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Analytica embraces Cloud Computing with 4.4 Release

Sean Salleh 14 Feb 2012 Analytica tips, News

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At Lumina, we are all excited about the recent release of Analytica 4.4 and some of the new and improved features it offers. Over a series of blog entries, we will cover some of the noteworthy features of 4.4. This post is about the Analytica Cloud Player or href="http://dev.lumina.com/products/analytica-cloud-player/">ACP.

Organizations are constantly looking for ways to innovate and develop new systems to engage with clients.  At Lumina we wanted to offer a technology solution that would allow our users to transform the way they collaborate and share models with their colleagues and clients. With ACP, users are now empowered to collaborate via the web in building and using models. ACP (formerly called Analytica Web Player (AWP)) has been improved and more closely integrated with Analytica. You can upload models and manage published models with just one click.  Users can review and run models on their web browser without having to download any software, which means users no longer have to get help from IT to install software. If you are a Professor teaching with Analytica, you can now share and distribute sample models and exercises via ACP.

In many ways ACP sets itself apart from the desktop version of Analytica. In particular, it offers the ability to create web applications that feature user-interface (UI) styles beyond what is available in Analytica.  Tabbed-UI features that makes for easier navigation between modules (as shown in the figure below) are a good example.

If you haven't tried out ACP yet, you should know its easier than ever with the Cloud Player integration. If you have current support, then you already have the ability to publish your models online.

Try out ACP

If your simply curious about what its like to browse an Analytica in the model on the web, then here's an example in ACP that you can try out now. Also, to learn about ACP, visit the ACP webpage on our website.

How to get get started with ACP?

Simply open a model and select Publish to Cloud... from the File menu.  A window will open inviting you to sign in or create a new account.  As soon as you sign in, your model is available!  From the Models tab, you can open the web version of your model and even send email invitations so that others can view your model through their browser.  The Account tab will list your credit status.  You start with 50 credits each month; they are each equivalent to one viewing of your model.  You can purchase more credits if you need them, or sign up for a group account, which allows to you set up access passcodes.

Don't be shy about sharing your models. All your viewers need is a browser. Start Experimenting now!

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Sean Salleh

Sean Salleh is a data scientist with experience in guiding marketing strategy from building marketing mix models, forecasting models, scenario planning models, and algorithms. He is passionate about consumer technologies and resource management. He has master's degrees in Operations Research from University of California Irvine and Mathematics from Northeastern University.

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