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Visual Fusion 4.5 Overview
Visual Fusion 4.5 Overview
Visual Fusion 4.5 Overview
Visual Fusion 4.5 Overview
Visual Fusion 4.5 Overview
Visual Fusion 4.5 Overview
Visual Fusion 4.5 Overview
Visual Fusion 4.5 Overview
Visual Fusion 4.5 Overview
Visual Fusion 4.5 Overview
Visual Fusion 4.5 Overview
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Visual Fusion 4.5 Overview

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IDV’s Visual Fusion® software unites …

IDV’s Visual Fusion® software unites
data visually, exposing hidden trends
and driving rapid insights that enable
better decisions.

Visual Fusion’s unique capabilities
and easy-to-use interface are helping
organizations gain understanding,
improve their bottom line, and keep
their people safe.

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  • 1. Visual Fusion 4.5 ® Overview IDV’s Visual Fusion ® software unites data visually, exposing hidden trends and driving rapid insights that enable better decisions. Visual Fusion helpings organizations turn the corner and gain understanding, improve their bottom line, and keep their people safe. Let us show you how. Visual Fusion is a trademark of IDV Solutions, LLC. Other marks referenced herein are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Visual Fusion is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7567262
  • 2. VISUAL FUSION PRODUCT OVERVIEW Visual Fusion (VF) from IDV Solutions is a geospatial mashup platform for creating interactive, map- based applications utilizing the power of SharePoint. VF allows everyone in the enterprise to build visual mashups combining Web feeds and enterprise data with online maps, timelines, charts, graphs or other visualizations. It can be used to create a single robust application, or multiple small-scale apps, each focused on a specific question or problem. Key Capabilities: Key Benefits: • CONNECT to virtually any data source • For the IT Admin: FLEXIBILITY & within the enterprise or on the Web. AGILITY – Short development cycles • VISUALIZE information in meaningful and applicability to just about any context such as interactive maps, business problem makes VF the best timelines, and charts. tool in the box. • CREATE custom variables & hotspots • For the Knowledge Worker: INSIGHT to alert users to important information. & PRODUCTIVITY – Spend less time • PROVIDE permission-based publishing finding & compiling information and and workflow integration so people more time in analysis & discovery. have access to information and the • For the Business Decision Maker: collaboration tools they need. PROFITABILITY – Extend the value of • ENABLE contribution from individuals your investments in data & systems in real time through SharePoint or and give your team a powerful tool that mobile devices. anyone can use. Organizations all over the world currently rely on VF to build apps for continuity planning, supply chain management , retail analysis, crisis management, strategic planning, asset management and more. It allows business leaders and knowledge workers to make more informed decisions in less time. This overview describes what you can build with VF, how it integrates with Microsoft’s SharePoint, and the key steps to building a Visual Fusion application or mashup. © 2009 IDV Solutions, LLC PAGE 2 Visual Fusion is a trademark of IDV Solutions, LLC. Other marks referenced herein are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Visual Fusion is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7567262
  • 3. WHAT YOU CAN BUILD WITH VF With VF, the story within your business data can be told more fully and in less time. You can unite data from disparate sources and make sophisticated use of icons, colors, and other visual elements to communicate vital aspects of the data instantly. In an application built with VF, users can access text displays, charts and graphs, video and audio, and links to Web feeds. They can contribute to the view and quickly disseminate discoveries to peers. As a result, business users understand their business scenario more quickly and clearly, and make better informed decisions. Visual Enterprise Mashups Visual Composite Applications Power users can set up Visual Fusion mashups IT professionals can build robust VF applications in a few hours or less. These are small-scale to illuminate on-going issues within an projects, combining just a few data sources. For organization. Use VF applications to manage example: business interests (assets, continuity, risk, supply • Overlay sales performance data with chain, etc.) and analyze business information demographics and competitor locations to (sales, marketing, consumer trends, etc.). find underserved retail markets. Enterprises are currently using VF to: • Combine maps, news, and on-the-scene • Bring together worldwide news feeds, photos to create a common operational building security