ArcGIS Business Analyst

What's New in Business Analyst (September 2018)

The latest update of Business Analyst is here.  Whether you use the Business Analyst web app, mobile app, or pro and desktop applications, we have updates for you. Here are the key highlights:

Customize the Web App by User Roles

As an ArcGIS administrator, you can already customize the logo, title, and the theme color to give the web app your own branding. Now you can also:

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 Market Profile and Business Locator 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 with only the Market Profile and Business Locator reports and hide all other workflows and reports. 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 other workflows.

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, daytime population and Tapestry for 5, 10, 15-minutes drive times around a location. Having this information in a summary table also helps you minimize switching between different study areas when comparing information for them.

You can 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. Now you can 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 that can be run for any set of sites without having to recreate the template – providing a more efficient and consistent comparison report output across your organization.

Use Improved Legend Styling

With the new legend dialog in the web app, you can 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 in the web app, 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 districts layer.

On-premises Data Update

The 2018 US Data Update for Business Analyst Desktop, Pro, and Server is now available. Eligible customers will receive updated licenses from Esri Customer Service and be able to download the data setups from My Esri.

Online Data Update

Data for Canada, US, and several other countries is updated through the online Map and GeoEnrichment services:

See more details here.

Access Infographics on the Go

Enjoying the beautiful infographics you use in the Business Analyst Web App? With this release, you can 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 can use the Esri starter templates such as Demographic Summary and Key Facts or custom infographic templates created in the Business Analyst Web App. This helps you use the key indicators of your choice as well as your own data variables on the Business Analyst Mobile App.

About the author

Product builder and business strategist with 12+ years of experience in product definition, UX design, execution, and marketing.


Next Article

Mind the map: a new design for the London Underground map

Read this article