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October 14, 2016
Esri Selects Anaconda to Enhance GIS Applications with Open Data Science

AUSTIN, Texas – Continuum Analytics, the creator and driving force behind Anaconda, the leading Open Data Science platform powered by Python, today announced a new partnership with leading geographic information system (GIS) provider, Esri. By embedding Anaconda into Esri’s flagship desktop application, ArcGIS Pro, organizations now have increased accessibility to Python for developing more powerful, location-centric analytics applications.

The integration of Anaconda into ArcGIS Pro 1.3 enables GIS professionals to build detailed maps using the most current data and perform deep analysis to apply geography to problem solving and decision making for customers in dozens of industries. Anaconda provides a strong value-added component––particularly for Esri’s scientific and governmental customers who have to coordinate code across multiple machines or deploy software through centralized IT systems. Now, developers using ArcGIS Pro can easily integrate open source libraries into projects, create projects in multiple versions of Python and accelerate the process of installing nearly all publicly available Python packages.

“Python has a rich ecosystem of pre-existing code packages that users can leverage in their own script tools from within ArcGIS. But, managing packages can prove complex and time-consuming, especially when developing for multiple projects at once or trying to share code with others,” said Debra Parish, manager of global business strategies at Esri. “Anaconda solves these challenges and lets users easily create projects in multiple versions of Python. It really makes lives easier, especially for developers who deal with complex issues and appreciate the ease and agility Anaconda adds to the Python environment.”

ArcGIS for Desktop, which includes ArcGIS Pro, boasts the most powerful mapping software in the world. Used by Fortune 500 companies, national and local governments, public utilities and tech start-ups around the world, ArcGIS Pro’s mapping platform uncovers trends, patterns and spatial connections to provide actionable insights leading to data-informed business decisions. Additionally, ArcGIS Pro is accessible to developers to create and manage geospatial apps, regardless of developer experience.

“At Continuum Analytics, we know that data science is a team sport and collaboration is critical to the success of any analytics project. Anaconda empowers Esri developers with an accelerated path to open source Python projects and deeper analytics,” said Travis Oliphant, CEO and co-founder at Continuum Analytics. “More importantly, we see this as a partnering of two great communities, both offering best-in-class technology and recognizing that Open Data Science is a powerful solution to problem solving and decision making for organizations of all sizes.”

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. As the market leader in GIS technology, Esri software is used in more than 350,000 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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About Anaconda Powered by Continuum Analytics

Continuum Analytics is the creator and driving force behind Anaconda, the leading Open Data Science platform powered by Python. We put superpowers into the hands of people who are changing the world.

With more than 3M downloads and growing, Anaconda is trusted by the world’s leading businesses across industries––financial services, government, health & life sciences, technology, retail & CPG, oil & gas––to solve the world’s most challenging problems. Anaconda does this by helping everyone in the data science team discover, analyze and collaborate by connecting their curiosity and experience with data. With Anaconda, teams manage their Open Data Science environments without any hassles to harness the power of the latest open source analytic and technology innovations.

Continuum Analytics’ founders and developers have created and contributed to some of the most popular Open Data Science technologies, including NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib, Pandas, Jupyter/IPython, Bokeh, Numba and many others. Continuum Analytics is venture-backed by General Catalyst and BuildGroup.

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