Ten GIS Software Vendors
In This Chapter
Getting to know the main GIS vendors
Understanding what the vendors supply
Looking into the system requirements
GIS software vendors are as varied as the data you encounter inside the software. These vendors range from companies that specialize in industry-specific software (such as Surfer for terrain analysis and CrimeStat for crime analysis), to more generic software companies (such as Environmental Systems Research Institute, Intergraph, and GE Smallworld). With the list of GIS software vendors tipping the scales at “a whole lot” and growing, you may find having a list of ten well-known vendors helpful. For an updated, comprehensive list of GIS vendors, see www.geog.ubc.ca/courses/klink/resources/gis_vendors.html.
Environmental Systems Research Institute
Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI, at www.esri.com) boasts the largest market share for GIS and has come by that boast honestly. Although their products have a steep learning curve, the power this software provides is worth the time investment:
Product line: The primary ESRI product is ArcGIS (shown in Figure ...