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
Sometimes there is a disconnect in the GIS community around providing tools to make spatial knowledge more accessible to a non-GIS audience. It can be tempting for those creators to transplant their priorities over as the assumed priorities of the users by default, which can lead to trouble. I’ve been impressed with your team’s efforts to categorize and present data, both in terms of content and design, in a way that is clear to your audience, the general public. What considerations did you and your team take in making Brampton Maps approachable and usable for your community, and what recommendations do you have for others who may be working on similar projects?The best example of this I’ve heard of is a GIS professional was showing his father the brand new web map application he had just launched. He was showing him how you can interact with the map by turning different layers on and off, and his father said, “Why would I want to turn the rivers off?”We’re trying to publish the map data in a way that is clear to the user. They probably don’t want or need to “turn the rivers off” so we include them in a base map layer consisting of parks, water features and streets.We have grouped the map layers in a way that is hopefully easy for people to find the information they need. It’s sort of half departmental and half services driven.I think it’s best to approach a public facing map portal with less information and not overload the public with every map layer in your GIS. Engage the community and let them tell you what services they actually need, instead of deciding for them.What plans do you have cooking for the future?We will be introducing our secure maps portal allowing outside agencies to login to manage and consume more sensitive or value added data.I also like the idea of a SpatialWiki within a Government web portal. I’m interested in how we can implement a community driven map wiki to open up even more lines of communication with the citizens. Building on this, we are investigating how Open Data will benefit the community.Data collection apps for mobile devices and community driven events are also a few of the things that we would like to offer in the future. I’d also like to offer a service to citizens to upload their geo-tagged photos to our site to build a community photo album that can be browsed on the map.*The opinions expressed are those of Matthew Pietryszyn and not necessarily those of the Corporation of the City of Brampton. For more information on Brampton’s GIS Services, check them out on Facebook!
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 />
7<br />For more on VF5.0 User Experience, visit the User Experience Blog:http://uxblog.idvsolutions.com<br />
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