TatukGIS: the Better Way to 'Do' GIS

Traditional GIS software is expensive, overly complex and therefore difficult to use and implement, requires expensive training and expensive employees, is typically slow and unstable, and uses proprietary data formats. And did I mention it is EXPENSIVE?

TatukGIS software, on the other hand, is much less expensive, is simpler to use and implement, does not require training or special employees, and is very robust and stable. In addition, TatukGIS software is much faster than traditional GIS software. TatukGIS software also embraces open standards so that customers' GIS data investment is always protected.

Less Expensive

Setting up a GIS in a small government organization using traditional GIS software can cost tens of thousands of dollars. In larger organizations that have been using GIS for years, the total investment in traditional GIS software is in the millions of dollars.

Contrast that with TatukGIS software. For less than a thousand dollars in software licenses a 'Bare Bones Enterprise GIS' could be set up (see 'Bare Bones Enterprise GIS Example' in http://tatukgis.blogspot.com/2009/06/tatukgis-complete-easy-to-use.html)

Less Complex

Information technology is expensive enough without having to pay a premium for something that is more complex than it needs to be. Traditional GIS software companies have profited by making their software more complex than it needs to be.

In comparison, TatukGIS streamlines the traditional GIS software architecture, thus simplifying GIS implementation and the GIS learning curve.

At the base level, TatukGIS offers the free Viewer (http://www.tatukgis.com/products/viewer/viewer.aspx). With the Viewer, users can view, map, and query their GIS data (all sorts of GIS data!). Users can also create project files to share their maps with other users. In addition, users can create map templates for publishing to one of the TatukGIS Internet Servers (see below).

The TatukGIS Editor (http://www.tatukgis.com/products/Editor/Editor.aspx) is built upon the same platform as the Viewer, so users of the Viewer can easily transition to using the Editor. The Editor includes all of the features of the Viewer including the ability to create and edit GIS layers stored on the desktop or in an Enterprise GIS database.

TatukGIS also offers the TatukGIS Internet Server (http://www.tatukgis.com/products/is/is.aspx). The Internet Server is used to provide GIS mapping functionality in a web-based environment. The Internet Server uses map templates created with either the Editor or the Viewer and GIS layers created using the Editor. The Internet Server comes in two flavors, the IS Lite and the IS, depending upon the level of functionality required.

The TatukGIS Developer Kernel (http://www.tatukgis.com/products/Dk/kernel.aspx) is at the core of all TatukGIS software. The Developer Kernel is used to develop GIS applications on a variety of platforms. The Developer Kernel is very powerful and easy-to-use. The same Developer Kernel code can be used in a Win32, .NET, mobile device, web environment, in the Editor, and on Macintosh (via the Editor). The source code to the Developer Kernel is also available. The Developer Kernel provides a high return on investment with low risk.

Does Not Require Specialized Employees

Traditional GIS software requires specialized employees that are trained in the complex nuances of the software.

Traditional GIS software requires a special employee to manage the complex interface of the traditional GIS database. On the other hand, a regular database administrator can manage a TatukGIS Enterprise GIS database using standard database knowledge and skills.

Traditional GIS software requires a special employee to manage software licenses, installation, and upgrades on the desktop and server due to the difficulty of installation. In contrast, a regular information technology professional can handle the installation of TatukGIS software because the software installation process is quick and straightforward.

Traditional GIS software also requires application developers who specialize in traditional GIS development libraries, which are very complex. By comparison, a regular application developer can program applications using TatukGIS if he or she understands GIS concepts.

Faster and More Robust

Traditional GIS software is slow and requires a lot of computing resources like CPU speed, memory, and hard disk space. Oftentimes traditional GIS software is bug-prone and unstable until its third release cycle.

By comparison, TatukGIS software is fast -- faster than anything else out there! And TatukGIS software has a very small footprint on disk and uses very little memory. TatukGIS software is robust and stable.

Uses Open Standards

Traditional GIS software uses proprietary data formats. Proprietary data formats are developed to chain users to traditional GIS software and represents a large risk for organizations that use traditional GIS software.

TatukGIS software utilizes open GIS standard data formats. TatukGIS software can also read the proprietary data formats of traditional GIS software so that legacy data created from traditional GIS software can be used or converted to another format.

The TatukGIS Edge

TatukGIS has the competitive edge over traditional GIS software companies for the following reasons:

1. TatukGIS is making GIS more accessible and easy-to-use.

2. TatukGIS software works better and faster than traditional GIS software.

3. TatukGIS software is more robust and stable than traditional GIS software.

4. TatukGIS listens to GIS users and gives them what they want rather than telling them what they need.

5. And TatukGIS is making GIS much more affordable.