The CEO or the CFO may insist that IT interconnect their cool new iPad toy to the data warehouse, but the IT department needs a tablet strategy that includes more than one OS and device.
This tablet OS and form factor competition is not going to play out like the PC revolution in the 1980s. While the Windows operating systems may dominate the worlds desktops and the laptops, and the Blackberry OS is king of the corporate smartphone world right now, the tablet scene will be heterogeneous for several years.
Other Datamation columnists, including Jeff Vance, have also noted this trend in mobile development.
Dresner calls the Android OS from Google, used in the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the upcoming Dell tablet, a dark horse that cant be ignored for use as a BI access device. And since most IT managers are already comfortable with the Blackberry OS thanks to its robust security and management tool set, the new OS from Blackberrys parent company may be a player as well.
Add in the iPad and Windows 7 to the mix and its clear that it is way too early to make a standardization bet for mobile devices accessing BI systems.
Instead, Dresner and others say this is the time for proof-of-concept programs. IT managers should be setting up small teams to experiment with the various form factors and operating systems. For some, the 10-inch screen of the iPad might be the right size, while road warriors may prefer the 7-inch screen of the Samsung Galaxy, Dresner notes. Whatever the case, in todays heterogeneous mobile environment you wont lack for user guinea pigs willing to be part of the beta tests.