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What is Your WorkPlace? I mean, your “Mobile” WorkPlace

imageWe are launching a new product called WorkPlace for Mobile that is an extension of our WorkPlace product line.  If you have seen WorkPlace for Outlook and WorkPlace for Excel you have a general idea of what a WorkPlace is.  It is a productivity solution that gets you to your applications and data faster than you previously could.    Basically saving a typical end-user about an hour a day, 52 weeks out of the year.  Both WorkPlace solutions for Outlook and Excel have just amazing ROI case studies.

So what is WorkPlace for Mobile?   WorkPlace for Mobile is your ability to take your business applications and data with you.  You see, we spend our day sitting in front of our computers where we have access to all our applications and data.  We can make decisions quickly and effectively when we have our solutions right in front of us.

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But what do we do when we want to leave that desktop or laptop computer behind?   We do what everyone else does.  We grab our mobile phones and we are off to whatever we need to do next.  But what happens when you are cornered in the hall, or get a call when you are at the airport or even sitting at the local coffee shop.  How do you stay connected? How do you stay informed?  How are you alerted?  How do you make a decision?  Just email?  That is not enough in todays rapid business world.

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Wouldn’t it be great to have all your business applications and data with you?   That is what WorkPlace for Mobile does best!   WorkPlace for Mobile is the ONLY mobile solution that can help take your business mobile on ANY Smart Phone or Media Tablet device.   Turn it on and there are your business applications and data!   And best of all, you don’t have to develop Apps for your Apps!   Install the WorkPlace for Mobile application and touch and there are your business applications.  Sure, you need to configure that part through I.T., but once that is done quickly, you are off and running with all your business and data application MOBILE!

Your New WorkPlace

How many business applications do you have access to?  How many reporting solutions does your company have?  How many company portal pages do you have access to?  Think about it.  I bet they are over 100+, maybe in the thousands.   Are you really going to setup all those icons on your mobile device?   And do that for every employee?   Heck, even our built-in mobile business intelligence applications delivers a CNBC experience.  One touch and you immediately know what is happening inside your business.

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WorkPlace for Mobile delivers all that with just one touch.  It knows who you are within your company and what company applications and shortcuts you have access to.  Put one application on your mobile device and your entire business will come straight through it.

Check out WorkPlace for Mobile at http://www.WorkPlaceforMobile.com for more information and try it for yourself.   You will not be disappointed. 

Patrick Husting
Founder/CEO
Extended Results, Inc.


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Do you want to play Angry Birds with your Business Intelligence data? #angrybirds #bi #analytics

I’m sure I’ll get a few rocks thrown my way on this posting, but I wanted to express some thoughts about the current crop of business intelligence tools whether they are desktop or mobile based.   When we are focused on scorecard and dashboard solutions, we are creating KPIs and dashboards for individuals or groups of decision makers.  We focused on KPIs for individuals because nearly 90% of my end-users were always in monitor mode.  I think the best way to think of it is when you turn on CNBC or Bloomberg, within 15 seconds, you know everything you need to know.   That is truly an effective business intelligence solution.

When I look at all the cute interactive charting solutions or several of the new mobile business intelligence solutions, where they are saying BI for everyone, I really think they are creating an Angry Birds for business intelligence interface. (see sample below) Don’t misunderstand me, Angry Birds is a great game for relaxing and having some fun, but when it comes to understanding your business, there’s little fun in trying to play with data to get to the important insights.

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Have we truly forgotten the classic business intelligence pyramid where 95% of your users are the “monitor” type and the 5% remaining are “Analyst”?  Did we forget that the Analysts are power users and do that analysis work during the day at their laptops with powerful software clients for that extreme drill down and drill across functionality?   Really?  Did we forget that?   Don’t get me wrong, I love a good graphical interface that is clean and appropriate for my business use.  But we can also clutter up the screen and make it blurry for the end-user to a point where they will not use it too.   When I look at all the interactive mobile business intelligence applications, from a sales person position, they have a lot of eye candy.  But I dare you to use it more than 2 weeks to run your business and then see how they perform.

Again, I go back to CNBC and Bloomberg.   Within 15 seconds, what you need to know, you know!   NO business decision maker is going to spend the time pinching and zooming and swiping and holding and blah blah blah.   I think we got SO excited about the technology and forgot how a REAL business user is going to use these solutions.  Again, a true Analyst will not be doing this on a media tablet.  They’ll be on their laptops.

I think we need to go back to real Performance Management solutions that give you the “Power to Know” in under 15 seconds.  If it doesn’t, I think it is time to rethink or replace what you have.

I look forward to comments

Enjoy, Patrick


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Taking your Documents Mobile with @Google and @Microsoft

imageGoogle is rolling out pivot tables in Google spreadsheets. Pivot tables make it easy to process and summarize large data sets in seconds.  We have been using Google Doc’s within our WorkPlace solution.  You see, by centralizing our documents into a cloud storage like Google Docs or Microsoft Skydrive, you can have all your documents using our WorkPlace products like WorkPlace for Outlook and WorkPlace for Mobile and soon WorkPlace for Windows.  We can do the same with Microsoft Web Office, but it doesn’t always render correctly on all the mobile devices.

