In July 2015, Microsoft ceased development, updates, and support of MapPoint. Since then thousands of organizations have already made the move from MapPoint and transitioned to a new provider.
As time goes on, the data in MapPoint will become more and more obsolete. Similar to how an outdated sat nav can lead you to a wrong destination, an outdated data mapping solution can lead your business to inaccurate decisions that can cost your organization time and money. But that’s not the only reason. We’ve gathered the top five reasons that your organization needs to move from MapPoint.
1. It’s unsupported
In December 2014 Microsoft announced the discontinuation of MapPoint with support ending in July 2015. What this means for existing users is that Microsoft is no longer providing any kind of support from that date. There will no one to answer your day to day queries. If something goes wrong, or there is an issue, your business will be on it’s own and you run the risk of making decisions based on inaccurate data.
The good news is that there are alternatives to MapPoint with dedicated support and that are continuously updated with regular improvements and functionality to help you run your business effectively.
2. It won’t be updated
It is still possible to use MapPoint with old data if you had purchased it before it was discontinued. However, it is important to know that the demographic and location data in MapPoint will not be as accurate as some of the MapPoint alternatives available today.
If your business is built on information and analysis of the latest geographical, routing, basemaps and demographic data then you will need to ensure that you have a replacement for MapPoint selected before the data you have loses its currency.
3. Your competitors probably have already moved
The key to staying ahead of your competition is to adopt new technologies giving you the competitive edge. Modern mapping software is constantly evolving enabling organizations such as yours to have more effective workflow, reporting and analysis of your sales data.
4. It’s desktop based
The discontinuation of MapPoint presents an opportunity for your organizations to upgrade their mapping system to a more modern cloud-based service that would facilitate sharing and collaboration on sales data mapping projects across the your business.
MapPoint software sits locally on your desktop or laptop. This means that if your hardware fails or is replaced, your MapPoint license and associated work could be lost. Most MapPoint alternatives are now cloud-based. This means you can access maps from anywhere with an internet connection, from any device such as a smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac without restriction. The benefits of cloud-based software are discussed later in this eBook.
5. Collaboration is limited
As mentioned before, MapPoint is stored on your local computer, so opportunities for sharing and collaboration are limited. This means that multiple users cannot interact and edit maps all at once from different locations. Sales teams today are not always in the same location so it can be tricky trying to work off individual computers especially when your team is on the road or working remotely.
Moving to a cloud-based mapping solution creates new opportunities for your business to discover the power of collaboration and sharing. Some of the benefits can be seen below:
- Maps can be shared privately within a team or publicly via a link or embedding.
- Sales team can edit their own data to a map on a daily basis from remote location outside of the office.
- Improving performance of teams through interaction and working towards a common goal.