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 ay 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. 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 ten 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 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 provides mobile BI tools that are easy to customise. Based on the Yellowfin client-based business intelligence app, it lets anyone create custom reports and dashboards that can be published and accessed from any platform or device. 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. It provides both online and offline work modes, the latter of which is helpful if you need to see reports and data while on the go, and offers a free trial. Natch.
Platform: Android, iOS
Jaspersoft has a browser-based architecture for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Features for end users include an ad hoc design environment that allows for on-the-fly creation of new reports or dashboards. A mobile SDK is available for developers, and IT departments can use server-side authentication for security management.
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 from many types of mobile devices, to create multiple dashboards and to push those reports to devices. (This app does require IBM Cognos Business Intelligence content in the backend and Cognos Mobile Server.) Cognos Mobile provides drill up, drill down and drill through capabilitieson and offline.
Platform: BlackBerry and iOS native and web clients; Android, Symbian and Windows Mobile web access
The small business tool of choice. With its cloud-based service and mobile app, Cyfe provides users with all-in-one business dashboards for a monthly subscription fee. Dashboards are easy to set up and include ready-to-use widgets that connect to social media, marketing, monitoring and sales data sources such as Salesforce, Google Analytics, Constant Contact, Twitter, Gmail, Amazon Web Services and FeedBurner. It also connects to internal databases and lets you combine internal and external data to create dashboards.
Platform: Android, iOS
10. SAP BusinessObjects Mobile
If you use BusinessObjects (SAP OE BI platform), SAP BusinessObjects Mobile 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.
Platforms: Android, BlackBerry iOS, Symbian, Widows Mobile