Mobile business intelligence (BI) was a long time coming, but it's finally here and people are using it. Although it has been around for a long time in the form of alerts and emails, it was fairly crude. Information flowed in one direction - to the mobile user - and there was little interactivity. The major BI vendors now offer more user-friendly mobile applications that are more content rich, provide real-time - rather than batch-driven - data and allow users to drill down, across, change views and interact with data. Smart CFOs and CIOs should consider making it available to employees as a way to improve productivity, extend BI adoption and improve operational efficiencies.

I know I am always beating the drum about breadth of adoption; but it really is important. The more people who use your BI application; the more benefits they get from the deployment, and the easier it is for you to tell your boss that it was an effective investment. Mobile BI should be in your BI toolkit as a way to broaden adoption and benefits.

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