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Nari Kannan

The Coming On-slaught of Business Intelligence on Tablet Computers!

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Earlier in March of this year, I wrote about How and Why Tablets will Revolutionize BI.

Now there are more articles about how it is actually spreading, like this one - Tablets 'Secret Weapon' for Getting Executives to Back BI.

There are a number of interesting themes going on here - the first of which are the words "to back BI". It is true that C-Level and top executives always ask for all kinds of reports, KPIs, and Dashboards but never use them for the most part. Probably beyond the first day of checking them out on a laptop or desktop through a browser, they are not handy enough!

Business Intelligence in the hands of top managers needs to be always available, simple and easy enough to see at a high level and comprehensive enough to drill down to lower levels to figure out root causes or even to unearth "hidden intelligence" (simple example - Average of two performances of two entities - one Very Good and one Very Bad is "Average"! - you will not know this until you drill down to constituent elements).

Now many more things are happening that are putting in bright focus, the future of tablets in Business Intelligence. The devices themselves are getting lighter and less expensive everyday and more capable.

The Android Operating System is racing to capture more and more market share and will soon become very viable for many enterprise applications.

In any case, between the iPad and Android Tablets, there will be many more users and those who use it for BI.

Tablets simply have a very good form factor and usability quotient for a colorful, graphic oriented user interface.

All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nari Kannan's blog explores how new approaches to business intelligence can help organizations improve the performance of business processes--whether these processes are creative or operational, internally-focused or customer-facing, intra-departmental or across functions.

Nari Kannan

Nari Kannan started and serves as the CEO of appsparq, a Mobile Applications development company based in Louisville, KY with offices in Singapore and India. Nari has over two decades of experience in computer systems development, translating product and service strategy into meaningful technology solutions, and both people and product development. Prior to this, he has served as both Chief Technology Officer and Vice President- Engineering in six successful startups, two of which he co-founded. He has proven experience in building companies, engineering teams, and software solutions from scratch in the United States and India. Prior to this, Nari started Ajira Technologies, Inc., in Pleasanton, CA, where he served as Chief Executive Officer for more than six years. While at Ajira, Nari was instrumental in developing service process management solutions that modeled, monitored, and analyzed business processes, initially targeting the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Telecom, and Banking verticals in India, and Finance, Insurance, and Healthcare verticals in the United States. Prior to this, he served as VP-Engineering at Ensenda, an ASP for local delivery services. He also served variously as Chief Technology Officer or VP-Engineering at other Bay-Area venture funded startups such as Kadiri and Ensera. He began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation as a Senior Software Engineer. Nari has a long involvement with Customer Support and other customer facing processes. At Digital Equipment Corporation he was involved with their 1800 person customer support center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was tasked with coming up with innovative tools to help customer support people do their jobs better. He holds a U.S patent for a software invention that automatically redirected email requests for customer support to the right group by digesting the contents of the request and guessing at which software or hardware support group is best equipped to handle it. At Ensera, he led a 45 person team in developing an internet based ASP service for handling auto insurance claims, coordinating information flow between end-customers, Insurance companies, Repair shops and Parts suppliers. Ensera was acquired by Mitchell Corporation in San Diego. Nari holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Loyola College, and an M.B.A degree from the University of Madras in Madras, India. He graduated with a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1985. Contact Information: Nari Kannan. Email: nari@appsparq.com Mobile: 925 353 0197. Website: www.appsparq.com View more .


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