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Create a simple model

Location Architect allows you to create relationships between attribute forms in your MicroStrategy project and ArcGIS location types such as Address, US State, or Country. These relationships, called location definitions, are stored in your model. Location definitions are used by Esri Maps for MicroStrategy at run time to automatically generate a map layer from the data in a report.

With Location Architect, you can create style definitions for any stylable element in your MicroStrategy project. A stylable element is any column in a BI dataset that contains attribute forms or metrics (for example, revenue, unit cost, or retailer type) for which style properties (for example, color, size, and grouping method) can be defined. When style properties are defined for a stylable element in your data, a style definition is created in the model.

A model created using Location Architect is made up of location definitions and can include style definitions. To learn more about location definitions and style definitions, see What is Location Architect?

To create a simple model, create one or more location definitions in Location Architect and save the model. You can also create style definitions, but this step is not necessary; a default style will be applied when the data is drawn on the map if no styles are defined explicitly.

1. Start Location Architect

To begin creating a model for your MicroStrategy project, start Location Architect from the project page.

  1. In MicroStrategy, browse to the project list page and choose a project.
  2. Log in if necessary.
  3. In the left pane, press the Location Architect button.

    Location Architect opens in a new browser window.

2. Create location definitions

Create one or more location definitions for the model.

  1. Start Location Architect and sign in to ArcGIS if prompted to do so.
  2. In Location Architect, press the Location definitions tab and press the New button.

    The Create new location definition wizard opens.

  3. Browse to and select the attribute forms you want to use in your location definition. Press Next.
  4. Do one of the following to specify how location is represented in the selected attribute fields:
    • To use a default location type, choose one of the location types in the list.
    • To use a map service or feature service from ArcGIS as a location type, follow the steps in Add a location type.
  5. Press Next.
  6. Choose the columns containing the location information.
  7. If you chose Latitude, Longitude for the location type, the default coordinate system that will be used is World Geodetic Survey (WGS) 1984. To specify a different coordinate system, do the following:
    1. Press the Advanced link.
    2. Choose the appropriate coordinate system for your data. Choose Other if your data is in a coordinate system other than WGS 1984 or Web Mercator.
    3. If you chose Other, type the well-known ID (WKID) of the coordinate system in the WKID text box.
  8. Press Next.
  9. Specify the format of the column data you specified, and choose the fields you would like to include in pop-ups.
  10. If you want a different name for the location definition, type the name you want.
  11. If you want the map to zoom to the full extent of the layer that is created from this location definition, check the Zoom to layer check box.
  12. Press Create location definition.

    The location definition is listed in the Location definitions table, and a details page for the new location definition is displayed.

  13. Repeat steps 2 through 12 to create additional location definitions.

3. Create style definitions (optional)

You can create style definitions for stylable elements in your data. At run time, if the report grid contains one or more stylable elements, Esri Maps for MicroStrategy uses the style definition corresponding to the rightmost stylable element in the grid when drawing the layer—or draws the layer using the default style if the stylable elements in the grid are not defined. If you create multiple style definitions in the model, all the defined stylable elements present in the report grid will be included in the list of styles available to apply to the map in Esri Maps for MicroStrategy.

When you create a style definition, you have the option of defining style properties for any of the three geography types—points, lines, or areas. If you choose not to explicitly define style properties for a geography type, default style properties will be applied for that type as needed when the layer is drawn on the map.

  1. Start Location Architect and sign in to ArcGIS if prompted to do so.
  2. In Location Architect, press the Style definitions tab.
  3. Press the New button.
  4. Browse to and select the attribute form or metric for which you want to create a style definition.
  5. Press OK.

    The attribute form or metric you chose is displayed in the Style definitions table and default style properties are applied.

  6. To change the data format of the attribute form or metric, choose the format you want from the drop-down menu in the Type column for the appropriate style definition in the table. For example, to display profit margin as a percentage, choose Percentage; profit margin values will be displayed with a percentage (%) symbol in pop-ups and other parts of the map.
  7. Define the style properties you want for points, lines, and areas. See Define a style for points, Define a style for lines, and Define a style for areas.

4. Save and close the model

Ensure that you save your model before closing Location Architect or your work will be lost.

  1. In Location Architect, press Save model.
  2. To close the model, press the Home button in MicroStrategy or close the browser window.

    Location Architect closes and the model is saved.