Drive Time Analysis With Customers.

Optimizing store location using Visual Crossing

One powerful use of a geographic analysis tool such as Visual Crossing is to find new and better business locations. Visual Crossing not only brings several valuable tools to bear on this task, but it also makes these tools usable by any typical user of Excel, SAP, or MicroStrategy, not just hardcore GIS experts. There are three areas of analysis that this video demonstrates. Those areas are visualizing store trade and coverage areas, using external demographic data on the map, and calculating driving time areas.

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In a tool such as OpenJump you can move geographic features and also edit attribute data.

A Primer on Shapefiles

If you use mapping and GIS systems more than occasionally you will almost certainly run into the Shapefile data format. While most good mapping systems support various input file formats, the Shapefile format is one of the oldest and most ubiquitous. Visual Crossing is not an exception to this pattern and is totally capable of using shapefiles both as a source for geometries to represent business data as well as external information such as demographics, weather and more. So, if you are going to be working with Shapefiles, it is a good idea to understand a bit about them. In this article is the first in a series, we'll explore some of the fundamentals of the shapefile format.

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Preparing Latitude & Longitude Data for Excel Maps

Preparing Latitude & Longitude Data for Excel Maps

Many mapping tools (and other applications like phones and GPS units) are able to create maps directly from columns containing latitude and longitude data. To use these in Excel-based mapping tools sometimes requires you to modify or transform the data. In this article we're going to go through a number of ways that you can quickly manipulate the latitude and longitude data you already have, and show accurate, high performing maps with 10000s of points.

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Five reasons you should consider maps for your SAP Lumira deployment

Five reasons you should consider maps for your SAP Lumira deployment

Everybody loves maps and you see them cropping in up in products demos and pitches wherever you turn. But should you spend the time and resources to add mapping to your Lumira deployment? Will they save time, money or help my users make better decisions? Here are five reasons why maps aren’t just pretty pictures – they are valuable business analytic tool.

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Visual Crossing supports SAP Lumira Discovery, Designer and SAP Design Studio

Key features of the new Visual Crossing Maps for SAP

We've deployed the latest cloud version of Visual Crossing Maps for SAP. This release is focused on enabling a variety of exciting features for all our cloud based customers in addition to making the maps even easier to use. Here are some of the highlights:

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Visual Crossing Maps allow users to show and analyze the impact of hurricanes

Determining Hurricane Impact Risk in Visual Crossing

A hot topic this season is hurricane risk and impact. Due to the massive damage caused by multiple hurricanes in the 2017 season, businesses and organizations are scrambling to get data on how it affects them. This is one of the classic cases where geographical analysis goes far beyond typical business intelligence.  The ability to do advanced analysis such as a distance buffer capture of data along the path of the storm is invaluable.  Grids and charts simply cannot give enough detail and cannot organize the data geographically.  In this blog entry, we will explore how our customers analyze storms using map tools such as Visual Crossing.

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Map drill from region, state to zip

Using distance-based heat maps and hotspots for improved data analytics

Heat maps and hotspots can be of great value to business users but they often get pushed aside in the GIS world as being statistically insignificant. The complaints of heatmaps relate to with smoothing algorithms as well as the interpolation of data points as not being based on real data. This is true in many cases, but we will discuss the Visual Crossing implementation of heatmaps and why it is different and how we enable our customers to gain significant business value.

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Map drill from region, state to zip

What to expect in the new Visual Crossing for SAP release

This week we will be releasing a major update for the Visual Crossing platform for SAP. Here are the main features we have added to expand the depth of the SAP integration and added major features for cloud based users.

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Visual Crossing Map deeply embedded into Microsoft Excel

Getting started with Maps for Microsoft Excel

Learn how to get started with Visual Crossing map and geospatial analysis in Microsoft Excel.

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