It seems as though every movie and TV show that involves a scene set in a boardroom always features the same concept: a presenter standing in front of a projector screen/whiteboard/corkboard/what have you while going over the relevant data with the rest of the room as they follow along on preprinted handouts. There are issues with such methods, however. It’ often difficult to ensure that everyone is (literally) on the same page, and sometimes precious minutes can be lost while searching for data relevant to a participant’s question. And that’s exactly why Quinton Alsbury and the rest of the team at Roambi created Roambi Flow.
Roambi Flow allows users to give those same presentations to those same clients/business partners/board members via the iPads they all no doubt already possess. A single user can create a multi-page presentation, complete with relevant data points, then display it on the group’s collective iPads. If they need to move to another page, the display will follow suit on everyone’s device. If someone needs more details about a certain item, the presenter can pull up the necessary info and it will pop up on everybody else’s screen. There are lock options as well, so one can choose to lock the interaction to one device (i.e. for a presentation) or open it up to all participants (i.e. for a collaborative meeting).
The app uses a series of simple publishing tools (accessible in standard web browsers so they can be used at home or in the office) that can be used to construct what Alsbury refers to as a sort of “interactive magazine.” Just pick a template, start plugging in data, then link all the pages together. Content can be pulled from a number of different sources; including .pdfs, video, pictures, text, and data from Roambi Analytics. So all of that dynamic data from Analytics can be included (and interacted with in real time) in your presentation. It’s all shared via a sort of subscription system that allows specific users to sign up (and be accepted into) various projects. Once they’re in, they’ll receive notifications on updates and new “issues,” and the admin can easily add or remove their documents from any allowed devices.
Both Roambi Analytics and Roambi Flow are available on the App Store for free.
Released: 2009-05-18 :: Category: Business