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DTS Supporting Intelligent Asset Management

Stefano June 1, 2017
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business intelligence

Business intelligence is a hot topic these days and, understandably, those in the transportation sector are clamoring to get a piece of that action; insights into their infrastructure/assets and management practices, return on investments and as a tool to make better decisions across their enterprise.

At DTS, we focus on intelligent asset management. Therefore, it makes sense that we are helping our DOT clients integrate their assets and GIS data with these business intelligence tools.

Business intelligence or “BI” is not new. Tableau® has been on the scene crushing it for well over a decade. Others, like Microsoft and Esri, are or are attempting to make inroads into this line of business. Here is a brief look at Microsoft’s Power BI. I encourage you to check it out as well as Esri’s Insights for ArcGIS. This is a space DTS has and will continue to play in!

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI is a relative newcomer to the business analytics services arena. It offers a free desktop interface for the beleaguered data analyst tasked with creating sharp looking hard-copy reports that tell stories. Microsoft also offers cloud-based services (SaaS) for self-service analytics (free) and sharing (paid).

In addition, it has recently announced the Power BI Premium service, a capacity-based licensing model, which offers organizations the ability to manage their reports with on-premise Power BI Report Server. Microsoft has made it easy to run with an Azure cloud infrastructure (Azure Active Directory, Azure SQL Database, etc.) or leverage on-premises resources such as Active Directory, SQL Server, etc.

With Power BI service and Power BI Premium, developers can embed dashboards and reports in desktop and web applications. This functionality allows organizations to provide access to big data and powerful analytical tools in custom applications.

Power BI does support limited mapping functionality out-of-box with their familiar Bing map visualization component. It supports rendering points based on coordinates or geocoded addresses, and polygons based on common boundaries derived from geocoded location columns such as zip code, city, county and state values. Power BI currently does not support rendering linear data. They do offer an R component that has some mapping capabilities however.

For customers with geospatial data, the glaring lack of support for mapping features using native geometry from the underlying RDBMS is stark. So how is a DOT to represent their assets that include points, lines and polygons? Through custom components. Microsoft has made Power BI extensible meaning developers can create and share components.

ArcGIS Maps For Power BI

If your organization lacks a development team but is using ArcGIS Enterprise, then perhaps Insights for ArcGIS is worth looking into.

Esri has released ArcGIS Maps for Power BI free. While the data available for rendering has the same limitations as the default Bing map (coordinates or geocoded locations), it does offer a much richer visualization experience for the end user.

Supplemental reference layers may be included from AGOL or ArcGIS Server. Designers will appreciate multiple basemap options to choose from and map themes that include heat map and cluster renderers among others. The component also offers several feature selection options:

  • Point and click for individual features. This is similar to what is available in the default Bing map
  • Drawing a rectangle to select features contained
  • Using polygon features from reference layers to select features contained

Overall, Esri has done a very nice job with this component. It is well worth checking out.
 
 

DTS is Rollin’ in to San Antonio next month!

Stefano May 31, 2017
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DTS, makers of VUEWorks is Rollin’ in to San Antonio in June for the TPWA Annual Conference:
Stop by Booth # 319 to say “Hello”!

Scot Gordon, P.E. has over 25 years of extensive expertise in engineering and design in the pavement field.

Through experience, he understands the challenges of paving and how expansive soil impacts a solid design. Identifying these challenges and the various methods of overcoming them will be the focus of Scot’s presentation.

Don’t miss your chance to get the “dirty details” of Pavement Distress & Repair:
Friday, June 16th at 2:00pm

Check out more details on the events here:

2017 TPWA Annual Conference  

LOCATION

Texas APWA
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
900 E Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Scot Gordon
 
 

Introducing Christine King: Quality Assurance Technician

Stefano May 25, 2017
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Product Implementation & QA within the VUEWorks Web Application Suite.

Christine King
Christine is a fresh face in software development. After receiving her degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she dove right into debugging Java code.

It didn’t take long for her to move into the quality assurance realm, which brought her to New Hampshire. Fluent in multiple programming languages and development, Christine brings a strong skill set to the VUEWorks team.

In her spare time, she is an avid reader and enjoys jogging. She is also a Comicon enthusiast and makes her own costumes!

Welcome to the Team, Christine!


Data Transfer Solutions (DTS), Makers of VUEWorks is the leader in performance-based asset management. DTS provides mobile asset collection, work and asset management and custom geographic information system solutions.

To welcome Christine to the team or get in touch with DTS/VUEWorks, just drop us a line as we look forward to hearing from you.

Contact VUEWorks!  
 

Angela Machado joins the DTS team!

Stefano May 19, 2017
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Angela Machado: Training Support Specialist.

Angela joins the DTS team after more than 20 years of working with the Boise Parks and Recreation Department, handling everything from administrative needs to vandalism and volunteer coordination.

Her most recent experience was spent in business and resource analysis, where she provided training for implementing VUEWorks into the Department’s programs.

Originally from land-locked Idaho, Angela and her brother rocked the competitive skating arena as kids. With her own children now grown, she spends much of her free time exploring the vast trails, lakes and coastlines of Oregon.

She is no stranger to travel and has enjoyed many adventures: from the ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico to cruising the beauty of Alaska. Future destinations will likely span the globe – as long as she isn’t away from her four beloved pups for too long!

Angela Machado

“Having worked with Angela extensively at the City of Boise, the DTS team and clients will benefit from her passion for training and customer service” says Lisa Schoenfelder, Director of Learning and Change Management.

“She is a great addition to the team and her attention to detail is already showing with the training materials she has begun to produce.” Be on the lookout for lots of new and updated training materials available on your VUEWorks customer portal!

Welcome to the Team, Angela!


Data Transfer Solutions (DTS), Makers of VUEWorks is the leader in performance-based asset management. DTS provides mobile asset collection, work and asset management and custom geographic information system solutions. To welcome Angela to the team or get in touch with DTS/VUEWorks, just drop us a line as we look forward to hearing from you.
 
 

Welcome Steve Grant, Software Developer!

Stefano May 8, 2017
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DTS Team Additions.

The Road to Manchester…

After graduating high school in Georgia, Steve headed west to study software development at Neumont University and the University of Utah. Application development took Steve back across the country to Georgia. His next stop brought him to the Manchester, New Hampshire area, where he focused on web, application and database development. Drive and a passion for self-education are just a few of the qualities that made Steve stand out to DTS.

Steve Grant

Off the Clock…

While his day job is software development, Steve enjoys spending his free time online gaming- in fact, he often ends up writing, testing and developing games as well. An avid reader and science buff, Steve has also become somewhat of a beer connoisseur. He spends many weekends exploring the sights and flavors of New England, with his canine companion by his side.

Welcome to the Team, Steve!


Data Transfer Solutions (DTS), Makers of VUEWorks is the leader in performance-based asset management. DTS provides mobile asset collection, work and asset management and custom geographic information system solutions.

To welcome Steve to the team or get in touch with DTS, just drop us a line as we look forward to hearing from you. Get in touch with the DTS team!