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Custom mobile app example using the SAS Mobile SDK: Gather IQ

by SAS Employee SteveMellgren Wednesday - edited Wednesday by Community Manager (371 Views)

SAS Visual Analytics is most often viewed on a computer.  But when users want to take reports with them, the SAS Mobile BI App is the fast and free way to view these same interactive reports on a mobile device.  This app has been around for many years and has given users the freedom and flexibility to view SAS Visual Analytics reports on the go. 


Now some users want to take this to the next level and personalize their mobile experience, or even create a customized mobile app with SAS Visual Analytics content.  You asked, and SAS responded!


In a recent SAS Communities article, SAS' Robby Powell highlighted the availability of the SAS Mobile SDKs and how these can enhance your mobile experience in a number of ways.  In summary, the various approaches you can take are:


  • Personalize – “brand” your SAS Mobile BI App
  • Pre-configure – new users to the SAS Mobile BI App automatically access reports
  • Customize – integrate SAS Visual Analytics into a custom built mobile app
  • Manage – integrate mobile apps with your MDM service

Note - The SAS SDK for iOS is available now as a free download from developer.sas.com.  The SAS SDK for Android will be available soon.

GatherIQ image.pngGatherIQ is a great example 

Also mentioned in Robby's article was GatherIQ, a crowdsourcing app from SAS with the sole purpose of using #data4good.  This is a great example of a mobile app that combines customized content with SAS Visual Analytics reports (see bullet 3 above), developed with SAS Mobile SDKs.


GatherIQ is an app that takes data about some of the most pressing global issues and makes them personally relevant to people through interactive visualizations. The app promotes a more data-driven culture and encourages you to start discussions based on that data. 


To really understand how it works, I encourage you to spend just a few minutes and check out GatherIQ for yourself.  Download the app to your mobile device.  See how the SAS Mobile SDK helps bring SAS Visual Analytics content into a custom mobile application.  Along the way, you might just find a project that inspires you - in which case please share insights about it immediately! Here's how:

  1. Find a topic that interests you and start exploring.  The interactive SAS Visual Analytics reports allow you to examine areas of interest.
  2. Use the social sharing function to easily raise awareness within your network.
  3. Come back to the app again and again, as we plan to continually add more #data4good projects. 


Putting it all together

While navigating through GatherIQ, you can spot SAS Visual Analytics reports and see the familiar interactivity and ease of use in full display.  All report objects, interactions, filtering, drilling, etc. are created within SAS Visual Analytics and any content that can be saved in a report is supported on mobile. 


Perhaps the GatherIQ example of a custom mobile application has sparked your curiosity and interest.  The SAS Mobile SDKs are what make this possible.  They are available as a free download and allow you to make connections, download and view SAS Visual Analytics reports - opening up a new set of possibilities for mobile collaboration.  


Go to GatherIQ and get inspired: explore some of the most pressing issues of the day, use #data4good, and investigate the SAS Mobile SDKs.

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