Antivia, an SAP Partner, today announced a new version of XWIS Anywhere for iPad which introduces a host of enterprise features, the highlight of which is support for the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) environment.
XWIS Anywhere allows decision makers to view their SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (aka Xcelsius) on the iPad, with zero-rework. Xcelsius dashboards are rendered in Adobe Flash, which cannot run natively on the iPad. XWIS Anywhere solves this issue using a hybrid approach:
- A native iPad application for users to browse their catalog of dashboards
- Antivia Dashboard Servers to run the dashboard and stream it back to the user's iPad, allowing the user to fully interact with their dashboard using familiar touch gestures
In the latest version of XWIS Anywhere, organizations now have the option to deploy their Antivia Dashboard Servers in the Amazon EC2 cloud, ensuring their decision-makers' Xcelsius dashboards are available instantly, from anywhere on the planet. For ease of deployment, the Antivia Dashboard Servers are provided as a pre-configured Amazon Machine Image (AMI), which can be up and running within minutes and multiple instances of which can be easily distributed around the globe.
Donald MacCormick, Chief Product and Marketing Officer, Antivia, said: "We've seen strong demand for Amazon EC2 support from many of our largest customers who are typically looking to provide their executives with access to dashboards on their iPads from anywhere in the world. Amazon EC2 is a robust, flexible, enterprise-grade cloud service which makes it quick, easy, and cost-effective for any organization to put in place the sophisticated server infrastructure required to support these large, massively geographically distributed mobile deployments."
The latest version of XWIS Anywhere for iPad also gives customers the option of distributed license management, enabling them to deploy multiple Antivia Dashboard Servers around the globe and to pool their licenses across all of their servers to optimize their usage. XWIS Anywhere's administration console has also been updated to provide real-time visibility into license utilization.
MacCormick explained: "We're giving our customers a follow-the-sun licensing model, where the same licenses that were earlier in the day being used by Asian employees can later that day be used by their North American co-workers, whilst the Asian team are sleeping. However, the beauty of this approach is that both the Asian and North American workers are accessing dashboards from a server which is located geographically close to them, thus minimizing latency and ensuring great end-user response times."
The new version of XWIS Anywhere for iPad is available immediately. Antivia Dashboard Servers are also available as a VMWare virtual appliance.
Visit Antivia's web-site to find out how you can try XWIS Anywhere on your iPad