Oracle is rolling out Oracle Business Intelligence Release Notable features of the latest Oracle BI release, introduced at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, include a new mobile user experience and visualization features.

Responding to Mobile Popularity

Responding to what an Oracle press release calls mobile devices becoming “ubiquitous productivity enhancing tools across the enterprise,” the latest Oracle BI offers revamped mobile features including live thumbnails and search for both online and offline content, as well as greater touch and multi-gestural interactivity, offline content access that can be restricted by administrators, enhanced visualization tools such as charts, graphs and maps, “trellis views” of data and scalability Oracle says can “serve thousands of mobile users simultaneously and process millions of rows of data.”

Oracle BI users can also deploy the solution on premises or in the cloud, and Oracle says development on a single unified platform allows all apps created with Oracle BI to be controlled from one central location. 

Oracle Sees Mobile Future

An “oracle” is one who can see the future, and Oracle apparently sees a future where mobility is a key component of business technology. Earlier this week at Oracle OpenWorld, the enterprise IT vendor introduced three new mobile applications as part of its PeopleSoft HR/financial management suite.

The new Oracle PeopleSoft applications -- Mobile Expenses, Mobile Approvals and Mobile Company Directory -- provide access to data via smartphone, tablet and desktop. Based on HTML5 and CSS3, the solutions do not require download but are accessible via standard login and provide a user experience tailored to the specific user device. 

Putting Data on the Road

According to a recent Forbes article, mobile business intelligence meets the growing need of businesspeople to have data readily available on the road. “The decision maker often needs only quick access to a few key metrics shown on a mobile device,” states the article, which goes on to say mobile business intelligence solutions can “reduce decision bottlenecks, increase business process performance and enable broader input into the decision at hand.”

Although laptops, smartphones and other portable devices started popping up on the IT landscape in the early 1990s, Forbes identifies the April 2010 introduction of the iPad as the “inflection point” for mobile BI. “The time for mobile BI is finally here,” Forbes concludes, and Oracle is agreeing with that conclusion.