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Dashboards Where and When You Need Them: Because Some Decisions Just Can’t Wait by Jane Farquhar
Delaney Turner 270003RQ8K Delaney.Turner@ca.ibm.com | | Tags:  bi mobile dashboards
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Today, guest author Jane Farquhar writes about how IBM Cognos Mobile and Active Report help you access and interact with dashboards wherever you happen to be.
There’s a commercial that has been running for awhile now. It shows an executive for a company tracking the sales of a handbag on his mobile phone and using it to tell an assistant to order more based on a sales chart on the phone. When I see that commercial, it makes me think about how it very much reflects the benefits of being able to access dashboards on a mobile handheld device.
What if the executive in the commercial, who is clearly a busy man on the go, could not access the sales information anywhere but on his computer at the office or using a notebook that needed Wi-Fi and possibly an electrical outlet to operate? Would the opportunity to order those handbags be lost? We could hope that wouldn’t be the case, but wasn’t it great that he didn’t have to worry?
Let’s run with this scenario some more. Suppose the executive could view all the information about the sales of the handbag, the inventory on hand and the different areas of the world where the handbag was selling and where it wasn’t—all on one screen on that phone? Or what if, while he was waiting for a plane, he was able to put that dashboard in a PowerPoint presentation using his notebook computer? And what if his IT department did not have to scramble to design that dashboard especially for him when he requested it but just simply sent it to him using content that had been created for someone else at the office?
Imagine the repercussions: no waiting for the information or driving to the office, no scrambling through screens of spreadsheets and PDF reports and no expensive customization. It is the ideal mobile business scenario. Dashboards when you need them, no matter where you are.
IBM has flexible options to serve those dashboards up to you: self-service dashboard creation with IBM Cognos Business Insight, disconnected dashboards with IBM Cognos Active Report and the ability to embed and refresh dashboard content in Microsoft Office applications with IBM Cognos for Microsoft Office.
IBM Cognos Mobile can also ensure uninterrupted productivity by providing
access to dashboards for anyone using mobile devices like tablets or smart phones. With these capabilities, you can
get to your dashboards wherever you
happen to be—in the office, on the go or even offline.
And, let me know if you have story like the executive and the handbag that you’d like to share. You can send me an email or let me know on Twitter: JFarquharIBM.
A dashboard on an Apple iPad brought to you by Cognos Mobile
Because you expect the same experience in the work-world that you have in the consumer world in terms of interactivity and consistency, our mobile capabilities give you the same stylish look, taking advantage of device-specific gestures, such as trackballs and touch screens. That’s because Cognos Mobile supports Apple iPad and iPhone (including a downloadable app for the iPad), Blackberry smart phones and Playbook, and the Android, Windows and Symbian operating systems.
In addition, with Cognos Microsoft for Office, you can use familiar applications and interfaces to modify and share their dashboards—they can even refresh the content with a simple click.
Would you like to learn more about how you can get dashboards on your mobile devices, in your Microsoft Office applications or when you’re offline? Check out the websites for Cognos Mobile, Cognos for Microsoft Office and Cognos Active Report.
See IBM dashboards on your iPad. Download the IBM Cognos Mobile app today at no charge! Search on keyword “Cognos” in the Apple App Store.