ArcGIS Business Analyst

What’s Coming in Business Analyst Web and Mobile Apps

The next update of the Business Analyst Web and Mobile apps is planned for April 2018. Here are the key highlights of what’s coming:

Use New Options for Competitor Locations in Suitability Analysis

Use distance to nearest competitor and attributes from the competition layer e.g. sales, number of employees, size of business when factoring-in competitive locations. Optimize suitability analysis with improved competitive landscape input around your sites.

Compare Locations Visually and Interactively

Get new options for easily creating and customizing your comparison reports. Use a good performing location as a benchmark to evaluate other locations against it. Create multi-variable charts and more informative visualizations in just a few clicks. Easily organize and find comparison report templates.

Create Custom Variables from Your Own Data

Calculate derived variables from your own data variables which are brought in using the Custom Data Setup workflow. For example, let’s say you have quarterly sales variables (e.g. Q1 sales, Q2 sales) added in BA Web as custom data. You will be able to create a custom variable by adding Q1 and Q2 sales to determine the sales for the first half of the year or by subtracting Q2 sales from Q1 to determine quarterly sales change.

Add ArcGIS Content More Efficiently

Easily find and add content from ArcGIS Online including the maps and layers you own, from groups, your organization, and Living Atlas, and publicly available. Use various filtering, sorting, and search options and get a content browsing experience very similar to what it is in ArcGIS Online.

You will also notice that the More Maps button will be replaced by a Basemaps icon to provide an easier way for changing basemaps. The experience of adding data from ArcGIS Online will continue to be available from the Add Data menu along with other options for bringing data in the BA Web App.

Enhanced Mobile App

Improved user experience and support for German, French, and Brazilian-Portuguese languages.

Use More Customization Options in Infographics

Data Updates

Bring Infographics in Your Custom Applications

Leverage infographic templates using the ArcGIS API for JavaScript. The rich experience of using infographics as beautiful, visual, and interactive data summary in the BA Web App will be available to embed in your custom applications. Use Esri standard templates such as Key Facts, Demographics Summary, and more or any custom template built in the BA Web App.

Please note that all planned updates are subject to change without notice. A comprehensive list of implemented updates will be provided in a post-release What’s New blog.

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