It is time to close this page, and as it happens in the custom of those who close annual cycles, I loose some lines of what we could expect in 2014. Already we will talk more but just today, which is the last year:
Unlike other sciences, in our own the trends are defined by the circle of what happens to the hardware and the use of the Internet.
- On the one hand, more robust tablets + more capable operating systems + solutions that gradually replace the Laptops = more sales of tablets ... Not necessarily cheaper but yes in relation to its capacity. Smartphones taking their place in communication by limiting the size.
- And from the side of the web: Almost everything from the cloud, interacting with almost any software that survives on the desktop, more productive uses of social networks, more vain inventions to bring the real world to the web.
In free GIS software
It will be an interesting year for OpenSource. QGis, with the great harvest event; because it is a software that matured after the community, it will have fewer challenges to be sustained than gvSIG, which by now has many communities but few developers with full dedication. We understand and congratulate the Foundation's effort to place the model, but we also believe that it could have started earlier, when more money flowed that was invested in an almost double development, something belated, which consequently brings a high cost of sustainability.
Free software is not for competition, it is not about who is better. But it is vital to survive with solvency in a context of much demand from users, the trend towards the cloud, mobile phones on Android systems, the multidiscipline that fuses the simplicity of geomarketing with the accuracy of topography, applications of sensors And proximity to geoengineering.
The models are different, but you have to learn from both. The challenge for the internationalization of gvSIG is promising, but it must be producing mature businesses and balanced messages. The effort not to reinvent the QGis wheel is wise, but they must prevent monopoly by high-value support.
Before we saw an intention with Portable GIS, but now we find interesting the vision of Boundles, Formerly known as OpenGeo, which now offers support and added value on a solution that integrates part of the ecosystem:
- The robustness of QGis as a thin client,
- All of the OpenLayers development suite,
- The indisputable capacity of GeoServer for data on the web, added to GeoWebCache to efficiently thesis,
- And PostGIS / Postgres for management, analysis both down and in the cloud and taking books of passage of sufficient acceptance.
What is the other combo?Will libraries not connected to this line survive?What will be the gvSIG Boundles?What is the combination with MapServer?Will uDIG reach its big brother's popularity?Will SEXTANTE survive if your godfather becomes obsessed with GRASS?How many developers does gvSIG have now?How much of this does ESRI use under that pretty face?
- ESRI, at your leisure.
- AutoDesk approaching larger partners due to the fragility of stock market crises. Aware that GIS is not your business, getting more into manufacturing, animation and architecture.
- Intergraph increasingly part of the super solution that conforms Geomedia + Erdas.
- Bentley buying more business customers working, in its niche: Engineering and Plant infrastructures. In GIS area, only the trend towards tablets and ability to interact with field teams.
- Mapinfo ... Is it still in PB's priorities?
Not the big ones in theirs.
- Supergis, in his endless daring for what ESRI does, and looking for western markets.
- GlobalMapper, stable, suffering before the piracy that does not forgive a tool that does not do everything but what it does ... Our respect. It does it well.
- Manifold GIS ... No forecast, after so many years of drought compared to its initial aggressiveness.
- Others ... Looking for a magic formula.