Twice a year, Galigeo releases a major version of its mapping extension for BusinessObjects WebIntelligence. Galigeo for BusinessObjects G17 (“G” for Galigeo and “17” obviously for 2017) release comes with the biggest change log of its history.
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Galigeo for BusinessObjects G17 is part of the SAP Solution Extension (alongside with Galigeo for Lumira and Galigeo for Design Studio). These extensions are specialized in bringing mapping capabilities to the existing SAP BI solutions. For more information, I invite you to go to the product page: http://blog.galigeo.com/products-overview/sap-business-objects.
The main changes in the new version concern the adoption of self-service and mapping automation to provide end users more freedom to see to the information they need. Everything has been designed so that non GIS* users can easily do some advanced GIS analysis without needing to be an expert.
(*Geographic Information System)
Most of the new features focus on three aspects: simplicity, self-service and automation. Let’s review some of them one by one.
1. Import your own data
Users can now import their own flat files (CSV, XLS, XLSX) to a map document and visualize the data in a minute.
All data can be managed through a new panel added to the interface.
The “Auto Mapping” feature can automatically detect the best way to visualize the imported file on a map. Each column is analyzed to see if the values correspond to an existing cartographic layer (for example zip codes, region id, etc…) or eventually if they directly contain longitude/lattitude columns.
Imported data is saved with the document. Authors can make it public so that everyone can see it in the document. However, the files imported by the end users are only visible to the same user and won’t interfere with the others.
2. Automatic mapping and mapping wizard
Version Galigeo for BusinessObjects G17 introduces a mapping wizard to adjust the way a query or a dataset is represented on a map (the thematic mapping is done afterward). In most cases, the “Auto Mapping” will do the job for you. However, users might want to choose a different dimension or adjust the visibility scales.
3. Self service
The data panel can also be used to quickly visualize a indicator on a map.
Simply drag’n drop an indicator on the map and select what kind of thematic mapping you want to use.
4. Contextual help
This is another feature that make the application easier to use. The user documentation is now embedded and you will see some new “?” on every panels bringing a contextual help.
5. Indicator aggregation
Mapping a BI dataset on a geographic layer sometimes generates some duplicated records. For example, a zip code data can be defined by year, by typology, etc… In those cases, the geographic dimension appears duplicated in the original dataset. To make sure that the thematic mapping is correct, we need to make sure that the aggregation is correct.
Users can now choose one of these operators for each indicator:
- None (first non null value)
6. Display flows on a map
I think the screenshot below speaks for itself.
7. Thematic filtering
Each thematic layer can now be filtered on a indicator or a dimension.This is useful to specify some criteria before displaying a specific layer.
8. Operational layers defined from the configuration page
Operational layers represent the external layers provided by Arcgis Server. Previous versions did support operational layers but they needed to be defined in a config file by the administrator.
Now every authors can easily manage the list for each documents.
9. Global usage statistics for administrators
Administrators can now see who’s using what at a glance.
Statistics are displayed as a report from the administration console.
- Other improvementsThe full list would be too long to go through in details. Here are some quick hits for those who used a previous version:
- Control labels from the layer panel
- Activate/deactivate thematic classes by clicking on them in the legend
- WMTS basemaps
- Heatmap and cluster visibility saved with the document
- Link to georeports from the infowindow
- Support for Google Pro accounts
- Improved geobubbles
- Default point generalization now keeps the features with the highest indicators
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