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Canada Business Insights customers, formerly "Canada Data", may have noticed that we've built up our 2016 Statistics Canada demographic variables inventory over the past handful of releases. The 2016 demographic data is accessed via the Demographic Analysis toolset by selecting Statistics Canada 2016 Census in the drop down. In addition, we deliver 2011 Statistics Canada demographics as Canada Data within the same drop down. Both data sets receive quarterly updated Forward Sortation Areas and geography summarized business counts.   Effective with the Q3 2019 Insights data release, update efforts will be focused on the 2016 census only; we will no longer update the 2011 Statistics Canada data set. We will continue to provide the 2011 data set without updates in the installation package through the Q2 2020 release.   Please let us know if you have any questions.
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Data Products 101 Part 1: Installing your Data (Network & Command Line)   This article will walk through the Network data installation process and is intended for Admins. If you are looking for a guide on the standard local installation process, then check out our article on Local Data Installation.   Network Data Install (Advanced)   Considering that the entire US Business Insights bundle is around 180GB, we often have cases where a user will run out of hard drive space during the data install. If you find yourself in this boat and are on a company network, you can resolve your space issues by performing a network install with the Alteryx Data Installer.   This can also potentially save a huge amount of installation time when you have multiple users for the Data Bundle. Instead of performing this lengthy install numerous times – once for each user – you can install once and be done.   The downside to a Network Install is performance. A Local Install will almost always have better performance, as a Network Install is limited to network speeds and read/write times on your network drive.   A Network Install consists of two operations:   1. Preparing the Network Installation – contents of the Alteryx Data Install are copied to and prepared on your network location.   2. Registering the Network Installation – where each of your users navigate to the prepared network location in order to register the data sets to their machine.   To Prepare a Network Installation:   1.  Follow Steps 1 – 4 within the (Local Installation process article)[hyper-link here].   2. You should now be at the Location screen - choose ‘Prepare a Network Install’ and browse to the shared network location where you wish to install. Be sure that all users have the same configuration if you're using a mapped network drive.    At a minimum, each of your users will need read access to this location. If you plan to install CASS to this network location, then your users will also need write access to this location.   Click ‘Finish’ after selecting the network location and let the Alteryx Data Installer run.     3. Once the installation is complete, each of your users will need to register the Prepared Network Install to their computers.   To Register a Network Installation:   1.  Each user will need to navigate to the location where you Prepared the Network Install. Once there, run ‘AlteryxDataInstall.exe’ and follow Steps 1 – 4 as outlined under the Local Data Install guide. On the Location screen, select ‘Register from a Network Location and click ‘Finish’.     2. The installation process should take no more than a couple minutes to copy over a handful of files to the user’s computer (sample data, etc.). Once done registering, the user can immediately start accessing the installed data in Alteryx.     Command Line Install (Advanced)   The Alteryx Data Installer also has command line operations for all of our IT users. Please refer to our Command Line documentation for more details.
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As of the Q4 2018 data release, Experian's CAPE offering accessed through Alteryx's Demographics Analysis toolset will move to an annual update schedule instead of semi-annual. The change was made by the vendor, whose research determined there isn't enough variance to warrant updating the Annual Update to the Thin Update (“A” to “B” in Alteryx terms).   This affects the following data sets:   CAPE Demographics, “Current Year Estimates” and “Five Year Projections” (CYE & FYP) CAPE Seasonal Population CAPE Daytime Population CAPE Consumer Expenditure, CYE & FYP CAPE Retail Demand & Retail Supply (Scaled) American Community Survey, Mosaic Workplace and Mosaic Residential are already on an annual update schedule and will remain on that release cycle. However, the annual Mosaic updates will be delivered with the rest of the CAPE updates beginning with the Q2 2019 release.   This change does not affect the quarterly Alteryx Data delivery frequency to our customers, as geographies and other data sets follow their own release cycles. We will continue to deliver Alteryx Data quarterly as the other data sets included within the offering follow their own update release cycles.
