Privately held corporation founded in 1969 as Environmental Systems Research Institute., a  research group focused on land-use planning. "The company's early mission was to organize and analyze geographic information to help land planners and land resource managers make well-informed environmental decisions."

    The firm provides ArcGIS, a widely adopted (with a significant share of the GIS software market worldwide) cloud-based mapping system for cataloging, visualizing, and sharing geospatial information. Esri software and services around geospatial information are used by commercial clients, NGOs, and local, state and national government agencies worldwide.   

    Type of Organization
    Provider Role(s)
    Alternative Names
    Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.
    Year established
    Still in Operation
    Main Address

    380 New York Street
    Redlands, CA 92373
    United States

    Subject Areas
    Mission Statement

    "Our technology enables organizations to create responsible and sustainable solutions to problems at local and global scales. . . Esri inspires and enables people to positively impact the future through a deeper, geographic understanding of the changing world around them." (, 2015) 


    Esri was founded in 1969 as Environmental Systems Research Institute by Jack and Laura Dangermond "as a small research group focused on land-use planning."

    In the 1970s began producing and marketing geographic information systems. 

    1982 -- Esri produced and began distribution of GIS software ARC/INFO.

    2015 - Lockheed Martin and Esri "deployed commercial software to the Amazon Web Services Commercial Cloud Services (C2S) environment for the first time with an intelligence community customer, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), in a move that enables government agencies to better share geospatial intelligence." (Bloomberg) 

    Governance: Board / Owners / Parent organization

    Jack Dangermond: founder, chief executive and president; Frances Ruane, Director (Bloomberg, 2015) 

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