So You Want To Be A GIS System Administrator?


I’ve been one of these for about 16 years. This essay is simply my experience. Speak to another GIS SysAdmin and there will be some overlap, and some unique and peculiar stories, I’m sure. I’m only hitting some high points. Comments are certainly both welcome and appreciated, as always. Computers have been a part of…

ESRI International Users Conference, Epilogue


The greater portion of the following collection of musings came on the very first day of the Education Conference. My current position covers a diverse number of disciplines, roles, and responsibilities. My office is on the top floor of a 5-story building, on the perimeter of our office space. And I am a Team of…

What Programming Languages Might Be Good To Learn?


As an information technology professional, one involved in the realm of geographic information systems and mapping technology, students often ask what technologies they can learn to become more competitive in the job market. I stress two technologies, programming, and databases. For databases, I don’t point them in any particular direction, Oracle, SQL Server; even IBM…