Visual Crossing Announces the Availability of Enhanced Affinity Lines, Supply Chain, and Flow Diagrams for Business Mapping

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Visual Crossing’s latest release brings additional functionality to create flow diagrams, supply chain analysis, and more

Multi-level supply chain diagram

Multi-level supply chain diagram

Our goal in creating this new technology is to make the difficult task of creating and using line and flow diagrams simple enough for everyone. We have taken the complexity out of the user domain and instead placed the intelligence into the software.

Affinity line and supply chain diagrams are a commonly requested feature in business mapping, but they are often difficult to achieve with standard map tools and at a reasonable price. As a leading provider of business mapping tools, Visual Crossing has spent the last decade striving to make the most powerful types of geographic and spatial analyses available to all types of business users. In support of this mission, the latest release of Visual Crossing’s business intelligence mapping solution adds powerful new functionality to make affinity line and flow diagrams available across various data types and business platforms.

Many types of businesses have data relating to transit patterns of goods, services, or data. Shipping companies are a common example of businesses who benefit from product flow diagrams. Flow diagrams can show how packages move around the world on a ship or around town via a bicycle courier. Many retail businesses track their inventory as it moves from factory to distribution center to retail store and many manufacturing companies track their supply chain and parts movements. Beyond package, product, and parts movement, flow diagrams can be used to show how data flows across a network or how materials flow within a machine.

Visual Crossing’s implementation of flow diagrams is designed to recognize business data in many different forms and structures. Administrators do not need to spend resources reconfiguring data so that affinity lines and supply chain diagrams can be created. In addition, Visual Crossing supports multi-level flow diagrams that can show hub-and-spoke visualizations such as products moving from factories to warehouses to final destinations with each hop showing metrics and details.

“Our goal in creating this new technology is to make the difficult task of creating and using line and flow diagrams simple enough for everyone to accomplish using their existing business data. We have taken the complexity out of the user domain and instead placed the intelligence into the software itself so that all users can benefit. Now a product manager can visualize her multi-level supply chain or an engineer visualize shipping network flow without complex, expensive software or specialized training,” explained Sam Helwig, Visual Crossing’s director of engineering.

Visual Crossing has made this technology available across its entire suite of spatial analysis tools and platform integrations. Affinity lines and flow diagrams are available in Visual Crossing for SAP platform, Visual Crossing for MicroStrategy, Visual Crossing for Microsoft Excel, and Visual Crossing’s standalone and embedded mapping solution. A free, fully-functional evaluation edition is available for all Visual Crossing platforms, and can be found on the Visual Crossing website (http://www.visualcrossing.com). As a certified SAP partner, the Visual Crossing extension for SAP platforms can also be evaluated and purchased through the SAP App Center (https://www.sapappcenter.com/apps/9233).

About Visual Crossing

Founded in 2003, Visual Crossing Corporation is the technology leader in mapping integrations for business data solutions including SAP, MicroStrategy, and Microsoft Office. With expertise in both data analysis and mapping systems, Visual Crossing is uniquely positioned to bring together the best of both disciplines. For more information and to see a demo, please visit http://www.visualcrossing.com.

Visual Crossing, Visual Crossing for SAP Lumira, Visual Crossing for Microsoft Excel, and Visual Crossing Map Services are trademarks of Visual Crossing Corporation. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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