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Business Analyst Comes to ArcGIS Pro!

Business Analyst for ArcGIS Pro 2.1

After more than a decade of supporting a Desktop extension for ArcMap, we are proud and excited to announce the debut of Business Analyst (BA) for ArcGIS Pro 2.1. Figure 1: Business Analyst for ArcGIS Pro 2.1 A Foundational Release … Continue reading

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Share Your Custom Business Analyst Reports Through ArcGIS Online

Esri Business Analyst

The Esri Business Analyst team is excited to Introduce a Powerful New Collaboration Option for our Users. Business Analyst for Desktop features a powerful WYSIWYG report-authoring tool that enables you to quickly and easily create professional, custom reports using data … 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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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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BAO Snippet – Preferences

 by Sooria J

Preferences is a section in Business Analyst Online which, in my opinion, is a “treasure”. It provides shortcuts to make your life easier. Let’s review them one by one.


This section gives you options to set the default tab to open when the app loads initially. If you are a user who is more concerned with getting reports, you can set this up and save an extra click (it adds up you know!) so the application opens to the Get Reports tab every time. The same can be done for other sections too.

Select Location

This section is for setting up your study areas. If you always work on a particular area such as a city or county, you can set it here. When you open the Select Location or Research Market tab, the map will be automatically zoomed in to your favorite location and ready to go. In the second section of this page, you can set the default values for the rings, drive times and donuts. Also the fill and border color for each type of study area can be set here. By setting these, anytime you create a site your sites will have the colors you chose. Remember you can always click on the Restore Defaults button to restore the default settings.

Research Market

All your needs for a color coded map can be set here. You can pick from the wide range of our beautiful color ranges, transparency setting, methods, border thickness and color.


Inserting your own logo is important to you and we understand that. So there is functionality to allow you to upload multiple logos and use them in reports and maps. The preview of the logo is shown and gives you an idea of the size of that the logo will be in the report.


This section lets you pick the report default format, either PDF or Excel. You can also choose to receive an email of the reports you have run by selecting this option and inserting your email address. Ability to send copies to colleagues and clients can be done using the CC field. You can also add a subtitle to the reports here too.


I have provided details about Favorites in my blog post titled Favorites is my Favorite. Managing your favorite reports list can be done here. You can add, delete or change the order in which the reports are run in the favorite reports.

Let us know your thoughts on these feature and any other shortcuts you would like to have added.


- SJ

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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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Identify Investment Opportunities in Markets with the Business Analyst Benchmark Report Service and its Simplified XML (S.XML) Output Format – Part II of II

Yup, It's real.  B-)by Tony Howser


Thumbnail of Demo Application
Welcome back!

In my previous discussion, I described a scenario where you are working with economic development agencies in the city of Lawrence, Kansas to identify and market the region to investors in order to get commitments for matching funds required with federal stimulus grant applications. I also described how this can be done in a simple, efficient, and cost effective manner by leveraging the ESRI Business Analyst Benchmark Report service and its Simplified XML (S.XML) output format.

As promised, I will continue where I left off previously and will discuss the Business Analyst Benchmark Report service and actually demonstrate how quick and easy it is to develop with its Simplified XML (S.XML) output in the context of of “marketing” Lawrence, Kansas to potential investors.  As a bonus, I will provide access to a Web browser-based Flex demo and its complete and documented source code that leverages the tools that I describe today.

Lawrence, Kansas Study Areas
Polygons created with the ESRI Business Analyst Summary Reports service and mapped with the ArcGIS API for JavaScript

Let’s review our study areas again: You decided to provide easy access to data to potential investors describing the current and future socioeconomic, purchasing, and other characteristics of the underlying populations of Lawrence’s five ZIP codes. You could easily obtain and provide data in smaller and larger geographic areas but you chose to showcase Lawrence and highlight opportunities at the ZIP code level in order to keep it very simple and intuitive. You can also specify custom geographic areas. The choice is always yours based on your individual use cases.

So easy, it's almost magical!
Walkthrough: Submitting an Analysis Request to the ESRI Benchmark Report service and Binding the S.XML Result to a Flex DataGrid Control

In this next section, I demonstrate making a request to the Business Analyst Online Benchmark Report REST endpoint and dynamically binding the resulting S.XML data quickly and easily to a Flex DataGrid. This will give you a good feel for how easy it will be to develop the flexible and powerful application for attracting economic development dollars to the city of Lawrence and its five ZIP codes.

(1). Business Analyst Online Benchmark Report REST Request

This sample URL below is an actual Business Analyst Online REST API Benchmark Report request which compares twelve Business Analyst summarization values for Lawrence’s five ZIP codes. 


Summarization variables can be used to analyze, describe, and compare the current and future characteristics and trends of the underlying population—in this case, the citizens of Lawrence, Kansas’ five ZIP codes. 


Once submitted, the output response is returned in seconds. (This REST request can be submitted through a Web browser’s URL field but requires a valid Business Analyst Online API token.  The actual output of the REST request is given further below.):


(carriage returns added for readability)


Twelve summarization variables are simultaneously queried in seconds from a list of thousands

  1. 2009 Total Households – TOTHH_CY
  2. 2014 Total Households – TOTHH_FY
  3. 2009 Average Household Size – AVGHHSZ_CY
  4. 2014 Average Household Size – AVGHHSZ_FY
  5. 2009 Average Household Income – AVGHINC_CY
  6. 2014 Average Household Income – AVGHINC_FY
  7. 2009 Average Household Net Worth – AVGNW_CY
  8. 2009 Average Household Disposable Income – AVGDI_CY
  9. 2009 Healthcare/Social Assistance Businesses by NAICS Code – N33_Bus
  10. 2009 Health Services Businesses by SIC Code – G27_Bus
  11. 2009 Health Care Consumer Expenditures – X8001_X
  12. 2009 Health Insurance Consumer Expenditures – X8002_X

The five ZIP codes of Lawrence, Kansas are analyzed in this request.  Other options include custom geographic areas, Census block groups, Census tracts, counties, states, CBSAs, DMAs, and more.

