Integrating Excel Files in Visual Fusion

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Visual Fusion makes it easy for users to upload Excel files into SharePoint and then geocode the items within each Excel file so that they can be combined with other enterprise and cloud-based data in a highly visual composite application. Often it is advantageous to apply advanced filtering and styling to Excel file content for enhanced communication to the end user, and in these cases Visual Fusion Server (VFS) connects to Excel files stored in SharePoint in order to run the items in that file through the VFS styling engine. In this way both Excel files are greatly enhanced as communication tools to users.

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  • 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 mashup 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
  • Visual Fusion Experience is a set of rich user interface components available in Microsoft Silverlight. They can be deployed as SharePoint Web Parts or as standard web page components. As some 80% of enterprise information can be shown in the context of geography, VFX uses a map and timeline as the primary metaphors for interacting with, exploring, and viewing enterprise information. Visual Fusion makes it easy for users to upload Excel files into SharePoint and then geocode the items within each Excel file so that they can be combined with other enterprise and cloud-based data in a highly visual composite application. Often it is advantageous to apply advanced filtering and styling to Excel file content for enhanced communication to the end user, and in these cases Visual Fusion Server (VFS) connects to Excel files stored in SharePoint in order to run the items in that file through the VFS styling engine. In this way both Excel files are greatly enhanced as communication tools to users. 
  • Visual Fusion Experience is a set of rich user interface components available in Microsoft Silverlight. They can be deployed as SharePoint Web Parts or as standard web page components. As some 80% of enterprise information can be shown in the context of geography, VFX uses a map and timeline as the primary metaphors for interacting with, exploring, and viewing enterprise information. Visual Fusion makes it easy for users to upload Excel files into SharePoint and then geocode the items within each Excel file so that they can be combined with other enterprise and cloud-based data in a highly visual composite application. Often it is advantageous to apply advanced filtering and styling to Excel file content for enhanced communication to the end user, and in these cases Visual Fusion Server (VFS) connects to Excel files stored in SharePoint in order to run the items in that file through the VFS styling engine. In this way both Excel files are greatly enhanced as communication tools to users. 
  • Visual Fusion makes it easy for users to upload Excel files into SharePoint and then geocode the items within each Excel file so that they can be combined with other enterprise and cloud-based data in a highly visual composite application. Often it is advantageous to apply advanced filtering and styling to Excel file content for enhanced communication to the end user, and in these cases Visual Fusion Server (VFS) connects to Excel files stored in SharePoint in order to run the items in that file through the VFS styling engine. In this way both Excel files are greatly enhanced as communication tools to users. 
  • Composer Mode is found near the top left of your page, in between your Visual Fusion Application home page (in this shot: Angela’s World) and the All Site Content page where you uploaded your data
  • Can also use customizable icons
  • Integrating Excel Files in Visual Fusion

    1. 1. IDV Solutions®Functionality Series<br />Integrating excel files<br />Easily combine Excel® files with other enterprise data using Visual Fusion®.<br />
    2. 2. What is Visual Fusion?<br />2<br />BACKGROUND<br />Visual Fusion is enterprise mashup software for creating interactive, visual applications utilizing the power of SharePoint®.<br />
    3. 3. BACKGROUND<br />What makes Visual Fusion beneficial to your business?<br />As some 80% of enterprise information can be shown in the context of geography, <br />Visual Fusion uses a map and timeline as the primary metaphors for interacting with, exploring, and viewing enterprise information.<br />3<br />
    4. 4. 4<br />BACKGROUND<br />Visual Fusion Connectors<br />Connectors include:<br />Microsoft SQL Server 2008/2005/2000<br />Oracle 11g/10g<br />ESRI ArcSDE 9.3/9.2<br />KML & GeoRSS Files<br />Bing Maps for Enterprise Web Services<br />SharePoint Lists & Libraries<br />Excel Files<br />SHP Files<br />SDK Custom Connectors<br />Visual Fusion Connectors unite disparate data sources and combine their content into highly visual enterprise mashups. <br />Visual Fusion Connectors empower business users and decision makers for more informed, faster decision making.<br />
    5. 5. Integrating Excel Files<br />5<br />IN THIS PRESENTATION<br />Visual Fusion makes it easy for users to upload Excel files into SharePoint. <br />Visual Fusion geocodes the items within each file so that they can be combined with other enterprise and cloud-based data in a highly visual composite application. <br />
    6. 6. Certain columns are required by Visual Fusion:<br />6<br />Preparing the Excel File<br />1<br />Description: The contents of this field will appear in the tooltip and Details panel. You can include HTML in this column to format the data.<br />Title: The content of this field will appear at the top of the Details panel.<br />Location: Must contain valid street addresses or place names. <br />Examples: 5913 Executive Drive, Lansing, MI; Paris, France<br />2<br />3<br />
    7. 7. 7<br />Preparing the Excel File<br />Three additional columns must be added to the file:<br />Latitude<br />Longitude<br />Geocoding Status<br />1<br />Visual Fusion will fill these fields for you.<br />2<br />3<br />
    8. 8. Start at your Visual Fusion application page.<br />8<br />Adding an Excel File<br />Select “All Site Content” on your application to get toyour document libraries.<br />Select “VF Excel Files”<br />1<br />2<br />
    9. 9. 9<br />Adding an Excel File<br />Choose “New” to create a brand new Excel file, or choose “Upload” to add an existing file.<br />
    10. 10. Enter basic information about the file. <br />10<br />Adding an Excel File<br />
    11. 11. 11<br />Adding an Excel File<br />Geocode the file by clicking the drop down menu under “Name” and choosing “Geocode.”<br />1<br />Check Geocoding results to make sure all items were successfully coded.<br />2<br />
    12. 12. 12<br />Styling your data<br />Now that the file is uploaded to Visual Fusion, switch into Composer mode to style your data.<br />Find your Excel file feed, then drag and drop it over to the Selected Feeds column.<br />
    13. 13. Click on the Editicon next to your new feed to style the data.<br />13<br />Styling your data<br />1<br />Choose a new icon for the feed.<br />2<br />3<br />Save after selecting.<br />
    14. 14. 14<br />Styling your data<br />Save the selected feeds and go back to your Visual Fusion application.<br />
    15. 15. 15<br />Turn on the new feed to see the data on the map.<br />
    16. 16. Once connected to Visual Fusion, data source content can be filtered, styled, and output in a wide variety of ways to communicate meaningfully to the application user:<br />Conditional formatting<br />Transformation<br />Heat Maps<br />Spatial Queries<br />Dynamic & static buffering<br />Content simplification for performance<br />16<br />Enhanced User Experience<br />
    17. 17. THANK YOU!<br />For more information on Visual Fusion® visit us on the web, follow us on Twitter®, see us on Flickr®, watch us on YouTube®, or go old school and give us a call!<br />www.idvsolutions.com l (888) 201.7282 l (517) 853.3755 l info@idvsolutions.com<br />

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