Oracle BI Mobile App Designer is Now Available

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This went out as a newsletter, so not much we can add to the information, but we want this to be recognized, so here is the release information for the BI Mobile Apps Designer as a blogpost:

The News
Now generally available, Oracle BI Mobile App Designer is a new design tool for business users easily to create stunning and interactive analytical applications for use on any major mobile device.  With Oracle BI Mobile, businesses have been able to deploy full interactive dashboards with zero additional development using Oracle BI Mobile HD on iOS devices, and now can create purpose-built mobile analytic applications for smartphones and tablets with drag-and-drop simplicity using Oracle BI Mobile App Designer.  BI Mobile App Designer complements BI Mobile HD and is packaged with BI Foundation Suite and the BI Mobile option to OBIEE at no additional cost.

Example Screenshot

App Designer
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What’s New

  • Mobile-first Business Apps – BI Mobile App Designer is the ideal solution for users that want targeted, business-specific mobile apps that are easy and fast to build, require no programming expertise, and can be delivered to users across all the major mobile platforms and devices. Apps are built with support for touch and gestural interactions built in.

  • Intuitive App Design Interface – BI Mobile App Designer has a simple drag-and-drop interface that allows business users to select their data visualizations—including tables, charts, navigation panels, repeating grids, images, text narrative, etc.—and then drop these elements onto a palette to create mobile apps within minutes. Third-party plug-ins like Google Maps, Sunburst visualizer, etc., can be incorporated and used in a similar manner. A preview function allows users to preview their apps within a computer’s browser, or on a mobile device by scanning a QR code – without requiring any installation or configuration.

  • Portable Device, Platform, Screen-size Design – BI Mobile App Designer is certified to support iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile smartphones and tablets.  Since it supports HTML5, most mobile browsers can run BI Mobile App Designer apps; it requires no plug-in, no installation, and no download from a third-party app store.

  • Enterprise Integration - Oracle BI Mobile App Designer is a part of and fully integrated with the Oracle BI Foundation. Users can create mobile apps with enterprise data from the BI Semantic layer (RPD), with data from BI Publisher data models, or even Excel data files, with seamless support for and the benefits of role-based data-level security that the Oracle BI Foundation suite provides.

Product Availability & Licensing

  • BI Mobile App Designer is available now as a patch to Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition, version 11.1.1.7.1. [patch number 17220944 at support.oracle.com]

  • BI Mobile App Designer is licensed at no extra charge with Oracle BI Foundation Suite and Oracle BI Mobile.

Where can I find more information?


Comments:

Hi,
good job!!
Question: can I use the app also not connected to the network?
Regards.
Vincenzo

Posted by Vincenzo Scinicariello on August 20, 2013 at 01:35 PM CEST #

Dear Vincenzo,

while I am not sure if you can CREATE or DESIGN "reports" while not on the network, from what I have read so far, you need to be connected to the server from BI Mobile in order to view data.

(compare with this):
KM DOC:
Is OBIEE 11g Analysis Data Stored On The BI Mobile Application And How Does It Work With A Server Behind a Firewall (Doc ID 1352650.1):
"...
However, there is no persistent caching of Report content.
Once the connection is lost or disconnected, no data (Report, CSS and JavaScript) remains on the
Mobile App."

I hope this helps.
.T

Posted by admin on August 20, 2013 at 01:53 PM CEST #

Product looks great!
I have 200 named user license of OBIEE and no BI Mobile licenses.
Do I need to buy something else to use BI Mobile for the existing 200 users or am I already covered with what I have?

Many thanks - Mark.

Posted by Mark on September 06, 2013 at 04:09 PM CEST #

Mark
Licensing is a little too complex for me, so I would advise to speak to your sales rep to get a clear confirmation if you need an extra license for this.
best regards
.Torben

Posted by admin on September 09, 2013 at 04:47 PM CEST #

A great looking addition to the product suite. You mention you can use third party plugins to extend the reporting capabilities of the product. Do Oracle have any documentation to illustrate how to do this?

Posted by guest on September 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM CEST #

So just to clarify if a user wants to view in android mobile device a report which is already he is viewing on Laptop browser then he has to use this App Designer so that he can view it on mobile device? If that is the case isnt this duplication of same report in catalog??

