Another citation on why integrated architecture is crucial in preserving investments made today around Mobile Business Intelligence.
Though, there were other aspects of the interview that did not make it in. Specifically, the user experience around use of interactive applications on today’s tablets and mobile devices has some ways to go to support day in day out interaction.
Things like the lag on the touchscreen is still in the order of 200 - 300 milliseconds which makes it difficult to consistently and repeatedly manipulate graphical objects / perspectives in an effective manner. Though the occasional use of Mint may be okay and fun once in while, when one is using a BI application to review and manipulate sales figures on an intra day basis, the lag becomes much more noticeable and annoying.
Also, current BI applications are geared as stand-alone apps - targeting executive leadership for the ‘dashboard’ type of reporting needs. For ongoing analytics and data that can be used for one’s day to day job (ergo, operations), enterprises still need to integrate those with their core applications. Though most of these have not been ported to mobile devices, once they do over the next few years, the true impact of having information at hand will be felt.