On any given day, more than 1,000,000 people around the world use ESRI's GIS to improve the way their organizations conduct business. Founded in 1969, ESRI's GIS solutions are emerging as an integral component in nearly every type of business and government service. Headquartered in Redlands, California, ESRI has offices throughout the United States; a business partner program with more than 1,200 developers, consultants, resellers, and data providers; and a network of more than 75 international distributors with users in more than 229 countries. Each year, ESRI invests nearly 20 percent of its revenues in research and development and continues to set the industry standards by developing software solutions using the latest programming and Internet technologies.
ESRI gives GIS users what they need by listening closely and incorporating their feedback and recommended improvements. ESRI provides users with a comprehensive suite of support options including standard telephone support as well as moderated lists and discussion forums on the Internet and a variety of regional and specialty user groups. ESRI also hosts the largest GIS industry event in the world, publishes the two largest circulation periodicals in the industry, and operates the leading GIS book publisher. ESRI's Educational Services and Professional Services divisions continue to deliver the most sought after training and consulting solutions in the industry as evidenced by the ESRI Virtual Campus, Rent-a-Tech services, database consulting services, and thousands of ESRI Press books sold via the Internet and in bookstores around the world. At the 2000 ESRI International User Conference, ESRI launched the Geography Network as a collaborative system that enables the public and private sectors to collaborate in new ways by spatially integrating and fusing their data and knowledge, thus leading to dramatically improved interorganizational sharing of geographic knowledge.