For Jack Dangermond, President of ESRI, geography is a life long passion.
“Geographic information is critical to many aspects of governing,” he says. “It saves money, helps government managers make better decisions and increases collaboration. The evidence suggests that over the current and past downturns, GIS is a tool that is seen by management as progressive and important for running government.”
Dangermond founded ESRI in 1969, and the company that has subsequently grown into a major provider ofGIS software and geodatabase management applications.
Defining moments for the past and current evolution ofGIS, the American believes there have been four major phases. [...]