[postgis-users] Promoting PostgreSQL and PostGIS to wider business intelligence community

ruvenml at beamerbrooks.com ruvenml at beamerbrooks.com
Thu Sep 24 15:09:48 PDT 2020

I doubt whether PostGIS has any direct value whatsoever for desktop 
application users.  At a very minimum,  using PostGIS directly requires 
a  knowledge of SQL.  In fact, the more knowledge of SQL a user has, the 
more powerful PostGIS will be.   SQL is usually taught in a database 
course which, in many computer science curriculums, is taught in the 
second or third year, not to end users in another occupation.

Business intelligence systems such as Power BI and Tableau can connect 
directly to PostGIS data bases and provide end user commands and 
operations for querying and modifying those databases.  GIS systems such 
as ArcGIS and QGIS provide similar capabilities.   End users can get 
nearly all of the power of PostGIS without having to learn anything 
outside of the business intelligence system or the GIS system.

PostGIS is probably best reserved for people who have a programming 
background and whose jobs or avocations involve doing things that are 
difficult or impossible to do in existing business intelligence or GIS 
applications.  There seem to be more than enough people like that to 
keep the PostGIS developers quite busy.

Ruven Brooks

On 9/24/2020 3:58 PM, Shaozhong SHI wrote:
> Though we have got some good examples of serving data to wider 
> business intelligence community, we are still interested in finding 
> excellent, compelling examples for showing the value of 
> PostgreSQL/PostGIS as a data service to desktop application users.
> I just wonder whether there are excellent examples, for general users 
> to appreciate?
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