According to a survey by Dresner Advisory services, 68 percent of enterprises see mobile business intelligence as critically or very important, up 16 percent from 2010. Only 2 percent of enterprises deemed mobile BI unimportant.
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Mobile will be the most disruptive functionality for BI in the coming year, according to 2012 predictions from Gartner Inc. Use of mobile devices will become mainstream to the point where Gartner sees more than one-third of BI functionality taken on by handheld devices within two years.
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Implementing a Majority
Thirty-three percent of enterprises will implement some level of mobile BI by the end of 2012, which is on top of the 25 percent of enterprises that already have an application in place, according to independent telecom industry research organization Heavy Reading. More enterprises are finding operational efficiency, real-time analytics and customer responsiveness from mobile BI, and along with that adoption will come plenty of new applications and devices, said Heavy Reading research analyst Denise Culver.
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Ringing Up Collaboration
Increased use of mobile devices is contributing to the overall growth in collaboration over BI, according to a survey from business intelligence tool and strategy advisory BI Scorecard. Those enterprises who will succeed at sharing business data in the next year and going forward are ones which continually monitor innovation in the mobile BI space, says BI Scorecard founder Cindi Howson.
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eBays PayPal payment operation reported a more than 500 percent increase in mobile payment volume during Cyber Monday shopping this year, and IBM noted that mobile sales nearly tripled from last year to take up 6.6 percent of total online commerce. That points to more small and medium-sized businesses integrating mobile commerce with financials and CRM solutions in 2012, according to SMB Group analyst Laurie McCabe.
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Shifting Document Solutions Market
Mobile BI, along with the cloud, is shifting the document solutions market to a digital focus, according to IDC. The research firm forecasts mobile print solution software revenue to grow to $1 billion in 2015, a compound annual growth rate of 71.2 percent from 2010 levels.
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