Related enhancement request:
It would be a great benefit to ESRI if ArcGIS Pro could readily do the following: Allow users to apply live queries to data stores containing detail records and view aggregated results through the lens of whatever polygon geography is in the view, OR create a view on the data that can be associated and viewed through any polygon layer readily without requiring the data to be stored with the geography (unless you choose to persist it that way).
This would break away from the tight coupling of feature and static attributes and deliver a Tableau-like ease of use.
A seasoned GIS analyst enters into a boardroom with project containing a set of tables/charts etc.
An executive asks a question about a distribution of target customer sales that, if the analyst had anticipated it, they maybe could have created some semi-prototypical daisy-chained workflow to generate a summary data table to be joined back into their target layer in a form that would support answering that question and visualizing it on a map… BUT by the time that workflow is executed and the results generated, three similar questions have been asked with the only change being the level of detail. With the limited time available to everyone, the executives are left wanting and the analyst is frustrated by the speed at which they can generate answers and perspectives on the data.
Due to the meeting, the software is seen as complex, and even though the analyst understand the power of the GIS tools, the platform is is seen as abstract, complicated and time consuming, and everyone (including the analyst) is thinking “can’t we explore these questions much more quickly and easily in Tableau, or PowerBI?” – The question being asked is a FAIL.
Wouldn’t it be nice for the analyst to go into the meeting with:
This type of scenario is very typical (not at all atypical) of a commercial business environment’s. The need for analytic speed is a core demand trait for modern businesses. Let me know if you have any further clarifications.
Speaking ArcGIS Pro: [this is a baseline functionality... it's akin to creating a SQL view]
If I already have a Zip Codes Layer in my ArcGIS Pro project, and I then add data with a zip code field:
This SCENARIO I describe earlier is meant to convey how this capability will be beneficial for many organizations. In particular, it will be useful in many variants of the story I've laid out.
I'm quite confident that this would be seen as a cool evolution of ESRI's GIS platform. The ease of use of this functionality of "quickly viewing a data table through the lens of geography" would permit GIS to better compete against the non-GIS tools (Tableau, Excel, PowerBI, etc.). Help that analyst demonstrate the power of where.
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