Posted by guest on September 23, 2013 at 09:00 PM CEST #

You can of course use the normal browser in your mobile device - Smartphone, Tablet or Notebook - to access the reports same way as you would on desktop.
However, if you want your reports customized / custom fit to your mobile device, you might need to cover special needs. Since the normal, included BI Mobile client so far only supports iOS, the choice for Android would be the separate software BI Mobile Apps Designer - on base of at least OBIEE 11.1.1.7.1
With BI Mobile Apps Designer you can create reports tailored for your specific target (mobile) OS and screen(size).
These are separate reports, which might have similar content than other reports you use on normal browsers, but tailored for the specific mobile devices needs.
Best Regards,
Martin

Posted by Martin on September 27, 2013 at 11:11 AM CEST #

Does the Mobile App Designer replace Briefing Books or compliment that? i.e., how does this help the deployment of offline results to users who can't be connected all the time?

Posted by Sean on September 27, 2013 at 07:27 PM CEST #

Hi Sean,

Not sure if it will replace Briefing books; but I found these 2 KM docs that provide info related to BI Mobile Device issues. One includes information about how caching of reports and connectivity. The other is the Master Note regarding BI Mobile devices; which may be helpful as well.

Is OBIEE 11g Analysis Data Stored On The BI Mobile Application And How Does It Work With A Server Behind a Firewall (Doc ID 1352650.1)

Master Note For Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile Applications (iPhone/iPad) Issues in OBIEE (Doc ID 1293391.1)

If anyone else has any information, please feel free to share it and pass it along.

Thank you!

Posted by tanya on September 30, 2013 at 04:10 PM CEST #

I have completed some testing of apps designer and, I have to say, I’m very impressed with how easy it is to get apps looking great in any device of your choosing. I would however have liked to have seen gauge chart types included and like Vincenzo I would like to see support for an occasionally connected device included in future versions. Our users would definitely want the option of storing content in an offline mode that could be refreshed when a connection becomes available. Has anyone heard if Oracle will be working to add this functionality in future releases.

Posted by David on November 26, 2013 at 03:54 PM CET #

Hello;

I found this information regarding Offline access...

Offline Access:

Oracle BI Mobile allows content to be saved for offline viewing and sharing. When online, users can refresh saved offline content and share via e-mail with other users. A fine-grained security privilege also allows administrators to grant or revoke the ability to save offline content for users, roles or groups. Simple access to any mobile capabilities can also be administered via user privileges.

More information can be found at:

http://www.oracle.com/us/solutions/ent-performance-bi/business-intelligence/bi-mobile-1993624.pdf

If I see anything else, I will post it.

Thank you.

Posted by guest on November 26, 2013 at 04:11 PM CET #

Hi,

I was trying to map out a chart with dates on the x-axis, but the dates won't show up. Does anyone know why this is? When I map my data onto the table, everything works perfectly, including the dates. I'm using an xml file if that helps at all. I appreciate the help.

Thank you.

Posted by guest on February 11, 2014 at 04:06 PM CET #

Hallo,
I've searched our knowledge base, but cannot find anything to match your problem. Have you tried with a different dimension on the x-axis, does that display? If you move the dates to the y-axis, do they display?
Regards,
Ian Bristow

Posted by Ian on February 12, 2014 at 01:11 PM CET #

Hi. I created a two bar charts on one page. The charts have similar data, but they aren't related in any way. When I click on one of the bars, it drills into that bar (displays a new chart with that bar of data onlY0, but it also drills into a bar on the other chart on the same page. I looked through all of the chart properties but am unable to find a way to turn off the drill down. How do I turn this off

Posted by guest on February 26, 2014 at 08:57 PM CET #

I had a similar problem with the dates using an Excel file. I had to change the type of chart so the dates were on the y-axis instead of the x-axis.

Posted by guest on February 26, 2014 at 10:54 PM CET #

Hallo,
In response to the question about drill down occurring on an unrelated chart, I would log a service request with Oracle Support and have them investigate further.
Regards,
Ian Bristow

Posted by Ian on February 27, 2014 at 11:43 AM CET #

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