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ACS Data is Now Available from Esri

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

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Business Analyst 10 – Online Reports for Standard Geographies Patch

 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.

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Use Business Analyst's Color-Coded Maps toolbar

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.

Kyle

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BA10SP1 – New features in Territory Design

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.”

Cheers,

Kyle

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Business Analyst 10 SP1 Released

 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…

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Online Access in Business Analyst 10

 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. Contact Customer Service with your customer number, global account user name, and contact information.

3) In Business Analyst, go to Preferences, to the Online tab…

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How to Get Aerial Imagery Source Data

by Kyle Watson

If you were using the ImageConnect toolbar in Business Analyst Desktop, you’ve probably noticed it’s no longer included in the product at version 10.  DigitalGlobe is discontinuing that service so we had to remove it…a bummer, I know.  One of its great features was that you could download an image and view the exact source, date, resolution, accuracy, etc.  Fortunately, this feature is STILL AVAILABLE through the tiled ArcGIS Online layers.  You simply use the Identify tool and click on the map and that’s it.  All the source data appears in the dockable Identify window.

To do this you need to add a layer from ArcGIS Online.  On the Business Analyst toolbar, we’ve conveniently provided some default map service layers in the Maps drop-down menu.  As in the example below, you’ll select World imagery.

 

 

Once the layer is added to the ArcMap table of contents, you simply

1. Click the Identify button.

2. Click the area of interest on the imagery.

3. Check the available source data in the Identify window.  If there is more than one level of imagery, the sources appear stacked in the top pane.

 

As you pan around the map and identify other areas, you’ll see that the source data changes even though you are using the same layer.  This is because the aerial images are “mosiacked” together from a series of the best available sources.

Cheers,
Kyle

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Business Analyst & Citrix?

by Kyle Watson

Will Business Analyst work in a Citrix environment?  We often hear this from Sales folks after potential clients are considering different deployment options within their organizations.

The short answer is yes, you can deploy Business Analyst Desktop through Citrix.  We’ve done so here for testing purposes on the XenApp on-demand application delivery solution.  This means you can use Business Analyst without having it installed on your machine.

I’ve successfully logged into the Citrix environment through a web browser on the Citrix system desktop client and can use Business Analyst Desktop remotely.  This is installed on a lower end workstation machine and the performance is adequate. 

As you can see below, once logged into my remote “virtual” Business Analyst through the Citrix browser login, I can start the Business Analyst application and begin working just as if it were installed locally.

Note that the normal site licenses apply here, so you can’t purchase one seat of Business Analyst and deploy it virtually to 100 people at a time.  Think of Citrix as a clever and convenient way to access and execute your work.

Cheers,

Kyle

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Business Analyst 10…Now Enhanced with Maplex!

by David Palomino

Business Analyst 10 provides two default MXDs as a gateway into the application: Business Analyst.mxd and Business Analyst Web.mxd. However, we have expanded on Business Analyst.mxd to create a third MXD, Business Analyst Maplex.mxd. This is a cartographically enhanced MXD available for download here. Continue reading

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Product Documentation for Business Analyst 10

 By Lucy Guerra

You may have noticed that a Documentation directory is no longer installed with Business Analyst Desktop at the 10 release. The information that was formerly stored in that directory is now available on the Resource Center. You can easily access this information by going to http://resources.arcgis.com/ba.

Click on Business Analyst Desktop and on the left side of the page you will see links to lots of useful information about the product.

 

Click on Help to view an up-to-date version of the help system that was shipped with the product.  New information will be added and existing topics updated as it becomes necessary. 

Click on Documentation to see Data Dictionaries, Tutorials, What’s New, and other resources.

Click on Whitepapers to view data methodology and a variable list. Some items in this section are “locked” meaning that you’ll need to use your Esri Global Account to sign in and view.

 

 

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