Rob's Twitter Updates
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Monday, May 30, 2005
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
This is also a special week here in Redlands as 9.1 is back from manufactoring and arriving at customer's doors.
Are you using the ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit to create a custom GIS application? If so let me know, I’m looking for some real world solutions built with the Engine.
Friday, May 20, 2005
The keynote speaker this year is Jane Goodall, so that should be really good plus the Padres are in town. Once we finalize the developer track, I share it with you so you can start planning your days in San Diego.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
I like your suggestion of a “EDN plus” that includes a limited use copy of ArcGIS Desktop. What should that cost? Feel free to email me (email@example.com) or give me a call (909-793-2853 ext. 2310) to talk more about EDN.
Friday, May 06, 2005
The EDN community is growing! ESRI-UK has recently launched EDN in the UK. Nice comment from Paul, Partners and Alliances Business Unit Manager at ESRI (UK):
“GIS is often viewed as a niche technology within the corporate IT world, when in reality many core business processes have a location or spatial dimension. In response to increased market demand, ESRI (UK) is increasing its support for the development community through EDN, making it easier for partners to incorporate and promote GIS and spatial capabilities and take advantage of this growing market opportunity.”
Thursday, May 05, 2005
For those wanting to learn more about ArcSDE, the Virutal Campus team is offering a free live seminar on May 19th.
Nice article from SJ... SJ is one of the Director of ESRI and I've always thought he has a good feel for the GIS industry. As a BYU man, I try not to hold the fact that he is a graduate of University of Utah against him.
Rise and Shout - Go Cougars!
SJ, you should start a blog
Here is an interesting article about an open source GIS project that is written in .Net. This is the first type project I've seen that isn't build with Java. The article is correct that most GIS desktop application users are on Windows and .Net is a very popular dev environment for GIS developers.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
I can't help but laugh whenever I see the Steve Ballmer videos. I love his passion in the Developers Developers Developers Developers clip. Anyone know when and where this video takes place?
I agree with Steve, developers are the key.
ESRI announces ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 3. This Service Pack contains all the issues addressed in the previously released Service Packs for ArcGIS 9.0 (ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 1, ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 2) as well as additional improvements and maintenance fixes.
It’s important to know that we didn’t release SP 3 because ArcGIS 9 is so bad and we still don’t have things good after SP1 and SP2. The Release Team here in Redlands is now having regularly scheduled Service Packs to constantly improve the quality of the software. For example, 9.2 is not yet shipping to customer but they are already planning a SP for that release.
Monday, May 02, 2005
You can subscribe to ArcUser online; send your name, organization, type of organization, GIS application, address, and phone number via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Product managers' rule #1: The best product managers follow the Pragmatic Marketing maxim: Your opinion, while interesting, is irrelevant. Always use market facts to decide the best course of action.
Product managers' rule #2: Product management is a not a "natural" fit for everyone. A good product manager has a technical background with business savvy. Software engineers and programmers, for example, can make a smooth transition to product management because they're starting off with a strong technical background. But technical smarts alone won't cut it.
Product managers' rule #3: In "Crossing the Chasm," Geoff Moore says that product management is a senior, business-oriented role and typically fails because we staff it with junior, technically-oriented people.
Product managers' rule #4: Credibility comes from being able to manage the business of the product. Otherwise, product management gets relegated to a technical support role.
Product managers' rule #5: Product management is about delivering what the market needs. Good product managers spend more time in front of customers and potential customers; they spend less time on sales calls and in their corporate offices.
Product managers' rule #6: Product management is not necessarily about delivering what the customer asks for. The best products solve the customer's problems and no more. A product manager has to observe and understand what the customer needs in order to solve the problem, rather than building the features the customer requests.
Product managers' rule #7: Mature companies value product management and enjoy shorter time to market. According to a survey Pragmatic Marketing conducted with softwareminds, companies that consider product-management business critical cut their time to market in half. This results from more focus on the product and less last-minute reaction to sales demands du jour.
Product managers' rule #8: Product management usually fails when organized in the development or engineering team. Technical managers do not consider product management a value-add to their teams and relegate them to project management and scheduling.
Product managers' rule #9: Similarly, product management fails in sales departments. Naturally, sales management considers product management a sales resource and allocates 110 percent of its time for supporting salespeople.
Product managers' rule #10: It seems counterintuitive, but product managers who spend a lot of time supporting salespeople find that they are not valued by their companies. Invariably, the product managers who