Practically everything has gone mobile now — business intelligence is no different. Information management now serves higher expectations for expansive information delivered through tiny displays. The challenge for most information managers is to harness the decision-making power of BI and squeeze it into a nice, neat package.

For example, most people agree that the ability to drill down is a useful feature of a good BI solution. The problem with this functionality in the mobile BI arena is that drilling down digs a deep well that is cumbersome for people to get into and back out. The customers of your mobile BI should not have to tap into dropdowns in order to find bits of buried information. Most people won’t try anyway. The power of mobile BI is making information readily available in the palm of our hands. The trade-off is it has to fit in the palm of our hands! We have to figure out what information is most desired and float it to the top.  However, that’s only half the battle. The other challenge is identifying what bits are seldom (or never) needed and eliminate the clutter of too much information.

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