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February 2008

Learn about the Latest Geospatial Technology at the 2008 Esri Worldwide Business Partner Conference

Drive Business with the Geographic Advantage

What's next in GIS technology? What's new in product development from Esri? What solutions will business partners offer this year and in the future? These questions and others will be answered at the 2008 Esri Worldwide Business Partner Conference (BPC), which will be held March 15-18 at the Wyndham Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California.

Dedicated exclusively to Esri business partners, the BPC is designed to help professionals from business partner, alliance, hardware, and Esri International Distributor organizations stay current and competitive in the global marketplace. The deadline to register for the BPC is March 14. Register now.

During the BPC, attendees will learn more about geospatial technologies and explore valuable business strategies for expanding business and aligning efforts with Esri.

The conference will showcase state-of-the-art technology and offer ways to build relationships with other partners and Esri distributors from around the world. With more than 800 professionals expected to attend, the BPC provides a forum for business partners to consult and collaborate on ways to drive business, enhance current customer relationships, and make the most of their relationship with Esri.

"The BPC is a way for business professionals to stay connected and updated across the board," says Esri president Jack Dangermond. "Partners can learn about all the new technologies, solutions, and initiatives. They can strategize with Esri staff and other GIS professionals about positioning and messaging in real-world scenarios. They can do all of this while networking with key contacts and industry leaders."

Dangermond will give the keynote address, presenting product developments and examples of today's innovative partner solutions. He will also share his vision for GIS.

During the Plenary Session, Esri staff will update listeners on the upcoming release of ArcGIS 9.3, perform demonstrations of the software, and discuss marketing and selling opportunities and best practices.

"We greatly value the BPC as a chance to learn from our business partners," says David Wieseler, director of the business partner team, Esri. "Markets, trends, technology, strategy—there are many business aspects on which this conference allows us to join forces and define our direction together."

There will be many opportunities at the BPC to interact with Esri staff and fellow business partners. Professionals will be able to meet with Esri's industry solutions teams during the Welcome Social and use the Community Center's lounge areas and whiteboards to exchange ideas with colleagues and Esri staff between sessions. Attendees may also tee off on March 15 in the Jim Christoffersen Golf Classic, working on their golf handicap while socializing with other partners and old friends. Learn how to participate.

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