Overview of ArcGIS Insights

ArcGIS Insights is a data analytics workbench that offers spatial and nonspatial analysis capabilities to explore data and deliver powerful results.

Insights is available in three deployment options:

  • ArcGIS Insights in ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS Insights in ArcGIS Enterprise
  • ArcGIS Insights desktop

ArcGIS Insights in ArcGIS Online

Insights in ArcGIS Online is a browser-based deployment that is licensed through an ArcGIS Online organization. The Insights in ArcGIS Online deployment allows users to access data from their ArcGIS Online organization and share items with other members of their organization or with the public.

Use the following resources to set up ArcGIS Insights in ArcGIS Online:

ArcGIS Insights in ArcGIS Enterprise

Insights in ArcGIS Enterprise is a browser-based deployment that is installed and licensed through an ArcGIS Enterprise organization. The Insights in ArcGIS Enterprise deployment includes the same features as Insights in ArcGIS Online, with the added security of hosting your software and data on your own servers, along with access to database connections and a scripting environment.

Use the following resources to set up ArcGIS Insights in ArcGIS Enterprise:

Insights desktop

Insights desktop is installed locally on your Windows or macOS machine. The desktop deployment allows users to take Insights with them and use it without an internet connection. An Insights in ArcGIS Enterprise or Insights in ArcGIS Online account is required to activate Insights desktop.

The following Insights capabilities are only available in Insights desktop when you are connected to the internet and signed in to an Insights in ArcGIS Enterprise or Insights in ArcGIS Online account:

  • Sharing pages, models, and themes to an organization, groups, or the public.
  • Enable location by address using the World Geocoding Service.
  • Use Enrich Data.
  • Use Buffer/Drive Times with a travel mode.

Feature layers from an ArcGIS organization are available through ArcGIS connections.

The following Insights capabilities are not currently available in Insights desktop:

  • Sharing data to an organization, groups, or the public.
  • Creating OneDrive and SharePoint connections.
  • Schedule updates to shared pages.

Use the following resources to set up Insights desktop:

Insights capabilities and deployment options

Most of the capabilities in Insights, such as creating maps, charts, and tables, performing spatial and nonspatial analysis, enabling location, creating relationships, and calculating fields, are available in all Insights deployments. The following capabilities and features are not available in all deployments:

  • Create database connections — Available in Insights in ArcGIS Enterprise and Insights desktop
  • Create OneDrive connections — Available in Insights in ArcGIS Enterprise and Insights in ArcGIS Online
  • Create SharePoint connections — Available in Insights in ArcGIS Enterprise and Insights in ArcGIS Online
  • Use the scripting environment — Available in Insights in ArcGIS Enterprise and Insights desktop
  • Share data — Available in Insights in ArcGIS Enterprise and Insights in ArcGIS Online
  • Share a workbook — Available in Insights in ArcGIS Enterprise and Insights in ArcGIS Online
  • Schedule updates to shared pages — Available in Insights in ArcGIS Enterprise
  • Save content — Available in Insights desktop