There is http://gisgeography.com/mapping-out-gis-software-landscape/

Which hopelessly overrates ArcGIS, also because of a US centric perspective. 
However, the Authors use Google trends and statistics on GIS.SE to rank 
popularity of GIS. And if you do that QGIS is nr. 1 in Europe at least. Note 
also the trend in the google trends curves, esp. If you take Italy as an 
People close to retirement can probably stick to Arc, but people who are 
students now will have to learn open source in their career, no doubt...
Even in a rich country like norway a significat number of university courses on 
GIS (esp. such related to ecology) switched to Open Source and mostly QGIS...

Von: Qgis-user [qgis-user-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] im Auftrag von Markus 
Weidenbach [landcons...@freenet.de]
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 15. Dezember 2016 20:07
An: qgis-user@lists.osgeo.org
Betreff: [Qgis-user] QGIS vs ArcGIS in Education and Practice

Dear List,

I was asked to give a 5 days international GIS training course at the 
university and proposed to do it with QGIS. The program leader finally insisted 
on doing it with ArcGIS arguing  that the students had better chances to find a 
job knowing ArcGIS rather than QGIS. This argumentation does not reflect my 
long professional experience as a GIS consultant at all!
But how can I proof that knowing QGIS is the better choice for young GIS 
professionals than ArcGIS (or at least that both systems are equally suited)?
Does anybody know any official numbers of GIS users worldwide or on the 
worldwide application of QGIS over ArcGIS?

I know the Master thesis from Boku Vienna 
(https://geoobserver.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/arcgis-vs-qgis/) but it is 
focused on a technical comparison of both systems only.
Also the link 
https://www.g2crowd.com/grid_report/documents/gis-winter-2016-report is not 
really helpful because it is based on some 40 reviews only and therefore not 
I really need to know some proven facts on the number of global QGIS users and 
renown companies using QGIS worldwide.

Thanks for your help in advance,

Dr. Markus Weidenbach
Geographical Information Management
and Environmental Planning
D-77815 Bühl
e.mail see: http://landConsult.de
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