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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.


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