Visual Fusion is enterprise mashup software for creating interactive, visual applications utilizing the power of SharePoint, built by IDV Solutions. Visit www.idvsolutions.com to learn more about Visual Fusion.
Visual Fusion Suite is an enterprise mash-up platform with everything you need to build interactive data visualizations in SharePoint. Visual Fusion Suite integrates enterprise information, Web services, and unmanaged workgroup files into a single interactive picture, and presents them in the context of location, time, and other visualizations. Communicate the big picture immediately, and allow users to discover, contribute, collaborate, and act. Visual Fusion Suite is made up of a set of component products and technologies which work together for creating business-focused applications that have proven to drive high rates of ROI for a diverse cast of customers. The Suite includes Visual Fusion Experience (VFX), Visual Fusion Server (VFS), Data Connectors, Developer SDK, and Visual Fusion Tile Server (VFTS)Visual Fusion’s key capabilities are: • CONNECT to virtually any data source within the enterprise or on the Web.• VISUALIZE information in meaningful context such as interactive maps, charts, and timelines.• CREAT E custom variables and hotspots to alert users to important information.• PROVIDE permission-based publishing and workflow integration, so people have access tothe information and collaboration tools they need.• ENABLE contribution from individuals in real time through applications like SharePoint orthrough any mobile device email.Visual Fusion’s key benefits are:• INSIGHT - interact with more meaningful data by seeing it in the context of location, time, orother framework• ACTION – integrate with workflow and act decisively based on visual data integration andbusiness intelligence• PRODUCTIVITY - spend less time finding and compiling information and more time in analysisand discovery• AGILITY – respond quickly to business needs with rapid application development• FLEXIBILITY - apply to just about any business problem; extends to precisely meet uniquebusiness needs• VALUE - extend the value of previous investments in data and systems with a powerful tool thatanyone can use
The City of Brampton, Ontario, recently launched a geospatial portal for its citizens, departments, and business community. In this interview series I speak with Matthew Pietryszyn*, Brampton’s GIS Coordinator, about more transparent government services, the cross-pollination of mapping and community input, and the empowerment of citizenry through usable technology.What are your interests and specialties?- the two big buzz words in government – Social Media and Gov2.0. I’m really interested in these two concepts because they offer fresh new ways for citizens to interact with their government, and vice versa. They also go hand in hand with User Experience. Typically, governments haven’t paid much attention to user experience on their web portals or map portals. Social Media and Open Gov initiatives help shape how these platforms are developed and let the public’s influence matter more.I’ve always been interested in map design and functionality. It’s fascinating to me how many different ways you can present the same piece of information to a user, depending on how you want them to receive it.Since I’m not really a trained programmer/developer, I think it gives me a unique perspective when I take on a new problem that needs to be solved with a bit of programming. I’m not afraid of trying things that probably won’t work, but the unexpected results lead me in a new direction I wouldn’t have thought of unless the original idea had failed.
Could you describe the team that worked on the Brampton Maps project?The team that worked on the Brampton Maps project consisted of a developer and myself -a designer and coordinator. There was other staff working on a complete deployment of MOSS 2007, setting up the foundation in which we implemented Visual Fusion. The developer had little mapping or GIS knowledge, and I come from a cartographic/GIS background.A few key clients that we kicked off this initiative with were Works and Transportation department, and the Economic Development Office. We tasked them with creating Visual Fusion SharePoint lists to host the data they wished to present on the map, and developed new processes with them, to enable them to better manage the data. Now we’re set up to have non-GIS staff maintain spatial information in a web browser, in a streamlined way.
How did you and/or your team become aware of Visual Fusion as a platform for visual mashups?We discovered it through an article in the GISCafe newsletter (http://www.giscafe.com/). The newsletter landed in our InBox at the right time – we had just begun to investigate ways to integrate our current online mapping system with MOSS 2007, and Visual Fusion was the answer to every question we had concerning the integration of our GIS data and SharePoint.
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IDV Solutions® Functionality Series<br />VISUAL fusion 5.0 <br />Features: <br />City ofBrampton Pt. 1: The Gov’t 2.0 Team<br />
What is Visual Fusion?<br />2<br />BACKGROUND<br />Visual Fusion is enterprise mash-up software for creating interactive, visual applications utilizing the power of SharePoint®.<br />
BACKGROUND<br />What makes Visual Fusion beneficial to your business?<br />Visual Fusion puts your data in the full context of location, time, and analytics for enhanced understanding and insight.<br />It uses a map, timeline, and charts as the primary metaphors for interacting with, exploring, and viewing enterprise information.<br />3<br />
Mashups in Minutes<br />Create an unlimited number of enterprise mashups with minimal time to deployment and minimal drain on IT resources.<br />4<br />BACKGROUND<br />Build solutions to address just about any business problem, including:<br />Security Management<br />Asset Management<br />Retail Analysis<br />Supply Chain Management<br />Situational Awareness<br />
Visual Fusion 5.0<br />Coming soon: The October release of Visual Fusion 5.0<br />New features & capabilities:<br />SharePoint 2010 Integration<br />Support for storing lines & polygons in a SharePoint List<br />Geo-alerts on any SharePoint List<br />Out of the box charts & graphs fully integrated with map & timeline<br />Drawing tools to create, edit, delete from your VF application interface<br />Ad hoc and persistent labels <br />Favorites and permalinks<br />No code spatial queries and quick query from any polygon<br />Data feed and data item action menus<br />And much, much more!<br />5<br />
6<br />The City of Brampton, Ontario, recently launched a geospatial portal for its citizens, departments, and business community. <br />
9<br />For more on VF5.0 User Experience, visit the User Experience Blog:http://uxblog.idvsolutions.com<br />
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