GIS Industry Thought Leaders Pull Up Chairs to Spatial Roundtable

Redlands, California—July 27, 2009—ESRI has launched an interactive Web site, Spatial Roundtable (, where geographic information system (GIS) industry thought leaders share their opinions about business and organizational challenges in the geospatial community. The site provides its visitors with insight into issues relevant to their work, an arena for community dialog, and a resource that adds breadth to their decision making.

Featured contributors will draw from their fields of expertise to give their points of view about a particular subject. ESRI will add new discussion topics to the Spatial Roundtable Web site monthly. Each one will have a different set of invited experts sharing their opinions. Site visitors can also participate by adding their comments and submitting questions and topic ideas for future discussion.

The first topic broached is about insurance. Simon Thompson, business industry solutions manager at ESRI, responds to the question, Why do so few insurers use GIS? Featured contributor Bernard Mageean, managing director of QBE European Operations, also offers his opinion.

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Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at


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