I read with great interest today’s announcement that AppGeo is no longer an Esri Business Partner. I find the announcement significant for a number of reasons, which I will explore shortly. I have always respected AppGeo’s work. As a small business that does geospatial consulting, they have foregone the “grow at all costs” approach that is seen all too often in the consulting world. They generally stuck to what they do well and branched out conservatively in ways that tie logically back to their core business.
I first met the President of AppGeo, Rich Grady, at an early HIFLD meeting many years ago. (It may have even been before the group was called “HIFLD.”) The work they were doing then was very relevant to critical infrastructure protection efforts and, had some of their concepts for sharing data between state, local, and Federal agencies been adopted, we’d probably be better off today. I have always considered Rich one of the good guys in the geospatial industry and the company he has built reflects his integrity.
Over the years, our companies haven’t quite found the right vehicle to work together and we sometimes even compete against each other. That’s the nature of the consulting business. You will often compete against friends and still be able to have dinner together later.
So I was happy for Rich and AppGeo when I read their announcement. As I said above, I found it significant in a few ways…