Is Mobile BI Worth the Hype?

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By Ramy Ghaly

If yours is like the average business, chances are your need for mobile analytics is, frankly, limited. Most companies are toward the wide end of the funnel shown in the graphic below, with many employees using mobile devices for mundane matters like email access (the classic “BlackBerry use case”); perhaps a few of them benefit from high-end functions like alerts, and even fewer from interactive mobile analytics.

For users to benefit from mobile BI, they must be able to navigate dashboards and guided analytics comfortably — or as comfortably as the mobile device will allow, which is where devices with high-resolution screens and touch interfaces (like the iPhone and Android-based phones) have a clear edge over, say, earlier editions of BlackBerry.

The next time your BI vendors touts its mobile business intelligence capabilities, invite them to present use cases that demonstrate these capabilities as implemented at other customers.

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HP To Acquire Analytics Specialist Vertica

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By Ramy Ghaly

The buyout will help HP counter IBM’s recent acquisition of Netezza as analytics sector heats up.


Hewlett-Packard said Monday it agreed to acquire Vertica, a privately-held developer of software that lets businesses analyze and interpret information stored in enterprise databases. The move should help HP keep pace with rival IBM, which recently bolstered its analytics portfolio with the buyout of Netezza.

HP officials said the deal will help enterprise customers cope with vastly increasing amounts of information coming into their organizations—through the Web, mobile phones, smart devices, and other sources.

IBM enhanced its analytics portfolio late last year with the $1.7 billion acquisition of Netezza, which bundles analytics software with specialized hardware.

HP said it expects the deal to close in the second quarter.

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