  • 66044
  • 66045
  • 66046
  • 66047
  • 66049
(2). Benchmark Report Simplified XML (S.XML) Response

The raw Simplified XML (S.XML) output of the sample request above is shown in the following screenshot.  Notice how lightweight and compact the XML schema is and how each study area is represented by a single XML record (node).  The attributes associated with each XML record represent the associated summarization values selected in the REST request given above. 

- Download the raw output file here.

(3). Binding the Simplified XML (S.XML) Data to a DataGrid Control

XML is an extremely popular, widely supported, and platform independent data interchange format.  The new Business Analyst Online Simplified XML (S.XML) output format enables application developers to easily, quickly, and efficiently consume the rich analysis output of Business Analyst with only a few lines of code.  Thanks to the extremely simple, lightweight and compact schema of S.XML output, binding data to dynamic controls, such as data grids, charts, and graphs, requires minimal effort.


- Believe it or not, the code in the screenshot below is all that is required for the *entire* Adobe Flex program shown in the link above.  The DataGrid is dynamic and sortable.  Notice how little code is actually required thanks to the Simplified XML (S.XML) output format.  The lightweight schema facilitates rapid and easy application development in Adobe Flex, Microsoft Silverlight, JavaScript, and many other development frameworks.

Conclusion and a Complete Business Analyst Online Flex API Application

I hope you see the value of the Benchmark Report service and S.XML output format. I have shown you the underlying “engine” of what can power your analysis and application to market Lawrence, Kansas ZIP codes to investors around the country (and around the globe) and, how quick and easy it will be to implement.

ESRI Business Analyst to the RescueI am extremely happy to announce that the S.XML format will soon be available for most Business Analyst Summary Reports as well. This will make it even easier to leverage the Web APIs of Business Analyst Server and Business Analyst Online to build enterprise-grade Web applications.

To conclude this short discussion of the Business Analyst Online Benchmark Report service and its associated S.XML output format, I am including a complete working demonstration application and its source code to further communicate their value. This Web app is platform independent, can be made widely available, and is infinitely flexible for a variety of use cases—not just the real-world scenario which I discussed today. It is powered by the ESRI Benchmark Report service and it consumes its Simplified XML (S.XML) output. I am providing the fully-documented source code so you can study, execute, extend, and adapt it to meet your own needs.

Flex Demo Application Screenshot

  • The user is able to select multiple (up to 500) Summarizations variables
  • The user graphically defines an analysis area using a freehand buffered line segment or freehand polygon tool to analyze and retrieve information about different areas in Redlands, CA. 
  • The application uses demo Business Analyst Online API account credentials that are geographically restricted to Redlands.

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Retail value trumps economic blight

by Kyle Watson

“With the cutbacks of our competitors, this is a good time to expand.”

Ok, ok, ok – I’m writing another blog about Michigan.  Forgive me, but I still read the old local papers online.  And I found a good article written by Jaclyn Trop of The Detroit News that discusses the commercial retail industry.  Let’s have a look.

First off, we know many organizations use the Business Analyst products to aid in the following:

  • Booming Economy - Add stores!  Grow product mixes!  Expand our square footage!
  • Stagnant Economy – Consolidate stores!  Trim product offerings!  Find better markets!

So this article I speak of suggests an odd-couple-combination of the two.  It’s quite interesting actually.  It states that franchises are looking expand into an economically burdened areas looking for retail success – by hitting consumers with value.  Here’s a peek:

“The interest in Michigan seems counterintuitive given the state’s rocky economy, soaring unemployment levels, and the woes of two of its largest corporations, General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC. But a solid demand for affordable, quality products and services makes Michigan a viable market for retailers who can provide them.

Retailers here, long weighed down by myriad challenges including a shrinking population, wage stagnation, and uncertainty over various legislative issues, are wooing a penny-pinching population with a magic word: value.

“Value is a mysterious concept,” said Jim Hallan, president of the Michigan Retailers Association. “It’s not just a price component, but also includes convenience, service, comfort and quality.”

One person’s economic misfortune is another’s retail goldmine.



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Esri Business Analyst at the 2009 Esri User Conference

by James Killick

I just wanted to say a big “Thank You!” to everyone who dropped by to see us at the recent ESRI User Conference in San Diego!  This year we had more technical workshops, more demos (& more meetings) than ever.We were obviously very excited to talk about the all our new products, including the new ESRI Business Analyst Online and the 9.3.1 release of ESRI Business Analyst Desktop.


Speaking of which – Business Analyst Desktop 9.3.1 is shipping – so start to look out for the boxes arriving on your doorstep sometime next week or early the following week.The new 2009 ESRI Data update that’s included with the product should be reason enough to look at upgrading as it captures the unprecedented economic changes that happened in 2008 and continue in 2009.

We’re also hard at work on updates for ESRI Business Analyst Server 9.3.1 and releasing some significant new features in Business Analyst Online. Some of you may have been lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the User Conference.   In addition we’re putting the finishing touches on the new API for Business Analyst Online and hope to have it generally available in the next few weeks.

The 9.3.1 update to our Address Coder product is also shipping. For those of you that don’t know, ESRI Address Coder is a super useful and high performance tool for enriching your customer lists with demographic data and Tapestry segmentation, giving you whole new ways to slice and dice your data in your favorite BI software.

If you didn’t get the a chance to catch up with us at the show, or ask that question you meant to ask, just let us know! 


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