Oracle has extended its Business Intelligence (BI) Foundation Suite with a design tool that lets users create their own custom analytical apps for any major mobile device platform, short-circuiting the typical development cycle for such tools.
The Oracle BI Mobile App Designer is a browser-based tool that uses a simple drag-and-drop interface to enable users to quickly build mobile analytical apps tailor-made to their line of business, without writing any code.
It is an integral component of Oracle's BI Foundation Suite, and is also available with the Oracle BI Mobile option for Oracle BI Enterprise Edition.
Oracle BI Mobile App Designer creates apps based on HTML5 that will run on Apple iPad and iPhone, plus Android and Windows Mobile smartphones and tablets. With automatic rendering support to ensure that visualisations display optimally across differing screen sizes, the tool is claimed to offer a true write-once, run-anywhere model.
The advantage of this approach is that users have no need to wait around for a developer or their IT department to code a mobile app. Instead, business users and managers should be able to create mobile analytical apps that are tailor made to their requirements.
Oracle vice president of product management Paul Rodwick said, "Purpose-built mobile analytical apps, created and used by business people every day, greatly expand the opportunities for companies to deploy analytics broadly to everyone, everywhere."
Mobile App Designer allows the creator to instantly preview their mobile app via a web-based mobile simulator. Once complete, they can share the app via an App Library, which serves as a repository of mobile analytic applications from which users can subscribe and receive automatic updates when available.
The mobile apps produced have full support for touch and swipe gestures, allowing end users to drill down and explore visualisations to gain valuable insights from their mobile devices, Oracle said. Users will be able to access sales pipeline data and forecasts, track inventory and present detailed customer profile briefing books.
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