GeoBI initiative is a joint effort of companies, organizations, projects’ communities and individuals set up to:
- improve the coordination work in the Location Intelligence area
- disseminate BI knowledge in the GIS world and vice-versa
- promote the integration between BI and Geographical Systems
- strengthen connections among members and support new business opportunities
- create a research network focused on Location Intelligence
- turn research results into innovative enterprise-level applications.
Key principles of the GeoBI initiative are:
- value proposition: we want to create new value through GIS and BI integration
- separation of concerns: we focus on the integration of GIS and BI software stacks, keeping them as decoupled as possible; reinventing GIS functionalities into existing BI suites or vice-versa is no-sense
- constant growth: we believe that LI solutions must be able to scale up functionalities and costs incrementally, focusing on the answer to real users’ requirements, avoiding the all-or-nothing option
- low TCO (Total Cost of Ownership): we believe that only by reducing the TCO, the Location Intelligence can become pervasive.
GeoBI initiative will initially focus on the following main activities:
- involving new members and animating the internal discussion
- working with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) in order to define new standards for Location Intelligence (spatial and business data linkage, geoMDX)
- creating an open knowledge base on Location Intelligence (wiki, whitepapers, guidelines, webinars)
- supporting the integration of a full stack of Location Intelligence solutions and tools, such as Spatial enabled DBMS, GeoETL, SOLAP, thematization engine, and others, realized through the collaborative work of its members
- disseminate the initiative results and promote the activities of the initiative members, through the website and by participating in local and international conferences.
- contributing back all extensions made to projects included in the stack
- encouraging the constitution of a service network supporting the stack.