Instead of trying to force the matter – or eternally scrolling down the screen – check out an app called RoamBi (not to be confused with the little robot vacuum). RoamBi lets you turn boring old spreadsheets into interactive visualizations, formatted specifically for the iPhone and with the business professional in mind. RoamBi is compatible with Salesforce Reports, SAP Crystal Reports, SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, and of course, good ole Microsoft Excel.
Simply download the iPhone application (free) and sign-up for a RoamBi account online (this too is free). Then, start uploading your documents and reports through the web-based RoamBi, which acts as a document manager and syncs with the iPhone application. During the import process, you choose which RoamBi view you want to use:
- Pieview – A dynamic pie chart view
- SuperList – Use this for highly stylized charts and tables
- Cardex – This lets you navigate and organize spreadsheets in a virtual filing cabinet
- Catalist - This displays your data as categorized lists with drill-down detailed summaries
All RoamBi templates come with charts, bookmarks, and search capabilities, which means you can actually analyze and edit your documents directly from your iPhone – these aren’t glossy PDF versions of your spreadsheets. And, with a single tap, you can connect your Remote RoamBi to your web account and sync your work.
We’re a sucker for slick iPhone apps, and RoamBi is certainly one, but the real appeal of this product is the ability to make client-worthy presentations and access business critical data while you’re on the go.