Live from the Esri UC 2016: You should always know where you are

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The plenary session for the Esri User Conference is always exhilarating. Most of my professional life has been spent using, searching for, configuring and deploying technology that improves the way governments work. Watching customers succeed using geographical information systems (GIS) with Esri’s application tools is inspiring. And, it reminds me of the importance of technology in government.

Map your course

At their cores, your GIS applications take data that lives in a spreadsheet or is hidden in a database table and make it meaningful and impactful. The sense of place, the relationship of several data points to each other, the picture and the map all make it easier to understand the implications of a policy choice and the effects of a program or service.

Committed to providing great tools, Esri has moved GIS front and center in the growing world of business intelligence and reporting. GIS excels at overlaying data layers and, through that picture, helping us to understand if what we do in government is having an impact – or if we are neglecting something that needs to be addressed.

Navigate the future

Maps provide even further insight when you put the Esri ArcGIS platform side-by-side with an enterprise content management (ECM) system. Together, the two platforms provide superior reporting, helping you assess and uncover needs for government programs, while improving the delivery of those services through ECM functionality. It’s remarkable what you can accomplish when you automate a process, remove paper and serve up information anywhere, from any device.

It’s a powerful thing: GIS and ECM help you assess and deliver services, and that makes both platforms essential technology for any government organization. Integrating these platforms means that data, processes, maps, dashboards and secure file storage work together seamlessly.

So, as I take my seat at the Esri UC Plenary, I am ready to be amazed and inspired. The UC never disappoints. And, after that, I will be standing at the OnBase booth, talking about how you always know where you are when your staff can rely on the tools provided by GIS and ECM to secure, present and give meaning to the content and data that drive government decisions and programs.

Terri Jones

Terri Jones

Terri Jones is an enterprise advisor with Hyland’s Global Services team. Before coming to Hyland, in her 10-plus years in both state and local government, she’s managed IT departments, implemented... read more about: Terri Jones