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Author's profile photo Nic Smith

What’s up with Mobile BI in 2013

A recent research report from Ovum suggests:

“Mobile BI now appears to be on an adoption wave, aided by the perfect confluence of three underlying factors: a readily available selection of high performance mobile devices, network infrastructure that allows for rapid sending and receiving of data, and the increasing need for businesses to quickly respond to changes to stay competitive.”

Their research shows that big screen mobile devices are expected to grow from 5 million in 2008 to 74 million in 2015, representing 682% absolute growth over a seven year period.  Ovum believes mobile BI is now here to stay and is mature enough for a technology solution guide to be useful both for customers and the supply side of the market. Read more about the Ovum report on mobile BI.

How are you prepping for the mobile shift? Here are a few steps to think about to begin mobilizing your BI investments today:

1. Start by mobilizing existing BI content

Do you have Crystal Reports, Web Intelligence reports, Dashboards built with Design Studio and/or Xcelsius Dashboards? All of these common BI content types can be extended to the iPad via SAP BusinessObjects Mobile. Report content can also be extended to the iPhone and Android smartphones as well.

2. Extend your mobile reach

Search, explore and collaborate on your analysis big or small. SAP BusinessObjects Explorer has been one of the top mobile apps for business in the market for years and continues to be SAP’s top mobile app for one reason – it provides an easy and intuitive experience for end users to search and explore their data and share information with their peers via a mobile device. Watch for new updates to SAP BusinessObjects Explorer in 2013 including work to unify SAP BusinessObjects Mobile and the Explorer app experiences.

3. Look to new mobile first scenarios

A new SDK for SAP BusinessObjects Mobile will be released soon, allowing developers and partners to customize the mobile BI experience. To take advantage of even more customer mobile scenarios, look at how your organization can leverage the Mobile Analytics kit within the SAP Unwired Platform to develop customer use case mobile apps.

What can you do to be a part of Mobile BI at SAP?
1. Stay in touch with the latest mobile BI news on SCN and don’t hesitate the tweet reach me with any mobile BI questions @nicfish.

2. Do you have a suggestion for mobile BI product innovations? Add your ideas to the mobile BI section on Idea Place.

3. Do you have a cool story leveraging mobile BI in your organization? I’d love to hear about it

Finally, check out a few of the upcoming mobile BI presentations we are doing at SAPInsider BI 2013 conference in Las Vegas.

Go Mobile BI!


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      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      Hello Nic,

      SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio can also be used with BI Mobile.  With a few clicks in Analysis Office to Design Studio you can also be "mobile" as well.


      Author's profile photo Andreas Muno
      Andreas Muno

      Speaking of mobile BI in 2013: Check out the all new SAP Mobile Analytics rapid-deployment solution on the Service Marketplace: :

      • Expands the reach of SAP Business Objects BI 4. Implements  Mobile BI. Creates 3 custom reports for mobile consumption
      • Increases productivity and skill levels of mobile app developers at the customer, providing for step-by-step guidance and samples for embedded analytics apps and custom dashboards on mobile device
      • Connects SAP HANA to the SAP Mobile Platform for custom reporting and data visualization.

      Contact me for more details.