Location Technology Drives Intelligent Action

As Esri president Jack Dangermond often observes, “Geography is the science of our world.” In the 50 years since its founding, Esri has developed GIS into the location technology that uses geography to see relationships, interdependencies, and patterns in the complexity of the Earth at scales from the local to the global. This perspective reveals innovative solutions and informs decision-making to better deal with the challenges the world faces.

That technology has enormously expanded from mapping software to encompass a plethora of tools for analysis and visualization, models, data integration capabilities, and data services that are available from the Esri Geospatial Cloud and ArcGIS Enterprise in apps, solutions, and desktop software.

Articles in this issue illustrate how Esri and its location technology enable action around the world at all levels.

These articles also show how a spatial perspective enabled by location technology can be transformative. Instead of evaluating projects or programs on criteria that is narrowly defined by a discipline, such as engineering or planning, a geographic approach employs a more holistic and visual approach that encourages the collaboration and consensus that leads to intelligent action.

About the author

Monica Pratt

Monica Pratt is the founding and current editor of ArcUser magazine, the executive editor of ArcNews magazine, the editor of Esri Globe and head of the Publications team at Esri. She has been writing on technology topics, specializing in GIS, for more than 25 years. Before joining Esri in 1997, she worked for newspapers and in the financial industry.