logs, facilities maps, and picture for an event or emergency. video feeds in a system for monitoring assets • Turn an excel spreadsheet of customers into a and responding to incidents. heat map to quickly show market penetration. • Visualize factories, suppliers, products and • Visualize point of sale data over both location business relationships to proactively protect and time to get a greater understanding of supply chains. which locations do better at what times. • Support marketing strategists by filtering • Mashups allow the enterprise or the business and analyzing marketing data from multiple unit to answer specific business questions sources, internal and external to the quickly, with little or no intervention from the organization. IT department. The flexibility to build quick mashups and robust applications on the same platform means VF can serve multiple needs and users across the enterprise, providing a significant return on investment. © 2009 IDV Solutions, LLC PAGE 3 Visual Fusion is a trademark of IDV Solutions, LLC. Other marks referenced herein are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Visual Fusion is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7567262
  • 4. VISUAL FUSION CORE TECHNOLOGIES Visual Fusion Server (VFS) and Visual Fusion Experience (VFX) are the core technologies of Visual Fusion. Although VFS and VFX are perfect complements to each other, either product can be implemented independently or in concert with other technologies. Visual Fusion Server (VFS) Sitting in the middle of the technical architecture, VFS integrates data from a variety of sources, standardizes the geographic and time-based aspects of data, and then makes all the content accessible in a variety of industry standard formats (KML, GML, GeoRSS, etc.). VFS includes a robust styling engine for formatting data, and two technologies that facilitate rapid application development: VF App Hub and VF Composer. Using these, anyone can instantiate a new mashup in minutes, and then add and style data to complete the application in a few hours or days. Virtually Endless any data source possibilities External Cloud Data News Web Services & Alerts Interactive Visuals Mapping Enterprise Applications Data Stores Timelines Portal Mobile Reporting © 2009 IDV Solutions, LLC PAGE 4 Visual Fusion is a trademark of IDV Solutions, LLC. Other marks referenced herein are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Visual Fusion is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7567262
  • 5. Visual Fusion Experience (VFX) VFX delivers a flexible, highly-responsive user experience, leveraging all the strengths of Silverlight (and Flash in VFX3). Users can view and filter data, perform in-depth analysis by viewing multiple data feeds together, and add additional feeds “on the fly.” End users benefit from intuitive interfaces, tools, controls, and visuals. The end result is better, faster decision making for the knowledge worker and business leader. Other VF Technologies: • SpatialWiki – Create geographic points, lines or shapes by drawing on a map; then edit, and share the content, or add it to VF mashups. SpatialWiki can be integrated with VF mashups or serve as a standalone product. • VF Enterprise Search - Search against any data source connected to VF: SharePoint content, databases, or Web content. Turn your search into a data source for VF mashups, and view up-to-date search results as a point layer on the map. • VF Tile Server – Increase the performance of in-house imagery and integrate it with other data in VF mashups. • Data Connectors – Leverage both native connectors and an SDK that facilitates connecting to virtually any data source. • VF Mobile: Contribute – Turn users’ iPhones into real-time data creation tools. Contribute is an add-on product for uploading mobile phone photos and comments into SharePoint Libraries and VF mashups. © 2009 IDV Solutions, LLC PAGE 5 Visual Fusion is a trademark of IDV Solutions, LLC. Other marks referenced herein are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Visual Fusion is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7567262
  • 6. INTEGRATION WITH SHAREPOINT Visual Fusion is deeply integrated with Microsoft’s SharePoint portal software; it uses SharePoint as a repository for many types of content, and exploits the SharePoint architecture in multiple ways, empowering you to: Create and manage content Publish SharePoint data in Users can collaborate and create a variety geospatial formats of content through VF, while retaining all the VF renders List or Library data in industry benefits of SharePoint content management, standard formats (KML, GML, or GeoRSS) for including authorship, access, and versioning. use with VF or other client software. Typically unmanaged content, such as KML files, SHP files, and even links to cloud-based Maintain security data, can be stored and managed in VF Lists VF leverages SharePoint to provide