“Within the walls of ESRI, I keep hearing that C++ based clients that require a download of 60+ mb is ok - just look at iTunes (BTW, iTunes is a 21 mb download) and that web based GIS is not as important to our users. Well, I do not believe this to be the case and feel that we need to reinvent GIS on the Web with a rich web based version of ArcGIS. Does anyone have any comments towards this? What are your opinions? I would like to hear them and maybe bring that back to ESRI.”
I wrote my theory on the subject a couple weeks ago. While I still believe in web based GIS, the costs involved at least using ESRI technology is very hard for some of our clients to overcome. They have embraced ArcPublisher and ArcReader which makes sense in a workgroup environment. I can’t imagine the cost of an ArcServer type of application that would allow web ArcGIS (ArcView/ArcEditor) to run.