It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year — ESRI UC!
For me, July is the most wonderful time of the year. My Christmas is really in July, an here’s why:
1. The 4th of July is my favorite holiday
2. I married my lovely wife in July
3. ESRI User Conference!
Why do I love the ESRI UC?
1. Catching up with old friends — I’m lucky enough to know people at the UC that I have known since high school (hard to believe), college, and in my tenure at WDT both as colleagues and/or partners.
2. Making new friends —I’m not the most social person, but I love the opportunity to socialize with like-minded people. Some people are off put when they think people are trying to sell them something (it is a conference/trade show after all), but I love the opportunity to see what other people are doing. Do I need what they’re offering? Do I know someone that could benefit from what they’re offering? Is there an opportunity to collaborate, solve a problem, and make a really useful product?
3. Learning — There’s so much to learn. The Esri ArcGIS Platform is far too big for any one to know it all. It’s interesting to see what Esri presents, but it’s just as interesting to see what everyone else has done with the Esri ArcGIS Platform.
4. The Weather — It’s no secret that it’s way nicer in San Diego in July than Norman, OK (or just about anywhere). In Oklahoma City, we average a high of nearly 95 °F during the week of the ESRI UC compared to San Diego which averages a high of about 74 °F in July (and it rarely rains and isn’t ridiculously humid). San Diego for the win.
In the spirit of old friends, new friends, and collaboration, here are some sessions to attend and people to meet up with at the ESRI UC next week. Need an intro or have an idea to collaborate on, let me know (WARNING: Shameless plugs ahead):
Data Capable — Go check out Pairing Social Media with Business Intelligence for Utilities: The 1st Facebook Adapter for ArcGIS on Tuesday, July 11 @ 2pm in the Esri Showcase: Startup Zone Theaterette (Theaterette — who knew?). Founders Zac Canders and Peter DiSalvo discus mining social media data for use by electric utilities. Also, make sure to check them out on the Esri Marketplace: Global Power Outages on Social Media.
Integral GIS and PJM Interconnection — Co-presenting their DIMA application, they’ll be discussing how they’ve enhanced operations and situational awareness for PJM as a Regional Transmission Organization. You can attend their session entitled “Improving Situational Awareness for Operators at PJM Interconnection” during the Enterprise — Setting Up a GIS Portal session on Tuesday, July 11 @ 3:15pm in 29A. Integral GIS has done some really cool stuff from PJM including utilizing some of WDT’s data services within the DIMA application.
Futura Systems — Their Outage Management Software (OMS) helps electric cooperatives accross the US manage outages and quickly restore power. Coops can add WDT’s GIS data services to their application to increase the situational awareness and value of their application. Check them out in booth 928–929.
Weather Decision Technologies — WDT’s CEO, Mike Eilts, and I will be hanging out at the Expo in booth 706 Tuesday — Thursday. I’ll be at the Business Summit on Sunday (and hopefully spending a little time at the Ag Forum on Sunday from 2–5pm in 27A), and giving a short talk entitled “Gaining Insights Using Real-time Weather & the GeoEvent Processor” bright and early Tuesday morning at 8:30am in room 23 B as part of the Weather Intelligence Session.
If you’d like to meet up, drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) or just let me know a time that works well for you and reserve it on my calendar at this link: Reserve a time to meet with Me @ booth 706
I’d love to hear what weather-related problems you’re trying to solve with ArcGIS!