About Esri

About Esri

History

  • 1969

    1969

    Jack and Laura Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 as a small research group focused on land-use planning. The company's early mission was to organize and analyze geographic information to help land planners and land resource managers make well-informed environmental decisions.

  • 1973

    1973

    Esri delivers the first commercially developed statewide GIS for Maryland.

  • 1979

    1979

    The first newsletter hits the streets, creatively titled Newsletter until 1987, when it became ArcNews.

  • 1981

    1981

    The first User Conference is held–16 people attend.

  • 1982

    1982

    Esri enters the software business with ARC/INFO.

  • 1986

    1986

    Esri releases PC ARC/INFO in response to the proliferation of IBM PCs.

  • 1987

    1987

    Palm Springs hosts the annual User Conference.

    The first regional office opens in Olympia, WA.

  • 1991

    1991

    Esri releases ArcView in response to the popularity of a GUI desktop environment.

  • 1994

    1994

    Esri's website www.esri.com is launched.

  • 1995

    1995

    Esri reaches the 1,000 employee mark.

  • 1996

    1996

    MapObjects, Esri's first component-based software, becomes its first platform for publishing maps on the Internet.

  • 1997

    1997

    The Esri International User Conference moves to San Diego to accommodate 7,000 users.

  • 1998

    1998

    ArcUser begins publication, providing news and tutorials for users.

  • 1909

    1999

    The first GIS Day is held in conjunction with National Geographic.

    Esri reengineers core software with the release of ArcInfo 8.

  • 2001

    2001

    Following devastating attacks on 9/11, Esri aids recovery efforts in New York City and at the Pentagon.

  • 2004

    2004

    ArcGIS 9 builds on desktop success and adds a development framework and server platform.

  • 2007

    2007

    Esri reaches a milestone with the release of ArcGIS Explorer, providing GIS for Everyone.

  • 2010

    2010

    The ArcGIS Ideas Web site is a forum for users to suggest new products and improvements, vote for their favorites, and discuss ideas submitted by others.

  • 2012

    2012

    ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based mapping system for organizations that offers collaboration tools for cataloging, visualizing, and sharing geospatial information.

    ArcGIS 10.1 debuts, enabling users to deliver any GIS resource as a web service, putting geographic information in the hands of more people.

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