1 Basics

What can I do with Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile?

Oracle BI Mobile is a mobile app for smartphones and tablets that provides immediate access to your Oracle BI content like analyses, dashboards, and reports. You can extend the desktop-based dashboards and reports as-is to mobile devices without the need for any re-work, thereby continuing your productivity while away from the office. The content delivered is optimized automatically for interaction on mobile devices through touch and multi-touch gestures. The Android version of this app is available in Google Play Store as Oracle BI Mobile and the iOS version of this app is available in Apple’s App Store as Oracle BI Mobile HD.

With Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile, you can:
  • View and interact with your Oracle BI content.

  • Configure and access your instance of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (Oracle BI EE).

  • Initiate business processes from your mobile device.

  • Access, analyze, and take action on your analyses, dashboards, and visualization projects.

  • Drill and interact with your reports.

  • Apply prompts to filter your data.

  • View interactive formats on geo-spatial visualizations.

  • Share server connections.

  • Perform voice queries to view and interact with the BI content.

  • Use search suggestions to access the BI content.

  • Try out the application at any time by accessing the public demo server after installing Oracle BI Mobile.

What user credentials does the app use?

Oracle BI Mobile uses the same security definitions as configured on the server on which Oracle BI Presentation Services is running. The app signs in for you automatically as it launches. When your Presentation Services server is configured with Single Sign-on (SSO), the app prompts you for your login credentials. You use the same user name and password to connect from a mobile device as you use when logging into Oracle BI EE from a web browser.


Specifying user credentials in the app does not change the credentials used on the Presentation Services server.

Which object types within the Oracle BI Presentation Catalog can I work with in the app?

You can work with objects such as analyses, dashboards, reports, alerts, and visualization projects.

Can I test the app before connecting to my BI content?

Yes, to test the app without connecting to one of your organization's Presentation Services servers, use the app to connect to a publicly available demo server. The Oracle BI Mobile demo server provides a full set of sample content with which you can work.

What are analyses, dashboards, and catalogs?

An analysis is a query against an organization's data that provides answers to business questions. Analyses let you explore and interact with information by visually presenting data in tables, graphs, pivot tables, and so on. You can save, organize, and share the results of analyses.

Dashboards provide intuitive and interactive access to information that is actionable and dynamically personalized based on your role and identity. Using the dashboard, you can work with live reports, prompts, graphs, tables, pivot tables, graphics, and tickers. Additionally, you can drill, navigate, modify, and interact with the BI content. Dashboards consist of one or more pages.

The catalog refers to the Oracle BI Presentation Catalog. It stores business intelligence objects and provides an interface where you can create, access, and manage objects. You can perform specific object-based tasks; for example, export, print, and edit. The catalog is organized into folders that are either shared or personal.

Which objects are disabled when embedded in the dashboards?

The following objects, when embedded in the dashboard pages in the desktop version of Oracle BI EE, are disabled for display in the app’s dashboard pages:
  • Portal header

  • Report links

  • Edit link in empty home dashboard

  • Embedded content (iframe) view

  • Alerts view

  • Logical SQL view

  • Create Segment view

  • Create Target List view

  • Briefing books

  • Folder view

Which prompt types are available in the app?

The app supports prompt types such as column prompts, variable prompts, and currency prompts.

What are simple and advanced prompts?

The app displays a simple prompt when there are a small number of entries in the prompt list. The simple prompt is optimized for your quick selection of items from the list.

The app displays an advanced prompt when there are a relatively large number of entries. Additional options are included that support filtering of the larger list.

What is local content?

The BI content that you save locally on your iOS mobile device is the local content. You can save analyses, dashboards, and limited additional content depending on the version of Oracle BI EE. You can access and work with this content whether you have a server connection or not. In the app, a local content version of a catalog object is a separate copy of the BI content, for which you can refresh only the data.