3 Creating Apps

This chapter describes creating and saving a new app.

It includes the following sections:

3.1 Launch the Create App Wizard

Launch the Create App Wizard in one of the following ways:

  • From the Home page, under the Create region, select Mobile App.

  • On the global header, click New and then select Mobile App.

Both methods are shown in Figure 3-1.

Figure 3-1 Launch the BI Mobile App Creation Wizard

Launching the wizard from BIEE

3.2 Choose Your Device Type

In the App Creation wizard, choose Phone or Tablet as the target device type for your app.

Figure 3-2 Choosing a Device Type

Choose device type dialog

The Mobile App Designer presents a workspace optimized for the device type chosen here.


Although both types can be opened on any device, Oracle recommends that you consider carefully the use case for your app and design for one target device. If your app is for your users to get specific information quickly, a phone app is appropriate. If you intend for your users to spend more time interacting with your app, choose tablet.

3.3 Choose Your Data Source

Select the data source type to use for your app.

Figure 3-3 Choosing a Data Source Type

Choose data source dialog

The Mobile App Designer supports the following data sources:

  • BI Subject Area

    Click BI Subject Area and select the Subject Area from the list.

    In this step you can select one BI Subject Area. To use multiple subject areas in your data source see Section 7.2, "Updating the Data Source."

  • BI Publisher Data Model

    Click BI Publisher Data Model and choose the data model from the Catalog.

    BI Publisher data models must include sample data. For information about BI Publisher data models, see Oracle Fusion Middleware Data Modeling Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher.

  • Excel spreadsheet

    Click Excel File and select the file from your file system to upload it. The Excel file must be saved as .xls.

    If the Excel Workbook includes multiple sheets, select the sheet to use. For information about Excel file support see "Creating a Data Set Using a Microsoft Excel File" in Oracle Fusion Middleware Data Modeling Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher.

3.4 Save Your App

Click Finish to save your app. Select a folder location, then enter a name and click OK.

Figure 3-4 Saving the App

Save the app dialog

The app designer opens to display the default cover page. The design area displays as a tablet or phone as appropriate for your device type choice. See Chapter 4, "Designing Apps" to begin designing your app.

Figure 3-5 BI Mobile App Designer

App Designer showing phone canvas