GIS Day 2016
Tomorrow is GIS Day! Latitude will be taking part in events with our customers and celebrating the hard work they do with GIS to make a difference in our society.
If you’re in any of the cities below on Wednesday, November 16 and want to join us, we’d love to see you.
- Cobb County GIS Day: 8:00 AM – Noon, Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta, GA
- Connecticut GIS Day: 8:45 AM – 4:00 PM, Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent St., New Haven, CT
- LA County GIS Day: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Los Angeles County Grand Park, Olive Court, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA
2016 Geocortex Business Partner Summit
Thank you to all of our partners who attended this year’s 2016 Geocortex Business Partner Summit! This was our biggest Summit yet, and we hope the attendees benefited from the presentations, discussions, brainstorming and networking. Our partners are the ones who really make this event, and we’d like to thank you for your contributions.
If you aren’t a Geocortex customer, yet, and are outside the United States, there’s a strong chance we have a partner in your region who is ready to help!
The 2008 ESRI Southwest Users Group Conference
Laramie, WY October 22-24, 2008
For the last six years, Latitude Geographics has attended every Southwest Users Group (SWUG) conference. From Jackson Hole in 2003 through to Laramie in 2008, the SWUG conference brings together GIS users from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. This year’s high plains geospatial roundup offered up blowing snow and chilly temperatures – a big departure for a guy like me accustomed to Victoria’s moderate climate. But the warmth of the SWUG organizers (kudos to the entire organizing committee for an awesome job!) allowed the attendees to quickly forget about the cold temperatures, and settle into a dose (actually, many, many doses) of Wyoming hospitality!
The SWUG event is not your regular, regional GIS conference. John Calkins, ESRI’s “Corporate Technical Evangelist” kicked things off with an interactive keynote session that engaged the group in a geographic approach to problem solving. Plenty of great user and vendor presentations followed, topped off with an evening keynote by Wyoming historian Bruce Blevins. Aside from all the interesting work-related stuff, I’d have to say that the highlight of the conference was the BBQ, Bluegrass, and Broncs event (disclosure: we were also a sponsor). This was not my first rodeo - but it was undoubtedly one of the most unique I’ve seen. The University of Wyoming Rodeo Team put on a presentation just for us, and we got to enjoy steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing and bull-riding. Yee-Haw! Later in the evening, we two-stepped to music served up by the Zarks, a local country-western band. I reckon the user sessions were a little subdued the next morning, but attendees (AKA SWUG-uhs) seemed to be wearing a collective grin.
It’s events like these that make me appreciate the industry we work in, given its great mix of knowledge sharing, professionalism, and appreciation for local cultural activities!
Buenos dias, parlez vous Ingles?
Unlike my older sister who is fluent in six or seven languages, learning other languages has never been my thing. French in high school and introductory Spanish in university tarnished my GPA, but I had enough of each to get by overseas. However, on our honeymoon in Costa Rica a couple years ago, my wife and I discovered that my brain had, over the years, somehow blended my already marginal French and Spanish into a truly useless hybrid language.
I depart shortly for the ESRI Latin American User Conference in Santiago, Chile and I hauled out my old Spanish textbooks a few weeks ago to prepare. It appears the hybridization may be permanent. Last night, I finally conceded substantive improvement was extremely unlikely and decided to resort to simply memorizing as many phrases as possible.
I’m grateful I’ll be delivering a presentation alongside Fernando Basurto, COO of our business partner ESIMEX, as he’ll be able to translate my words properly--and in the correct language.
The first Geocortex user group
Our customers and partners have long asked us to kickstart Geocortex user groups where there were a concentration of users around them. A combination of busyness (building the technology) and platform penetration have hindered this before, but no longer...
We (and more importantly, our users) are pleased to announce the first Geocortex user group - California. The Golden State is home to the largest pool of Geocortex users anywhere, and based on ongoing interest, its time to bring them together.
Our first meeting is scheduled for Thursday October 16, 2008 in Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County has generously offered to host this event. So far, our draft agenda includes introductions, a "Geocortex Technology Update" section (courtesy of me!), user presentations, Q&A and more.
