By tobyehatch-Oracle on Jan 15, 2014
Just imagine -- being able to create analytical mobile apps in minutes without coding. Think of the efficiency. Think of the effectiveness. Think of the FUN!
I had the pleasure of interviewing Kan Nishida, Director of Product Development for the Oracle BI Mobile App Designer Product during a podcast about the challenge of today’s “Continuous Work” lifestyle in the post-PC era. We discussed how organizations can not only adapt, but also transform, to empower their employees by delivering and sharing enterprise information anywhere, anytime, and using any device securely.
One of the issues facing our increasingly mobile workforce is the need to use multiple devices with a single application to take care of business. Kan and I talked about a new product offering from Oracle Business Intelligence, called Oracle BI Mobile App Designer, which enables business users to easily create interactive, analytical mobile apps and share them with any mobile device.
Kan told our listeners that one of the biggest reasons for creating this product was to enable business users, who do not have access to a group of excellent engineers to create apps for them, to create apps for themselves – for any device or screen size. BI Mobile App Designer is a browser –based application that uses drag and drop technology to create mobile apps.
With the emerging Bring-Your-Own-Device trend, organizations are having to support multiple mobile platforms like Apple’s iOS, Android, and Windows, because employees are using all of these platforms to complete their work. And of course, we can’t forget about PCs like Windows and Mac. A majority of people in Enterprise organizations still use PCs to access information and, according to Kan, will likely continue do so.
So, as it turns out, this mobile transformation thing is not about the transition from PC to Mobile, but to a “Continuous Work” lifestyle for business. For example, when you get up in the morning, you might be to check email on your iPhone, browse news on your iPad while having breakfast, check email again in the office - but this time on your PC. At the office, you might want to attend a meeting with an iPad, and check your iPhone while waiting for your co-workers to arrive. So, basically, we want and expect to access information anytime, anywhere, and with any device or screen.
Next we talked about why multiple devices and screen sizes are a challenge.
Kan told our listeners that apps or reports need to be optimized to touch-based
interaction and be responsive to any device and screen size so that your
audience can open them from any mobile device as well as PCs. An app on an iPad
requires much less pinching and squeezing because there is more physical space for
display, and buttons and data entry fields are big enough to touch and enter
data. A phone has less screen real estate, so you need to optimize the small
space to make the experience working on it easy and comfortable. It’s also
really important to deliver the app with a single and universal URL. This way,
you don’t need to worry about which device or platform your audience might using
or opening a report from. They can access the same information while it’s
presented in the best optimized way, according to their device type and screen
size. And this is exactly what Oracle BI Mobile App Designer does.
Kan also told us that customers who already have Oracle BI can take advantage of BI Mobile App Designer. They simply need to ensure they have upgraded to the latest version of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, then install Oracle BI Mobile App Designer on top of it. It’s very simple and quick. Then you can start creating awesome apps right away.
If you would like to try out BI Mobile App Designer, Oracle has just released a “Trial Edition” -- a light version of the product that is meant for product evaluation purposes. You can download it from the Oracle Technical Network page in minutes, double click an installer, follow a few steps, and -- BAM – you now have it up and running. You can start creating mobile apps with Excel data, or sample data that comes with it. There are both Windows and Mac versions - and it’s free!
So, you really can create analytical mobile apps in minutes – with no coding!
To listen to the entire podcast, click here.
To learn more about BI Mobile App Designer, click here.
To download the Trial Edition of the Mobile App Designer, click here.