Thanks to all who braved the rain on Friday to attend Directions 2014 in Canberra. It was great to see such a good crowd. A show of hands during Gary Farmer’s welcome suggested that a significant number were at their first Directions event. That was really good to see and we hope it’ll be the first of many.
The theme of this year’s Directions tour is “sharpening your skills” and the sessions during the day are designed to stimulate thinking around how users can get more from their ArcGIS with a mix of new tools, smart ways to use existing tools, and general tips and techniques to be more productive when using the software.
Directions 2014 landed at the Adelaide Hilton last Thursday. Roughly 150 users attended the event, making for a fantastic day of networking and understanding of Esri’s future directions.
The day started out with David Trengove, sporting a brand new set of reading glasses, introducing the event. He asked all first-timers at Directions to put up their hand and 20 per cent of the audience responded. It is always good to see new people attending these events. Dave then followed by introducing the Esri Australia staff, highlighting the new Adelaide staff and a special mention to Brett Bundock, Esri Australia’s Managing Director, who was attending Directions. He rounded out by highlighting some key projects that have been completed by the Adelaide office in the past year and his top 3 take aways from the event, before handing the stage over to Josh Venman who was to be MC for the day.
The Directions 2014 roadshow made its third stop at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth. With close to 200 attendees, it was a great turnout and made for a fantastic day of networking and sharing new ideas.
Josh Venman started off the morning session by setting the scene with his ArcGIS Platform story. I’ve heard his presentation a few times on the tour now, and every time I hear it, I realise just how powerful the story is. There are several paths to using an enterprise GIS and, as an organisation, you have the flexibility to implement a setup for your requirements.
Last Thursday was my first Directions as a member of the Esri Australia team, and I am pleased to say it was a highlight! It was really satisfying to share the day with the Townsville GIS community. We kicked off with a welcome from Doug Van Gelder, and then straight into a series of presentations from the rest of the Esri Australia team.
Josh set the scene for the technical presentations with an overarching discussion of how ArcGIS is the key location platform to support your entire organisation. The way we all work is fundamentally changing. People want to be able to access spatial content on multiple devices and locations – the ArcGIS platform enables us to leverage “location” as a core part of business.
Esri Australia’s ‘Tour de Force’ – Directions 2014 – is hitting the road again this March/April and is coming to city near you! This year, the focus of the conference is to help you ‘sharpen your GIS skills’.
Through a range of presentations by technical specialists, Directions 2014 will show you how to get more out of your Esri software investment, and give you practical tips on how to streamline your GIS workflows.