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Maps are everywhere – transforming how NZ works

Eagle Technology Press Release

Maps are everywhere – transforming how NZ works

AUCKLAND – 20 August, 2013 – The way we use maps is changing. We no longer look at maps in a map book to decide a route to our destination. Maps are ubiquitous and embedded in our smart devices. We use maps in the moment. Maps connect us. A location on a map can be a touch point for multiple references, such as to a photo, a person’s blog, a Facebook post. Web maps let us share information by individual or by organisation. The way we use maps, when married to information, is changing the way organisations make decisions. Sharing information geographically has huge implications for the future planet. So says Chris Cappelli, whose keynote presentation opened the New Zealand Esri User Conference (NZEUC) this morning at SkyCity, Auckland.

NZEUC is the largest gathering of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) community in New Zealand with 350 delegates from over 25 industries and 120 organisations. The uptake of Cloud services, the convergence of location analytics with business intelligence and the delivery of information to mobile devices has seen rapid expansion in GIS. Presentations include an address from Hon. Maurice Williamson who has a keen knowledge of GIS and has presented at Esri’s Senior Executive Summit in San Diego. Attendees will also learn from fellow users of ArcGIS for solutions as diverse as 3D Enablement of the Auckland Unitary Plan to Modelling Maori Macro Economics.

IBM is the platinum sponsor for NZEUC, leveraging its partnership with Eagle for cloud and hardware services. Cortell NZ Ltd is a gold sponsor after launching Esri Maps for Cognos location analytics into its Cognos business intelligence framework earlier in 2013. The EXPO area of the conference also showcases related technologies including Aerograph processing and Lidar and is supported by the NZ Esri User Group, which has more than 700 members.

NZEUC follows the Esri International User Conference, where more than 15,000 GIS Professionals congregate in San Diego in July each year. Esri has more than 90 international distributors with users in more than 350,000 organisations and 200 countries. Eagle Technology was awarded Esri Distributor of the Year 2013.

Eagle Technology is Esri’s official distributor in New Zealand. Eagle has worked alongside the NZ Esri User Group community to deliver the annual New Zealand Esri User Group Conference since its inception in 1997.

About Eagle Technology Group

Eagle Technology Group is a privately-held New Zealand-owned systems integration and information management company. Eagle has more than 40 years proven experience and a reputation for delivering excellent value to its customers in both government and business sectors throughout New Zealand. Eagle employs 100 staff with offices in Auckland and Wellington.

Eagle Technology has been the official distributor for Esri in New Zealand, the world’s pre-eminent geographic information systems (GIS) for more than 25 years. Eagle provides support, services, training and online solutions for ArcGIS.

Eagle's highly-skilled team includes professionals with expertise in all aspects of ICT and GIS (geographic information systems). Eagle’s Enterprise Solutions team specialise in Service Desk, Disaster Recovery, Managed Services and IT architecture.

Eagle Technology partners with the world’s leading hardware and software providers whilst retaining the independence to be innovative, creative, supportive and responsive to our customers.

About Esri

Esri was founded 1969 as a privately held consulting firm specialising in land use analysis projects. Esri employs more than 2,900 staff, more than 1,500 of whom are based in Redlands, California, at the world headquarters. Esri offers employment opportunities to qualified professionals from around the world and has a richly diverse work force. With more than 75 international distributors and users in more than 200 countries, Esri stands ready to meet the needs of its user community and to set the standards for the GIS industry.

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