There are a number of benefits that we can identify.
First things first: we like GIS. We use it ourselves in all our data and mapping projects.
However, for the web we prefer to use technologies that have been designed specifically for the web and in particular open source technologies. As a small business we find GIS expensive to licence and maintain and if we were to use a GIS to do what OpusMap does it would cost us more to do it. That cost would have to be passed onto you.
With open source technologies we have a set of components, tools and processes that we can build on with our development team. We can customise open source technologies to make maps and data as easily accessible as possible and we think that approach has four key benefits to you over a recognised or proprietary GIS.
Firstly, with OpusMap you can manage and maintain the maps and data yourself in the CMS via a standard web browser. You don’t have to install any software, plug-ins or downloads nor do you need to be a GIS expert or a webmaster to use OpusMap. This means that OpusMap can be more easily and quickly implemented throughout your department or organisation because access is so simple and the method of access (i.e. a web browser) is recognisable to all users.
Second, you can use OpusMap with your existing personnel and resources, it doesn’t need you take on more resources in order to gain the benefits of the system. As we said above, you don’t have to be a GIS expert or a webmaster to use OpusMap. Anyone can use it because the software is designed for anyone to use. You don’t even have to change your web browser!
Third, using open source technologies means that we are not dependent on a proprietary development model for improving and updating OpusMap in order to bring you more features and functions that you need and want. We are free to develop OpusMap the way our customers want it to be developed and are not reliant, for example, on value-added reseller licensing models that are designed to benefit the supplier rather than the customer. OpusMap development is driven by its users.
Fourth, open source technologies are well supported globally. We can therefore easily and readily identify and implement new and improved features into OpusMap. Because OpusMap is built using open source your data can be easily transferred into updates and upgrades to OpusMap without you even knowing about it! That’s because open source is built on open standards. That in itself brings considerable benefit to you. You know that your data is always accessible to you because it isn’t stored in a proprietary format and can be exported by you from OpusMap into any other software that supports open standards at any time. Also using open standards helps to future proof your data to any changes in resources in-house, either in our business or in your organisation. If we fail in our role as a supplier your data will not be compromised or lost.
Finally, OpusMap is provided as Software as a Service. This means there is no licence. Access and use of OpusMap is granted under a subscription service with OpusMap being the software through which we provide the service. That keeps everything nice and simple.