ArcGIS Business Analyst

What's Coming in ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro (May 2021)

The May 2021 release of ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro is almost here! With this release, the ArcGIS Business Analyst team focused on improving performance and productivity. Using customer feedback, we’ve made updates that will help users do their work more efficiently. This builds on the progress we made in the December 2020 release of ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro.

In addition to performance and productivity improvements, we’ve added new capabilities:

In this blog, we’ll briefly cover what to look for with the May 2021 release of ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro.

Load Data Browser Faster

We’ve heard a lot of feedback that finding the data you need can slow down your workflow. We’ve improved the data browser response time to help you get to the data you need faster.

The data browser in ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro loading time in version 2.7 compared side-be-side

Set Favorites in Data Browser

We’ve also heard you need quick access to the data you use most. You’ll now have a Favorites category in the data browser to jump to the variables you value most. Save the folder navigation for exploring new variables for your workflows.

Highlighted favorites menu in the data browser within ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro

Find Nearby Locations

Proximity Analysis (Locator Report) is a staple of Business Analyst for ArcMap. They’ve helped you quickly determine the distance or time between sets of input locations for years — and is now this functionality is available in ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro. Find Nearby Locations will help you better understand your competitive landscape, proximity to suppliers or distributors, and proximity to the people or businesses you serve.

Find Nearby Locations tool highlights in ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro

ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App Integration

Collaborating with ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App users hasn’t always been easy. Add Web App Sites allows you to add your organization’s content to your project with just a few clicks. This new capability will allow you to collaborate more efficiently with Business Analyst. Enabling your teams to spend less time managing data and more time generating insights.

A new workflow for adding sites from ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App to ArcGIS Pro.

Scenario Planning in Territory Design

Scenario Planning can be a tedious process with repetitive tasks and many manual workflows. At the same time, it’s critical to your sales or operations strategy. We’ve made two big strides to improve scenario planning processes in the upcoming release.

A multi-colored map highlighting the territory design panel in ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro.

Copy Territory Solution

Protecting the integrity of your current territories is important to mitigate conflict in the scenario planning process. You will now be able to copy your current Territory Solution to create different scenarios from a consistent base solution.

Preview Territory Impacts

Eliminate the guesswork of moving features from one territory to another. Our updated interface will summarize changes to territory attributes before you change the underlying Territory Solution. Helping you use data to make informed decisions and minimizing the need to redo your work.

Additional Resources

We’re so happy to share this release of ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro with you in the coming weeks. Below you can find additional links below that you may find useful.

About the authors

I'm a Product Manager on the Business Analyst team at Esri and former ArcGIS Business Analyst user myself! I'm passionate about making GIS more accessible to people, teams and organizations solving the big problems of our day. As a student of geography, my career has focused on Applied GIS in urban and economic development. Primarily working in commercial real estate analytics and strategy, I've helped numerous companies in the finance, technology, media, retail and professional services find and validate new markets and offices to operate in using GIS and Business Intelligence. Don't hesitate to reach out, we love to hear the big problems you're solving and how we can help!


Jordan Cullen is the group lead for the ArcGIS Apps Product Marketing team at Esri and the Senior Product Marketing Manager for ArcGIS Business Analyst. Alongside an extensive background in software marketing and multichannel communications, Jordan has a passion for analyzing consumer behavior and market trends, creating strategic content and captivating concepts, and helping the best customers in the world along their unique product journeys.

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