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Which platform is better?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:46 am
by ROstmeyer
My company is doing a study to determine where we should be going with regards to our mapping/GIS tools. We have been using the 7.1 version of the SDK and moved to the Mappro80 and we are very happy with it. As our business is growing, there are some developers on our team that are pushing to go away from the mappro sdk and adopt a google solution. Two of us are hesitant and want to stay with what we know and what has been working for us well for a number of years and there a couple of developers that are championing the use of openstreetmap.

We are really having a hard time deciding which way to go. Each approach has pluses and minuses. I am wondering if others here have gone through the process of similar decisions and the reasons they decided one way, or the other.

Part of what makes the google approach attractive is that we plan to also add a server-based solution to our products and although possible, it doesn't appear that MapPro80 makes such a thing easy to do. On the other hand, not having to rely on internet connectivity to use the product, like you can do with MapPro80, is very desirable.

Anyway, any feedback anyone here can provide would be great!

Re: Which platform is better?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:41 am
by Gyrotech
We go through a similar process every couple of years :-) Our development team is small (only 3 of us) and two of us are comfortable with the mappro tool. The third person is a google believer. We tried a "pilot" implementation with google a couple of years ago and it turned out pretty good. You can't go wrong with using the industry leader! The things that made us stick with the mappro tool were (a) we didn't need internet connectivity to use our product, since mappro program, tool and data is self-contained, (b) Mappro gave us a lot more accessibility to the underlying data, (c) undertow was very responsive when we needed a specific feature to be implemented (google wouldn't even talk to us, since we were a very small customer for them), (d) the cost when deploying a product with MapPro is very predictable (fixed) whereas with google it's not, and it's much higher with google's new price increases. As for the openstreet, we looked at it a couple of times, but the QA of the data is just not there, yet, although the mapping tool functionality is getting better all the time.

Regarding the server implementation, I am not sure exactly what it is you are trying to do. Mappro was not really developed as a map server tool, but I have seen a couple of server implementations using pHp that looked pretty good. They were dealing with simple actions, like map zooming/panning, searching, displaying asset locations on the map, all in pHp requiring only the the user accesses the server through their web browser, no specific thin client required.

Re: Which platform is better?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:24 pm
by George.Tan
I think *which* platform is better depends on the product one develops. I am not a googler, as a rule, so I would prefer mappro, unless there is NO way to develop my program using it, in which case google might be O.K. for me to use.

I think if undertow made it a bit easier to develop server-based apps with their SDK, a lot more people would be using it versus other platforms.

Re: Which platform is better?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:50 am
by MarkY
I echo the sentiment that it depends on the product/service you are using the sdk for. Until google can license a complete set of their data that we can deploy to our client (of course it's not going to happen) we have to stay with mappro - we can't depend on any sort of connectivity, we have to be self-contained.

Re: Which platform is better?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:28 pm
by mAlagi
Ideally, I'd love to have the data persistence and quality of google and the granular control of mappro80. But, I guess we can't have everything in life, so... :-(