Is Your BI Tool Designed for Mobile? How to Tell & Why It Matters in Small Business

3 min read · 7 years ago


Many businesses, from small, privately owned companies to large corporate enterprises, employ a business intelligence (BI) tool to track and improve company operations, boost productivity, and keep the whole team on the same page.

Amidst the latest in BI, employees have also gone mobile. Could your company compete or perform business functions adequately without a mobile solution for your BI tools? Didn’t think so. Businesses must remain agile and intelligent, and mobile access to BI data does just that by enabling a ‘game-like’ data experience without a wi-fi connection.

Especially on holiday weekends—the Fourth is right around the corner—execs rely even more on mobile business apps. Equip your team by ensuring useful access to business data via mobile this weekend.

Mobility Matters

critical business information. Enabling your employees to understand and look at data in an easy way (like a mobile app), propels them to make smarter business decisions and excel in other job functions.

In your next sales meeting, imagine being armed with the most important data-driven business information right on your iPhone. Mobile visual reporting gives you the power to be incredibly informed, with instant, secure access to business metrics

But, mobile reporting isn’t just for on-the-go salespeople. It’s for anyone—from retailers to analysts—who needs quick, data-driven information away from their desktop computer.

Mobile Across Any Industry 

Regardless of whether you’re a remote employee, your daily responsibilities can benefit from mobile data.

  • Retailers: Get out of the back office and back on the sales floor with access to purchase, inventory and merchandising data at your fingertips.
  • Sales: Engage at your next meeting by showing performance and revenue impact on an iPad, rather than a stack of binders.
  • Marketers: Tell interactive, data-driven stories, or update performance reports with story and metrics combined.
  • Small Business Owners: Keep a beat on the pulse of your business with access to all the operation metrics you care about most, in your pocket.

Basically, anyone in a meeting, on the sales floor, on a cross-country flight, or working remotely can access to the information they need to drive business results, and eliminate any guesswork around access to business data.

The Mobile Checklist 

Your mobile solution should be available on whichever device or tablet you chose. Consider the following when determining whether your data visualization software is designed mobile-first:

  • Is it built for mobile? Does it feel like an app—intuitive, engaging, good UX … or is it the web version shrunk down for a mobile device?
  • Is it fast? Mobile users expect instant results when they engage an app, so why would it be different when engaging views of business data?
  • Does it require a secure connection for access to critical information?
  • Does it support data storage to minimize sharing issues?
  • Is it compliant with industry regulations that protect sensitive customer information?
  • Is it interoperable with the technologies your business relies on? Does it have integrations with other platforms?
  • Does it encourage user interaction and collaboration to lower the risk of conversion errors and increase response times?
  • Can you use it offline for on-demand access to reports, or does it require a Wi-Fi connection?

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This article was syndicated from Business 2 Community: Is Your BI Tool Designed for Mobile? How to Tell & Why It Matters

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