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Likelihood to Recommend

ArcGIS

ArcGIS is pretty much well suited for any spatial analysis needs you may have. It is not good if you are doing extremely simple tasks or just need a basic figure, because the time necessary for preparing things in ArcGIS will be too much. ArcGIS is great for complex data analysis where there are multiple factors over a large area.
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QGIS

QGIS is great for companies or individuals who are on a budget but still need powerful GIS software. QGIS is excellent in that it can consume many data formats and basically has all the same capabilities as ArcGIS. In addition, since QGIS is cross-platform it is Linux and Mac friendly, making it more versatile than ArcMap, which only works on Windows machines. In my opinion, it is a little less beginner friendly, so I'd recommend it more to those who have some previous experience with GIS. I would, however, not recommend it for those who mainly want to create maps. I found the map making feature in QGIS very cumbersome.
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Pros

  • Geo-referencing of data for the exact location of an object for the planning and development of the territory.
  • Is a program with excellent work tools for visualization, administration, editing, calculation, analysis of entities and attributes geo-referenced in different jobs.
  • Contains multiple work tools that allow the elaboration of cartography with thematic layers previously identified by a characteristic indicated when starting to work in ArcGIS.
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  • QGIS is free and very easy to install, and no license is required. Not having to deal with licensing issues has saved me considerable time and frustration.
  • The QGIS help community is very active, and it is easy to find answers. Although QGIS does not offer support in the way that ArcMap does, I was always able to google my question and find either a tutorial or website that solved my problem.
  • QGIS seems to crash less often than ArcMap. It is super annoying to have a program crash when you are in the middle of a project, but I have not had any issues with QGIS. Also, QGIS is updated frequently.
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Cons

  • Although ESRI has the most popular tools on the market, prices are often a limitation, and many users opt for "software with an eyepatch." Though, it is worth mentioning that because they're a large company, they keep pace with technology trends.
  • Despite its cost, it is preferable to make an investment. ESRI’ѕ comprehensive GIS solutions offer an easier ѕоlutіоn scenario for complex environments (including mobile, web and desktop workflowѕ).
  • ArcGIS forces you to connect to a license to perform certain geoprocessing operations. Therefore, although it has a good geoprocessing framework, solid and broad, its license level determines which tools can be used in ArcGIS.
  • The installation of ArcGIS is a more extensive process in time, together with the fact that you will also need to install different extensions and make the software authorization from ArcGIS Administrator.
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  • Making maps in QGIS is a bit clunky. I also find it to be extremely unintuitive. For basic GIS, it is great, but I would much rather make maps (for publication purposes) in ArcGIS.
  • Editing and adding feature layers is not very intuitive. Changing colors of added point or line features is a rather convoluted process.
  • ArcGIS has a huge selection of online courses, and if you have the appropriate license, you can access most for free. I found these to be very helpful when dealing with map projections and other issues. However, QGIS does not have a large library of courses specifically made for that program.
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Likelihood to Renew

ArcGIS8.0
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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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Usability

ArcGIS6.0
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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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Alternatives Considered

Another geographic information tool that I have used is Google Earth, very useful for basic tasks, but which does not remotely have the capabilities of ArcGIS. Specifically, other GIS software that I have used in the recent past was the Map Server, the MapGuide Open Source, and the Capaware, because they were free software.
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I learned GIS with ArcGIS and have used ArcGIS longer than QGIS. Both programs have essentially the same functionality. However, QGIS is free, while users need a license for ArcGIS (individual licenses are available for a few hundred dollars). I really like that QGIS is open source, and I like that there is a large community of QGIS users who can offer help. Of course, ArcMap also has a huge user community and has a huge library of online classes. I tend to use QGIS for GIS processing, but I use ArcMap to make maps for publication, as I find its map-making tools to be more intuitive than those of QGIS.
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Return on Investment

  • ArcGIS has enabled me to collect, process, display, and analyze my thesis data.
  • ArcGIS has also enabled me to easily share and visualize my data with its excellent Publishing tool which is a fully-featured Layout Editor akin to InDesign.
  • ArcGIS unfortunately has a bit of "platform lock" as not all of its native data formats are easily portable to other GIS suites, though one can manually export all of their data individually to open/proprietary interchange formats if needed.
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  • Because QGIS is free, it saves our organization money.
  • QGIS is easy to install on Windows/Linux/Mac platforms. Our department uses Linux servers, but many of the employees use PCs or Macs. Since QGIS works on all these systems, we can open QGIS projects on any of these systems and continue our work.
  • The one negative point I have about QGIS is its cartography tools. I frequently have to make maps that are suitable for publication. I spent an inordinate amount of time attempting to make a few maps in QGIS, but I ended up making them in ArcGIS because it was much faster that way. Thus, the use of QGIS sometimes results in a loss of work efficiency due to troubleshooting.
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ArcGIS

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

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