I just put some of the ideas in this thread into a summary slide. If I've left anything out let me know! Thanks.
Maybe put "Illustrator/MAPublisher" rather than "Illustrator -> MAPublisher", since it's kind of a seamless combination.
Other than that, I prefer to think of this in terms of "Data" -> "Processing" -> "Visualisation". Under processing would be ArcMap, Global Mapper, FME and other GIS tools. Under visualisation would be ArcMap again, Illustrator with or without MAPublisher and so on.