Google has made a well-publicized announcement that it is deprecating support for Google Maps Engine (“GME”) as of January 29, 2016. It’s for sure that Google’s not getting out of the Maps business – if anything, their announcement over the past weekend making Google Earth Pro free demonstrates a strong interest in growing the adoption of maps, which we can all get behind – but it does seem a rather clear statement of the level(s) Google wants to serve. There’s a gulf between the use cases more commonly associated with Google’s consumer-friendly mapping capabilities and the sophistication in location intelligence increasingly demanded by enterprise use.
If you are an organization currently leveraging GME for your commercial use case, we strongly encourage you to include OpenGeo Suite in your technology evaluations. As an open source technology stack with a robust community in place for a decade or more, OpenGeo Suite is a mature, powerful, yet cost-effective geospatial solution which can address a comprehensive variety of commercial use cases.
While on the topic of use cases – we’ll be the first to tell you that the focus of OpenGeo Suite is to create rich maps to fulfill enterprise needs. Organizations with few enterprise requirements and lightweight sets of data may find OpenGeo Suite more than they need if the intent is to simply recreate what exists with GME. OpenGeo Suite is for organizations who meet one or more of the following criteria:
You’re looking to step up your game without breaking the bank
You know that you’d like to unlock greater intelligence from your data and you think creating additional location-based visibility would help. You’ve made decisions in the past based on the constraints of GME, particularly around the data. You think in general you could express more with the visualization of location-based information.
However, wanting to do more does not necessarily equate to having the funds in place to execute, so it is necessary to identify solutions that keep cost control in mind. You are likely sensitive to the costs and lock-in associated with proprietary GIS software. OpenGeo Suite, as open source software, is available to all for the construction of mapping resources. Boundless provides our customers with optional support and additional functionality – contact us if you’d like to learn more – but the base software is available to all on an open basis to provide a powerful geospatial platform with a wide variety of capabilities.
You’d like more: More options, more control, more capabilities
OpenGeo Suite significantly expands the options available compared to GME. Data can be leveraged in virtually unlimited fashion from a variety of platforms, including native PostGIS, Oracle, Microsoft SQL, or even NoSQL databases such as MongoDB. OpenGeo Suite also leverages a much wider variety of standards-based web services to expand what information may be passed, while also providing web editing and drawing tools currently unavailable in GME.
You’re looking to go beyond and think out of the box
GME provides a stock set of base maps, which works for a pre-defined set of visualization requirements. However, OpenGeo Suite enables organizations looking to think out of the box when looking to create beautiful maps via full customization of both look and feel as well as perspective. Organizations adopting OpenGeo Suite can tailor visualizations to best fit the human element of their organizations.
There’s a wealth of available information on OpenGeo Suite, both on this website as well as other community sites on the web. We challenge anybody who is looking to get more out of their location intelligence without breaking the bank to take a look, not just users migrating from GME.