Mobile business intelligence (BI) apps provide real-time KPIs like sales, revenue and customer data in dashboards small enough to fit on an employee's tablet or smartphone screen.
You need an app that is easy for business users to get to grips with as they are expected to stay in tune with the business at all times and provide enterprise-grade security and integrations with core apps and databases like Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, Salesforce.com and Google, amongst others.
Here are some of the best mobile BI and analytics apps.
Roambi Analytics was built for mobile and proved so successful that SAP acquired the company in February 2016. Despite the acquisition, SAP BusinessObjects Roambi remains data agnostic. Roambi Analytics provides easy to consume interactive reports, charts, dashboards, KPIs, and data visualisations and is fully available offline, you simply import the CSV file. Roambi is free for up to five users and enterprise (minimum five users) will set you back $22 dollars per person per month (around £16.50).
Platform: iOS, Android and Windows.
The free Tableau mobile app brings the popular data visualisation tool to mobile devices with all the same interactive features users are familiar with. This means data that can be filtered and drilled down with a touch, you can ask new questions of your data on the move rather than static dashboards and it is perpetually updated.
Tableau pricing starts at $999 per named user for the desktop product. The cloud-based Tableau Online is priced at a flat rate of $500 (£350) per user per year. Tableau server for large organisations starts at $10,000 (£7,000) for 10 users, with future annual upgrades and support set at 25 percent per year.
Platform: iOS and Android
MicroStrategy's mobile platform gives employees access to interactive reports and data visualisation which can be layered onto maps for geospatial analysis. The MicroStrategy apps are enterprise secure, push notifications can be set up around pre-defined parameters and KPIs and reports and dashboards are cached for offline analysis. MicroStrategy also claims its platform makes it simple to build custom mobile productivity apps out from the analytics. It costs $600 dollar per named user (around £450).
Platform: Android and iOS
4. TIBCO Spotfire
TIBCO Spotfire mobile metrics comes with the popular analytics suite, which is available either as a Software as a Service (SaaS) or a platform. Mobile metrics provides up-to-date KPIs across mobile devices, with push notifications and sharing capabilities. Spotfire Cloud starts at $200 per month and Platform is priced on request.
Platform: Android, iOS, Windows Mobile
5. Microsoft Power BI
Microsoft's free Power BI app lets users view interactive dashboards and reports on the move. Alerts can be set up and insights can be shared with your colleagues.
Platform: Windows Phone, Android and iOS
With personalised dashboards, Yellowfin’s mobile BI tool promises instant mobile access to customisable reports and dashboards. Yellowfin has incorporated enterprise collaboration capabilities within the mobile app, which lets you collaborate and discuss issues relating to specific charts and associate a conversation with specific reports or data points. There is an offline mode and the app retains Yellowfin’s enterprise grade security. The solution is available on a free trial and the starter kit is $3000 a year for five users.
Platform: Android, iOS
Jaspersoft’s mobile BI solution allows you to build reports and dashboards on the move and access existing analytics for quick access to insights. Jaspersoft also offers a mobile SDK so that developers can customise the look, feel and functions of the native application and integrate analytics within other applications. Jaspersoft was acquired by TIBCO in 2014 as the analytics company looks to provide a developer-friendly analytics solution alongside its popular Spotfire analytics (number four on this list).
Platform: iOS and Android
8. IBM Cognos Mobile
For organisations already using IBM's Cognos platform, Cognos Mobile provides the capability to view BI content on your mobile device. Users can create multiple dashboards andpush them to devices to be viewed on or offline. The Cognos Analytics suite is priced on request by speaking to an IBM representative.
Platform: Android and iOS
Cyfe offers access to its all-in-one analytics platform via a mobile optimised version of its browser-based BI dashboard, not an app. Cyfe incorporates business intelligence, social media, marketing, sales, support and infrastructure monitoring. The cloud-based service and accompanying mobile app allows for real-time monitoring on the move by connecting to data sources such as Salesforce, Google Analytics, Constant Contact, Twitter, Gmail, Amazon Web Services and FeedBurner. Dashboards can be shared with unlimited users or via public URLs. Cyfe costs $19 per user per month.
Platform: Any mobile browser
10. SAP BusinessObjects Mobile
If you use BusinessObjects (SAP's BI platform), the BusinessObjects Mobile app provides robust analytics and interactive charts for the mobile workforce. Since this app uses the existing SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise, it provides a strong level of security and flexibility. Using SAP StreamWork, you can discuss different reports with fellow employees; such collaboration capabilities make BusinessObjects Mobile a useful enterprise tool. The app is free to existing BusinessObjects users. Works on and offline. Pricing for BusinessObjects is available on request.