Adopting Mobile Business Intelligence

By CIOReview | Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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The concept of Mobile Business Intelligence (BI) dates back to the early 1990s, during the initial days of mobile revolution across the globe. Mobile BI is the concept of providing the facility to access business intelligence related data such as dashboards and business metrics on the dashboards. Even though, early supporters who identified the potential of mobile devices and leveraged it to simplify business operations, the advent of smartphones began to generate widespread attention in Mobile BI.


Today, the mobile business intelligence arena has evolved into computer based techniques in analyzing data for improving business processes while keeping the revenue up. In the modern era, mobile access to business applications is accomplished by adopting a mobile-browser to access the web applications or by leveraging a native application designed for specific mobile operating systems.

 Some of the various advantages of using mobile business intelligence include:

• Make business intelligence as seamless
• View, and analyze on all the business content using a smartphone
• Instantly access various business contents from any location

Mobile devices being widely accepted, mobile business intelligence has become one of the top priorities for organizations. Moreover, one of the key factors driving this change among organizations is the consumerization of the Information Technology industry. Organizations have also identified the potential of deploying various interactive applications for employees that improves productivity by allowing a smarter work environment. These applications allow visualizing, charting, and exploring the various data without trouble. And they recognize that BI should not stop at empowering employees, but should also be used to extend analytic capabilities to partners and customers. In addition, it is one of the critical aspects to line up mobile strategy with BI strategy for a flawless user experience across all touchpoints.

Take a look at some of the leading mobile Business Intelligence applications:

1. IBM Cognos Analytics

The Congnos Analytics is an upgraded version of the IBM business intelligence application. It allows web-based interface and improved data visualization features besides providing self-service analytics to large and midsize organizations across all industries. With Cognos Analytics, users can process data from multiple sources, query the data for finding resourceful information, create visualizations and reports. The application also allows sharing the data throughout the organization.

2. SAP Crystal Reports

SAP Crystal Reports is designed based on windows, targeting small and medium sized businesses across various industries. Besides providing the ability to write custom reports from data sources, the application allows visualizing data in dashboards, as well as showcasing various metrics relating to the department.

3. Microsoft SharePoint

Widely adopted by organizations, the Microsoft SharePoint allows collecting and analyzing business data for an actionable view of business operations. The application seamlessly supports both on-premise and web-based architecture. The solution can also be pooled with existing business management applications such as Dynamics CRM, ERP, and Microsoft Office to provide an intuitive end-user experience.

4. Style Intelligence

The business intelligence software platform that allows users to create dashboards, visual analyses, and reports via a data mashup engine—a sophisticated tool that integrates data in real time from multiple sources.

With various innovative mobile business intelligence applications available today, allowing real-time analysis capabilities on the mobile device and transforming it fully dynamic, organizations are having a better opportunity to explore this new arena without trouble. Moreover, employees use mobile applications more frequently than the age old desktop based applications.