Designed to deliver reports and up-to-date information from the Cognos 8 platform, Go! Mobile works exclusively with devices from Research In Motion (RIM). The purpose-built connection to RIM's Blackberry devices is said to offer two advantages. First, reports only have to be designed once in order to deliver them to desktops as well as mobile devices; Go! Mobile takes care of report formatting steps. Second, Cognos asserts Go! Mobile takes better advantage of the native navigational features of RIM devices than competitive offerings that use J2ME (Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition).
Highlighting the value of access to intelligence on the go, Cognos announced today that customer CRC Health Corp., a behavioral healthcare company, is using Cognos 8 Go! Mobile to deliver up-to-date information to clinicians, clinical managers and others employees traveling among the firm's 130 locations nationwide.
Sounds like Cognos and some its competitors, including Business Objects, are using J2ME to extend BI reports and analytics to BlackBerry smartphones, which is a good sign for the rest of the mobile business market. If mobile BI takes off, you can bet other applicatons, like sales force automation (SFA) and field mobility, will also soon take off with business users.
What do you think? Are you excited by the traction in the mobile BI space? And would you use mobile versions of reports on your BlackBerry?