Esri offers a complete platform for mapping, analysis, data management, and collaboration—ArcGIS. ArcGIS connects people with maps, data, and apps that let them visualize information, analyze patterns and relationships, and improve decision making. We built ArcGIS with flexibility and interoperability in mind. As a result, ArcGIS lets anyone create, use, and share maps and location apps anywhere, anytime, and on any platform or device. We also provide user education and training, technical support, and professional services to help our users apply our technology to make more effective decisions and improve outcomes.
Founded in 1969, Esri is a financially stable, privately owned corporation with a policy of zero debt. Private ownership means no stockholders forcing short-term decisions at the expense of long-term objectives. This lets us maintain a strong commitment to innovation and rapidly address the changing and emerging needs of our user community. Each year, we reinvest more than 27 percent of our revenue in research and development to support new advancements in our platform technology.
To help our users effectively implement geospatial technology to meet their needs, Esri maintains a global partner network of more than 1,800 partners, including strategic alliances with major technology leaders such as Amazon Web Services, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, and SAS. We also have more than 80 international distributors that support Esri users in more than 150 countries.
Esri is dedicated to helping customers use geospatial technology to solve their unique operational challenges. By listening closely to the people who use our software every day, we receive valuable user feedback and recommendations that we incorporate in our product releases. As a result of this commitment to fulfilling the needs of our customers, our platform has become widely pervasive and supports users in many industries.
Today, Esri software is used by more than 350,000 organizations worldwide including:
• Most US federal and national mapping agencies
• All 50 US state health departments
• Each of the 200 largest US cities
• More than 24,000 state and local governments worldwide
• More than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies
• 45 of the top 50 petroleum companies
• More than 7,000 colleges and universities
• Many others in dozens of industries
To support our broad user community, Esri hosts the largest geospatial event in the world, publishes the two largest circulation periodicals in the industry, and operates the leading geospatial book publisher. These resources help our users develop best practices, improve the efficiency of their workflows, and discover new capabilities and use cases.
Esri also promotes user education by providing the most sought-after training solutions in the industry. Each year, more than 25,000 geospatial professionals and students in the US are trained by Esri or Esri-authorized instructors.
In addition, more than 100,000 individuals from 180 countries enroll in Esri self-paced e-learning courses every year. These courses prepare our users to solve real-world problems with geospatial technology.
As the global leader in GIS technology, Esri will provide the ArcGIS platform to least-developed countries for the collection, management, monitoring, and use of sustainable development goals data. The ArcGIS platform will also provide content such as the digital Living Atlas of the World, which includes imagery, social, urban system, economic, and environmental data that can enrich understanding and inform decision making.
Geospatial data and analysis are essential to achieving the goals, which include ending poverty and hunger, ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation everywhere, combating climate change, and building resilient infrastructure. The ArcGIS platform will provide countries the geoenabled information management framework they need as well as an easy way to openly share geospatial data.
Esri continues to support its commitment through its Non-profit and Global Organizations Program. We are supporting the collaborative efforts put forward by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. At its core, the ArcGIS platform supports understanding of complex issues and data-driven action, beginning with gathering good data and then analyzing it to reveal patterns and trends.