If you're a customer or partner and think you should be home to user group #2, contact your account manager!
For more information about the California User Group, please contact me. Hope to see you there.
Our training team has become overtaxed of late given the significant amount of things our clients want to learn! This is great from the perspective that our clients are looking to become self-enabled (we do every thing we can to make our users self-sufficient); bad when you consider the amount of travel and overhead this involves as we try to manage our growth.
We're announcing three dates and locations to start; a pair of workshops in the United States and one in Europe. Our goal is to see what kind of response we get and go from there. Things are looking positive so far; early feedback seems to suggest we need to add some more rooms and dates!
To learn more and to register, visit our new training page.
I'm sitting at Heathrow right now waiting for a connection after spending a week in the United Arab Emirates. I was at GISWORX (which is GISTEC's annual user conference). I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and was happy to have GISTEC programmers there when the Q&A session at the end of my presentation on our ArcGIS Server-generation solutions got into some in-depth technical questions.
I'm really impressed with the work people are doing in the region, and a few attendees have promised to send screenshots for my opening presentations of some cool projects (including an underwater inventory of coral reefs in Abu Dhabi--complete with video).
Stepping Back and Looking Back
Steady, gradual change is easy to underestimate when you're up close to something.
While working on my GISWORX (Dubai) keynote for next week, I opened a few of my 2003-2004 PowerPoint presentations that examine the significance/future of web-based GIS technology on society and decision-making. Despite the fact that I don't feel like the fundamentals change all that much day-to-day, I was struck by the fact that most of my forward-looking presentation content from 2003-2004 is now happening. Core aspects of the "road ahead" sections from these presentations have arrived and I can replace my slides with real-world examples that are mainstream (if not yet ubiquitous).
Surprises as I look back? I didn't forsee the incredible shift from Java towards .NET that we've observed, I overestimated the probable future influence of WMS/WFS, and Google entering the spatial realm wasn't on our radar screen (it hadn't happened yet).
Though we sometimes make major strides forward overnight (e.g. leveraging new capabilities possible with ArcGIS Server), as I cobbled together examples of innovative developments from the last couple years I noticed that many of the "breakthroughs" happened incrementally through innovative pilot projects and the addition of relatively minor new capabilities. When examined together, it becomes clear the technology is actually evolving very quickly.
2008 IMF/Geocortex User Conference wraps (mostly)
It sure has been a busy few days. Although there are all-day technical workshops happening today and tomorrow, the main sessions of our 3rd annual user conference are now over. Based on initial feedback from staff and attendees (we haven't read all the evaluation forms yet), I'd say it was another successful event. The weather held out, and except for a digital projector dying mid-way through a presentation, everything went pretty smoothly. Even after the Road Ahead/Conference Recap Session, the audience went easy on us during the Q&A. I concluded the day with a pre-dinner paddle in the company kayaks with one of our International Distributors.
It's cool to see how people are actually using our stuff. I'm continually impressed by the creativity and zeal of our customers, and they always have lots of awesome ideas for new features and product enhancements.
In the coming weeks, we'll make presentations available for attendees to download. This year we also videotaped some presentations, which we might post on the web for folks to check out. But first, we've got our conference wrap party for staff on Friday night.
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
I've always been fascinated by the Hollywood game "the six degrees of Kevin Bacon". Its a pop-culture version of the well known "six degrees of separation" idea - we're all seperated from anyone on the planet by, at most, six people. Except, in the "Kevin Bacon" version, you interconnect Hollywood stars via Kevin Bacon.
I'm in Corpus Christi, TX right now at the ESRI SCAUG conference, and was thinking of this concept as it relates to my predicament: I flew here on American Airlines and narrowly averted getting stuck in Seattle as their MD-80 fleet was grounded for FAA inspection earlier this week. With the cancelling of so many flights, surely everyone would know someone this has affected? Well now you know one more (or the first) - me.
I just checked the American Airlines website for information related to my flight home tomorrow and it won't load - presumably becuase the other 100,000 or so displaced passengers are looking for the same information I am! Anyways, I hope I make it home tomorrow - but I can think of worse places to spend a weekend.