Oracle's latest Business Intelligence (BI) software has added support for Apple's iPad. Users with the tablet can use a full range of BI features including generating actions and kicking off workflows directly on the touch screen. According to Oracle, access to the complete range of alert, ad hoc analysis, dashboard, reporting, scorecard and what-if analysis content is provided on the iPad.
Even unified relational OLAP (R-OLAP) and multidimensional OLAP (M-OLAP) content is accessible thanks to the software update. There's no need to rewrite existing dashboards or reports to view BI content on the iOS tablet. Oracle explains that secure mobile access via the iPad can help provide organizational insight and alignment on-the-go, reducing the time needed to make decisions.
New analytical applications from Oracle have a user interface designed for the iPad that provide interactive charting and other features optimized for the device. Enterprise users are clearly taking to the iPad and as demand surges major software makers including Oracle have taken notice. According to CRN, Oracle's $1.65 billion in BI software sales during 2010 made up almost 16 percent of the global market.
According to a statement by Paul Rodwick, vice president of product management for Oracle BI, "These new Oracle Business Intelligence product releases... provide customers a wide range of new capabilities that extend intelligence to the iPad and iPhone, offer more powerful visualization, interactivity, performance and scalability features to their ERP and CRM applications, and optimize customer interactions and decisions in real-time."
Oracle Business Intelligence Release 188.8.131.52 includes pre-built analytic applications in the BI Applications Release 184.108.40.206 as well as Oracle Real-Time Decisions Release 3.1. This version of Oracle BI supports the iPad without any additional modification.