Tag: Business Analyst Desktop

Blog Series – Importing and Using Your Own Data in Business Analyst – (4 of 6) Uploading Your Custom Data and Report Template to Business Analyst Server (Part A)

 by Chris Wilcox

This is the fourth entry of a six part product team 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 previous post here.

Uploading Your Custom Data and Report Templates to Business Analyst Server

This entry talks about uploading the custom BDS file and report template, created in earlier posts in this series, to Business Analyst Server. If the data is not already created, you can download the custom report template and the custom BDS from the links provided. This entry is written to help Business Analyst Desktop users upload the data and report template. The information that a Business Analyst Server administrator needs, in order to configure the server to allow for uploading data, is provided in a couple of places. There is a white paper that provides a walk through of the process that will allow for uploading. This information is also a part of the Business Analyst Server Install Guide, Step 7: Required Additional Steps.

Assuming that the custom BDS is created according to Kyle’s instructions and the report template is created according to Jeff’s instructions, we are ready Continue reading

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Blog Series – Importing and Using Your Own Data in Business Analyst – (3 of 6) Creating a Custom Report with Custom Data (Part B)

by Jeff Hincy

This is Part B of the third 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 previous post here.

In Part A I focused on building a report utilizing the custom data created in a previous blog with Business Analyst Desktop. In Part B I will show you how to install the report report and run it.

Now that we have a custom report built the next step is to Continue reading

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Blog Series – Importing and Using Your Own Data in Business Analyst – (3 of 6) Creating a Custom Report with Custom Data (Part A)

by Jeff Hincy

This is the third 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 previous post here.

In this entry I will focus on building a report utilizing the custom data created in the first blog with Business Analyst desktop.

We have seen how to take custom data and transform it into a Business Analyst Datasource (BDS) and how to take that data and analyze it using the tools in Business Analyst Desktop to better understand and visualize the data. Now I am going to show you Continue reading

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Blog Series – Importing and Using Your Own Data in Business Analyst – (2 of 6) Using Custom Data

 by Garry Burgess

This is the second 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 previous post here.

In this entry I will focus on using the custom data created in the first blog within Business Analyst Desktop.

Now that my colleague Kyle created a BDS layer with the EPA data, I am going to illustrate how you can use this information in Business Analyst.  I started by adding the custom BDS layer to ArcMap using the Add Data button.  The Census Tract layer with the EPA cancer risk data and Esri demographic data is added to my map like any other ArcGIS layer. 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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Importing and Using Your Own Data in Business Analyst – Blog Series

by Garry Burgess

Over the next few weeks we are going to be providing a series of blogs that illustrates how to import your own custom data into Business Analyst.  The goal of this series is to demonstrate how you can take external data and actively use it in Business Analyst.  In order to provide a “real world” example, we are going to take some cancer risk data published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and combine it with demographic data provided by Business Analyst.  The series of posts will show you from start to finish how we brought this EPA data into Business Analyst and used it to author reports, run analysis and even build a sample web application. 

Below is a summary of the upcoming posts. 

(1)    Import Your Own Data into Business Analyst
Kyle Watson, our Business Analyst Desktop product engineer, is going to kick things off with a demonstration on how to import the external data and combine it with Business Analyst demographic data.  He will use the cancer risk data from the EPA to illustrate best practices for bringing your own data into Business Analyst and how to optimize performance.

(2)    Using Custom Data in Business Analyst
Yours truly is going to illustrate how you can use this data in Business Analyst desktop.  Specifically, I am going to take the custom data prepared by Kyle and show you how it can be shared with another computer (user) and interact and use the data with various tools and analysis in Business Analyst Desktop.

(3)    Creating a Custom Report with Custom Data [Part A, Part B]
Jeff Hincy, another one of our product engineers, is going to illustrate how to create a custom report with this custom dataset.  He will provide some tips on using the report editor to create custom calculations and how to best format report content.

(4)    Publishing Custom Data to Business Analyst Server [Part A, Part B]
With the report and data ready to go, Chris Wilcox our Business Analyst Server product engineer, will demonstrate how to publish this information to Server.  He will cover how to do this within ArcGIS and provide tips and tricks for handling larger custom datasets.

(5)    Using Custom Data with Business Analyst Web Services
Once the data is uploaded and ready to use in Business Analyst Server, one of our API product engineers Tony Howser, will illustrate how you can use the Business Analyst Server REST API to easily access the data and report.  He will provide a simple live example where you will be able to interact with the data and report.

(6)    Creating a Sample Application with Custom Data [Part A]
Our Flex Web API product engineer, Mehak Sujan, will finish the series up by providing a sample application that illustrates how the data can be used in a custom web application.

All of the source code and sample data used in the blogs will be available as a download from the Resource Center so you can use with your own instance of Business Analyst.  Stay tuned.

Cheers,

Garry 

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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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Download Online Demographic Data to Your 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

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BA10SP2 and the changes to Bing Search

by Kyle Watson

If you have installed the recently released Business Analyst Desktop 10 Service Pack 2 and use the Bing Search in your workflows, you may notice some differences in how results are returned.

Let me explain a couple of these changes and tell you how you can accomplish similar functionality elsewhere in ArcGIS… Continue reading

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