Increase Data Visualization in Mobile Apps Using the Mobile Analytics Kit

  • by William Newman, Managing Principal, Newport Consulting Group
  • December 3, 2012
/Project Management/HANA/Mobile
Learn how to take advantage of data visualization approaches, including performance management dashboards, using the SAP Mobile Platform (formerly known as the Sybase Unwired Platform), SAP Mobile Analytics Kit, and SAP Mobile BusinessObjects.
Key Concept

The SAP Mobile Analytics Kit (MAKit) is a feature of the SAP Mobile Platform that runs on an analytics system and performs complex visual data analysis on mobile devices. The MAKit lets users visualize and examine data on mobile devices using pie, column, bar, line, and bubble charts. It is available for Apple iOS and HTML5 environments.

The convergence of data visualization, mobile computing, and big (really big) data means that executives today have extraordinary oversight capabilities into the operational execution, sales planning, and financial management of their organizations. Dynamic data visualization and analytics offer trends, forecasts, exceptions, and abnormalities with deep drill-down capabilities both at the on-premises desktop level and in mobile device applications.

The realm of these capabilities is only limited by the ability to harvest and consume this information in an in-memory or real-time basis. In its July 2012 report, “2012 Hype Cycle for Enterprise Architecture,” research firm Gartner Group suggests that this convergence of analytics, big data, and mobile computing may automate many decision-making tasks facing executives today, freeing up new cycles for strategy setting, business innovation, and value creation.

To craft such a technology environment to enable development of visually rich, deeply analytic mobile computing apps, an organization needs to take stock of its “data inventory” and how this information needs to be used and consumed by executives, managers, staff, and partners to accomplish business tasks.

Using the SAP Mobile Analytics Kit (MAKit), data visualization — once the exclusive domain of the desktop — is now available on mobile devices. These elements can be used in combination to create a mobile decision support environment.

William Newman

William Newman, MBA, CMC is managing principal of Newport Consulting Group, LLC, an SAP partner focused on EPM and GRC solutions. He has over 25 years of experience in the development and management of strategy, process, and technology solutions spanning Fortune 1000, public-sector, midsized and not-for-profit organizations. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) since 1995, qualified trainer by the American Society of Quality (ASQ) since 2000, and a trained Social Fingerprint consultant in social accountability since 2012. William is a recognized ASUG BusinessObjects influencer and a member of SAP’s Influencer Relations program. He holds a BS degree in aerospace engineering from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA and an MBA in management and international business from the Conrad L. Hilton School of Management at Loyola Marymount University. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at both Northwood University and the University of Oregon with a focus on management studies and sustainability, respectively.

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