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Even the best of the best get it wrong sometimes – it’s just part of being human. And, even the best organizations are fallible to a certain extent.
Gartner, one of the globe’s foremost Business Intelligence (BI) research and analyst firms, might have got it wrong on Mobile BI.
Gartner’s recently released Critical Capabilities for Mobile BI report – which explores the technological demands and development of the Mobile BI marketplace and provides resultant recommendations – stated that: “8% [of organizations that use BI tools] are actively using mobility for BI; an additional 13% are running pilot initiatives; and an additional 33% have plans to deploy mobile BI within 12 months.”
Clearly Gartner has identified Mobile BI as a growing, and growingly important, trend. But, some of Gartner’s “Key Findings” and “Recommendations” seem out-of-step with new BI capabilities and product offerings.
I refer specifically to Key Finding number three and Recommendation number three:
* Key Finding number three: “Several solutions promote a ‘design once, consume everywhere’ authoring approach for desktop and mobile devices. This strategy alone fails to provide a good mobile experience, due to smaller screen sizes and touchscreen interfaces.”
* Recommendation three: “Select the mobile BI tool according to the organization’s required capabilities, and don’t be restricted to the incumbent vendor if it fails to fulfill your needs. To meet your requirements, consider the addition of a pure-play mobile BI vendor, to augment the existing BI platform.”