Have you (or your end-users) ever looked at data set, and thought “I wonder what that data set would look like plotted out on a map”? It might be over a simple report, such as a list of all of your customers and in what state they reside. You could run that data through a map to show you which states have the largest customer base and which states need more of your attention to grow. Or maybe you want to see which counties had the most profit for last fiscal year? Or maybe you are in the midst of building a dashboard but you need one final graphical application to really make your application “pop”?
Whether or not you’ve actually asked yourself this question, I am confident that most users would benefit from being able to plot their data graphically on a map. With this in mind, I recently released a new template on the Project Exchange titled the “Google Geochart Visualization Template.”
The idea behind this template is that you, as the m-Power developer, can control what values you want plotted onto your map and how you want your map to appear (either a US map or a World map). Once you specify these two settings (check the Project Exchange documentation for more details), there is no additional configuration required.
A significant note to point about this template is that it is an intensity map. The idea behind an intensity map is that as the value assigned to a given region (either a state or a country) increases, the color used to highlight that region becomes darker. Conversely, small numbers tied to a region are represented with a lighter highlighted color. This functionality is completely built into the template and requires no additional configuration on your part.
Additionally, this template also comes in with a built-in tool-tip hover feature. Simply hover your cursor over any region on the map to see the name of that region and the numerical value tied to it. The scale on the bottom left portion of the map will give you an idea of how that region compares to the group.
Overall, this template should be a favorite with your users as it allows them to visualize their data. I hope that it will be a favorite of yours too, as it is quite simple to implement!
You can click here to visit the Project Exchange page for the Google Geochart Visualization Template.
Click here to see a demo of this template over a US state map.
Click here to see a demo of this template over a World map.
Please leave a comment to this post with any questions or feedback you may have for this template!