Daily Updates from ESRI International User Conference

Posted on July 11, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

It’s always good to be back in San Diego!  I’ll be providing daily updates covering the proceedings at the annual ESRI International User Conference in San Diego.

As expected it was a fairly slow day today, but I did get a chance to attend the ESRI Business GIS Summit.

Simon Thompson and James Killick gave overview presentations to begin the summit.  Killick gave us a nice overview of Business Analyst Online.  In addition, he also demonstrated Business Analyst for the iPhone.  There are some pretty cool capabilities of BA for the iPhone including some exciting reports that can compare the demographic characteristics of your current location to other locations that you have stored or that you manually enter.

Since I’m from San Antonio I was excited to see that both keynote speakers had Texas roots as well.  Mac McClure, Chairman of the Board, McClure Partners was really the highlight of the summit. McClure Partners in Dallas, Texas, is a multi-corporation holding firm that includes commercial brokerage, property management, and development companies. If you can’t get excited about GIS after hearing this guy talk about how he has used GIS to transform his company then you need to find another line of work!  McClure gave a detailed description of how his company used Business Analyst to research the acquisition of several dozen Chili’s restaurants in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa.  It was quite obvious that Mr. McClure believes strongly in the power of GIS for making sound business decisions.

Next up was Manny Rios, Senior Vice President, P&C Underwriting with USAA in San Antonio.  Mr. Rios described how USAA is using GIS to accurately assess risk for residential properties of its members.

After lunch the summit continued with individual paper sessions covering a variety of topics including mobile geomarketing, methodologies for advanced customer analytics, applications in commercial real estate, technologies for GIS in transportation and others.

Looking forward to the plenary session tomorrow morning!  I’ll have more then.


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