What's New in Business Analyst Online?

Earlier this week we released some updated data on Business Analyst Online, including an exciting update to 2012 business locations.

This release includes the following updates:

  • January 2012 Business Location Data - Available in the Business Locator report and Business Search.
  • January 2012 Business Summary Data (Now in 2010 Geography) – Available in the Business Summary Report, Color-Coded Maps, Smart Map Search, and Custom Comparison Report.
  • Updated 2011B Crime Data (Now in 2010 Geography) - Available in Color-Coded Maps and Smart Map Search.

  • Updated January 2012 DMM Shopping Center Data - Available in the Major Shopping Center Locator and Major Shopping Center Map.
  • Updated Q1 2012 Traffic Data – Available in the Traffic Count Profile and Traffic Count Map.
  • Detailed Census 2010 data for Asian and Hispanic populations. These tables include data on Asian population categories such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean and Hispanic Origins such as Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Colombian. This data is available in Color-Coded Maps and Smart Map Search at the Tract level and above.  The tables are highlighted below:

  • Updated street data, resulting in improved drive times areas.
  • Finally, there have also been some improvements made to the site maps including improved cartography and the addition of Shaded Relief.

Enjoy!

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  1. jgermain says:

    When will the BAO API for Flex be released that is compatible with the new ArcGIS API for Flex 3.0?

    • cmpalermo says:

      Hello!
      There has been significant demand for an updated set of libraries and I am happy to announce that the Business Analyst Online API for Flex v3.0 (compatible with the core ArcGIS API for Flex v3.0) will be released in the late summer/early fall time frame.
      Note: The BAO API for Flex is compatible with the Business Analyst Online API and Community Analyst API. Please see the FAQs below.

      If you have any specific follow up questions, please feel free to contact me at thowser@esri.com.
      Thanks for your question and for your patience.

      FAQs

      1. What are the differences between the boundary files used in the Esri 2010/2015 and Esri 2011/2016 datasets and how do I access them?

      Esri 2010/2015 data and projections (including associated reports) are based on Census 2000 administrative boundaries.
      Esri 2011/2016 data and projections (including associated reports) are based on Census 2010 administrative boundaries.

      Business Analyst Online API and Community Analyst API users may access the content based on the Census 2000 administrative boundaries through the default “USA” dataset. Content based on the Census 2010 administrative boundaries may be accessed through the “USACensus2010” dataset.

      The ActiveDatasetID parameter can currently be used to toggle between the “USA” (default) and “USACensus2010” datasets. When you specify this optional parameter in most Web services requests with the Business Analyst Online and Community Analyst APIs, a different list of content (including data and reports) will be accessible.

      Study the examples and note the ActiveDatasetID parameter. This parameter is supported in the REST and SOAP services and, in the Flex and Silverlight SDKs.

      2. What is the relationship between the Business Analyst Online and Community Analyst Web applications and the associated APIs?

      The Business Analyst Online and Community Analyst Web applications are highly-refined Esri-hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) applications which consume the Business Analyst Online and Community Analyst APIs. Custom client applications and workflows, which integrate and leverage Business Analyst Online and Community Analyst content and capabilities, can be implemented with these public APIs. A significant amount of research and development has been invested in the usability and design of these Web applications. They are showcase client applications of the APIs and; because of this, they are one of the best ways to become familiar with the content and capabilities of the APIs. Free trial subscriptions are available.

      3. What are the differences between the Business Analyst Online and Community Analyst APIs?

      The Business Analyst Online API and Community Analyst API are targeted to different market segments, stakeholders, and decision makers. Many of differences are associated with the data and other content that can be accessed through them.

      From a programmer’s perspective, accessing either dataset is accomplished through the same Web services endpoints and SDKs, including the BAO API for Flex. The subscription credentials and, by extension, the API token that was generated with them, will automatically enable the developer to access to the content associated with their particular subscription, whether it’s from the Business Analyst Online API or the Community Analyst API.