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
Oftentimes the users of a visual mash-up want a higher-level view of data that does not necessarily bog them down into viewing a million points on a map, all vying for attention. Over the years we've done various things to manage that fire hose with the goal of providing a rolled-up view of the data for folks who need more of a summary or executive view of a situation or a trend. How do we cram a bunch of stuff into that global view? Here are some examples of things that have worked out for us...Extrusions are geographically positioned bar chart elements. Their relative height and/or color are data-driven and can represent a whole value, a calculated rate, or status.Optionally through the SDK, these extrusions could be individually broken out into stacked bars to show the proportion of multiple categorical values at a location. In this example they are placed geographically and in the context of a correlation chart to show a 1-week trend.
TimelineThe timeline is an easily navigated interface for time-aware data (which is going gangbusters lately). Within the timeline, events having a time stamp or even a time range are positioned within what is essentially a histogram, providing a simple and unified visualization of when stuff happened. Sure, you're still seeing plenty of discrete data points, but their arrangement as a treatment of frequency gives a great indication of patterns and trending. Additionally, the items in the timeline are tethered to their map counterparts such that when you interact with one, the other lights up –providing a tangible connection of space and time.
HeatmapsThe Visual Fusion Heatmap engine consumes very large sets of event data and generates a single overlay of relative global intensity. It provides an intuitive and quickly scanable picture of areas with high data frequency. The individual events that contribute to the overall heatmap can also be weighted such that relatively important events contribute more brightly to the overall picture.The heatmap engine could, in addition to raw intensity, show relative intensity based on the ratio of two values. For example, confirmed cases of a contagion may provide no additional insight than would the distribution of the population overall. By normalizing outbreak areas by the background population, areas that are truly anomalous will light up.
Meta IconsSimilar to the Extrusion, a Meta Icon is an informative icon capable of communicating many more dimensions of information than a basic point, and also lets you interact within it. In this example, small trend charts are placed at global locations to give an at-a-glance notion of locational trends, without mucking about in a more complicated interface. These Meta Icons can be as poor or as rich as required, depending on the desired balance of at-a-glance status communication to deeper divability of the dashboard user.
Thematic MappingAh, the golden boy of data-mapping. This is a super broad term, but in this case I mostly consider the dynamic color-coding of areas angle. Thematic shading of global regions is a straightforward but powerful rollup method. Events within a nation, or several values associated with the nation as a whole can be aggregated and displayed as a global illustration of status. The user experience of Visual Fusion makes it easy to visually scan an area of interest, mouse-around areas to read high-level summary information, or select an area to generate aggregate reports.The color (or transparency) of the areas can be driven by a simple aggregate number, a relative trend, a time trend, or some formulaic concoction based on business rules.
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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 />
11<br />For more on VF 5.0 User Experience, visit the User Experience Blog:http://uxblog.idvsolutions.com<br />
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