How BI and Analytics drive mobile application?

Business today is no longer confined to company’s physical facilities. Businesses are empowering their employees to use mobile devices with enhanced information services that enable them to make better decisions despite location. IT companies are motivated largely by the buzz of Bring Your Own Device, where employees are allowed to use their personal mobile device to access enterprise data and system.As work place become more mobile, with many of the enterprises endorsing BYOD strategies, mobile apps has emerged as a way for enterprises to streamline how they do business.

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In this blog let’s check how BI and analytics are fueling mobile app development.

BI and analytics are key factors in mobile application development. Mobile App for business intelligence make information available when and where it’s needed. With BI on smartphones or tablets, users can interact with reports, analysis and dashboards making business process faster and efficient. BI capabilities provided in mobile apps allows you to experience insight wherever you are through quick and simple access to BI. As smartphones continue to infiltrate every aspect of business, it is wise to make a sustained effort to measure user behavior through app analytics. Analytics powered mobile applications can transmit data worldwide and in real time. Once we input the data, analytics can immediately recalibrate its predictions. Business analysts apply algorithms to the company’s data sets in order to yield granular, real-time predictions. Analytics powered mobile applications can transmit this data worldwide and in real-time.

Enterprise mobile applications don’t cure everything, but they sure do make life easier and business process more efficient. Analytics-based business intelligence culled from streams of data, both structured and unstructured can provide visibility to business people they never had before.

With the mobile market developing so rapidly, it’s to be expected that app analytics will continue to evolve at an equally quick pace. If you dig your heels into app analytics now, you could get some valuable insights that can help you excel in your business and also you could save yourself from making some easily preventable mistakes.

Stylus, with its vast array of technology expertise and having worked on smartphone applications for Apple iPhone, Windows Mobile and providing solutions on RIM Blackberry, Google Andriod as well, can help your company move to mobile BI and analytics onto smartphones with much ease.

The question is, are you proactive enough to steer your organization in the optimal direction? You have the resources, you have the technology and you have us at Stylus, as your Business Intelligence partner to help you derive the maximum gains without being expensive. All you need to do is take the intelligent business decision that will prove beneficial to you, your business and all its stakeholders.
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Mobile BI-the next generation BI

Over the last few years, the technology leap has changed how the business work, communicate and interacts. The advent of Smartphones has mostly induced the thought of introducing mobile devices into business purpose. Further, businesses are empowering their employees to use mobile devices with enhanced information services that enable them to make better decisions despite location.  In today’s rapid-fire business world, development groups and analysts were fast to comprehend the potential of constructing  business intelligence systems obtainable on mobile devices. Within a brief span of time, Mobile BI gained a good demand within the business world due to its real-time, on-demand access of BI related data.

Mobile BI

Mobile BI is the hottest and quickly evolving branch within the software industry. A lot of  organizations are integrating this idea with the expectation to boost on certain keen performance capabilities. If BI is about making better decisions using the right data, then mobile BI is about ensuring that everybody – especially remote employees – has access to that data anytime, anywhere. It can be accomplished either by employing  a mobile browser to access the application on the web or using a native application that is designed for a specific mobile OS (such as iOS or Android).  The advanced mobile technologies facilitate  the business by delivering the precise BI content, while not compromise to the quality of the content.

Benefits of deploying Mobile BI

  • Organizations can expect a higher return on investment (ROI)
  • Improve operational potency. The provision of BI data anytime anywhere facilitate users connected with business at all times
  • Intelligent and assured deciding  by quickly accessing critical BI data
  • Employee productivity can be zoomed  by sharing information instantly anytime, with any device
  • Enhance client relations with prompt and accurate responses
  • Accelerate cost savings. Mobile BI can be downloaded freely and this makes process distribution easy and less expense for IT.

Mobile devices are getting  a standard place within the lives of common man  and increasingly in an enterprise. With the provision provided by the new mobile computing technology, business managers have a chance to re-think their business processes and work differently.

Mobile Apps: Should we be on Cloud?

Several industry analysts predict that mobile applications will be accessed and executed directly from the cloud through a mobile web browser interface. The predictions say there will be mobile applications running 12 times more from cloud in 2016, as compared to 2011.

The advantages of Cloud Computing being done on a connected network are tremendous. This inherits the properties of cloud of having data on demand and the service providers managing the access. For the applications, they are run on a remote server, which reduces your capital costs and also share the advantage of sharing the infrastructure which is scalable. It has always been a history that the early players in adapting to new technology benefit the most in terms of adding business value through innovation and market strategies in meeting their customer expectations.

Application providers for Home Security Systems and similar services which allow users to create location based social networks have adapted Mobile Cloud Computing. Any application need, that requires social networks without having the geographic bindings have the future of Mobile Cloud Computing, for examples: Gaming, entertainment, education, shopping and supply chain.

