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BI Goes Mobile: Putting its Best Foot Forward

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 17 May 2012, 05:55 Hrs
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Bangalore: For manufacturers, things are slowly getting back to normal. The brutal recession has forced companies to cut down on man power and resources even though consumption of goods and services are increasing. So to keep up with the growing demand, many are turning to real-time Business Intelligence (BI) solutions.

The old BI does not provide round the clock accessibility and cannot deal with the terabytes of data which are updated in milliseconds. So manufacturers are turning to new technology and mobilizing it.

When it comes to BI certain points are to be kept in mind. All the disparate data must be delivered promptly and aggregated appropriately. Right data must be provided to the right person so he/she can use it to make decisions in real time. Modern BI systems must also be able to take in all of these massive waves of data and add analytics to it which perform the functions that a domain expert used to. This is why there has been a push for analytics and mobile BI.

Mani Gill, vice president and general manager of SAP Business Intelligence says, "I don't think you can compete efficiently today without mobility. People in the fields, people on the shop floor are absolutely going to require mobile experiences."

It is evident that more companies are adopting mobile solutions but there are businesses that are flourishing in the old environment of BI which are very sustainable. Even with the weight of their past success, these companies ought to make the transition if they want to maintain their edge in coming years.

"Is it still possible to do business without mobility? Absolutely," says Mark Bernardo, general manager of automation software at GE Intelligent Platforms. "Is it still possible to remain competitive [without it]? The answer would be, no."

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