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Google discontinues Maps Engine – I guess ESRI’s ArcGIS Online won

Mike Carson over at SoCalGIS passed along this information about Google ending support for Google Maps Engine.  This is interesting, since I saw GME as Google’s attempt to compete with ESRI in the WebGIS (as opposed to Web Mapping) space.  I had a number of Google representatives sell GME as the way to store our data and use it for building applications – which really was competition to ESRI’s ArcGIS Online.

However – having played with it a few times, it never had the real capabilities that were needed – it wasn’t much better than Google fusion tables, and all applications needed to be built from scratch.

Google just didn’t really understand the space – now folks like MapBox and CartoDB are more in the picture..

 

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