Tag Archives: Business Analyst Desktop
by Kyle Watson
With Business Analyst 10 Desktop Service Pack 2, it’s now easier to access online datasets through reports and the Color-Coded Maps toolbar. This is primarily for display and discovery, so let’s make sure you are aware that you can also download the online datasets and work with them locally.
Exposing the various datasets online is quite convenient. It’s a mix of Desktop, API, Online, and Server. You never have to wait for new datasets to be shipped to you on USB media or DVDs. They are uploaded and available for more in-depth analysis. Continue reading
Let me explain a couple of these changes and tell you how you can accomplish similar functionality elsewhere in ArcGIS… Continue reading
Hopefully many of you are in San Diego enjoying the 2011 Esri User Conference right now…
We’ve been working hard to get Service Pack 2 ready for you and here it is! There are two new service packs: one for Business Analyst 10 Desktop and another for Business Analyst 10 Server.
In addition to minor bug fixes and improvements, these service packs include Continue reading
By Lucy Guerra
Census 2010 data and report are now available to Business Analyst Desktop users using the online access capabilities built into Business Analyst 10. All you need to do is download and install the Census 2010 Online Access patch.
Once you’ve done that… launch Business Analyst and go to Preferences. Click on the ‘Online’ tab and make sure that your BAO credentials are entered and that you’ve checked the online options on. You’ll see a new option Continue reading
By Catherine Spisszak
The American Community Survey (ACS) Data is now available on Business Analyst Online. However, Esri is not just offering you the ACS Data in reports and color-coded maps. We have added value to the ACS data and enhanced its usability in two key ways: Continue reading
By Lucy Guerra
The Business Analyst team has just released a patch for Business Analyst 10 Desktop. The patch resolves an error when creating trade areas with standard geographies when Show Online Reports and/or Show Online Data are checked in Business Analyst Preferences.
For details and to implement the patch, just click here. The installation takes a few seconds and does not require a restart. Business Analyst 10 and Business Analyst 10 Service Pack 1 must be installed before you can install the patch.
by Kyle Watson
Have you used the Color-Coded Maps toolbar in Business Analyst 10? I encourage you to do so, it works great for data exploration and demos. We’ve borrowed from the similar functionality found in Business Analyst Online. It’s a slick, easy-to-use tool that allows you to visualize data on-the-fly*.
*When I say “on the fly” think about a map you’ve been working on for hours, trying to get it just right for a client presentation. You are messing with the legend, you pick a green color scheme, you tweak the transparencies, data ranges, you show Median Household Income for San Diego ZIP codes – it’s perfect. The client says, “Nice map, now let’s see Miami by Block Group with Average Household Income and make it red, I don’t care much for greens.” Uuuuh, see you in an hour.
So we’ve optimized the standard ArcGIS mapping capabilities for just this. You can map the Esri Demographic data bundled with Business Analyst or use your own data. Color-Coded Maps is smart enough to automatically change its map level based on your zoom scale.
Once you pick the layer to be mapped, you can select any attribute contained in its table. We provided search functionality to find your variables quickly, even the recently used ones…
Want to alter the color scheme? Just use the pick list, no need for getting buried in layer properties…
And then we provide all sorts of useful options up front. For example, you can instantly display a count variable as a percent or as an index. You can change the classification method and even lock your ranges so they stay constant as you pan (very helpful when you want to see how the Boston market compares to the Seattle market using the exact same data ranges).
Here’s 2015 Average Home Value by Block Group, the layer is added to the table of contents and will dynamically update as you pan through the map…
So try it out and happy mapping. Add the toolbar via the ArcGIS Customize menu or from the Business Analyst Window.
by Kyle Watson
With the release of Business Analyst 10 Desktop’s Service Pack 1, a few new Territory Design features are worth a quick note.
Territory Design is a separate toolbar bundled with Business Analyst to create and automatically balance territories. A new feature in version 10 was the option to “Create territories from centers of density.” This method can be used to build territories in a new market where you have no starting locations/offices/franchises. The starting locations are picked by finding highly dense areas of any attribute you choose such as the most populated places or the most diverse sections of a city. It’s really quite sophisticated.
To add this this concept, we’ve added a new option called “Create territories from optimal locations.” This method is similar to the previously mentioned centers of density, although the territories are more evenly distributed across the whole market. The k-means algorithm, found in Business Analyst’s Find Optimal Store Locations (Mean Center) tool, is used. In the example below, using population as a territory seed point finder, seed points are found and distributed across the whole state of Pennsylvania. With the “centers of density” method, the seed points ignore the rural areas and locate only the higher populated major cities.
Another addition to BA10SP1: Available for any of the territory solution creation methods, we’ve added the option to “fill extent automatically.” This nifty little checkbox ensures your territories are assigned within your coverage area during the automated creation process. Without this option checked, there may be gaps in coverage. Even though the territories are statistically perfect, a filled coverage area is often ideal. Checking this option ensures all territories are assigned and avoids the process of manually assigning all the empty ones.
Finally, we’ve added “Preferences” to the main Territory Design menu formerly known as Territory Solution Properties. We’ve changed this to align the functionality with Business Analyst and it is a place for all your Territory Design administration activities.
And to round out the remaining new Territory Design features, here’s what’s included in BA10SP1:
- Auto-saving territory solutions: You can now set how often your territories are permanently updated so you never lose your work.
- Undo/Redo balancing: If you don’t like the output of certain balancing parameters, click Edit > Undo to return to your original state.
- Balance territories using CALC variables in your BDS layer: You can always use SUM variables, now ascending calculated variables can be used in balancing and capacity. For example, you can balance on custom variables like “Households greater than $75k Median Household Income.”
By Lucy Guerra
The Business Analyst team is pleased to announce that Service Pack 1 for Business Analyst 10 Desktop is now available. This service pack contains several performance improvements and maintenance fixes. We recommend that customers using Business Analyst 10 or Business Analyst 10 Premium download and install this service pack at their earliest convenience to ensure the highest-quality experience when working with Business Analyst.
Download the Service Pack from the Esri Resource Center or install it automatically by using the Check for Business Analyst Updates utility from your Start > Programs > ArcGIS > Business Analyst location…
By Lucy Guerra
Did you know that in Business Analyst 10 you can access data in the cloud? All it takes is an Esri global account, an email to get BAO subscription access, and few little changes in Preferences. Read on or view a quick video here.
In Business Analyst 10, online access to reports and data is implemented directly into the wizards. This means that you can continue to go about your regular workflow and gain access to more data and reports at the same time. You’ll see this in the Reports wizard, many Analysis wizards, and in Color-Coded Maps.
There are three easy steps to making this all available:
1) Make sure you have an Esri Global Account. Or create one here.
2) Make sure that you’ve got BAO subscription access. Email email@example.com with your customer number, global account user name, and contact information.
3) In Business Analyst, go to Preferences, to the Online tab…