Monday, 23 December 2013

OBIEE 11G- BI Mobile HD Application Vs BI Mobile App Designer

I was working on RFP; one of the important questions which I have to answer was regarding OBIEE 11g Mobile options.  I have started digging into the options available and also compare with the different options.

This blog is an attempt to compare between Oracle BI Mobile Offerings.

Oracle BI Mobile

Oracle BI Mobile consists of Oracle BI Mobile HD and Oracle BI Mobile App Designer, two integrated and complementary solutions that work together to meet the full spectrum of mobile users’ analytical needs.

Oracle BI Mobile HD enables customers to extend desktop based dashboards and reports as-is to mobile devices without the need for any re-work, providing companies with an easy and effective way to make users more productive while away from the office.

Oracle BI Mobile App Designer empowers business users to create purpose-built analytical applications that are optimized to perform a specific analysis while on the go. These applications can range from interactive briefing books, financial reports, dashboards, or customer facing analysis – for any line of business.

The apps created using Oracle BI Mobile App Designer run using HTML5 on iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile, and Blackberry smartphones and tablets.

BI Mobile HD Application Vs BI Mobile App Designer

The summary of comparison is as follows

BI Mobile HD application
BI Mobile App Designer
Need to discover and access existing BI dashboards on mobile devices
Need to create and deploy custom mobile reports/apps on mobile devices
Ad-hoc BI users – similar to desktop users – High degree of flexibility and interactivity
Functional users, focused workflows, mobile first experience
Need offline access to dashboards
Portal integration is key
Apple tablets and phones only for now (Android coming)
iOS , Android, Windows8 Mobile tested – All HTML5 devices expected to work – Blackberry 10
Focus on structured data found in OBIEE semantic model
Leverage data sources in OBIEE semantic model and easily upload spreadsheet data
Oracle BI Apps dashboards on mobile devices – write once, deploy anywhere
Customization and flexibility the prime deal driver. Alternative to OBIEE Visualizations

I hope you find this comparison useful.


  1. Does HD and App designer requires any additional user license? Also, can we source the data from other BI tools such as Cognos or Bo or MS SSRS.


    1. Hi Shashidhar,

      BI Mobile App Designer is licensed at no extra charge with Oracle BI Foundation Suite and Oracle BI Mobile; same is true with HD App.

      HD and App Designer are parts of Oracle BI Foundation Suite. OBIEE provides ODBC access to BI Tools such as Business Objects and Cognos while it supports native MDEX access to MS SSRS.

      I hope you find this information useful.


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