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Reena Sethy is Director of Product Management for Mobile Analytics at SAP. Reena has over 16 years of industry experience, primarily in the product management space. She enjoys working with customers and enabling them to adopt and use mobile in their Analytics journey.

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With the SAP Analytics Cloud mobile application for iOS, users can access SAP Analytics Cloud stories anytime anywhere, on their Apple iPad and iPhones. Here are some tips to help you ensure an engaging experience.

Tip #1: Keep Mobile in Mind and Know Your Lanes

First and foremost, design your stories with mobile consumption in mind—what works well on mobile will work on the desktop, but not necessarily the other way around.

It’s possible to build a story with a few mobile-specific pages. For example, three pages could be designed for web layout on a canvas and two for mobile viewing with the responsive layout. In this case, only the pages designed with ‘responsive layout’ will display on mobile.

The SAP Analytics Cloud mobile app renders the story differently than your desktop. It uses the lane concept to lay out various components for the different form factors so that you can design once, and consume from any device without any additional effort.

Device output:

  • On the iPad, all components included in one lane stay together, while how many lanes it will show on the screen depends on the size of the device it’s rendered on.
  • iPad Pro 9.7 and smaller iPad devices are treated as “small device”, with a maximum of three lanes visible at a time.  Lanes four to six will show next.
  • Larger iPad Pro is treated as “large device”, so up to a maximum of six lanes is visible.
  • For iPhones, it always shows one component spanning the screen width and the rest of the components one by one. There is a ‘device preview mode’ in the application, so use it while designing your stories to find out how components will be laid out for the various form factors.

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Tip #2: Know Your Components

There are also a few components which aren’t meant for accessing on the device or are not yet supported to view on the device, so exclude such components from your story.

Tip #3: Know How to Maximize for Speed

Remember that mobile users want and expect faster performance on their device than on the web, but web and mobile offer different experiences due to device resources.

Tips to maximize for speed:

  • A notebook is much more powerful than a mobile device. So, for best query processing performance, use a device with a minimum of 2 GB of RAM (iPhone 6S is the minimum).
  • More powerful iOS devices give a much better experience . (iPhone X, iPad Pro are preferred).
  • Apple emphasizes battery time more than CPU, so sometimes the OS slows the applications down so the CPU is not overwhelmed. To compensate, reduce the number of individual controls visible on the screen—each one can cause a parallel query. (For example, use a chart with in-lined values rather than a chart and separate text boxes)
  • Make use of the caching feature to access already loaded data in bad network areas, and to get subsequent faster access to your data.

Learn More

With each new release to SAP Analytics mobile application, there is more and more emphasis on having a better experience. If you’re interested in knowing more about the future of mobile and SAP Analytics Cloud check out the product plan. 

This content was originally posted on the SAP Blog

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