ESRI hosted its 2002 International Business Partner Conference for more than 800 developers, consultants, data providers, and resellers in Palm Springs, California, February 24-26. This year’s meeting, “Creating Solutions Together,” offered business partners opportunities for networking and learning about the latest ESRI software, and bringing solutions to market.
Communication is the foundation of the ESRI Business Partner Program, and ESRI President Jack Dangermond, senior staff, software developers, technology specialists, regional coordinators, and industry managers were on hand to interact with conference attendees who came from around the world. Most important, however, was the communication occurring among business partners. Events such as the GIS Solutions Expo, regional and international meetings, and social events offered ample opportunities for interaction.
While the plenary session highlighted developing ESRI technology and current trends in the GIS market, more than 60 conference sessions focused on best practices, application development, and features and customisation. A special full-day workshop, “Managing a GIS,” showed GIS managers how to maximize return on investments. Dr. Roger Tomlinson, known as the father of GIS, and Larry Sugarbaker of Arlington, Virginia-based NatureServe, taught the class.
ESRI honoured more than 50 partners during an awards ceremony on February 24. Partners from ESRI’s 10 U.S. regions and nine international distributor territories were recognized for outstanding work in teaming with ESRI to serve customer needs as Partner of the Year, New Partner of the Year, and Foundation Partner. For details and information about the winners, visit https://www.esri.com/partners/bpc2002/bpc2002_awards.html
The ESRI Business Partner Program promotes business relationships with organizations, offering a range of support services and benefits that assists partners in development, marketing, and sales. Working together, ESRI and its partners service clients in many industries. The 2003 ESRI Business Partner conference is scheduled for March 2-4, in Palm Springs, California.