PerformancePoint and Virtual Earth for Data Visualization
Posted by Alan on May 26, 2008
So I just learned how to create a custom map utilizing Microsoft’s Virtual Earth. To be honest “learned” may be too strong a work. I can now “play around with” may be better.
This thing rocks. If you ever though about linking a scorecard with a Visio map to display geographic data, then re-think what you are doing and look to use Virtual Earth instead.
I relied heavily upon the Virtual Earth SDK and the MSDN forum (and some good advice and posts from a lot of people) and a whole lot of different blogs and web searches to help me create a GeoRSS layer to add to a custom map.
From a data visualization point of view it is unbelievable. The only caveat is that in a commercial use there is a charge for using Virtual Earth. But ultimately it comes out to about $0.02 per use, which is pretty cheap if you think about it.
I can’t access the server that this resides upon, but as soon as I can, then I will post some screen shots.