The six leading geospatial software vendors include Alteryx, Esri, MapLarge, Oracle, Pitney Bowes and SAP, according to the latest Forrester Wave evaluation for Geospatial Analytics Tools and Platforms. As part of their third quarter survey, Forrester conducted interviews with 23 organisations and selected these six as among the top software providers evaluated in the report.
In this major market evaluation, Forrester recognises Pitney Bowes as being among geospatial vendors that were evaluated for Current offerings, Strategy and Market presence.
More specifically, Pitney Bowes received the highest scores possible in: spatial data sources; enrichment data sources; included enrichment data sources; cloud data sources; geocoding; security; buffers; edges and polygons; multi-table editing; labelling; grid analysis; time-series analysis; visualisations; model deployment; integrations; line of business and BI analysts; GIS professionals; and acquisition and pricing.
“Pitney Bowes delivers a scalable spatial solution connected for commerce,” writes Rowan Curran, Forrester Research, in the report. “Pitney Bowes offers a scalable spatial platform that GIS professionals require, but the vendor also helps many other users of geospatial technology and data accelerate adoption by leveraging the power of its Spectrum Technology Platform and enabling its wider software solutions with spatial capabilities.”
Esri, on the other hand, were recognised for their establishment of a standard in GIS workflows supported by continued innovation. As Forrester notes, “Esri is an authoritative standard for GIS and continues to innovate. Esri’s consistent and constant focus on serving the GIS market for decades has matured into a platform with some of the most extensive capabilities for capturing spatial data and the analysis, presentation, and delivery of spatial insights.”
The report goes on to state that, “Esri’s strong capabilities in 3D mapping and projections as well as its comprehensive Living Atlas of spatial enrichment data provide a wealth of components for deep analysis. Nonspecialists can easily consume Esri’s insights as well, through applications or through its ArcGIS Online software-as-a-service (Saas) platform.”