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 late Q3 2018. Here are the key highlights of what’s planned for this release:

Customize the Web App by User Roles

As an admin, you can already customize the logo, title, and the theme color to give the web app your own branding. With the next release, you will be able to disable and enable different workflows in the application by various pre-defined and custom roles in ArcGIS.

For example, let’s say you have two custom roles in ArcGIS Online. Users in the first custom role are occasional users (e.g. brokers) who primarily view maps, create sites, and run reports in the Business Analyst Web App. Users in the second custom role are power users who create and setup custom data and report templates so others in the organization can use them. To simplify the web app experience for the occasional users, the organization’s admin can enable only the mapping, site creation, and report running workflows and hide all other workflows. Similarly, for the power users, the admin can keep all the workflows or enable only the Custom Data Setup and Build workflows for Reports and Infographics and hide Color-coded Maps, Smart Map Search, and Business and Facilities Search.

Compare Multiple Study Areas in Infographics

Summarize information for multiple study areas (e.g. trade areas) in a single summary table. For example, compare key demographic facts such as population, income, age, and household size for 1, 3, 5-mile rings around a location. Having this information in a summary table also helps you minimize switching between different rings when comparing multiple study areas.

You will be able to simply run the globally available new Esri starter template called Multi-ring Comparison, use one of the Esri starter panels that provide comparison summaries on different set of variables, or create your own comparison tables.

Share Comparison Reports with Others

You can already build interactive comparison and benchmark tables and charts to understand information about multiple locations using the New Comparison Reports workflow. With the next release, you will be able to share comparison report templates with other users in your organization as well as use the comparison reports that others have shared with you.

For example, let’s say your business is often using key demographic variables (e.g. population, income, age) and custom data (e.g. sales) variables to compare multiple sites. You can setup a comparison report template with these variables and share with others which can be run for any set of sites without having to recreate the template – providing a more efficient and consistent comparison report across your organization.

Use Improved Legend Styling

With the new legend dialog, you will be able to present maps so that map readers can easily understand the meaning of symbols used to represent map content. Adjust the size and view of the legend using the expand and resize options.

Reorder Layers on the Map

Organize the display order of layers on the map.  Using the Map Contents tab on the new Legend panel, move layers up and down to adjust their drawing order for better visualization and understanding of data. For example, drag a layer of school locations up to show it on top of the school district layer.

Data Update

Access Infographics on the Go

Enjoying the beautiful infographics you use in the Business Analyst Web App? With the next release, you will be able to run them on the go and easily pull them up in client meetings using the Business Analyst Mobile App.

In addition to showing Basic and Spending Facts for a location, you will be able to use the Esri starter templates such as Demographic Summary and Key Facts or create infographic templates in the Business Analyst Web App using the key indicators of your choice as well as your own data variables and run it for any location on the Business Analyst Mobile App.

Stay tuned for more information in a post-release what’s new blog. Please note that all planned updates are subject to change without notice.

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