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Likelihood to Recommend

ArcGIS

Well suited when working to assess Census data and other metrics across a city at a tract or council district level, when you need to see things spatially. I also think ArcGIS is just good for making simple maps with clear labels, thanks to the ability to draw your own boundaries as map notes.
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MapInfo Pro

Very suitable for any project where geographic data needs to be analysed or presented in a digestible format.There is more easy to use software for 3D and terrain work. For drilling data the plug in is limited and slightly clumsy in its execution although it is possible to draw the trace, snap to terrain and colour depending on geology, assay results, etc.
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Pros

ArcGIS

  • Enterprise GIS - multi-user, multi-versioned geodatabase access through a host of apps and web tools really help people stay connected to data.
  • Cartography - fantastic control and customization available with the ability to automate workflows.
  • Training - tons of training videos, seminars, and other learning materials are easily accessed. The help documentation is superb.
  • Ability to manage an organization through dashboards is extremely helpful.
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MapInfo Pro

  • Gridding
  • Format conversions
  • Import of data is easy
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Cons

ArcGIS

  • There is a steep learning curve for ArcGIS users.
  • It takes a lot of computing power for ArcGIS, as it can't be installed on every computer.
  • At times, tools can be outdated and there are many similar competitors making more web-based tools that can replace ArcGIS.
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MapInfo Pro

  • Number of files for each workspace is numerous
  • Interface could be more user-friendly
  • Number of bugs, though few
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Likelihood to Renew

ArcGIS

ArcGIS 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Simply because the program deserves it. It seems to me that it is a fundamental tool for the storage, analysis, and interpretation of medium and large-scale phenomena, unmanageable with traditional engineering software. Its versatility in the handling of the different "layers" with which the data is handled and interpolation tools, make this software a powerful ally both for companies and for the educational part of the universities.
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MapInfo Pro

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Usability

ArcGIS

ArcGIS 6.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a program that requires hours of dedication for learning the tools in order to understand it and use it to the best of its abilities.It requires tutorials or attend training activities to easily and uncomplicatedly perform a geographic information system. Experience tells me that a lot of work time is required to learn correctly the use of tools. It is a program of quality and the most complete of the market, but it is required to simplify its processes so that more people can use it.
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MapInfo Pro

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Support

ArcGIS

ArcGIS 8.0
Based on 7 answers
ESRI support is easy to get a hold of, knowledgeable in the products they support, quick to involve others if need be, and generally one of the better companies we deal with as related to support requests. They never balk at providing that support even for simple how-to questions that other companies would make you feel stupid about calling for with their "did you read the manual first" mindset.
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MapInfo Pro

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Alternatives Considered

ArcGIS

ArcGIS and QGIS have a lot of similarities between their products. Where ArcGIS stands out is with their online version of their software. ArcGIS's online solution will pair up with your on-prem solution to offer a fully synchronized system. I wasn't able to duplicate the efforts with QGIS's products and it also requires other 3rd party applications to offer something "somewhat" comparable.
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MapInfo Pro

I find ArcGIS more comprehensive but with a more confusing interface; however this may be because I learned MapInfo first. Surfer and Global Mapper do more specific things better; but MapInfo is a good overall product for sophisticated GIS
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Return on Investment

ArcGIS

  • ArcGIS is almost assuredly a positive ROI. The software is nicely packaged with a large user base. If you plan on doing geographic analysis and think there could be a boost to your bottom-line by doing geographic analysis, ArcGIS is the first tool I would turn to.
  • For some analysts that just want to geocode addresses and plot city, county, or country boundaries, ArcGIS is a negative ROI. There are lots of other tools (free ones) that will accomplish these tasks without investing lots of time and money in ArcGIS. If that's all you're looking for, ArcGIS will turn out to be a negative ROI.
  • ArcGIS has been a positive ROI for cases involving customer analytics. The software is great for geofencing customers and finding the most optimal targeting of customers.
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MapInfo Pro

  • Tracking of drilling programmes
  • Gridding of data in the field
  • Saves time on hand drawing maps
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Pricing Details

ArcGIS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

MapInfo Pro

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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