More and more BI projects need to deliver to mobile devices, as end-users expect their BI to be available on whichever device is closest to hand.
End-users want their BI to be just as accessible as their email. Today, you probably prefer to access your email from your desktop computer when you are in the office and from your mobile devices when you are out and about; end-users of BI want the same flexibility, so they can get answers to their business questions at any time.
But, delivering mobile BI creates a number of new challenges for BI practitioners, not least because not all networks are created equal.
As a software company there is no more important skill to us than computer programming and at Antivia we are very fortunate to have a fantastic team of developers creating our products.
However, as others have observed over the last couple of years, as a society we are not doing as much as we should or could to encourage the next generation of programmers. In fact, you could argue that we have gone backwards on this over the last 30 years.
SAP’s roadmap for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (formerly Xcelsius) customers will see you move to SAP Design Studio, their new development tool for creating interactive dashboards and BI applications. For those who want to deliver end-user BI without coding, Antivia proposed an alternative approach, during a webinar we hosted yesterday.
I like to cycle. When I’m out riding my bike I have a little computer attached to the handlebars that amongst other things tells me how fast I’m going with a little arrow alongside indicating whether I am travelling faster or slower than my average speed for the ride.
Underpinning this arrow is a well-known formula: speed = distance / time Continue reading →
Would you like great performance, off-line capability and 50 times more data in your mobile SAP Dashboards ?
Last week Sarah Gou from the SAP Dashboards product team posted an article on mobile best practices for SAP Dashboards. It is a good read with a number of pieces of excellent advice for deploying successful mobile dashboards. Continue reading →
I am beginning to hope that Howard Aiken was right when he said :-
“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”
For a long time now (pretty much any of my other posts in this blog cover the idea in one way or another) I have been advocating the idea that ad-hoc / self-service is not the panacea for Business Intelligence which it is widely perceived. More recently this has evolved into the more constructive idea that interactive dashboards are the only form of BI needed for end-users.Continue reading →
There was much discussion of advanced/predictive analytics and agile visualization in the tweet stream from the SAP Analytics briefing which Steve Lucas gave to analysts in New York last night (mainly via John Appleby, @applebyj) however, for me the biggest insight came from what the NBA are doing with HANA.
The underlying technical stuff was impressive, as John tweeted:
This post is an extract from our recent eBook “Why self-service BI fails and how dashboards provide the answer”.
To better understand the types of BI user within our organization we can classify them along 2 dimensions:
1. Activity Performed
This first dimension considers the type of activity being performed. At one end are people performing the type of deep analysis supported by data discovery tools and the other extreme are those who prefer the simplicity of the ‘just click’ interface of a dashboard. Continue reading →
At the recent SAP Sapphire in Orlando, Anita Gibbings (Solution Marketing Director for SAP Dashboards) was kind enough to arrange for me to shoot the following quick video for SAP Analytics TV to show the capabilities which Antivia XWIS adds to SAP Dashboards inside SAP Mobile BI.