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Tablets set to support growth in mobile BI

Simon Quicke

Mobile business intelligence (BI) might be slow getting going but the technology should be helped by increased sales of tablet PCs.

According to predictions from analyst house Forrester the adoption of mobile BU has been held up by a range of factors including fears over security and the mixed user experience using the software tools remotely.

But with the growth in tablets the chances are that when mobile BI does take-off it will be on that form factor and Forrester is already predicting that the device will have a major impact over the next five years.

Boris Evelson, an analyst at Forrester, said tablets would overtake the use of laptops for mobile BI applications in the next three to five years.

"Larger form factor devices such as tablets and innovative approaches to online/offline BI technical architecture will boost mobile BI adoption and maturity in the near future. BP professionals must start evaluating and prototyping mobile BI platforms and applications to make sure that all key business processes and relevant information are available to knowledge workers wherever they are," notes Evelson

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