I may be digging up some past rants here, but some of the posts written by Dimitri Rotow, PM for Manifold(?) just have to be quoted. Howard Butler did a previous post (02/03/05) responding to Dimitri’s letter to GISMonitor which seems to be titled quite fittingly as “off his rocker”.
From a strategic perspective, as much as I understand the appeal of “open” formats, I don’t recommend buying into OGC. It’s basically a bureaucracy of legacy guys unaquainted with modern technology who end up writing low-performance, inept standards that exclude modern ideas.
My experience is that most people who gush on about OGC (some GIS analysts, for example) don’t have any actual experience with it. I find that once people actually try to *do* anything with OGC, unless it is their job to tinker with never-ending things that don’t have to produce actual results, well, then they very rapidly lose enthusiasm for it. There is a cadre of professional OGC “interop demonstrators” who get paid to cobble up one-of-a-kind interop rallies, and those people are quite understandably happy no matter what practical effect OGC has. But in the real world, once someone actually gets hands-on experience with OGC the enthusiasm usually wanes very rapidly as it gets compared to effective alternatives.
Manifold really appear to be taking a “burn your bridges” approach to its competitors (ESRI & OGC in particular). Everythings crap, expensive, slow, bloated …. except ours!! I am looking into purchasing a v7 license for personal use but comments like that are really off-putting for the wider community.
While not everything Dimitri says is quite as radical, i am quite gobsmacked at the manner at which he tries to get his point across. Taking the “us and them” approach really wont help Manifold establish itself in the industry (nor will continual blog comments/forum replies saying “Manifold is so much better than X” with its basis solely around the price tag).
That said, i will still buy a licence because its a good product (well 6 was) … even if its use will be largely looking at its support of the “inept”, “ancient” OGC standards.
Watch this space.