March 20, 2012–Mobile BI might not be the night in shining armor many believe it to be. Just like any technological panacea, there is truth and falsehood to everything. We got a glimpse at just who needs to rethink a mobile strategy thanks to a recent Government Computer News story, “Avoiding the BI Strategy of Going Mobile for Mobiles Sake.”
According to the story, “The prospect of rolling out enterprise-class BI and analytics on mobile consumer devices gets IT managers excited — but not necessarily in a good way…What’s critical … is to enable BI and analytics to thrive by making best use of what is ‘insanely great’ about mobile devices…Many of the touch, content-interaction, and collaboration features that make tablets and smart phones so appealing for consumer use could also revolutionize the experience of BI, particularly for nontechnical users.”
Sounds like wise advice. While, yes there are many industries that can benefit from mobile BI, there are many that don’t need it. Our advice would be to ensure that you are using a strong platform, no matter the medium and then branch out slowly from there. You can’t go wrong with industry vanguards like Microstrategy, Teradata and Digital Reasoning.