Smartphones get smarter

Information Builders is the first major supplier to bring business intelligence (BI) power to mobile workers.

Information Builders is the first major supplier to bring business intelligence (BI) power to mobile workers.

A mobile version of its WebFocus Active Reports software allows on-the-move workers to view and, more importantly, interact with reports, make calculations or create charts on their smartphones.

Unlike other solutions, users don’t need to install plug-ins or custom software on their devices, and special servers and web services aren’t required.

“Delivering BI to a mobile device is not new,” says Information Builders chief executive Gerald Cohen. “What’s new is that with this latest innovation around Active Reports, we have taken the technology from a push form of simply sending information, to an interactive form where users can drill down on data, visualise it, and make decisions based on real-time data.”

A few weeks ago Cognos announced plans to sell its BI software for Blackberries next year, but this requires intervention from IT administrators. Business Objects is also working on a mobile prototype.

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