Whereas, mobile solution providers such as appMobi, have started to offer integrated mobile browsers that allow users to access applications directly from the websites of their publishers, eliminating the need to go to an application store. This is possible through a mobile web browser interface built using HTML5. One of the HTML5 features enable offline application cache on the user handset, so that user may continue to experience an uninterrupted application service, even though he is not connected to the network or despite fluctuations in network service delivery. This feature is a strong facilitator to adapt to such upcoming technologies.

The current statistics of selling the tablets, smartphones and other mobile phones support the fact that mobile users will expect for Applications On -Demand in near future. Moreover, with the advent of 4G, the first-release Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard, mobile networks, which are fundamental for supporting large-scale mobile cloud deployment; users will experience better service accessing their mobile applications in the cloud.

When you have an application such as Citrix, and you’re hosting it in the cloud, it opens the door to delivering a wide range of high-end business applications,” says Shara Evans, chief executive at communications consulting firm Market Clarity. “High quality, high bandwidth 4G networks are providing the horsepower for a range of real-world business applications on-the-go.”

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Yelp Mobile turns from Information to Intelligence

Yelp Mobile today announced the release of a mobile dashboard for businesses owners through their weekly newsletter feature. However, it wasn’t until Foursquare mobile made their checkin reports available to their users through their Foursquare mobile app that Yelp followed suit on the mobile bi front. Yelp entered the mobile market early on in 2006, but it wasn’t until late 2009 that they covered the entire spectrum of mobile providers, with their Yelp mobile apps. Early this year, they launched the check-in feature for all mobile users. Yelp’s mobile dashboard captures some rather interesting and “appy” metrics, which are not just tied to the hits on the business’s link, but also to the mobile phone calls and the google maps features that are tied-in with the Yelp mobile app:-

  • Number of times their business is viewed via a Yelp mobile app
  • How many calls were made to their business via a Yelp mobile app
  • Directions to their business requested via a Yelp mobile app
  • Check-ins

Yelp will soon be releasing these metrics as an add-on tool with their mobile app. What’s interesting to note is the growing demand for intelligence from business owners, not just information. Most social sites and social directories need to gear towards turning their massive warehouse of information into business intelligence in people’s pockets – accessible, simple to decipher, intuitive and intelligent.

What companies like Yelp or Foursquare, however “social” they get, may not do is this: to make these metrics more “social” or let consumers dabble with their own metrics. They will get there someday, but not just yet. Till such time, we’re always around when someone “yelps!”.

Less data, more wisdom – the new IT mantra

The recent slide on the Dow Jones that has taken the index below 10,000 for the first time in 3 months is the surest indicator yet that the recession hangover has not fully left us. No doubt the Eurozone troubles have a large part to play in this, but the larger picture is that although recovering, the world economy is still in such a fragile state that any problem anywhere can stop the recovery everywhere.

As business leaders, this puts additional pressure on us. Should I now plan and invest now to take advantage of the growth that I hope to see over the next 12 months, or should I wait just in case the whole recovery stalls and/or slows down? One thing I have found out over the last year is that while IT investment cannot be kept on hold any longer without degrading business capability, it is possible, even in this environment to look at IT as more than just maintenance, as an investment that can improve the business decision making capability.

The development of new platforms and tools in the Business intelligence space ( cloud, mobile and on premise) means that now, more than any other time in the past, it is possible to analyze and make sense of data more quickly and relatively inexpensively. This means that rather than spend on new software that will collect even more data, now may be a good time to build/buy robust analytics software that can better use the existing data locked away in your existing systems, in order to make better decisions. And it needs to do so in an easy to use manner, so that business leaders can do the job themselves and not have to rely on expensive human analysts to download data and slice and dice them on ubiquitious spreadsheets.

Businesses today can neither afford the time not the cost for this spreadsheet mania. Our own research has discovered amazing ways by which companies today can leverage low cost BI solutions to ensure that their software doesn’t just provide data, but track KPIs that are closely linked to the business health of the firm. After all, if the recession has forced our people to rise to the challenge, shouldn’t we expect the same from our existing business software applications as well?

The future of reporting

Most web applications built on Java or .Net have built in reports that allow the key stakeholders to see how the application behaves with respect to their goals and KPIs. Traditionally these reports are defined with the software requirements and are manually coded in.

