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Download & Install The Business Analyst 2013 Data Update

The 2013 Data is now available for Business Analyst 10.2 Desktop and Server.  This is conveniently available for download on the Customer Care Portal.  For a quick look at how to download, assemble and install we’ve created a 9-min video that outlines the process.

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Toggle Between Data Vintages With Business Analyst Desktop (2011, 2012, 2013, etc.)

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The Business Analyst 2013 Data Update has just been released and one of the great features is the ability to access multiple data vintages on the same machine without the need to re-install.  For example, you can install the 2013 … Continue reading

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Access 2013 Data (And International Data) Now With Business Analyst 10.2

The 2013 Demographic Data is now available! This data can now be consumed in a variety of applications, such as Business Analyst Online and Business Analyst Desktop or Esri Maps for Office, etc.

Currently, Business Analyst Desktop 10.2 (available via download in the Customer Care Portal) uses 2012 data. So accessing the 2013 data through the Business Analyst online features is advantageous, as you don’t have to wait for it to ship on a USB drive. Continue reading

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How to Download Business Analyst 10.1 Desktop and Server with 2012 Data

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Great news – the 2012 Data is released in Esri Business Analyst 10.1 Desktop and Server.  This is now immediately available from our Customer Care site and traditional USB media install will be sent out in the coming weeks.

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Building Territories from POINTS Instead of Polygons

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This is the tenth blog in a series of blogs about what’s new in Business Analyst 10.1. Check out this quick and simple (and hopefully informative!) video that shows how to build territories from point-based layers using Territory Design 10.1 (part of … Continue reading

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Enhanced Business Searching – New Feature In Business Analyst 10.1

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This is the ninth blog in a series of blogs about what’s new in Business Analyst 10.1. In Business Analyst 10.1, we’ve expanded the capabilities of the business listings search tool.  The tool allows you to quickly search, filter and access the … Continue reading

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Territory Design 10.1 – Some Top New Features

This is the sixth blog in a series of blogs about what’s new in Business Analyst 10.1.

Greetings Business Analyst users.  Version 10.1 has probably shipped to you on those convenient USB thumb drives.  I wanted to share some info regarding newly implemented features in Territory Design.  I think every last one of them came from user ideas – so this is almost entirely a market driven application. Continue reading

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Blog Series – Importing and Using Your Own Data in Business Analyst – (1 of 6) Building Custom Data

  by Kyle Watson

This is the first entry of a six part product team blog series that will walk you through importing your custom data and exposing it in multiple aspects of Business Analyst – such as maps, reports, analysis, and applications.  The upcoming entries will highlight some great tips and tricks for all things Business Analyst customization.  Check out the original post here.

In this entry I will focus on building custom data.

The Story:

We want to analyze and understand cancer risk scenarios across the United States.  We’ll do so by combining publicly available nationwide EPA data with Esri Data variables to form a Custom BDS layer.  You’ll be able to download and replay this scenario – or apply the concepts to your own organization.  Continue reading

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Using Esri Business Analyst USA and Canada Editions to Hypothesize Why Hamilton Ontario Didn't Get an NHL Team

  by Kyle Watson

The National Hockey League Commissioner, Gary Bettman, wouldn’t allow a new or relocated franchise in Hamilton, Ontario of all places.  Most likely due to a sandbox feud with that one guy who makes BlackBerry phones (are those the phones that still have buttons?).  But I got to thinking, maybe there’s a different angle…and if so I would need to enlist the analytical help of both Esri Business Analyst’s USA and Canadian Editions side-by-side.  We’ve seen an uptick in the usage of these together in several multinational companies and North American partners.

So my theory isn’t that Hamilton couldn’t support a team, but rather it would become a market dominating hockey mad superpower franchise – based on the sheer number of people living in the surrounding areas (too big to fail!).  There’s just too much existing fan overlap.  Now I don’t think that’s rocket science, but I’ll need the stats to back it up…so here it goes. Continue reading

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Automate your Business Analyst workflows with ModelBuilder

  by Kyle Watson

 

At the 2011 User Conference I spoke with countless clients about how they were using Business Analyst.  It really is a full spectrum of users…some uber GIS power users, some casual map enthusiasts with an eye for statistics.  But I did hear from more than a few that they were “looking into creating models but don’t really know where to get started.”

So I wanted to take a moment and show an example how you can use ModelBuilder to automate your everyday workflows. Continue reading

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