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Data Products 101 Part 1: Installing your Data (Standard)   So, you just bought one of the Data Bundles from Alteryx and you’re excited to dive in and start exploring Location and Business Insights for your company – but where do you start? How do you get access to this Data? Well, unlike a SQL database or CSV you might be used to working with, you’re going to start by installing these Data Products. This article will walk through the standard data installation process. If you are an Admin and are interested in a Network or Command Line installation, check out our article on Data Installation for Admins.   Prerequisites   First and foremost, do you have your Data Package yet?   If you purchased either the US or Canada Business Insights bundles, you should have received a hard drive in the mail. If you have your hard drive plugged in and read, then go ahead and skip to Step 1 below.   If you purchased one of our Location Insights spatial bundles, then head to licensing and download portal and download the data. Assuming you have your Spatial license key activated, it’ll be under the Data Packages tab on the left – just click on the bundle you wish to download and then the .7z file you wish to download. Pay attention to the vintage tag as you’ll want the most recent quarter’s data.       Be sure to extract the .7z package after you’ve downloaded it. We recommend creating a new folder that you will extract into – instead of extracting everything onto your desktop.   If you haven’t received your US/CAN Business Insights hard drive yet, or don’t see the Data Packages tab on the Licensing and Downloads portal, you should reach out to our Fulfillment Team for support.   Local Data Installation Steps   The local data install is the standard installation type. First, you’ll want to make sure Alteryx is closed. Next, either plug in your Alteryx Data hard drive or navigate to wherever you extracted the data from the Licensing and Downloads portal and run the ‘AlteryxDataInstall.exe’ to launch the Alteryx Data Installer.   1. Click Next when the Welcome Screen appears.     2. Read and Accept the license agreement then click Next.     3. Select the data sets you would like to install. If you want all of them just click the All button on the right. Otherwise, you can select individual Data Products by selecting the check box next to them. After you’ve made your selection, click Next.     4. Choose any previously installed Data Products that you would like to uninstall by selecting them similarly to the previous screen. You don't have to choose anything here if you want to keep everything, however, keep in mind that these data bundles can be very large and you may not have enough space to keep multiple vintages installed locally. After you’ve made your selection, click Next.     5. Leave ‘Install to a Local Directory’ selected and browse to the file path you would like to install the data to. The default path will be auto-populated but if you'd like to install it somewhere else just update the path. Make sure the hard drive you install the data to has enough space. For instance, the US Business Insights bundle takes up over 180GB and we recommend 500GB of space for Alteryx Designer – so you will want to have at least 700GB available.   Once you’ve selected the install path, hit Finish and let the Alteryx Data Installer run.   Feel free to kick back and relax now – as this will take some time. An install of the entire US Business Insights bundle may take well over 3 hours depending on your hard drive write speed.       6. When you get to the ‘Complete’ screen you’re done. Now you can load up Alteryx and start diving into Business and Location Insights!       If you’re unsure where to get started with actually using these Data Products, then be sure to check out Part 2 of my Data Products 101 series. Stayed tuned for more to come!
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The Q3 2018 Canada Data package includes analytics-ready data from TomTom, Dun & Bradstreet and Statistics Canada as well as data-specific analysis tools to get the most from the packaged data. The documentation package attached includes –   Release notes, variable list and change log D&B Analytical file - data description, SIC lookup code, penetration report Spatial products include documentation on drive time methodology and Alteryx map layers   What's new in this release?     1600+ Language Characteristics variables from the Statistics Canada 2016 Census regarding “mother tongue” and “language spoken at home” Business Summary built for Statistics Canada 2016 Dissemination Area inventory Sample workflows included with the data installs are now grouped within a top-level “Data Install Samples” category   Please download and extract the attached 'Q32018_CA_Data.zip' for the complete documentation.
