February 20, 2012
Our company writes the TownSuite® (www.townsuite.com) suite of software products targeted to smaller municipalities with populations of 65,000 or less. TownSuite encompasses all aspects of municipal operations, e.g., Finance (GL, AR, AP, Banking, Payroll, etc), TCA (tangible capital asset tracking), Planning (Building permits, Subdivision applications, Fire Inspections), etc. All products are integrated with GIS. In 2011 we moved our GIS development from the ESRI MapObject model to the TatukGIS Developer Kernel (.NET edition).
Before moving to TatukGIS, we considered ArcObjects Engine, but the run-time and other license fees were too costly for the small municipalities we serve. We also considered other GIS development products such as ThinkGeo, but concluded after a month of investigation and testing that the TatukGIS Developer Kernel is the best in just about every category. Now, I have completely re-written our software from MapObjects to the TatukGIS Developer Kernel, and it is working great!
More recently I have become very impressed with the TatukGIS Editor product. I have used ESRI ArcView and ArcSDE products for the last 15 years, and I am blown away by the Editor’s intuitive editing interface, native SQL Layer integration, and the comprehensive features available out of the box. And the Editor’s built-in scripting tool - which exposes the same object API which I am already using with the Developer Kernel - will come to the rescue in the future if any features are found lacking. While our products support some basic map editing features, we are going to suggest to our clients to purchase the TatukGIS Editor for their heavy editing, since it is really affordable and quite extensive. While will continue to add editing functionality to the interface of our DK based software that is specific to our processes, it would not be cost effective or desirable to try to duplicate in our product everything TatukGIS Editor does.
Halifax, Nova Scotia