The time has come to close this page, and as happens in the custom of those of us who close annual cycles, I drop a few lines of what we could expect in 2014. We will talk more later but just today, which is the last year:
Unlike other sciences, in ours, trends are defined by the circle of what happens to hardware and the use of the Internet.
- On the one hand, more robust tablets + more capable operating systems + solutions that are gradually replacing Laptops = more tablet sales… Not necessarily cheaper but in relation to their capacity. Smartphones taking their place in communication due to the limitation of 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; As it is software that matured after the community, it will have fewer challenges to sustain than gvSIG, which currently has many communities but few fully dedicated developers. We understand and congratulate the effort made by the Foundation to place the model, but we also believe that it could be started earlier, when more money flowed that was invested in an almost double development, somewhat late, which consequently brings a high cost of sustainability.
Free software is not about competing, it is not about who is better. But it is vital to survive with solvency in a context of high demand from users, the trend towards the cloud, mobile phones on Android systems, the multidiscipline that merges the simplicity of geomarketing with the precision of topography, sensor applications remote locations 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 business and balanced messages. The effort not to reinvent the QGis wheel is wise, but they should prevent the monopoly for high-end support.
Before we saw an intention with Portable GIS, but now we think the vision of Boundles, formerly known as OpenGeo, which now offers support and added values on a solution that integrates part of the ecosystem:
- The robustness of QGis as a thin client,
- All OpenLayers development props,
- The indisputable capacity of GeoServer for data on the web, added to GeoWebCache to make tessellation more efficient,
- 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 reaching out to larger partners due to the fragility of the stock market crises. Aware that GIS is not his business, getting more into manufacturing, animation and architecture.
- Intergraph increasingly part of the super solution that makes up Geomedia + Erdas.
- Bentley buying more business customers running, in its niche: Engineering and Plant infrastructures. In GIS area, only the trend towards tablets and the 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 from piracy that does not forgive a tool that does not do everything but what it does ... Our respect. It does well.
- Manifold GIS ... No forecast, after so many years of drought compared to its initial aggressiveness.
- Others ... Looking for a magic formula.