Just about all the business intelligence research analyst firms now break out mobility apps in their research work. I’ve wondered myself if this exception is only waiting for a hardware refresh cycle to become universal; lots of people have come to the realization that tablets and other smart devices are already the de facto platform for BI app development.

It’s nice to know the trend is very user demand driven, but not to say mobile information management hasn’t literally been in everyone’s pocket for years now. I know some analysts and vendors who will disagree on boundary definitional terms, but if BI can be defined as “the process of making better decisions,” it strikes me as odd that a lot of your phone’s personal productivity apps aren’t already counted in the tools and process workflow. The intersections are plain, your CRM flows to your contacts and email and messaging to your calendaring and maps et cetera, et cetera. And, increasingly, the analytics are embedded where and when you need them.

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