Open source is thriving and in fact proving to be a great success even in enterprise markets. Boundless, one of the most recognised names in Open GIS announced earlier last week that it has been awarded a $36 million contract by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (press release).
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is the lead agency tasked with Geospatial Intelligence in United States Of America and act as the primary source of GEOINT for the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Intelligence Community.
The contract with Boundless supports NGA’s GEOINT services and purchase services required for development and maintenance of open source geospatial software packages. Its quite likely that the award is mainly targeted towards Boundless’ latest offering Boundless Desktop – a full-featured, desktop Open GIS solution targeted at enterprise customers.
Here’s what Andy Dearing, CEO of Boundless told Geoawesomeness about the deal
“Here at Boundless, we want organizations to realize the power that open source geospatial technology can give them. NGA has fully embraced the benefits of open source, through initiatives like Pathfinder and GEOINT Services. NGA is not alone – many other organizations are showing interest in understanding the flexibility and scalability benefits that the supported Boundless technology platform brings to their business. We are excited to be a part of this movement!”
In 2012, Red Hat became the first Open source company to reach over $1 billion in annual revenue. The Open Geo companies might be still far away from scaling that mountain but it definitely augurs well for the GIS industry as a whole that this goal is not impossible.