partner Conference Golf Classic, a bike tour, and a hiking expedition.