[ka-Map-users] ka-map vs. ArcGIS

Henderson, Tim - Miami THenderson at miamiherald.com
Wed Mar 28 08:48:51 EST 2007

Thanks, we're wondering specifically if there would be performance differences in geocoding-intensive stuff like this:
I'm wonder if there would be performance differences on all those points for foreclosed houses. This is in ArcGIS and I just haven't seen such an intensive application in ka-map, but I'll try to reproduce this and see what happens. 
I'm not interested in the commercial services you pitched offlist. I hope I can keep my e-mail address public without inviting more pitches for consulting services.

	-----Original Message----- 
	From: Paul Spencer [mailto:pspencer at dmsolutions.ca] 
	Sent: Tue 3/27/2007 9:01 PM 
	To: Henderson, Tim - Miami 
	Cc: ka-map-users at lists.maptools.org 
	Subject: Re: [ka-Map-users] ka-map vs. ArcGIS

	I'm not a former ArcGIS user, but I'd have to say that it all depends 
	on what you need your solution to do.
	ka-Map, MapServer, MapGuide Open Source OpenLayers, MapBuilder, 
	etc ... are all very capable open source packages with healthy 
	communities, solid code bases, and a variety of consulting firms 
	willing and able to support you, but each one has particular 
	strengths and weaknesses.  None of them (arguably) could compete with 
	ArcGIS for breadth of functionality at this point in time, but 
	specific packages will do things better than ArcGIS.  And you have 
	the advantage of being able to talk directly with the developers, get 
	bugs fixed, get new functionality etc.
	Your best bet is to outline what functionality you need and we'll 
	point you in the right direction :)
	PS if you have the money to buy ArcGIS, you could spend it on getting 
	trained in open source technologies or having a complete solution 
	developed for you by someone.
	On 27-Mar-07, at 6:58 PM, Henderson, Tim - Miami wrote:
	> We're considering ka-map as an alternative to ArcGIS Server. The 
	> price is certainly right and it's very impressive what it can do 
	> right out of the box. But some here say, well, if we have a chance 
	> to buy ArcGIS we should do that, and play with ka-map in our spare 
	> time, because it's so expensive that if ka-map fails to do what we 
	> need, we'll never get the money again to go back to ArcGIS. Any 
	> thought out there from former ArcGIS folks? Am I crazy to think it 
	> can do everything?
	> Tim Henderson
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