Drill Down into Supplier Risk
From a user’s perspective, mobile analytic apps
must be smaller in scope and more directly applicable to his or her business function. For example,
imagine that a purchasing professional receives
an alert on her iPad indicating an elevation in a
FIGURE 2 U With an influence
model, a user can explore
between metrics and variables
Afaria Supports the “BYOD” Model
A pressing challenge CIOs face is the variety of mobile devices that employees want to use to access enterprise data and applications. A short time
ago, the IT organization would issue devices (usually BlackBerrys) to select
users, mainly to give them access to company email. Today, it’s “BYOD” —
bring your own device. People want to use their device of choice and are
asking IT to support it and provide enterprise application access on it.
According to Gartner, by 2013, 80% of organizations will support their
workforce using tablets, and by 2014, 90% of organizations will support
corporate applications on users’ personal devices,* driving the need for a
more robust mobile device management solution. “As smartphones proliferate in the enterprise, companies are struggling to manage policy,
security, and support. Enterprise mobile device management software is
evolving to offer smartphone (and other device) support across a variety
of platforms,” according to a recent Gartner report.**
The new Afaria mobile device management solution provides the enterprise with the flexibility and security required to manage this “any device,
anywhere, anytime” environment. Sensitive data on devices is encrypted,
and security policies are centrally enforced so IT can be confident that
sensitive company information is secure when users are outside of the
office. To learn more, visit www.sap.com/solutions/mobility/afaria.
* Gartner, Inc., “Gartner Reveals Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 20;; and
Beyond” (November 30, 20;0).
**Gartner, Inc., “Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management Software” (April ; 3, 20;;).
supplier’s risk rating. While that piece of information is important, she will want to explore why
the rating has changed and what the possible
impact and recommended actions are.
SAP’s mobile analytic applications are designed
to intuitively understand causal factors for such
alerts — credit score in this case — and interactively lead the user to problem areas. Here, it
might be caused by issues with the supplier’s cash
flow. When the user looks at cash flow, the app
knows the relevant KPIs, such as liquidity ratios,
inventory turns, and lead times, and directs the
user there. So the user gets guidance through the
analysis of the business problem. The user can
also investigate various courses of action and perform what-if analyses by using a dial control in
the app to extend lead times and find out how
long it will be before production is affected. Then,
the user can initiate a supplier audit workflow
from within the analytic application.
Put It All in the User’s Hands: A Preview
The mobile revolution has taught IT organizations and developers that business users are
driving IT today. It’s no longer an IT organization
“push” out to the users, but a business-level
“pull” model, with business users prioritizing
both ease of use and empowerment to perform
more sophisticated analyses themselves.
As specific as we try to get with our mobile analytic apps, SAP cannot develop one for every role
and process in your enterprise. But you can. Imagine giving your business analysts the power to
develop their own custom mobile analytic apps
that pull and present data specific to that role.
Well, that capability is in the works at SAP. In the
near future, our customers will have access to a
solution that will enable their business analysts to
compose their own customized mobile apps,
removing the filter (usually the IT organization)
between the user and the information.
Analytics on the Move
As the use of mobile devices rapidly increases, so
does the need to deliver business analytics in a
way that mobile users can easily consume. By
making analytic applications available on mobile
devices, SAP enables companies to put the right
information into the right hands — anywhere,
anytime. Please visit www.sap.com/mobile to
learn more. n
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