Esri recently hosted the sixth annual Public Sector CIO Summit. Key topics included the role of emerging technology, emerging trends like location intelligence and smart cities, and the need to create “wins” to demonstrate IT’s value:
Esri is a leading provider of geographic information system (GIS) solutions and is incredibly popular among Info-Tech’s members. Esri’s insights are particularly relevant to municipal governments and agencies. It currently ranks second (of five vendors) in Info-Tech’s SoftwareReviews Geographic Information Systems category with a composite score of 7.7 and likeliness to recommend rating of 80%.
Source: Esri ArcGIS at Software Reviews
Esri’s announcements certainly highlight the strengths and capabilities of its products. But they are relevant for all public sector CIOs regardless of the particular choice of GIS platform. Municipal CIOs and IT leaders face unique challenges in that much of their governance structure turns over every four years as a new municipal council is elected. As part of this process, strategic goals drift and identified threats and weaknesses get diffused. Esri’s case studies point to particular IT-related problems and scenarios that could inform any municipal IT strategy.
Using Drones to Augment a Geographic Information System for Tribes
Build Effective Land Management Through GIS (Native American Technology)
Esri ArcGIS (SoftwareReviews)
Visually presenting data assists the public understanding of complex issues. Using GIS mapping tools is an effective way of layering data from various source for quantitative analysis.
Esri made several big announcements at its Developer Summit in Palm Springs, CA, in March 2019. ArcGIS for Developers is a suite of developer tools and resources specifically for the creation of web-based and native applications.