Esri announces ArcGIS Maps for Power BI preview

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As more companies place their data in the cloud while continuing to gather multitudes of information from various sensors, apps, and devices,  many are finding that there can be an awful lot of noise out there.

Fortunately, Microsoft’s Powe BI is helping make sense of seemingly complex data sets by enabling users to craft maps, visualizations, and graphical analysis.

According to senior program manager, Lukasz Pawlowski, Power BI users can look forward to a new feature that will make it even easier to create visuals with ArcGIS Maps.

What is GIS? It’s the combination of authoritative data layers on a map with spatial analysis applied to gain a better understating of your world. It’s a way to discover, use, make and share the maps that are important to your organization.

As per the collaborative nature of Esri and Microsoft’s efforts, users will need to consent to Esri’s terms and services as well as acknowledge that they are using Esri services before getting started with the new ArcGIS feature.

Using ArcGIS Maps for Power BI enables users to apply advanced styling properties to maps that include detailed color preferences such as degrees of transparency or fill color of the map data points. PowerBI users can also choose map themes while also selecting point based or shape based maps and adding heat maps to clustered areas.

base maps
base maps

The list of additional feature benefits continues on with users getting the ability to combine layers with PowerBI data while also selecting across layers the user chooses to include.

The PowerBI team promises more ArcGIS and ArcGIS related features coming to the Power BI platform in the not too distant future.