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Strategic business intelligence for a mobile future

Gathering, analyzing and providing easy access to data is at the core of a strategic business intelligence program. In this Essential Guide, learn how CIOs can prepare enterprise BI for a mobile future.

Business intelligence (BI) encompasses a wide range of applications and technologies useful for gathering, storing, analyzing and providing access to data. The overarching goal of strategic business intelligence planning is to help enterprise CIOs make faster, more informed business decisions. And now that this data can be taken "on the road" via mobile devices, CIOs are looking to put mobile BI in the palms of their users' hands -- literally.

Mobile business intelligence relies upon software that extends desktop business intelligence applications for use on smartphones and tablets. Mobile BI allows enterprise users to access reports on the fly and make decisions in real time. In this guide, we make a business case for BI in a mobile future -- make that the mobile present -- by examining potential management pitfalls and providing examples of real-life mobile BI implementations.

This CIO Essential Guide on mobile business intelligence is part of the CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.


1. Making the business case for mobile BI

Business leaders are aware that the mobile future has arrived and, as such, strategic business intelligence must migrate to smart devices. So guess whose job it is to tie together business intelligence and mobility? It's not enough for CIOs just to think about mobile BI -- the time to act is now. The following news and tips make the case for mobile BI in the enterprise: Read up so you don't fall behind.


2. BI trends for a mobile future

Mobility is a top concern for enterprise IT leaders on the user, customer and consumer levels. The videos in this section examine how mobile technologies influence business intelligence priorities, data analytics, corporate collaboration and more.

  • How collaborative and mobile BI can work together

    Claudia Imhoff, president and founder of Intelligent Solutions Inc., discusses the potential business gains to be had by combining collaborative technologies and mobile BI. There are many challenges and technical considerations to address, and Imhoff advises businesses to proceed slowly to ensure success.


  • U.S. Xpress trucks more data with big data analytics and mobile BI

    Timothy Leonard, chief technology officer for U.S. Xpress Inc., explains how his company is using big data analytics and the real-time reporting capabilities of mobile BI applications to take advantage of the high volumes of sensor data generated by the company's trucks.


  • What next-generation BI will mean for CIOs

    Next-generation business intelligence requires getting growing amounts of data under control and delivering the right information proactively to users, according to a panel of experts at a CIOsynergy conference. Watch the panel discussion to learn more about the future of BI.



3. The benefits and pitfalls of mobile BI

With executives taking their business on the road more frequently, it's crucial that they have access to the data they need at all times, from any location, in order to make real-time decisions. While this is appealing on the executive level, it also poses security and other troubles for IT departments looking to provide this level of access. In this section, learn the benefits and pitfalls of mobile BI.


4. Must-know terms before diving into mobile BI

Before walking the mobile BI walk, make sure you can talk the BI talk. Learn these terms to better understand business intelligence on all levels.


5. Launch and maintain your mobile BI program

Once IT leaders get over the initial speed bumps in a mobile BI implementation, efforts turn toward launching programs, teaching enterprise users the ins and outs of BI on the go, and fine-tuning mobile efforts. In the following pieces, learn how industry-leading CIOs and IT executives are overseeing strategic mobile BI in their organizations.


6. Mobile BI strategy techniques and practices for CIOs

Mobility and business intelligence are two hot topics in today's IT departments. Put them together -- as in mobile BI -- and you've got a pressing IT concern that will only continue to grow in the years ahead. Managing a mobile BI strategy isn't easy, and many IT departments have learned that the hard way. Has your IT department been keeping up? Take our mobile BI strategy quiz and test your knowledge.