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Apple iPad And Mobile BI: There's An App For That

CIOs intrigued by the iPad as a business tool can now evaluate a mobile BI tool that extracts data from IBM Cognos, various Microsoft products, SAP, Business Objects, Salesforce.com, and LifeRay and creates interactive reports for iPad users. The new product is from Mellmo, which says a comparable iPhone app is currently deployed to 50,000 enterprise users.

CIOs intrigued by the iPad as a business tool can now evaluate a mobile BI tool that extracts data from IBM Cognos, various Microsoft products, SAP, Business Objects, Salesforce.com, and LifeRay and creates interactive reports for iPad users. The new product is from Mellmo, which says a comparable iPhone app is currently deployed to 50,000 enterprise users.From a Macworld.com article:

Mellmo's Roambi products first made a splash a year ago, when the company unveiled a mobile app that let users view static data from spreadsheets and tables as interactive charts on Apple's handheld devices. Along with the iPhone app, Mellmo offers a free online publishing tool for individual users or a secure hosted service for businesses that converts data into those graphs and sends them to an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. The Roambi ES3 offering introduced Monday is the latest version of that publishing tool for enterprises.

Roambi ES3 connects with new data sources and portals, with IBM Cognos, Microsoft Reporting Services, Microsoft Sharepoint, and LifeRay joining previously supported systems including SAP, BusinessObjects, Salesforce CRM, and Microsoft Excel. "In effect, we've doubled the number of systems enterprises can connect to," Mellmo president Quinton Alsbury told Macworld. Roambi ES3 also extends Roambi dashboards to laptops and desktops by letting users access a Flash version of any file.

The BI tool allows users to view KPI trends over time and combine multiple charts and graphs into a single dashboard, and Mellmo has addressed a major CIO-level concern with mobile apps by beefing up some key security features, the article says:

Mellmo also enhanced the security features in Roambi ES3, creating its own version of remote wipe to let administrators delete Roambi content from a device. The revamped offering also lets administrators delete specific files and block specific devices from accessing the server.

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