In answer to: The Evolution of the Visual Mapper (Part Deux)?
As CEO of SimTech Systems Inc I'd like to share my thoughts with you.
Yes we've been the developer of
MindMapper and Thinkwise for the
past 20 years. And regarding the question of visual thinking arena's past,
present, and future?
Visual thinking is one of the thinking attributes born to all
human beings. However, there are different methods and degrees of
visual thinking, but in all, everyone, whether they know it or not,
Visual mapping software is an excellent tool that helps users to
think creatively and logically utilizing the tree structure as a
visual backbone. However, we must realize that visual mapping is just
one method out of many that facilitate visual thinking.
Let's look at the advancement in the visual mapping arena from the
software perspective only. Computer generated mind map was available
in the mid-1990s. Digital mind map market really opened up when the
market received with enthusiasm MindMapper's
key feature of converting a map to an MS Word document for the first
time at Comdex 2001.
Before and after 2010, we witnessed increased expansion of
creative thinking at the team level by utilizing collaboration. And
currently, individual and teams are using mobile and the cloud for
visual mapping needs.
The biggest contribution visual mapping has made is that visual
diagramming skills only available to professionals were now
accessible to many to help simplify and expedite their daily
activities. In short, it has fundamentally contributed to achieving
happiness and success by utilizing visual and whole brain thinking
capabilities given to all human beings.
A lot of people are still puzzled and want to know why the visual
mapping software industry has not solidified itself as mainstream.
But, one must ask if such question or the expectation is valid and
A lot of people cannot distinguish the difference between visual
mapping and mind mapping. Visual thinking and visual tools had been
around even before mind map existed and they are not limited to a
tree structure visualization.
Visual mapping products, when they came to market, emphasized main
benefits and positive effects inherent only to mind mapping. As a
result, mind mapping became a buzzword to the general public equating
it to visual thinking.
Many visual mapping software developers from 2000 to 2005 have
used mind map for their marketing efforts. However, as time passed,
many have realized that mind mapping software is nothing more than
information visualized in a tree structure and started to lose
interest in the whole arena. On top of that, it is tough to replicate
the original mind map's memory benefits from a digitally created map.
Ironically, mind map has contributed to the rise of the visual
mapping market, however, in the process, it has contributed to the
loss of visual mapping identity and definition.
Salt is used in almost all food. However, salt is never presented
as food itself. Visual thinking is God-given natural talent that
everyone uses in their daily activities. But, mind mapping technique
or tree-based visual mapping is just a small part of visual mapping
arena. We all know of a visual mapping developer who positioned
itself as a project management tool in the early 2000s as a way to
distinguish itself from the rest of the industry but had failed to
emerge as a viable project management tool.
Mind mapping or any tree-based visual mapping software can work
together along with groupware, ERP, and such, to create synergy, but
they can never become a substitute or replacement. From this
perspective, I foresee future products integrated with the mainstream
products or evolve to combine technology such as DB, Big Data, and AI
with visualization using visual mapping.
MindMapper also has contributed to the growth of visual mapping
arena for the past 20 years. "Value creation through innovation"
is MindMapper's direction for the next stage of development. To
create value, you need to ideate and execute. Our goal is to evolve
into a more comprehensive tool that can facilitate idea to action.
And our current iteration, MindMapper
16 is the first product development process accomplishing this
Young G Chung
CEO, SimTech Systems, Inc.
Developer of MindMapper