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Likelihood to Recommend

Mapbox

For services that require maps and basic geo-functionality in production, Mapbox is one of the greatest choices out there. They're free, provide much more refined/modern productions compared to Google maps, and have very good support on different platforms. For services that require higher-computation products, like matrix routing, optimization, etc..., the prices can get quite high very quickly, and you should consider moving those services to an on-premise server at that point.
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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

Mapbox

  • Documentation is clean, easy to read, and very well organized which makes it easy to get going or learn something new
  • The online user interface makes it quick and easy to edit maps, upload new datasets, view analytics, or get API keys
  • Great integrations with Tableau and easy to develop for Android, iOS, or Web
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QGIS

  • Documentation and technical support. With this software you will receive all the help you need, if you get stuck in a function you can ask in forums dedicated to QGIS, help manuals including interacting with the help staff.
  • It is updatable. As some developers share their new creations , the ones that already exist will be updated along with the new, so we know that this software will never be obsolete.
  • It has support for PostgreSQL and PostGIS extensions. It also allows a file management in vector formats like Grass, Mapinfo, Shapefile, and others, and can also read several raster files in JPG, TIFF GeoTiff, Mapinfo and Grass.
  • It can be used as a graphical environment for Sig Grass, which uses a large amount of analysis power, using an environment that is easier to understand and use.
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Cons

Mapbox

  • The product is not always that easy to use, aimed at professionals understanding colors and palettes etc.
  • Being a full cloud product it can be complicated working with the interface when your connectivity is not great.
  • Tutorials and samples could be more visual and could cover more ideas on how to use Mapbox.
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QGIS

  • QGIS is hard to use for beginners. A better tutorial and clearer online tutorials could improve this.
  • Labeling interface is overly complicated. Allowing users to manually add labels to relevant items could be helpful.
  • QGIS should have more "wizards" that can easily import common data points (median income, population density, etc) and cross tabulate that with other categories easily from uploaded data.
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Support

Mapbox

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QGIS

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Even though there is a no dedicated support team for QGIS (or at least we are not aware of it), there is a huge online community and a large number of forums catering to every question you may have regarding any particular functionality of QGIS. So, you have a lot of help available but you will have to sift through it on the web.
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Alternatives Considered

Mapbox

One feature that made me go in favor of Mapbox was its stellar documentation. Google Maps and Bing Maps are the other alternatives I considered, but the learning curve with both of them is steeper than it is with Mapbox. Also, Mapbox Studio gives newbies a very simple, clean and easy to use environment to make and store maps online
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QGIS

First of all QGIS it is a free software in an are that has always been monopolized for big companies like ESRI, in that way QGIS bring the opportunity to know how to work with GIS and how we can manage data from so many formats in only one software. Qgis it is the best alternative for people that it does not have the chance to work with a private software of a big company. This software offers a big range of opportunities to work with spatial and raster data and the extension of GRASS bring us the opportunity to create our own spatial database and work in the way we want. In comparison with other free software QGIS it is the best one.
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Return on Investment

Mapbox

  • Easier basemaps
  • Makes faster custom visualizations
  • Increased speed to map deployment
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QGIS

  • Open source and free software meant we could produce billable work right away without any financial investment.
  • Online tutorials were available, and it only took us about a week to be competent enough to produce billable work.
  • QGIS opened a new line of business to us that would not be available otherwise. We did not have enough potential work to consider using the competitors.
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Pricing Details

Mapbox

General

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

QGIS

General

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

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