Why Mobile Business Intelligence?
The need for greater speed and agility is driving the increased demand for business intelligence. BI and Analytics are emerging as a top technology priority for CIOs.
If you want your app to be more competitive and appeal to the broadest possible user-base, follow these 5 steps for enhancing your application with mobile business intelligence
1. Identify Prospective Users of Mobile Business Intelligence
Begin by identifying the likely users of your mobile BI app. In an increasingly mobile workplace, the number of potential users is expanding beyond the usual suspects.
Senior executives and line managers are obvious candidates for mobile BI. But so, too, are field sales and service representatives, as well as floor personnel in the retail industry. In a BYOD world you need to look beyond the executive suite to address the users of mobile BI in a wide range of roles.
2. Determine What Interactions Your App Will Support
Static reports just don’t cut it anymore. Today’s mobile BI users want interactive dashboards that take advantage of touch-screen features to allow drill-down from summary level information to root causes.
KPI monitoring and alerts help busy managers stay on top of business performance without having to sift through large quantities of data. The right data at the appropriate level of granularity is the key to providing business intelligence that is both relevant and actionable.
3. Consider Data Security Issues
Data security questions should be addressed up-front when designing for mobile BI, especially in a BYOD world. Your app will be rubbing shoulders with a crowd of mobile applications from unknown sources so you want to ensure no weaknesses can be exploited by unscrupulous parties.
To ensure your bases covered, ask yourself these questions: Will the data actually reside on mobile devices? Should it be encrypted both at rest and in motion? And does performance and risk management require that mobile BI apps be audited to ensure their effectiveness and use?
4. Decide How To Put It All Together
When it comes time to put it all together, you need to determine which devices your mobile app will support. The BYOD trend demands that the mobile BI developer consider a design approach that will accommodate any screen, whether it is on an Adroid, Windows or iOS device.
The increasing consumerization of IT may mean that your users expect the design sensibility and responsiveness of a dedicated app. Or, if you are developing for a diverse user base, you may prefer a browser-based design approach capable of accommodating any screen size. Consider the trade-offs when weighing your options: responsive design vs. mobile site vs. native mobile app.
5. Determine Which Tools are Right For You
Open source tools like Hadoop and Map Reduce are popular options because they provide visibility into source files and offer lower TCO. Business intelligence tools that are supported by a strong community can also provide value through community forums and other developer resources.
Alternatives to open source tools include proprietary BI platforms that are integrated with core business functions, like the SAP Business Objects BI Platform. In addition to mobile BI, SAP Business Intelligence offers advanced analytics in real-time and tools for data visualization.
Still considering your options? Learn more from these sources:
- For advice on embedding Mobile BI in your existing application, download the Jaspersoft whitepaper, Enhancing Your Application with Mobile BI: Five Easy Steps (registration required).
- For more from SAP, explore the resources available online at Business Intelligence Solutions.
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