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Mobile BI Design Framework: Response Time

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When you design for business intelligence (BI) or mobile BI, the response time (sometimes also referred to as load time ) will always come into question. The concept of fast loading pages is nothing new. Plenty of material exists on the web that covers everything from designing web sites to developing apps.

Every so often I am presented with this question: What is an acceptable response time for a mobile BI asset? And my answer—“it depends”— generally causes confusion. This is often because the person asking the question is looking for a magic number of seconds that’s …

5 Signs of a Successful Mobile BI Initiative

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When it comes to defining success for most technology projects with user rollouts, such as mobile business intelligence (BI), adoption is the key indicator of success. The degree to which users embrace the solution depends on a variety of factors. Some may be highly visible and easily measurable. Others may be less so and may require interpretation. Moreover, additional measurements such as cost reduction or productivity improvements contribute to the overall success criteria.

Here are five signs of a successful mobile BI initiative.

1. Executive Sponsor with a Mobile Passion

The success of a mobile BI journey …

What Makes a Great Mobile Impression

What Makes a Great Mobile Impression?

This past weekend, NFL fans around the globe watched the Super Bowl and, once again, the advertisements were at the forefront. They can be very influential in promoting a company’s brand and awareness. They’re sometimes compared to an elevator pitch because they require a design that’s compact, concise, and captivating with an execution that needs to be flawless and delivered in seconds and minutes.

I believe something similar occurs in mobile design and execution. Making a great “mobile impression” requires having the equally critical elements of precision and an engaging delivery. …

Mobile BI Design Framework: Consistency Principle

Mobile BI Design Framework: Consistency Principle

In mobile business intelligence(BI) design, the “consistency principle” is the most powerful tool to effectively deliver a mobile user experience. Developing components that are both consistent and repeatable greatly accelerates the “mobile learning curve,” leading to higher user adoption.

We apply the consistency principle at two levels:

The macro level occurs at-the-project or engagement level and covers all resources or artifacts that are used to deliver and support implementation of mobile assets (like user guides, communication, online stores, and support). The micro level deals with the design of each individual mobile BI asset (like …

10 Mobile BI Strategy Questions: Talent Management

Ten Mobile BI Strategy Questions Talent Management

When I bring up talent management as part of a mobile business intelligence strategy, I’m often met with that “deer caught in the headlights” look. I realize that talent management is typically used in the context of human resources, but I also see it playing an important part in the development of a mobile BI strategy. As with any technology project, in mobile BI we need to effectively manage three basic resources: technology (hardware, software, network), processes (business or technical), and people. Of the three, I believe talent is the most important one that …

10 Mobile BI Strategy Questions: Design

Ten Mobile BI Strategy Questions: Design

When the term design is used in mobile business intelligence (BI), it often refers to the user interface (UI). However, when I consider the question of design in developing a mobile BI strategy, I go beyond what a report or dashboard looks like. As I wrote in a previous post, when designing a mobile BI solution we need to consider all facets of user interactions and take a holistic approach in dealing with all aspects of the user experience. Here are three areas of design to consider when developing a mobile BI strategy.

10 Mobile BI Strategy Questions: Security

Ten Mobile BI Strategy Questions: Security

Do you have all three layers of mobile BI security covered: device, app, and data? All of the convenience and benefits of mobile devices provide a particular security risk, complicating matters for the technology managers. When we think about the three layers of security in mobile BI, each layer plays an equally important role. Moreover, each layer represents a specific component of a user’s access profile. Therefore, it’s vital not only to understand how each layer completes the security picture, but also to make sure they work in tandem.

1) Mobile Device Security

This outer layer deals with protecting the …

Analytics: Key Trends for 2013

Analytics: Key Trends for 2013

Business analytics has evolved dramatically from its humble beginnings in core data warehousing more than 30 years ago. It’s evolved from simple, decision support solutions to advancements in business intelligence (BI), enterprise performance management (EPM), and, most recently, intelligent data concepts and predictive analytic applications. Companies have embraced the value of analytics – solutions that combine data and analysis to drive insights – to help them differentiate, become more competitive, and make better business decisions.

A Pervasive Culture of Analytics

Almost everyone in your company can benefit from some form of analytics. Employees want to make their jobs easier – …

10 Questions To Develop Your Mobile Business Intelligence Strategy

Ten Questions To Develop Your Mobile Business Intelligence Strategy

In my post “Mobile BI” Doesn’t Mean “Mobile-Enabled Reports” I articulated the importance of developing a mobile business intelligence (BI) strategy. If designed, implemented, and executed effectively, mobile BI will not only complement the existing business intelligence framework, but it will enable organizations to drive growth and profitability.

For the next ten weeks, I want to chart a course that will highlight the key questions you need to ask before embarking on a mobile BI journey. This is the critical first step in validating mobile BI readiness for any organization, whether it’s a …

3 Strategies To Get Started With Mobile Business Intelligence (BI)

Three Strategies To Get Started With Mobile Business Intelligence (BI)

In my post “Mobile BI” Doesn’t Mean “Mobile-Enabled Reports” I highlighted two main areas that affect how organizations can go about realizing the benefits of mobile BI: enterprise mobility and BI maturity. Today I want to focus on the latter and outline high-level strategies that require different avenues of focus, time, and resources.

Before an organization can execute these high-level strategies, it must have the following:

An existing BI framework that can be leveraged Current technology (hardware and software) used for BI that support mobile capabilities A …