security and Libraries. SharePoint “views” can be used trimming of data in VF mashups, so that groups to filter and create different map layers from the of users can be allowed or blocked for each same data. data feed. Render SharePoint data mashup-ready Connect through the SharePoint Business VF automatically fetches latitude and longitude Data Catalog coordinates for SharePoint data, based on item VF has a native connector for the BDC. This addresses or locations; you can manually refine means that any data source connected to locations using an embedded Bing Maps map. SharePoint via the BDC can be easily connected Converters are supplied for geotagging your to VF as well. existing lists and libraries. Rapidly develop applications in SharePoint Geo-enable Excel files for mashups Rapidly initiate enterprise mashups using Extending SharePoint’s Excel Services, VF SharePoint Workflow and site templates. VF App stores your Excel files in a custom library and Hub and VF Composer are GUI tools that make geo-tags each line item, so they can be used in this a no-code process. The SharePoint site- geographic mashups. building capabilities mean that any number of Visual Fusion applications can coexist within a Geo-enable Enterprise Search SharePoint portal. VF extends SharePoint Enterprise Search to crawl and index SharePoint data, SQL Server Install and set up quickly content, databases, BDC connected content, There are no system requirements other than Web feeds, and more, and display search results those already in place to support MOSS 2007 on the map. installations. A typical rollout of VF involves installing it on the Web Front End server(s), then activating VF features. © 2009 IDV Solutions, LLC PAGE 6 Visual Fusion is a trademark of IDV Solutions, LLC. Other marks referenced herein are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Visual Fusion is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7567262
  • 7. ASSIMILATE CONTENT WITH VF VF’s services-based approach to data assimilation lets you combine data from a multitude of sources seamlessly in the same application. SharePoint Lists & Libraries Connectors VF uses SharePoint as a repository for many VF supplies built-in and add-on data connectors types of content, including: for sources that include: • tabular data • SQL Server • spreadsheets • Oracle • image files • MOSS Business Data Catalog (BDC) • documents • Bing Maps for Enterprise Web Service • calendars • MapPoint Web Service • InfoPath forms • ESRI ArcSDE • mobile device contributions • Excel files • KML/KMZ, ATOM, GeoRSS and SHP files • Web feeds (KML/KMZ, ATOM, GeoRSS, • Custom icons to be used in Visual Fusion WMS) & Shapefiles applications • links to Web feeds Additional custom connectors can be created using a template in the VF SDK. VF automatically geo-tags SharePoint content, assigning latitude-longitude coordinates based Standards Support on addresses or other location information VF supports the standards that have emerged in the data. in the geospatial content arena, including KML/ KMZ, ATOM, GeoRSS, WMS, GML, SHP, and WKB. The product can import data in numerous formats, convert where necessary, and then export in multiple formats, so you can use a variety of map viewers with VF. © 2009 IDV Solutions, LLC PAGE 7 Visual Fusion is a trademark of IDV Solutions, LLC. Other marks referenced herein are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Visual Fusion is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7567262
  • 8. USE APP HUB TO BUILD APPLICATIONS IN MINUTES VF App Hub is the directory and launch point for all mashups created with Visual Fusion; it’s also the place to create a new application site in minutes. The App Hub leverages SharePoint workflow and site templates; the app creator simply needs to fill out a short form, choose a template, and submit the application for approval by a SharePoint administrator. The use of templates reduces app creation time and expands possibilities. In addition to the templates supplied with VF, administrators can create custom templates that may include pre-configured data sources, a pre-populated Feed Control, and other customizations. Once approved, a basic site can be built in only a few minutes, complete with the VF user interface, data repository and Composer. From that point on, the app creator uses the Composer to arrange and style data sources. © 2009 IDV Solutions, LLC PAGE 8 Visual Fusion is a trademark of IDV Solutions, LLC. Other marks referenced herein are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Visual Fusion is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7567262
