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.
Esri delivers the first commercially developed statewide GIS for Maryland.
The first newsletter hits the streets, creatively titled Newsletter until 1987, when it became ArcNews.
The first User Conference is held–16 people attend.
Esri enters the software business with ARC/INFO.
Esri releases PC ARC/INFO in response to the proliferation of IBM PCs.
Palm Springs hosts the annual User Conference.
The first regional office opens in Olympia, WA.
Esri releases ArcView in response to the popularity of a GUI desktop environment.
Esri's website www.esri.com is launched.
Esri reaches the 1,000 employee mark.
MapObjects, Esri's first component-based software, becomes its first platform for publishing maps on the Internet.
The Esri International User Conference moves to San Diego to accommodate 7,000 users.
ArcUser begins publication, providing news and tutorials for users.
The first GIS Day is held in conjunction with National Geographic.
Esri reengineers core software with the release of ArcInfo 8.
Following devastating attacks on 9/11, Esri aids recovery efforts in New York City and at the Pentagon.
ArcGIS 9 builds on desktop success and adds a development framework and server platform.
Esri reaches a milestone with the release of ArcGIS Explorer, providing GIS for Everyone.
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.
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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