The marriage of business intelligence to smartphones, mobile Internet devices (MIDs), netbooks, and other devices smaller than laptops will enable the industry to play an even greater role in how organizations handle their data. At the same time, however, mobilization of BI in general (and on small form factor devices in particular) raises key challenges and even forces a rethinking of precisely what BI is.
Mobilization to small devices changes BI in two ways: Sending large volumes of BI data to and from the field suggests that a broader range of employees are using BI, and these road warriors almost certainly have different job descriptions and responsibilities than the traditional "stationary" consumers of BI.
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