  • 9. ADD & STYLE CONTENT WITH COMPOSER The Composer enables users to create visual mashups without programming or database skills, and to quickly update and transform these mashups as needed; it provides the agility that real-world business scenarios demand. This GUI tool automatically discovers and lists all content available from Visual Fusion data sources. Just “drag and drop” from the list to pull data feeds into your application; then add labels, create feed groups, and select visual styles for your feeds. Multiple levels of styling are available in the Composer: Basic Styling • Use the GUI to assign basic styling (colors, icons, line widths, transparency) to feeds. • Select the zoom levels at which the feed will be visible. • Determine whether the feed is automatically “on” whenever the mashup starts up . Advanced Styling • Apply conditional styling, to show different icons or shading based on values in the data and rules that incorporate your business logic. For example, add color to areas based on population, sales revenue, or other data attribute. • Create a buffer polygon around a data element to visualize a protected zone or a zone of influence. • Use buffers to communicate important aspects of the data, by making buffer sizes vary based on a data attribute like revenue or population. • Increase performance for point layers by clustering groups of close or overlapping points into a single icon when the map viewer is zoomed out. • Increase performance for shape layers by smoothing line and polygon edge when the map viewer is zoomed out. © 2009 IDV Solutions, LLC PAGE 9 Visual Fusion is a trademark of IDV Solutions, LLC. Other marks referenced herein are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Visual Fusion is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7567262
  • 10. Heat Map Styling • Choose one of many color themes to apply to the frequency heat map • Choose a radius size for each point of heat; choose from presets or enter a custom value • Choose an intensity level for each point of heat • Tie intensity level to an underlying value, creating a weighted heat map where certain points contribute more heat than others Additional Capabilities IT professionals can access configuration options beyond those in the Composer, through configuration files. Advanced features include: • additional configuration options for the spatial operations • custom procedures • complex nested styling rules • transformation on data created with North American-centric tools Deeper levels of information In addition to the data on your map and timeline, you can connect end users with more information and deeper levels of detail, including text panels, audio, video, images, and links to external content. Tooltips and details panels for presenting this content can be created using HTML and implemented entirely through configuration. You can store the detail content and formatting within SharePoint, where it automatically becomes part of your application, or bring in content from other sources and incorporate it through configuration files. © 2009 IDV Solutions, LLC PAGE 10 Visual Fusion is a trademark of IDV Solutions, LLC. Other marks referenced herein are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Visual Fusion is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7567262
  • 11. USING APIS AND SDKS TO EXTEND VF & INTEGRATE OTHER ELEMENTS While a VF application can be extensively customized through configuration, a set of developer tools and tutorials is included to extend VF with custom code. Using these, developers can immediately start building on top of the VF platform. Using the SDK, they can: • Add custom data connectors, data filters and transformations to the back-end • Add custom tools, controls, and Silverlight components to the front-end • Incorporate third-party client software • Integrate custom charts, graphs, or tables • Apply localization to VF to serve non-English speaking communities VF lets you foster integration with whatever data sources, processes, components, or Web Parts will benefit your business the most. © 2009 IDV Solutions, LLC PAGE 11 Visual Fusion is a trademark of IDV Solutions, LLC. Other marks referenced herein are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Visual Fusion is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7567262
  • 12. GAIN INSIGHT & PRODUCTIVITY WITH VISUAL FUSION EXPERIENCE The VFX user interface empowers users to interact with content like no other product in the market. VF performance is rapid, not the click-and-wait commonly associated with traditional geospatial products, and the interface provides powerful, intuitive tools for working with your data. Navigation tools • The Pilot is an intuitive, graphical tool for ROTATE TILT zooming, rotating, and tilting the map. Tilting works especially well with vertically extruded points to emphasize important numerical values in the data. [visual] • The fly to option lets the end user enter a place name or address and have the map auto-navigate to that location. You can set FLY TO up custom hash tables to provide quick navigation to enterprise locations based on ID numbers, facility names, and the like. MapTools • latitude/longitude sensor and grid • scale bar Lat Long Lat Long Scale Bar Sensor Grid • ruler tool (measure distances) • full screen mode • snap shot (save an image of the map view) Ruler Full Screen Snap Shot Tools for each data feed • The opacity slider (fade a feed to make it less dominant in the visualization) FEED ACTIONS • Button controls to refresh the data, expand the view to the extents of the data set, or launch a “more information” link. © 2009 IDV Solutions, LLC PAGE 12 Visual Fusion is a trademark of IDV Solutions, LLC. Other marks referenced herein are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Visual Fusion is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7567262
