31 March 2017

Release notes – What’s New in Galigeo G17.5

31 March 2017,
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Galigeo G17.5

Where to access the software download

To download the Galigeo G17.5 go to https://www.galigeo.com/location-intelligence-software-overview/mapping-for-business-objects/

For details about supported hardware and software, see the system requirements in the installation documentation.

For an overview of new features in this release, see the New Features section.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions go to our Support website https://galigeo.desk.com/.

To report any issues concerning the product that are not listed on our support site, send an email to [email protected] with all details and screen shots: product version, technical environment (OS, Browser,…), use case, expected result, issue…

New features

Galigeo for SAP BI comes as a custom element in SAP BI 4.2 SP3

At a glance, some key features of this release are : multiple smart maps in one report, “copy” or “save as” your reports when keeping your maps, use the standard BO PDF export to print/export your report with embedded maps and even use the publication BO engine to export your reports with Galigeo maps in batch.

This version for SAP BI 4.2 SP3 comes also with a new light admin that allows to:

  • Manage simple technical configuration
  • Automatic installation diagnostic
  • Proxy settings
  • Manage user profile
  • Manage Geodata Catalog with shapefile import or connection to ArcGIS Mapservice
  • Manage Licence
  • Access the application logs (change level, download)
  • Manage Geolinks, which allow to link a geolayer to
    • BO Georeports on which to drill through from a geographic selection on the map
    • External third party App that can be called dynamically from a geographic selection on the map

In addition, this new architecture simplifies the installation and configuration. Galigeo no longer needs to be reinstalled after SAP BI updates such as SP or Hot fixes. The installation normally takes 5 minutes!

You can however run into some limitations due to current custom element capabilities.

The main ones that we have identified concern:

  • Dimensions and measures assigned to a map visualization shall be consistent as it is for other standard visualization component
  • Georeports have to be indexed manually by setting their uid in a form
  • It is not yet possible to bind actions from the map to others visualization components in a report

We are continually working hard with SAP product teams to fix these limitations and enhance the User Experience.

Geodata Catalog

This new release comes with a catalog of standard Geodata such as administrative boundaries for USA, Canada, France, … that you can enrich in few clicks.

You can bring your own data by importing shapefiles or connecting Esri ArcGIS mapservices.

All the Geodata then becomes available to be used in Galigeo maps.

Territory Management

Territory Management is a new great feature that allows you to manage (create, modify, merge…) your own business territories, and more important to balance theses territories based on your KPIs. , These territories can be published and shared in the application.

The standard use case is to allow an organization to manage its sales territories directly within the Galigeo App and to analyze in real time the result of any change.

Territories can be (re)designed in a full visual mode with geomapping tools such as manual selection, drive time area calculation around a location or drag&drop of area from a territory to another.

Territory designers can publish their work in one click and the territories can be consumed across all the organization.

Create a thematic analysis from GIS layers

You can now create a thematic analysis directly from a GIS layer by choosing any attributes of the layer.

The layer will appear in the list of thematics as any other thematic layer and you can add it in a group of layer, query an info window, and see it in the legend…

Multi-Mapping

A dataset can be mapped in multiple ways at the same time. For example if datasets have X/Y coordinates and code area, you can represent both the individual points on the map and the data aggregated by area.

Aggregate points on a polygon layer

A large dataset of points can now be projected on a polygon layer (for example zipcodes, hexagones, geohash, etc…)  that aggregates all the information to an upper level view.

This feature brings a new way to visualize the information by creating a new data layer where the indicators are recalculated to fit the chosen target layer.

Combined with the multi-mapping feature, this data aggregation can be used to setup a spatial hierarchy by drilling up a source dataset.

Manage data

As an authorized user, you can see and manage your data in order to define the fields to display in the info window, the aggregation operators to use for metrics, the join(s) between business data and geodata and the scale range of visibility of the corresponding layer.

Thanks to the Galigeo Smart Mapping technology, most of these settings are automatically done!

Manage calculated variable

As an authorized user, you can create and add your own variables as formulas to existing data sources.

You can create new metrics such as Revenue/Inhabitants or market share that will be completely dynamic when aggregated on a layer or used in the Territory Manager.

This new feature is very simple to use and doesn’t cover all use cases but we worked hard to enhance it in order to deliver more value to your organization.

Open map in full screen

Here is a simple and valuable feature that allows any user to open the current map in a new full window of the browser.

Zoom back in the map

Zoom back allows you to simply go back to the previous location and auto zooms to where you were.

 

Galigeo G17.5 – Improvements

Esri ArcGIS operational layers

You can now import an existing configuration of operational layers from one map to another.

Layer panel

You can now edit the name of a group of layers directly from the layer panel. If you rename a group of layers as an existing group name, the two groups will automatically merge.

In addition, layer panel design has been optimized to display more layers at screen.

Selection table

You can now remove map objects directly form the selection table or zoom to an object in the list.

Reports (Galigeo Enterprise)

You can now manage and launch global dynamic reports in Galigeo Enterprise that will refresh on open based on optional user inputs.

Portal (Galigeo Enterprise)

Authors can now choose a map screenshot to be used as a thumbnail for the maps listed in Galigeo portal.

 

 

Known issues, limitations

Data source modification:

Galigeo G17.5 is using field positions in the data source and can be impacted by any modifications of this data source:
– If you rename fields in your query, corresponding aliases are not automatically updated in Galigeo ; you can do it from the data configuration page
– If you add a new field in your query, you must add it at the end of the query to prevent any data index break
– If you remove or reorder fields in the query, you will break data indexed which will in turn break the layers based on the query”

Print

Printing our interactive HTML5 Maps is really tricky and we do our best to offer this premium capability to our end users when having server side print to be used in batch mode with BO publication module.

You can then meet some difficulties around:

  • Setup an external connection to internet basemaps such as OpenStreetMaps, ArcGIS Online or Baidu Maps. However, this new version comes with a user interface to help the administrators setup the proxy settings.
  • Differences between what you see on the screen (HTML5 Experience) and what you get from the server side print (layout, legend, size, scale…)
  • Publication performance when you have additional embedded maps in your reports

Performance issue

As we are still in the big data Era, you could expect to work with large datasets to be displayed and manipulated on your maps. Displaying 1.000.000 points or dozens of thousands zip codes at the same time on an interactive map is a perfect example.

We would love to hear more about your use cases to design the best product for big geodata.

Note that the new version allows you to project your points on a polygon dataset which can considerably improve the performances in these use cases.

 

Technical improvements

We have simplified the architecture of the product by merging all the component in one unique WebApp, which simplifies the installation.

(Galigeo Experience only).

Our extension now comes as a custom element in SAP BI 4.2 SP3, which simplify exploitation operation such as SAP product updates. We have been working hard to simplify the installation in this situation using our auto-deploy technology. Basically, administrators only need to deploy the Galigeo webapp on a server then can do all the configuration online.

 

Deprecated features

Java 6 is no longer supported.

Tomcat 6 is no longer supported.

Operational layers setup in XML configuration files are no longer supported and shall be configured in configuration pages of the Galigeo maps.

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