Oracle Enables iPad Access to Latest BI Apps

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-05-03 Print this article Print

The new BI release provides 24/7 access to a range of alerts, ad hoc analyses, dashboards, reporting, "what-if"-type analysis and more.

Talk about a mass enterprise migration to a single new device-to the Apple iPad, naturally.

If you're a software developer, independent or otherwise, and you're not revamping your application to run on the world's most popular tablet PC, then how out of sync are you with the rest of the IT world?

Oracle's certainly not in that category. On May 3 the giant IT software and systems maker announced that its latest Business Intelligence Release (v11.1.1.5) now features support for the iPad. It has supported the iPhone since right after its introduction.

The new BI release provides 24/7 access to a range of alerts, ad hoc analyses, dashboards, reporting, "what-if"-type analysis, and unified relational OLAP and multidimensional OLAP content of Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Vice President of Business Intelligence Product Management Paul Rodwick told eWEEK.

"We're seeing a clear market interest in access to BI on the iPad tablet," Rodwick said. "For years, Oracle BI has supported iPhone, and proactively send alerts out to a range of mobile devices. But the form factor of the iPad, the larger geometry and good browser capability all add up.

"Plus, so many of the knowledge workers, sales reps and others are buying them. It all adds up to a lot of interest in having their corporate information and BI data available to go."

The new release also introduces extended support for additional data sources that include Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database, Oracle OLAP, Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services and SAP Business Information Warehouse (BW), Rodwick said.

Oracle BI applications are prebuilt analytical solutions for Oracle and non-Oracle applications-including SAP. Subject areas include Financial, Human Resources, Procurement and Spend, Projects, Supply Chain and Order Management, Contact Center Telephony, Loyalty, Marketing, Price, Sales, Service, and a range of vertical industries.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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