Guest blog from Jane Farquhar, Manager Product Marketing for BI and Advanced Analytics, IBM Business Analytics
Think of how far we’ve come in a relatively short period of time. Remember the days when mobile BI meant carrying around stacks of green bar paper reports that were outdated the moment they came off the printer?
Not to mention that it was impossible to glean any immediate insight. It would take days, if not weeks, of review by a skilled business analyst who was tasked with summarizing the information and identifying trends or anomalies in the data. Then they would report their findings up the management chain and repeat this exercise once complete.
In the mid-90’s business intelligence software replaced the manual process of summarizing paper reports and accelerated the decision-making process. Not visually appealing, but certainly accelerated decision-making.
And as time has passed, organizations have realized that BI is no longer a “nice to have,” but a mission-critical application that is key to business success. Further, BI is no longer relegated to the business analysts. It has permeated every corner of the organization. And as the adoption of business intelligence and analytics continues organizations need a new breed of highly visual and interactive dashboards for at-a-glance decisions.
The introduction of the smart phone truly revolutionized the delivery and adoption of BI. While smart phones made the consumption of BI content much easier for executives and mobile workers, it became very apparent, very quickly, that a more visual and summarized “dashboard” display would lend itself better to this mode of consumption than the traditional tabular report display. But the screen real estate of the early smart phones, not to mention their ability to support sophisticated graphics, limited the ability to deliver ‘eye popping’ visualizations and broad-based adoption along with it.
Fast forward to the next mobile revolution…the tablet computer. Tablets now support the delivery of the ultimate mobile business intelligence experience. With much more screen real estate and high definition graphic support, tablets can satisfy the need for highly visual and impactful dashboards. In fact, the touch, swipe and pinch gestures of the tablet will make the consumption of BI content even easier than ever so that mobile workers get the uninterrupted productivity they need whether in the office or on the road. As executives and mobile workers begin to replace their laptops with tablets loaded with all of the productivity tools they need, I look forward to the seeing the new business requirements for visualizations emerge. By incorporating new and innovative visualizations, a picture will truly be worth a 1000 words – and decisions never easier.
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