US: At the Esri Federal GIS Conference, Partner Conference, and Developer Summit, clients from all levels of government and industry demonstrated ways to advance geographic information system (GIS) solutions to solve real-world problems that include processing ever-increasing data volume and accessibility, making the best use of limited natural resources, and connecting people with location information to support better-informed decision making.
The conferences featured informational and training sessions that addressed the need for dynamic, intuitive solutions in a landscape rife with tech-savvy, data-hungry consumers. In Washington, DC, government leaders delved into a sea of exciting new technologies to help them remain effective in serving citizens and other constituencies. Key topics included insight into ways location-based solutions can enable governments to build tools that make it easy for stakeholders to visualize, understand, and share big data—a critical component for building smarter and more sustainable communities.
In Palm Springs, members of the Esri Partner Network demonstrated solutions and best practices to tackle common issues such as internal and external data sharing, self-service geographic information tools, and location-based tools that support more scalable and flexible ways of doing business. The learning experience continued throughout the week, as top developers from public and private sectors explored the necessity for IT transformation and organizational change in order to exploit investments being made in next-generation technology and service offerings.
Conference attendee and plenary speaker Sue Gordon, deputy director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, noted, "When we match government's purpose, resources, and years of tradecraft with the energy and innovation of industry, good things happen." At the Esri Public Sector CIO Summit and world-renowned User Conference, attendees can expect good things to become great.