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Esri’s 2017 GeoConX conference marked a significant inflection point in the ongoing conversation around Esri’s #UtilityNetwork and the ArcFM Solution XI Series . A lot has happened since September 2016 when we first announced that we’d be building the next generation ArcFM Editor XI on ArcGIS Pro and the Utility Network. There has been a lot of discussion, education, demos, alphas and betas. We realized early on that since all of this can be noisy and confusing it was our responsibility to lead you through the fog of impending change - to transparently guide you in using the right technology in the right way at the right time while protecting you from premature hype. So, it was comforting at GeoConX 2017 to hear people for the first time being realistic about the effort it will take to get to the #UtilityNetwork. Customers and partners were talking less about a “simple upgrade” and more about “business transformation”. They were asking what they could do NOW to get their data ready, how they should start to align their budget cycles, how they can prepare for the change management associated with workflow and business process re-engineering and who could help them. Our work with TDPUD and Esri further validated the need for utilities to take the time to comprehend what the real impact of moving to the Utility Network entails. Megan Campe said it well in her session when she said “everything changes”!

Fortunately, we and our best-of-breed GIS Partners have helped our customers navigate change like this a few times in the past. Our new “Building Your ArcFM XI” pilot program is the key to this – it is our expert blueprint to get you to the Utility Network and the ArcFM Solution XI Series at your pace, with minimal disruption and maximum value-add.  How can you get involved and begin preparing now? First, keep an eye out for the arcfm editor xi alpha program later this year and sign up. Second, if you want to take the alpha experience further, a Building Your ArcFM XI pilot offers that. Third, no single company can do this all – our best-of-breed partner ecosystem gives you choices of who to work with and can reach you in over 90 countries.  Finally, remember to establish the expected value you hope to realize by moving to the Utility Network, and we and our partners will get you there just like we have done for you in the past!

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Dear friends, GIS Partners and customers:

 

At GeoConX 2016 you will be introduced to a lot of exciting new technology and learn a lot of new things about the future of utility and telecom GIS.  Here are a few things to think about over the weekend as you prepare for this conference…

 

The utility and telecom markets we serve are undergoing important changes that many like to describe with fancy buzz words such as disruption, evolution, IT/OT convergence, smart grid, next generation, etc. Regardless of the fancy words of choice, this can equate to big changes and big decisions which require a lot of thought and planning to navigate and survive when you are being pressed every day to do more with less.  You really don’t need any more change!

 

Some change is good - you might see some different faces from Schneider Electric Geospatial in Phoenix.  But, if you know where we came from, you can take solace in the fact that with all the change happening around you and the different faces at Schneider Electric, our mission remains the same it was 29 years ago when we pioneered this industry with Esri – to deliver tangible business value that improves your work life.  Our mission is not tied to a particular technology, a specific software version, a data model, some migration tools, a set of traces or even specific people – it is tied to you, our customers. Our responsibility is to provide our customers leadership in the midst of this change – to transparently guide you in using the right technology in the right way at the right time while protecting you from premature hype.

 

Speaking of hype, when large technology changes typically occur, you are probably used to seeing all the charts and diagrams from your favorite analysts.  They have names like Hype Cycle, the Technology Adoption Lifecycle (with or without chasm) and Technology Readiness Level (an oldie but a goodie).  Some of these assess the status of a market, some address an organization’s readiness, and some assess the technology itself.  Look it up and do some reading, it is fun stuff!

 

But I have some homework for you - after you do some reading, and after you get back from GeoConX - tell us where you think we are as a market, as a technology, and where you are as an organization.  And, I will tell you that Schneider Electric is ready to provide you the leadership to get you from wherever you are today to where you want to go tomorrow.  We have done it before, and we will do it again.