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Mobile BI Design Framework: Making the Case for Small

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In mobile business intelligence (BI) design, the “case for small” stems from the need to effectively manage performance and response time for mobile experiences. The concept has nothing to do with smaller screens or device sizes. Instead, it deals with the delivery of the content onto those screens.

One of the common denominators of all mobile user experiences deals with what I call the “patience factor.” Mobile users tend to be less patient about performance and response time than PC users, since they’re on the go with less time to spare.

On the other hand, the unmatched …

Part Two: Auditing on an iPad – Really??

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In my last blog, I discussed the advantages of leveraging mobility to improve the effectiveness of managing the audit process, considering the opportunities for improved professionalism, ease of evidence capture, improved work paper management, and improved auditor engagement.

In this blog, I’d like to consider the ways that audit databases can be used to improve the effectiveness of audit planning and to help with critical research during an audit project.

Audit work papers can be stored on laptop hard drives, on shared drives, or within various document management systems.

Of course, we all understand the professional and …

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 …

Auditing on an iPad – Really?

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I’m sure you don’t need me to point this out—but we’re all accustomed to wandering around with a plethora of mobile devices, including tablets and phones. And yes, they come in very handy—getting directions to an offsite meeting, locating a restaurant, booking tickets for a show, clearing e-mail on the fly.

But have you noticed that increasingly, as we use these devices more, our expectations for what we can do on a mobile device are increasing? We have less tolerance for websites (and the brand behind them!) that don’t work well on our mobile device. And, increasingly, we find …

4 Ways To Accelerate Mobile Innovation with Your Customers

4 Ways To Accelerate Mobile Innovation with Your Customers

I’m often asked the question, “How can we accelerate mobile innovation?” And my answer has always been the same—getting closer to your mobile customers is the only way!

When it comes to mobile innovation, your users (customers) will be the key to your success whether we’re talking about mobile app development, mobile web sites, enterprise mobility, or mobile business intelligence (BI). Moreover, it doesn’t matter if your customers are internal or external to your team or your organization.

“Innovation” means different things to different people. In its basic form, innovation is how we create new things, whether they’re …

6 Tools to Make Your Mobile Design Teams More Effective

6 Tools to Make Your Mobile Design Teams More Effective

I joined a consulting firm just as I came out of the private sector where I was the customer of technology. In my new role, I found myself on the opposite side of the intersection of business and technology where I was looked to as the expert. I realized quickly that I had to be agile and innovative instead of demanding a solution to problems that were both challenging and complex.

I see many parallels between my challenges then and mobile ambitions of many young design teams these days. Whether we are talking about mobile app development, …

Mobile BI Design Framework: The Use of Colors

Mobile BI Design Framework: The Use of Colors

In mobile business intelligence (BI) design, the use of colors plays an important role because colors are some of the easier components to incorporate into our mobile assets. However, this ease of use often leads to misuse and, subsequently, ineffective design of our mobile solutions.

I often find that the oversight happens not because we lack the knowledge or technical capability, but because we make the wrong assumptions. I always argue: simple is beautiful if we want our design to resonate with our customers (users). And as I discussed in my last blog of …

Mobile BI Design Framework: Impact and Utility

Mobile BI Design Framework: Impact and Utility

In mobile business intelligence (BI) design, two elements are always in play. I refer to them as “utility” (not to be confused with utility in economics) and “impact.” At the micro level, they influence directly how we develop our mobile assets (reports, dashboards) in order to effectively deliver actionable insight through the mobile user interface and experience. At the macro level, they influence how we design and execute our mobile BI strategy.

Utility Is About Efficiency

Mobile BI is about faster, better-informed decision making through the use of mobile platforms. In this …

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. …

Everyday BI: My Stocks

Everyday BI: My Stocks

In the last installment of this series, I described the three key steps that everyday business intelligence (BI) users typically go through when they consume data: Observation, Perspective, and Insight. These steps often take place in an ad-hoc manner without the same degree of precision and requirements that one expects in corporate BI environments. Nevertheless, everyday BI users follow a similar process to achieve the same end goal—insight through data for better-informed decisions.

Let’s take a look at a great example that demonstrates these three steps before I continue with our experiments in future …