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.
1BI 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.
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. Watch Now
2The 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.
Mobile business intelligence: Benefits and barriers
There are several hurdles to clear before an organization can realize the benefits of mobile BI. Data delivery, unified data and other BI essentials all become more difficult to secure in a mobile environment. Here's advice that can help. Read Now
Mobile business intelligence apps provide new opportunities for location data
With mountains of location-tagged information available, businesses are facing new business intelligence opportunities. But to use location intelligence effectively, companies need a clear plan. Read Now
For effective mobile BI, don't just decorate a database
In order to be successful with mobile BI, organizations need to focus on the technical side of things, especially ensuring that a solid information management program is supporting the data provided to mobile devices. Without the proper support, mobile will just end up making bad data look good. Read Now
3Launch 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.
HTML5 could boost mobile BI for varied devices
HTML5 offers a way for development teams to accommodate the wide array of devices and software being developed for mobile BI applications. Although there are some tradeoffs, HTML5 has a lot of potential to help organizations deal with the difficulties that come with bring-your-own-device initiatives. Read Now