Well last week saw me talk at the ESRIUK 2013 Annual User Conference at the Novotel in Hammersmith. I have always tried to make the ESRIUK conference, for one thing I’m a customer and most of our clients that want a GIS want ESRI formatted databases. I know some of you GIS professionals are shaking your head right now, probably wondering why I’m not extolling the virtues of Opensource. A discussion for another time, suffice to say we have to give the client what they want and expect.
Two excellent posts summarising the conference have already been written that I’m aware of and you can read them here:
Obviously these types of posts are only ever going to be a personal take on an event since we can’t attend all the seminars and talks! This post of mine is more like stream of consciousness so it’s not necessarily an order list of observations.
A personal disclaimer here I spoke at the ESRIUK conference and they kindly paid for my travel and accommodation, oh and they gave me this thing on the right…
I personally like ESRI (UK and Inc.) especially the staff, they always seem quite passionate and genuinely interested in what they’re doing. I haven’t had the trouble that some might have. I do have a problem with ESRIUK pricing sometimes, namely I don’t know what anyone else is paying. With ESRI Inc I can go to the website and at least see prices. For a small company money is tight and thinking other people could be getting a better deal just because they’re bigger is a reality that I dislike.
So let me summarise some stuff and see if it makes sense: