Best GIS Software
A geographic information system (GIS) lets users visualize, question, analyze, and interpret geographical data to help them understand and problem-solve relationships, patterns, and trends. Companies use GIS to manage geographical data in order to improve operations in many geoscience industries as well as land-centric enterprises (e.g. sales territory management, field service dispatching, asset maintenance, transportation or construction). GIS collects, incorporates and manipulates attribute data from maps to a business’ reporting systems to analyze and assess real-world problems. GIS data usually displays different kinds of data on one map, to facilitate deep analysis and efficiently use as much data as possible. GIS software usually focuses on gathering, analyzing, and displaying geographical data to manage business operations. GIS can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud. Typical implementations can result in a savings in operational expenses. GIS often integrates with CAD, BIM, and other drafting and design software, to enhance its analytics capabilities.
To qualify for inclusion in the Geographic Information Software (GIS) category, a product must:
- Store, organize, edit, and analyze geographical data
- Include visualization capabilities to display geographical information
- Either have GIS capability or utilize a GIS platform in its solution
- Align and/or manipulate data from maps and sources.
GIS Software Grid® Overview
The best GIS Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
- Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: AutoCAD Map 3D, ArcGIS, Google Earth Pro, and Google Maps API
- High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the Leaders. High Performers include: Map Business Online, CARTO, QGIS, Global Mapper, Maptitude, and Mapbox
- Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: MapInfo Pro and GE Smallworld
- Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: ERDAS IMAGINE