ArcGIS Business Analyst

What's new in ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App | June 2024

It’s release time – woo! We don’t even have words to explain our excitement with this release of ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App, ArcGIS Business Analyst Mobile App, and ArcGIS Community Analyst. In the past quarter, the Business Analyst team has been working around the clock to bring you updates you’ve all been waiting for!  

If you’re new here, welcome – we’re glad you’re interested in learning more about Esri’s location-based market intelligence tool.ArcGIS Business Analysthelps you make smarter decisions for market potential planning, site selection, and customer segmentation. You can identify under-performing markets, pinpoint the right growth sites, locate your target audience, and share the market research across your organization. If you’d like to learn more or want to try ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App,sign up for a free 21-day trial. 

The June 2024 release includes a ton of new features and enhancements, which are listed below. Make sure to read on to get all the important details on how you can use all these new features in your daily mapping analysis.  

 

Introducing Business Analyst Assistant (Beta)  

As you may know, technology is evolving every single day, especially with advancements in artificial intelligence (AI). With that, we are happy to announce the beta launch of Business Analyst Assistant, our new in-app AI-powered productivity tool. This tool will guide you through your workflows by providing intelligent suggestions, responding to prompts and search queries, and guiding you through the app using tips and resources. There’s a LOT this valuable tool can help you with: create color-coded maps, find points of interest, run infographics, understand your needs through natural language prompts, provide suggestions that can be executed through workflows, allow you to customize suggestions to better suit your needs, assist with in-app interactive guided tours, and answer tech support and product documentation questions.  

To make things even better, your organization has full control of this tool. Your organizations administrator can enable or disable Business Analyst Assistant (Beta) for all member of the organization by clicking My Preferences > Organization > Assistant.  

Note: This is only available for ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App users and must be enabled to use it. Please keep in mind, Business Analyst Assistant is a beta feature that is continuing to be developed.  

 

Redesigned points of interest search workflow 

The Business Analyst team is always making updates to workflows to ensure you get the best analysis out of each tool. With this release, we have made some major improvements to the points of interest (POI) search workflow. POI search provides information about specific locations such as businesses, government buildings, landmarks, tourist attractions, and more. With points of interest search, you can identify key businesses and community locations, plan for future expansion, identify market gaps, and perform competitive analysis.  

If you don’t remember, the first phase of updates to the POI search were in the February 2024 release. These updates allowed you to easily refine your search for better results. Now were back, with phase two with even bigger enhancements. With this release, you can still search POIs by keywords, categories, or codes. Now, once you’re done, if you’d like to save your search for use in future sessions, simply use our new ‘Save search’ option to do just that. That’s not all: similar to the design style of the color-coded maps, suitability analysis, and smart map search workflows, we’ve added the interactive results pane you all love to this workflow as well. Get ready to now explore results through interactive data summaries, visualizations, and tables. Simply hover over a bar in the histogram or a cell in the table to better interpret your results.  

 

Suitability analysis workflow enhancements 

I am always excited to share the latest updates of suitability analysis, since it is one of my favorite workflows in Business Analyst Web App. With suitability analysis, you can take your analysis skills to the next level as it helps you rank and score numerous sites that meet your specific criteria. Now when you use this workflow, you will notice we have improved the interaction between the results table and the map to better highlight your analysis. Simply hover over the bubble chart or scatterplot to highlight that area on the map, which will make your area stand out from the other areas that are faded into the background. We’ve even added new chart controls, a new zoom feature for bubble charts and scatterplots, as well as an improved site popup that displays additional details in your analysis. 

 

Reorganized app header 

We love making meaningful updates that will improve your overall user experience. Once you log in to Business Analyst Web App, you will notice we have updated the top header with a much-improved order and a brand-new action bar. Please do not be alarmed by all these changes since everything will be easier to access and discoverable, you will be able to put all your focus on your mapping journey. Some of the changes include: 

 

New data browser experience  

What makes Business Analyst extremely powerful is the data! Don’t worry, we will talk about all the new data we have added with this release later but right now, we wanted to highlight the redesigned data browser that brings a new look and more ways to make the most out of the data. Once you open the redesigned data browser, you will see a simplified vertical navigation bar. With this new bar, your life is about to become much easier since you can now easily switch between categories without the need to navigate back and forth from the main page. We’ve also added a new “popular” category that has all the popular variables in one area, as well as a “new and noteworthy” category that highlights all the new variables.  

We wanted to take it a step further by also enhancing the search capabilities with advanced filtering, the flexibility to browse by year, dataset, or source as well as the ability to segment variables by standard variables (variables included in Business Analyst), my variables (data you have imported or used in custom data setup), and shared variables (variables shared with others in your organization).  

