November 8, 2011
I am the Principle Architect for GIS solutions and technologies within CTC. I've built large enterprise GIS frameworks and instrastructures for the National Geospatial Agency and the US Navy.
I liked the group because they aren't all just ESRI users. I think variety is good and stimulates new ideas. We are an ESRI BP and we can get a little stove piped in our approach sometimes, so it is good to see other ideas and what others are doing. Since ESRI is taking the lead on this it would be nice if they could share some technical stuff. I'd like to see stuff you guys are working on for a future release, and also to get some black belt related topics covered, e.g. using SQL to query spatial data. I'm not sure if the group is mobile centric but while mobile is sexy right now there are still lots of other topics; e.g. I loved the urban planner guy using the game engine for 3D rendering. Brilliant presentation, but I wish he would've shown the technical implementation since it was a "Dev" meet up.