Comparison of Map Management Systems

The following table provides a comparison of mapping system features:

Feature Maprosoft Google
Maps API
ArcGIS
Online
ESRI
EView
ESRI
Dekho

Map Features:
         
Info windows supporting HTML and microformats (contacts, addresses, etc)
Supported Supported with Extension Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Custom mobile application (iOS and Android)
Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Embed multiple custom maps within existing website
Supported Supported with Extension Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Embed text based pages detailing assets from your spatial database
Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Directions
Supported Supported with Extension Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Multiple basmaps (e.g. aerial, streets, etc)
Supported Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
3D visualisation - automatic creation of 3D 'tours'
Supported Supported with Extension Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported

Content Management:
         
Intuitive map content management system graphical user interface
Supported Supported with Extension Partially Supported Not Supported Supported
Allows website authors to create map pages with minimal GIS expertise
Supported Supported Not Supported Not Sure Supported
Customise all map toolbars and capabilities on a map by map basis
Supported Supported with Extension Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Designed specifically to run within the context of existing website pages (not as a separate all in one map)
Supported Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Map check-in/check-out
Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Sure Not Sure
Map review and approval
Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Sure Not Sure
Allows integration with GIS systems
Supported Supported with Extension Supported Supported Supported
Extraction of data from feeds (KML, GeoRSS, etc)
Supported Supported with Extension Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Simultaneous integration with multiple disparate GIS systems
Supported Supported with Extension Not Supported Not Sure Not Sure

Issue Management:
         
Allows users to report issues (e.g. graffiti, property damage, etc)
Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Integrates with issue management systems
Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported

Technologies:
         
No HTML coding required.
Supported Not Supported Supported Not Sure Supported
No JavaScript coding required
Supported Not Supported Supported Not Sure Supported
No manual XML configuration required
Supported Not Supported Supported Not Supported Supported
Uses Google's base map and web interface (high user acceptance)
Supported Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Internationalization
Supported Supported with Extension Supported Not Sure Supported
Interactive web interface without Adobe Flash Player
Supported Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Basemaps delivered on content delivery network (CDN)
Supported Supported Supported with Extension Supported with Extension Supported with Extension

Deployment:
         
Runs on a wide variety of server side platforms
Supported Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Runs in any compliant Java Servlet 2.5 container running Java 1.6
Supported Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Can be used with a wide variety of databases
Supported Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Supports cloud and co-location hosting (excluding base map serving)
Supported Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Sure
Simple to install and configure
Supported Partially Supported Partially Supported Supported Supported

Administration:
         
Access control
Supported Supported with Extension Not Sure Not Sure Supported
Intuitive administration graphical user interface
Supported Supported with Extension Partially Supported Not Sure Supported
Fully administrable using a web browser (no need to install additional client apps)
Supported Supported Not Supported Not Sure Supported

Reporting:
         
Detailed analytics reporting (e.g. identify most clicked on map features)
Supported Supported with Extension Not Supported Not Sure Not Sure

Australian Government Policy Conformance:
         
Fully Australian developed and owned
Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported Not Sure


Legend:

SupportedFully Supported
Partially SupportedPartially Supported
Supported with ExtensionSupported with Extension (may require some custom development)
Not SupportedNot Supported (without significant custom development)
Not SureNot Sure