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Esri: Connecting the Dots on the Map with ArcGIS Platform

Jack and Laura Dangermond,Founders

Digital cartography and geography are critical for global sustainable development and environmental management. Geographic Information System (GIS) software has become the integral aspect for people in accessing and analyzing the vast amount of data that exists inside and outside the organization.

Jack and Laura founded Esri in 1969 in Redlands, California, starting as a non-profit organization focused on providing services to agencies needing to better understand and visualize their data, to a highly successful software manufacturer today. Briefing on the usefulness of digital geography, Jack says, “Geography and time provide a common framework to integrate and exploit all types of information across many enterprise systems. Web GIS geo-enables organisations and its business systems.”

For Esri’s founders, who are alumni of the prestigious Harvard University, 'making a difference with digital geography’ has been their core vision. The organization has helped various verticals including public sector, businesses, utilities and communications, natural resources and more. Esri was one of the first innovators in the Geographic Information System (GIS) market with the advent of PCARCINFO – its first software product which launched in 1982.

There after, the GIS market gained momentum and surpassed all expectations. Many different organizations have acknowledged that looking at data through geography and time will ensure comprehensive analysis for any amalgamation of it. In this regard, with the range of services from Esri’s flagship software, the ArcGIS Platform, the industry is able to administer and incorporate all its data, keeping in account that the suite of advanced analytics ensures efficient decision making. The ArcGIS platform comes with an array of additional applications which provides advanced analytics and capabilities to clients around the globe.

Adopting Web GIS allows customers to deliver authoritative maps, layers of geographic information, and analytics to wider audiences, including colleagues and the public.
With Web GIS, Esri provides an online infrastructure, on-premise or in a public cloud, for making maps and geographic information available throughout all the organisations, across a community, and openly on the web. Jack elaborates, “Web access to data layers is straight forward: every layer has a web address (a URL) making it easy to locate and share online. And since every layer is geo-referenced, Web GIS becomes an engine of integration that facilitates the access and recombination of layers from multiple providers into your own apps.”

The applications and scope for ArcGIS are limitless and inexhaustible, and are currently being used by 350,000 international customers covering various applications such as forestry, land administration, urban planning, conservation, utilities, resource management, mining, commerce, defence, intelligence and public safety. Esri believes that GIS can make our world a better place, and provides more than 13,000 non-profit organizations from around the world, software, support and training through its non-profit program. This program supports conservation, humanitarian and educational causes. Some of the noteworthy projects that Esri has provided assistance to are organizations helping after the Nepal Earthquake, Cyclone Winston, and the Southeast Asian Haze crisis.

The applications and scope for ArcGIS are limitless and inexhaustible, and are currently being used by 350,000 international customers covering various applications

“Esri’s focus in the coming year is on realising the potential of the vast array of sensors and near-real time data available across the world, and then using that information to provide deeper, timelier insight. Our efforts will be focused on ensuring our customers are successful in exploiting that information and that our technology remains easily adapted to ever-changing requirements and challenges,” concludes Jack.