But all this is about to change in ways that can cause wide impact. Over the last few years, Microsoft has been deliberately building up their Business Intelligence services into their MS SQL server software. I believe that these services will make Microsoft SQL server the database of choice for small and midsize companies. Why? Because of two main reasons:

a) With these services, Microsoft, which has traditionally been a strong contender in the SME segment, has effectively combined a transactional database and data warehouse into one server. This has significant implications with respect to both, cost of licenses, and the IT infrastructure that is required (both in terms of hardware and people). Now customers don’t have to spend on expensive BI tool licenses such as Cognos, Web focus, etc. when they come to Stylus as Stylus uses MS SQL database server for all customer’s applications and SSIS, SSAS, SSRS all come as free add on services with MS SQL enterprise edition.

b) Secondly and more importantly it allows for the creation of what we call the “intelligent business applications”. These are applications that not only have clear linkages to one or more business level KPIs, but they also allow the business users to do their own analysis and create their own reports. If customers already have existing applications built with MS SQL and require further customization, Stylus is well equipped to handle it, as it understands the advantages of MS SQL over the other BI tools available. To illustrate our expertise, please click here, to learn how healthcare BI services developed by Stylus can help improve a hospital’s operations, productivity and profitability.

But has this been a core feature of any BI solutions in the past? Yes, but the important thing to note here is that this will become (IMHO) an integral part of every software application that comes out in the near future (at the very least, that will be the case for every software we make at Stylus). BI will no longer be a separate technology with it’s own army of high priests (read Data warehousing experts) and prophets (read BI analysts) but an essential component of every software application that the business will use, be it ERP, CRM, MIS etc. In addition with minimal extra work, users will be able to quickly connect these individual KPIs (from separate applications) into Performance Management Dashboards that give a quick view of not just their performance but the Performance of the area of the business they are responsible for.

Now if that isn’t change you can believe in, I don’t know what is.

Mobile BI Reporting: for the busy traveling user

Business Intelligence is an absolute must-have in today’s fierce market conditions. Many Corporations have implemented some level of BI solutions. However, in most cases, these solutions don’t go far enough. While businesses today are decentralized and often span the entire globe, traditional BI solutions are largely desk-bound. Busy executives who are always on the move do not get the full benefits of these solutions.
Today, businesses have a wide range of options for mobile-enabling their BI solutions using which mobile executives are empowered to collect and update critical business information, access and work with corporate data and communicate and collaborate with colleagues.

Benefits of Mobile BI Reporting

  1. Better decisions – Executives on the move and in the field can make better informed decisions as they have all the relevant information at their fingertips
  2. Visible business performance – You can make business performance visible by using mobile visual dashboards. Users will be able to monitor business processes and performance at a glance, and also be able to drill down to view details and do further analysis.
  3. Better time utilization – Mobile executives will be able to use their time more effectively if they are empowered to perform productive work when they are in a customer’s office, or at a branch or just before meetings or at the airport.
  4. Agility – Having relevant information at your fingertips helps you identify trends and opportunities early and helps you gain a competitive edge. Mobile executives will be able to respond faster to situations that require their attention.
  5. Collaboration – Mobile executives will be available to and connected with other key decision makers 24/7.
  6. Customer satisfaction – Mobile executives will have details of the entire customer account when visiting a customer location. This will enable them to offer more appropriate solutions to customer problems and increase customer satisfaction.

Aomori Yakult Seller increased sales by 105 percent in one year.
Aomori Yakult Seller Co.
is a Japanese company that sells health food products directly to consumers through a sales network of 600 “Yakult ladies”. As changing lifestyles led to a declining customer base, an outdated manual system for gathering and analyzing sales and customer data made it impossible to get good business intelligence. After deploying a new automated mobile-workforce and BI reporting solution, the company was able to increase sales 105 percent in a single year, shorten distributors’ workdays by two hours, cut data-gathering from six weeks to one day, and make customer and sales information available in real time.
Options
With the smartphone market picking up, we have a lot of options. The main contenders are Apple iPhone, RIM Blackberry, Google Android and Microsoft Windows Mobile. Windows 5.0 Mobile powers business intelligence solutions for the busy traveling user. IBM Cognos 8 has extended their Go! Family of products to include the Mobile clients as well, through their rendering Go!Mobile by providing users with access to timely, secure, and personalized information on their mobile devices and operating systems, including BlackBerry®, Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 3rd Edition wireless.

The main feature of modern smartphones is full HTML support – this makes delivery of BI a lot easier than in the past. A single web-based solution that renders pages for different devices is often the most cost-effective solutions.
If the corporation has standardized on a specific device, then native applications can be created that are specific to the device – these applications can access hardware-specific features that are unique to the device.
Stylusinc specializes in custom BI solutions for small and medium enterprises who want the best-of-breed solutions employing data across multiple clients, including varied mobile platforms, the cloud, desktops or other smart clients. Stylusinc’s expertise lies in understanding the business of the client and accordingly tailoring the business intelligence framework for the company by using the Microsot technology foundation and industry specific KPIs to suit the company’s decision system and enable faster access to data and decision making throughout the company. Our mobile specialists ensure that your data is well integrated with smartphone providers such as Apple iPhone, Google Android, RIM Blackberry and Microsoft Windows Mobile, without compromising on data transparency and data security.
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