Open Source software isn’t something new nor is it a fringe movement anymore. More and more companies across the world are building solutions and then Open-sourcing it. Although Open Source solutions like QGIS, GeoServer and others are extremely popular among the GIS community, the cost and ease of setup and maintenance of such solutions in a corporate environment left a lot to be desired.
On one hand, Open Source solutions provided cost-benefit, faster bug fixes and features for the enterprise customer but the task of setting it up and getting the different libraries and solutions to work together was a technical barrier.
Open GIS Platform – Boundless Connect and Boundless Desktop
Boundless, one of the leaders in the Open source GIS community has decided to tackle this challenge by announcing the launch of an integrated Open GIS platform with two products – Boundless Connect, a subscription service to the most comprehensive repository of GIS data, and Boundless Desktop, a full-featured, professional desktop GIS, bringing a powerful ecosystem of geospatial knowledge, tools and resources to the enterprise.
“With the launch of Boundless Connect and Boundless Desktop, we have taken a major step forward in delivering the most complete, commercially supported open GIS platform. As the need for an alternative to costly, closed GIS systems grows, Boundless is proud to partner with the open source community to provide new tools and open solutions that foster growth of the largest repository of the world’s geospatial knowledge and resources.” – Andy Dearing, CEO of Boundless.
The global market for GIS is expected to be worth $14.6 billion by 2020 and it certainly looks like the Open Source community is ready for it. What do you think? Has Open Source finally come of age?
— Geoawesomeness (@geoawesomeness) November 15, 2016