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

Shaozhong SHI shishaozhong at gmail.com
Thu Sep 24 16:03:35 PDT 2020

Hi,  Ruven Brooks,

Good points.  I would think that you are correct.

However, there are experts saying that people who work on
PostgreSQL/PostGIS should consider work like data blending and generating
reusable data products for desktop application users to consume new data

Interesting questions arise.  And, most people are short of knowledge how
to do data blending and generating reusable data products.   Therefore,
they need clear examples to show them the future path to the new journey of
data blending and generation of reusable data products.

That is what I am looking for.



On Thu, 24 Sep 2020 at 23:17, <ruvenml at beamerbrooks.com> wrote:

> 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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