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The Q3 2018 US Data package includes analytics-ready data from TomTom, Experian, Dun & Bradstreet and the US Census as well as data-specific analysis tools to get the most from the packaged data. The documentation package attached includes –   Release notes, variable list and change log Experian CAPE demographic data methodology document, Mosaic segment descriptions Experian ConsumerView Analytical file – user guide and penetration report Simmons overview D&B Analytical file - data description, SIC lookup code, penetration report Kalibrate Technologies traffic count overview and metadata Spatial products include documentation on drive time methodology and Alteryx map layers   What's new in this release?   Sample workflows included with the data installs are now grouped within a top-level "Data Install Samples" category Annual updates for Places, Other Name Places, CBSAs, and CCDs/MCDs   Please download and extract the attached 'Q32018_US_Data.zip' for the complete documentation.
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  In the Q3 2017 US Data release there were six reports that incorrectly reference the D&B Business Summary Employees and Establishments vintage as “Q2 2017” instead of the correct vintage of “Q3 2017”. This issue is purely cosmetic in the report – the data is still from the Q3 2017 vintage. The reports can be found in the dataset, “Experian US 2017A (Q3 2017 Release)(v.8.6)”, within the Demographic Analysis tools in Alteryx.   Affected Reports: Demographic Snapshot Comparison Report Demographic Snapshot Index Comparison Demographic Summary with Index Demographic Trend Summary Executive Demographic Population Comparison Report   Action Required: Replace the incorrect report template files. Close any open instances of Alteryx or Allocate Download, unzip and extract Q3_2017_Fixed_Report_Templates.7z from the Community Article to the local Alteryx data install location. You need to place these in the Reports folder – found under […]\Portfolio\ALTERYX_US_Experian_17A_17B\Reports. A typical install location is C:\Program Files (x86)\Alteryx\DataProducts\Portfolio\ALTERYX_US_Experian_17A_17B\Reports Overwrite the existing templates with the updated templates   How to Validate: Generate a report using a corrected template. Launch Alteryx Drag out an Allocate Input tool Select the dataset “Experian US 2017A (Q3 2017 Release)(v.8.6)” Select any single geography Drag out and connect an Allocate Report tool to the Allocate Input tool Select the dataset “Experian US 2017A (Q3 2017 Release)(v.8.6)” Select the “Executive Demographic” report Click the Index button and select any State geography Press run – the report should now reference “Q3 2017” – and not “Q2 2017” – for the Employee and Establishment fields If you are an Allocate GUI user, the updated reports can be validated there.   If you have other concerns or need assistance with these instructions, please contact our Customer Support team at support@alteryx.com.
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This note is to alert users of 2010 Census SF1 Data in the Core and Spatial Data Bundles (including Q4 2015) of the reversed values in a report template. The report SF1 2010 Report - US Census 2010 Overview Comparison reflects reversed values for % Hispanic and % Not Hispanic. The corrected report will be included in Q1 2016.  This report can also be updated in a desktop install now by overwriting the existing report template with the corrected report template.   Action required: Replace the incorrect report template file Close open instances of Alteryx or Allocate Download, unzip and extract US Census 2010 Overview Comparison.rptx from the Community Article to the local Alteryx location. A typical install location is C:\Program Files (x86)\Alteryx\DataProducts\Portfolio\ALTERYX_US_Census_2010_SF1_15D\Reports Overwrite the existing template dated from 2011 with the updated templated dated 4/18/2016 Launch Alteryx or Allocate and generate output for the report SF1 2010 Report - US Census 2010 Overview Comparison  If you have other concerns or need assistance with these instructions, please contact our Customer Support team at support@alteryx.com.   How do you know if the report is corrected? Generate the report SF1 2010 Report - US Census 2010 Overview Comparison for the United States and review the fields % Hispanic and % Not-Hispanic. Depending upon the version of data installed the values may differ slightly but the proportions will be similar to the image below.     If you have other concerns or need assistance with these instructions, please contact our Customer Support team at support@alteryx.com.  
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Other Name Places area/demographics aren't the same as Places.  Why not?
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