 

New gallery infographics and classic report enhancements 

We are constantly updating our infographics and reports to bring you the latest and most up-to-date ones. We have made significant enhancements to our infographics and reports that I’ve broken down below.  

Infographic enhancements: 

We all love infographics, and why wouldn’t we? You can visualize all the key information in the form of eye-catching graphics, charts, tables, images, and text.  Below are our newest infographic additions to the infographic gallery. 

New: State of the Community infographic  

We are excited to share our latest addition to the infographic gallery: the State of the Community infographic. This infographic was created by one of our own Esri team members, Shannon Valdizon. This infographic was inspired by her conversations with elected officials and government leaders highlighting data about population, housing, jobs, health, community participation, and other valuable information to make informed policy decisions.  

New: Rose Chart infographic 

This colorful, eye-catching infographic highlights a wheel and bar chart that display key demographic indicators for an area, such as age, education level, population, income, net worth, and home value, and ownership

New: Title VI Navigator 

This infographic can help organizations assess their compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by displaying information on population, age, race, ethnicity, poverty, language, and at-risk populations.  

Classic report enhancements: 

Are you ready to explore and interact with your reports? We are excited to let you know that you can export classic report content to Excel to gain an even better analysis and more control. Previously, reports would be populated as images when exporting to Excel, well no more! Now, when you export to Excel, you can explore the data for further calculation, analysis, and comparison.  

 

Import attributes from other projects 

The Business Analyst team has been on a roll with this release, ensuring your Business Analyst journey is smoother than ever. I’m sure in the past, you may have worked on multiple projects and then realized you wanted to use the same custom attributes in a new project, but you just simply couldn’t copy them over. You can now import attributes from other projects when you create a new project – woo! We’ve made it as simple as one, two, three – all you have to do is click the ‘Import attributes’ option and select the project that includes the attributes you would like to use in your new project.  

 

ArcGIS Business Analyst Mobile App updates 

Are you on the go or in the field and want to use ArcGIS Business Analyst? All you have to do is download the ArcGIS Business Analyst mobile app from the App Store or Google Play. We’ve made some exciting new changes to our mobile app. You can now run infographics using the Gallery infographics exactly how you can in the Business Analyst Web App and the Experience Builder Business Analyst widget – wow! Additionally, gain access to the latest 2024 data updates on the mobile app today. 

Learn all about the Business Analyst Mobile App updates here.

 

ArcGIS Experience Builder: Business Analyst widget new features & enhancements 

The Business Analyst widget in ArcGIS Experience Builderis a popular and well-loved tool that provides users with the ability to view additional information about any point or polygon feature on a map through the creation of reports and infographics. Check out some of our new enhancements: 

Public sharing across Experience Builder apps:
We’ve heard all your requests, and we are excited to announce that the Business Analyst widget can now be used in a publicly shared Experience Builder apps.  

 Support for polygon feature map styles:
You can now preserve polygon features in a web map when running infographics by selecting those feature.  

 A refreshed new user interface look:
We have redesigned the search and buffer steps of the workflow mode to improve the overall user experience.  

 

Major data updates: 

One of our greatest strengths is the data that comes with ArcGIS Business Analyst. There’s so much you can uncover with this data, and on top of that, you can combine it with your own data to advance your analysis. With our June release, we are happy to announce the biggest data update of this year. Below we’ve broken down all the updates and changes we have made.  

 Data Updates (US):

Data Updates (Global):

 Important Geography Data Changes: New and Updated Boundaries 

The below geography boundary changes impact maps, reports and analysis. 

 Please note: if you previously saved sites or reports using the above geography changes, they will need to be updated with the new boundaries
To find out more, take a look at Updated U.S. geographic boundaries in ArcGIS Business Analyst (June 2024).  

 Data Deprecations:

 

ArcGIS Community Analyst Deprecation

ArcGIS Community Analyst is being deprecated entirely. The June 2024 release is the second to the last release for this product, with the final release in October 2024. Community Analyst will remain accessible to users until their next annual renewal date after December 1, 2024.

For additional details, refer to Deprecation Notice for ArcGIS Community Analyst: Transition to ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App.

 

Additional resources

We’re so happy to share the latest 2024 release updates of ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App with you! Below, we’ve added resources to help you with your ArcGIS Business Analyst journey:

 

About the author

Fizza Chaudhry is the Product Marketing Manager for ArcGIS Business Analyst. She is a visionary and innovative marketer with expertise in SaaS, creative marketing and applying a user-first mindset to develop powerful marketing tools for customers.

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