Those who read this blog regularly will have seen me discuss the difference between geospatial and GIS. The latter is a part of the former. Geospatial takes in all geotechnologies: mapping platforms, GIS, location intelligence platforms etc. GIS was once the only game in town. That is no longer the case, and many of the entrenched (once invincible) GIS vendors are on the defensive.
Let the GIS Wars Commence
At WebMapSolutions we promote ‘best solutions’ not specific vendors. Our interest is getting the job done by applying the most appropriate geotechnology. That said we were intrigued by an email we received today. Not our favourite I’ll admit, given its sales tone, but we did note the following:
We span the middle ground between expensive, closed, locked-in proprietary systems such as XYZ (cloud) and XYZ (portal), and free-but-not-quite-operationally-geared technologies such as GeoNode.
This is very bold. Very aggressive. Very direct. These guys are going after the leading GIS vendor head-on. That means offering an alternative to a product and company unfamiliar with real competition. How intriguing.
GIS is centred on the public sector. This new vendor is going after this market-place. They have an uphill battle to dislodge the dominant GIS system in place. Change can be tough. But if the functionality is there, and the price is right … With ever tighter budgets a cheaper option will be seriously considered.
We think. For the good of all users of GIS. Competition is great. Let the GIS wars commence.