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About Esri

In 1969, when Jack and Laura Dangermond founded the Environmental Systems Research Institute, better known as Esri, GIS (Global Information Systems) was in its earliest stages of existence. Even in these beginning stages, the two scientists saw the value of GIS for land use planners and land resource managers to get a better picture of the land and make more informed decisions. Jack and Laura were among the first and most important scientists in creating and innovating GIS. The tool uses geographic science to create a “framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data.” Since its founding, Esri has worked across industries applying GIS to problems of all kinds, proving its effectiveness across verticals and its value as a data analysis tool. 

Esri is responsible for one of the most important innovations in GIS: ArcGIS. Released officially in 1981, ArcGIS was the first commercial GIS product. The Arc software uses spatial analysis and data science to connect locations and find key patterns, making for accurate models. Arc can be used to improve efficiency of field operations and create maps to help see spatial patterns. Other features of the software include 3D GIS, imagery, remote sensing, and data collection and management.

The company operates out of 49 offices across the globe, with an international team of employees from 73 countries. There are 11 research centers that continue to innovate and explore the capabilities of GIS technology. Esri offers its GIS technology in a plethora of software formats. ArcGIS Pro is the latest in desktop GIS software, and ArcGIS Hub facilitates community engagement and collaboration. At the heart of every product is the latest GIS technology that uses geospatial thinking to help customers make the best decisions and see the clearest picture of their space.


380 New York St
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: (909) 793-2853

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Private
CEO: Jack Dangermond
Employees (All Locations): 4,000

Major Office Locations

Esri Boston
35 Village Rd
Suite 501
Middleton, Massachusetts 01949-1234
380 New York St
Redlands, California 92373-8100
167 S. Taylor Ave
Louisville, Colorado 80027-3025

Major Departments & Practices

Administrative Support
ArcGIS Product Engineering
Business Development
Contracts and Legal Services
Customer Service
Educational Services