At the end of my vacation (Nordic Ski Week), I decided to take a quick look via my iPad at my Google Analytics data. I was curious to learn how many folks had viewed my American Birkebeiner photos, Winter Wonderland Video (ABR Trails), and the Wabos Loppet musical slideshow posts.
More importantly, and much to my surprise, the problems of using Google Analytics via my iPad disappeared while I was on vacation! Upon login, I discovered that Google had provided me a gift while I was away skiing through the northern forests ... a rewrite of their service which is now optimized for html5 and the iPad (hurray). In the past, any Google Analytics chart viewed via the iPad could not be rendered due to Google's use of Flash. This necessitated purchasing various apps as work arounds, and most of those apps did not work well. There is now no need to purchase Google Analytics apps for your iPad. Those purchases would be a waste of money.
This development is all the more intriguing given via my day job which includes the responsibility for managing a premium installation of Google Analytics (i.e. paid). In frequent conversations with my Google Account Manager and Google Systems Engineer, I had often commented (complained) about the inability to use my iPad to access the full capabilities of Google Analytics. The response I always received was essentially ... not our problem. Could this mean Microsoft will optimize in the near future Microsoft Office for use on the iPad? Obviously as the iPad becomes more of a business platform device, companies have to respond.
Shown below is a screenshot of my Google Analytics NorthStarNerd.Org data for the last 30 days (click upon the image to view at size). Charts! Yea!