Tablets are the perfect forms factors for this kind of use, and they will only accelerate the adoption of BI in an enterprise. The CIOs or COOs and top level managers in organizations are usually the earliest adopters of tablet computers. Although many of them have tried using business intelligence dashboards and applications on smart phones, the form factor may have been too small for anything meaningful to be done beyond the first level of a dashboard or graph. However, the bigger screens provided by tablet computers will change the game for mobile BI in rapid order. It will allow more real estate to interact with the data for slicing and dicing, etc.
So those CIOs and COOs and executives, although they love their tablets, and they only need to get access to the corporate data and the ability to quickly navigate through dashboards and reports to make decisions on the fly or collaborate with their teams on solving issues that are illustrated in the report.
According to a CIO Magazine survey, when making mobile purchase decisions IT leaders are listing ease-of-use first when making mobile purchase decisions, followed by support, services, reliability and security. For many people having a larger screen with touch capability is easier to use than a tiny smart phone screen or BlackBerry trackball. So there is one advantage right there. Zooming in and out of the BI dashboard on an LED-backlit screen blows your smart phone screen out of the water.
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Tablets offer important capabilities for road warriors due to their bigger screen, touch keyboards, which are more and more convenient, and also many other features that make the usage of tablets much better than using a laptop on one side or a mobile phone on the other side. The ability of two people to look at the same data on the same device and work together on the touch screen drilling down for details and for insights enhance the collaboration in meetings whether they are onsite, offsite or on the road.