MapInfo Pro is a location intelligence application that offers world class map data creation and spatial analysis functionality. Consider it a co-application with Spectrum Spatial where GIS users build the data and mapping content that is then shared with other users across the organization via Spectrum Spatial's WMS, WMTS, and WFS services. The tool to get the data from MapInfo Professional to Spectrum Spatial is the MapBasic application Map Uploader. Once the data is in Spectrum Spatial it can be further analyzed and manipulated through the Enterprise Designer and the Feature Service.
Spectrum Spatial supports nearly every data format that is familiar to MapInfo Professional users, including native .TAB and native extended .TAB, .TAB DBF, Shapefiles, RDBMS, and rasters and grids. Maps and data created in any version of MapInfo Professional can be brought into Spectrum Spatial. Both products support the same themes, styles, override capabilities and coordinate systems.
Both MapInfo Professional and Spectrum Spatial can connect to the same database where no data has to be moved. Spectrum Spatial supports the same remote databases, Oracle, MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, and SQLite. Both products can access .TAB files on a network file server.
Unlike MapInfo Professional, Spectrum Spatial does not use workspaces that store paths to .TAB files. Instead it has map, layer and table definitions that live in a repository and reads those resources to render maps and access data. These resources can be used as a tool to organize your content in one central repository. The resources can point to .TAB files and databases from a hierarchy that doesn't care where the data lives. Only the resources need to be updated if the data is moved.
Spectrum Spatial supports the most common geometry processing operations, such as Combine (Union), Buffer, Convex Hull, through its dataflow designer or through SOAP/REST API calls. You can search your data via the Spectrum Spatial Feature Service using query syntax that you are already familiar with.