SAP provided an ASUG webcast on what is new for BusinessObjects Mobile 4.2 for Android. Of course since this has not been released yet the usual disclaimer applies that things are subject to change.
Karsten Ruf, SAP, explained that Mobile BI is often shortened as MobI. The purpose of MobI is to mobilize existing content from your BI platform, via iOS and Android devices.
Figure 1: Source: SAP
Figure 1 shows you can take your existing Web Intelligence content and extend it to the mobile platform.
Figure 2: Source: SAP
Figure 2 shows the architecture. On the left is the BI Server. On the right is mobile client. You can connect on BOE server via MobI web server on the application server on tomcat or WebSphere and have different options to connect the device. The direct connection is in the middle.
You can use reverse proxy
Third option is via SUP and you can develop your own applications
Figure 3: Source: SAP
Figure 3 shows Geo Analysis support in MobI androids 4.2. According to SAP, you can take advantage of Web Intelligence such as latitude and longitude for geo augmented data.
Bubble sizes are based on measures
It also supports conditional formatting on bubbles.
Figure 4: Source: SAP
You can replace the bubbles with custom images as shown in Figure 4.
It also offers support for multiple measures and filtering.
Filtering can be offline but Internet but it requires the Internet capability to navigate the map
Geo Analysis also supports input controls, sections, and tapping on a value to see associated reports.
Figure 5: Source: SAP
Figure 5 shows the annotation capabilities and the ability to "blur". You can also "crop and blur sensitive data.
Figure 6: Source: SAP
Figure 6 shows you can record a voice memo with the report.
In terms of security, the user is prompted with an application password while connecting to an application or switching applications.
Figure 7: Source: SAP
Figure 7 shows language support for the user interface. Non English includes French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Russian
Figure 8: Source: SAP
Figure 8 shows the Report Element linking feature, and how the bubble is used as a filter for the bubble chart
Figure 9: Source: SAP
Figure 9 shows the platforms supported.
Question & Answer (answers by SAP):
Come Q1 2013, there will be a Mobile Analytics RDS which helps customers implement the Mobile BI Server, and create reports for mobile consumption. It also connects to SUP.
Q: On the map can we have integrated charts like a pie charts instead of the bubbles to show multiple measures
A: Good question! With charting, we leverage the functionality provided by the underlying Web Intelligence document. When WebI introduces a feature like that, we will consider it for Mobi.
Q: Platform question: What are added benefits of using SUP instead of direct Mobi server
A: SUP would allow you to develop your own MobI apps
A: Yes, exactly - SUP provides a development environment that allows you to develop your own app, and it provides an application management environment. The Mobi app supports SUP and so you can connect all your apps through one connection channel.
Q: Presently android app is only supporting the WebI reports, what about Crystal and Dashboard reports as these reports are supporting in the apple ios ?
A: These are planned for our 2013 release
A: we are constantly enhancing the capabilities of the app, and adding additional content types is planned for a future release.
Q: When this update will available??
A: This is planned to be available in December 2012
Q: You are showing this on a tablet. This works on the smart phone as well I assume?
Q: What is the patch level for BO edge 4.0 to enable mobility?
A: To enable all the new features shown here, you need SP04 patch 6 or higher
Q: Will 7-inch tablets (like the nexus 7) support tablet mode, or are you still limted to the phone mode?
A: Current version of app supports 7' tablets / phone mode - still see 1 report element - subsequent version overcomes limitation
Q: As we considering smartphone can Samsung note 2 is consider as tablet view or phone view as the size of screen in nearly 5inch?
A: Use Google's definition of tablet/phone- that is a phone
Q: Was this product developed as a native app or a hybrid web app?
A: this is a native app
SAP Mobile BI tutorials: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLADF9EBB441E26950
Mobile BI OnDemand: http://www.ondemand.com/mobilebi
SAP BusinessObjects Edge: http://www.sap.com/solutions/sapbusinessobjects/sme/edgeseries/edge-bi
Free Edge trial version: http://www.sap.com/campaign/2011_CROSS_EDGE_BI_FREE_TRIAL