  • 13. Data Filters For each feed, application creators can configure data filters that use timelines, radio buttons, checkboxes or sliders. Giving this powerful filtering capability to the end user relieves the site creator of having to anticipate exactly how users need to slice and dice the data. Instead, creators build in flexibility that allows end users to filter the view according to their own needs. Spatial Query Tools When the spatial query tools are enabled, the end user can select an area by drawing Rectangle Radius Polygon on the map; the site creator uses the SDK to Query Query Query determine what the app will do with the content in the selected area, such as populate a datagrid component, an Excel file, a chart or graph, or perhaps an email. © 2009 IDV Solutions, LLC PAGE 13 Visual Fusion is a trademark of IDV Solutions, LLC. Other marks referenced herein are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Visual Fusion is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7567262
  • 14. Add feeds to the view on the fly VFX not only presents the data that the app creator assumed would be useful, but also provides two ways for the end user to add to the dataset: • Create feeds through search. Users can search against any configured search engine, such as VF Enterprise Search, Bing local search, Wikipedia, MapPoint, Flickr, and so on. VF Enterprise Search searches all connected content- databases, SharePoint, Web feeds and more-and returns the results as a new feed on the map. Wikipedia and MapPoint searches are enabled out of the box. For Wikipedia, an article link is automatically enabled for each point returned. • Add Web feeds. Many valuable sources of data are available via Web feeds, and VFX makes capitalizing on these as simple as copy, paste, and click. VFX supports inclusion of feeds in the most widely used geospatial formats: KML, KMZ, ATOM, GeoRSS, and WMS. A custom experience without custom programming Through configuration (not coding), application creators can enable extensive customization: • Modify the look and feel of the user interface • Add new base maps • Enable and disable tools • Add custom icons or extruded points • Embed video, images, or links to other content sources in the VFX details panel to provide a rich user experience. © 2009 IDV Solutions, LLC PAGE 14 Visual Fusion is a trademark of IDV Solutions, LLC. Other marks referenced herein are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Visual Fusion is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7567262
  • 15. CONCLUSION Visual Fusion empowers information workers and decision makers by letting them view disparate enterprise and cloud data holistically within a Web portal. Visual Fusion has won critical acclaim for benefiting organizations in three key areas: • Shorter time to deployment means your mission-critical app is typically deployed in days or weeks, not months or years, and the organization can quickly begin solving the problem or gaining new insight on an issue. • Powerful, intuitive user experience Empowering the Insightful Enterprise TM benefits users at every level of expertise. Applications built on Visual Fusion help IDV Solutions, a Microsoft Gold people do their jobs more effectively Certified Partner, is a software and efficiently. company specializing in enterprise • Deep SharePoint integration makes mashups. implementation and adoption a snap. Being inside the portal provides IDV assists Global 2000 and enterprise-wide accessibility, security, government organizations in making and content management advantages. their information more accessible, No other mashup product or geospatial understandable, and contextual. product takes advantage of SharePoint the way Visual Fusion does. FOR MORE INFORMATION Visual Fusion is an opportunity for the IDV Solutions® enterprise to enhance existing resources 5913 Executive Dr, Suite 320 with tools that provide immediate and Lansing, MI 48911 meaningful results. For more information contact us today! Visual Fusion is a trademark of IDV Solutions, LLC. Other marks referenced herein are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Visual Fusion is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7567262

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