SharePoint 2013 BI on mobile devices

We can build our mobile BI solutions based on SQL Server as a data source in the following (different) ways:

  • IIS (Internet Information Services; as a very low cost solution): SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services; note: limited use for the Apple platform, details are described below)
  • SharePoint Server: Excel Services (easier solutions), SSRS integrated mode, PerformancePoint Services (much more complex solutions)
  • OWA Server (Office Web Apps): Excel
  • 3rd party developer tools/platforms or ready-to-use solutions

In a few bullets below, there are described the results of my investigation about some possibilities for mobile BI solutions based on the SQL Server platform.

Mobile BI (iPad/iPhone, Android, Windows 8/Phone devices) platform:

1. IIS:

  • SSRS:
  • iPad: Safari/Chrome/Opera – NO,  FF/IE – not supported
  • Android: FF – OK, Chrome/Opera – NO, Safari/IE – not supported
  • Windows 8: IE – OK, alternative – FF, Chrome/Opera – NO, Safari – not supported on tablet?

 

2. SharePoint 2013:

  • Excel Services:
    • iPad: Safari – OK (note: slicers – OK), alternatives – Chrome/Mercury (Chrome and Firefox alternative), Opera – NO, FF/IE – not supported
    • Android: FF – OK (note: slicers – NO), Chrome/Opera/(Built-in Browser/Dolphin) – NO, Safari/IE – not supported
    • Windows 8: IE – OK, alternatives – FF/Chrome/Opera, Safari – not supported
  • PerformancePoint Services (Dashboards):
  • OLAP/Excel Services:
    • iPad: Safari – OK (note: slicers – OK), alternatives – Chrome/Mercury (Chrome and Firefox alternative), Opera – NO, FF/IE – not supported
    • Android: FF – OK (note: slicers – NO), Chrome/Opera/(Built-in Browser/Dolphin) – NO, Safari/IE – not supported
    • Windows 8: IE – OK, alternative – FF, Chrome/Opera – OK (note: zoom – NO), Safari – not supported
  • SSRS:
    • iPad: Safari/Chrome/Opera – NO, Mercury (Chrome and Firefox alternative) – NO, FF/IE – not supported
    • Android: FF – OK, Chrome/Opera/(Built-in Browser/Dolphin) – NO, Safari/IE – not supported
    • Windows 8: IE – OK, alternative – FF, Chrome/Opera – NO, Safari – not supported on tablet?
  • PowerPivot/PowerView: the output is rendered in Silverlight
    • iPad: SL – not supported on iOS (note: SL is available only for Windows and Mackintosh)
    • Android: SL – not supported
    • Windows 8: IE – OK, alternatives – FF/Chrome/Opera (note: scroll – NO), Safari – not supported