So no matter where I go, I have my business with me using WorkPlace.  Check out the video below for a look at how pivot tables work in Google spreadsheets:

Source: http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/05/summarize-your-data-with-pivot-tables.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OfficialGoogleDocsBlog+%28Docs+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader


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WorkPlace for Mobile beta Now Available!! #mobilebi @extendedresults–TAKING YOUR BUSINESS MOBILE

imageMay 16, 2011 - Extended Results Inc., a leading provider of enterprise-class business intelligence services and solutions for large businesses released WorkPlace for Mobile version 3.5, a mobile enterprise web application delivery solution. WorkPlace for Mobile provides rich business intelligence experiences like CNBC and Bloomberg and an exciting new feature that allows integration and delivery of enterprise web applications through one mobile application. WorkPlace for Mobile supports more industry smartphone platforms than any other provider in the marketplace. WorkPlace for Mobile can be found across many smartphone and tablet device platforms, like Windows Phone 7, Windows 7-based slate PCs, Apple iPhone and iPad, RIM Blackberry, Cisco Cius, Motorola Solutions Embedded Devices and Google Android Phones and Tablets.

WorkPlace for Mobile is a one-of-kind mobile enterprise application solution that is so simple; it’s almost hard to believe. WorkPlace for Mobile is designed to turn your business into a mobile enterprise – almost overnight. No need to write Apps for your Apps. No need to rewrite your existing reporting solutions. That is right, no development needed. WorkPlace for Mobile is designed to leverage what you already use and get your company mobile right away. But, WorkPlace for Mobile is really two applications in one.

WorkPlace for Mobile delivers Mobile Business Intelligence.   Our Mobile Business Intelligence feature streamlines data straight to your mobile device, giving you metrics that matter – anytime, anywhere that is just like the major business financial TV shows.   When you turn on WorkPlace for Mobile, with one-touch, you instantly know how your business is doing.  No need to rewrite your existing business intelligence solution, leverage what you have and take it mobile easily and quickly.

WorkPlace for Mobile delivers your business applications too!   Our Mobile Application Delivery platform is designed to leverage your existing web-based applications and deliver them based on your employee role within the company.  Again, no development needed.  WorkPlace for Mobile is designed to leverage what you already invested in and deliver it on all major smartphones and media tablet platforms. Just imagine having access to your CRM, Company Portals, ERP and more from the palm of your hand. WorkPlace for Mobile can deliver that.

About

Extended Results delivers end-to-end Technology and Business Intelligence services and solutions using a proven methodology that combines business knowledge, technical expertise, and an in-depth application experience. We help our customers and partners discover and implement high value business intelligence solutions that generate rapid, meaningful, and measureable results. Extended Results enables the successful adoption, deployment and use of business intelligence solutions and technologies for all customers, from the individual to the enterprise.

Quick Links

Corporate information: www.ExtendedResults.com
Product information: www.WorkPlaceforMobile.com
Extended Results Blog: blog.extendedresults.com


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Google Android Honeycomb and Mobile Business Intelligence–PushBI Mobile

Checkout our screenshots of our PushBI Mobile BI client for the Google Android Honeycomb devices. We are pretty excited about the Android environment because it opens up a lot of enterprise usage scenarios and mobile business intelligence is just one part of that story. We decided to go thick client experiences on the slate devices because it opens up some WorkPlace opportunities for us. More on that to come.

Product Web Site: http://www.pushbi.com

 

Tap on the PushBI icon and get the KPI wall below.

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Full filtering available on the KPI wall

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Drill down into a KPI with just a Touch.

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Want to deliver your other enterprise applications through our application? You can do that with WorkPlace Mobile! All built in and secure!! More to come on this feature.

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Email me with questions

Enjoy

Patrick

PS. Coming soon to the Cisco Cius and HP TouchPad


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Visualized: Google charts the rise and fall of United States revenues

Ok, this one made me laugh.  The author of this report on Google taking census data and turning them into “gorgeous” charts just made me laugh!   Really?  Gorgeous?  Really?   These are just line charts!  Smile   Vlad should spend some time at Extended Results to see what Gorgeous BI really looks like.

Open invitation Vlad!  Smile

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/28/visualized-google-charts-the-rise-and-fall-of-united-states-re/


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#Japan Earthquake Map Visualization–#Google Earth

I was using Google Earth the other day to see the earthquake activity around the world.  When you zoom into Japan I was amazed to see the activity off the east coast.  I read the other day that over 245 earthquakes in just 3 or 4 days.  That is crazy.  The visualization really puts it into perspective the size of the issues facing Japan.

  • The color of the bubble represent when the earthquake occurred.
  • The size of the bubble represents the size of the earthquake.
  • The ridges you see under water is the pacific ring of fire ridge.
    Shortly, I’ll have a Excel PowerPivot that will allow you to drill into the earthquake activity so you can have some other insights into the tragedy.

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Our prayers go out to all the people in Japan.

Patrick


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Google PowerMeter comes to Blue Line Innovations

I blogged a while ago on how Microsoft Holm was using the Blue Line power meter monitor.  I have one of those at home and find it kind of cool.  The trend charts are ok and can be somewhat spotty, but it works.  Now Google’s PowerMeter works with Blue Line too!   Good for them!   I look forward to checking it out, but check out the great looking consumption chart below!

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/20/google-powermeter-comes-to-blue-line-innovations-powercost-moni/

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Google Ngram Database Tracks Popularity Of 500 Billion Words

Google has quietly released Ngram, a free tool that allows users to sift through 500 billion words contained in nearly 5.2 million books published between 1500 and 2008 in English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese and Russian. The tool can compare words and phrases and provide and year-by-year breakdown of when and how often they appeared in print. The entire dataset that powers the tool is also available for download.

Source: http://www.neowin.net/news/google-ngram-database-tracks-popularity-of-500-billion-words

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