ArcGIS Business Analyst

What’s coming in ArcGIS Business Analyst (September 2020)

ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App, Mobile App, and Community Analyst are intuitive geospatial applications that serve a wide audience of users, including those who do not have a GIS background. The applications enable users to gain insights through data and share the results with stakeholders through visual infographics and reports.

The upcoming Q3 2020 release of ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App, Mobile App, and Community Analyst is planned for the end of September 2020. The main drivers of the release will include the following:


New business search data from SafeGraph

Feedback from the 2020 User Conference emphasized the need for more business locations data. In response to this request, we are adding the ability to search for businesses in SafeGraph’s USA Places data. Yes, you read that correctly: We are adding data from SafeGraph, one of the leading providers of business data based on locations where people spend money or time.

In the past, we announced that SafeGraph data can be added from ArcGIS Marketplace. With the upcoming release, you will be able to access SafeGraph’s Places data (5.3 million points of data) directly within Business and Facilities Search without having to add the data from Marketplace. Secondly, you will be able to analyze the data and export reports or infographics with full business addresses.

To ensure timely business information, we plan to update this data quarterly. For more information about SafeGraph data, you can visit our data documentation and SafeGraph’s website for Core Places data. (Please note most of the variables found in Core Places are available in ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App.)

Here are functionalities that support SafeGraph data in ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App:

business search
In ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App, you can search for SafeGraph business data with six-digit NAICS codes (among other search options) within the Business and Facilities Search tool.

Below you can see a screenshot showing a map view of business search results of a sample 20-minute driving area using SafeGraph business data.

safegraph business map
Map view of SafeGraph data in Business and Facilities Search tool.

Full table results of the map above can be seen in the screenshot below.

safegraph table view
Tabular view of SafeGraph business data in Business and Facilities Search workflow.


safegraph void analysis
Select SafeGraph data within analysis workflows such as Void Analysis.


Improved sharing options

As of now, sharing within ArcGIS Business Analyst is limited to sharing an entire project. In the upcoming release, you will be able to share pertinent and manageable portions of a project instead of having to share the entire project. This will allow you or your coworkers to access important portions for further analysis, streamlining the collaboration process.

Please follow these steps to share portions of your project:

  1. Click on the share icon located on the right side of your Maps
  2. In the Share Map dialog, you will be able to select specific layers within your project
  3. Select the organization groups who you would like to have access the selected layers.
  4. Enter the name of the exported layers. This will be saved as a new hosted feature service.
  5. Those who have access to this layer should now see the new hosted feature service under My Esri > Contents.


share as feature service
Share parts of your ArcGIS Business Analyst Project with your colleagues as a new feature service.


Data updates

The Q3 2020 release will also include the following data updates:



We’re excited to share what’s coming in the next ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App and Mobile App release. For general information regarding ArcGIS Business Analyst, please use the following links:


Photo by Robert Bye on Unsplash

About the author

Helen Brown is a Senior Product Manager for ArcGIS Business Analyst. She thrives on prioritizing problems and delivering market-level value through scalable, intuitive products.

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