Roll your own vs hitching your wagon to a platform: birthing a FOSS4G powered offering
FOSS4G has been partly responsible for a wave of innovation that has brought many new cloud-powered geo products to market, including well known offerings such as MapBox and CartoDB, as well as wide variety of less prominent offerings. As the commercial cloud ecosystem continues to expand and evolve an increasing volume of these types of products will be brought to market. This presentation will review several business and technical models for bringing such a product to market. This includes rolling your own FOSS4G software on virtual instances, as well as the new potential to leverage other commercial platforms that provide rich application programming interfaces (API). The talk will review several use cases to describe the different technical requirements and approaches of each, as well as the underlying and varying economics and business models.