PORTLAND, Ore. -- An iPad application may make the report print-out a thing of the past.
According to Sanju Bansal, COO of MicroStrategy (McLean, Va.), "The iPad is effectively replacing paper in businesses [as a new way] to share information, to communicate features and capabilities, to visualize data or reports." Added Bansal, "Wherever you see stacks of paper in an enterprise today, those will largely be replaced by content consuming devices like the iPad."
MicroStrategy's Mobile app generator is billed as allowing companies to create their own apps that can be customized to display internal data that can then be distributed to employees via a private-label app store. A point-and-click interface allows apps to de created on a PC or Mac, then loaded into an iPad or iPhone for display. Built-in presentation tools, reporting capabilities and multi-window dashboard-style displays that are then converted to iPad or iPhone apps--even if they contain embedded Adobe Flash.
"We are a great supporter of Flash for the Web, but for the fastest execution performance on an iPad and iPhone Flash can be converted to pure Objective C with about a day and a half of work," said Bansal.
MicroStrategy's Mobile app is available for free download from the Apple App story, including three sample data sets, one for restaurants, casino management and retail performance management. A <a href="http://www.MicroStrategy.com/mobile/">Webcast</a> demonstrates apps developed using MicroStrategy's Mobile.