Qliktech grows with big data

Qliktech grows with big data

From traditional business intelligence to 'business discovery'

Qliktech’s regional director for Australia and New Zealand Mark Sands says the company has moved on from traditional business intelligence to what he refers to as “business discovery”, meaning user driven BI.

The company has recently ranked first among the BI giants peer group in visual analysis, innovation, agility and shortest project length in the BI Survey 12, conducted by the Business Application Research Center (BARC).

Qliktech expects the recognition from the independent survey results to reach customers and help resellers better market the solution.

“QlikView scores well in a variety of areas, and tops the list when it comes to visual analysis, mobile BI, and self-service features that deliver agility in BI projects,” says Carsten Bange, lead author at BARC. “Compared to other Visual BI and Data Discovery tools, it has the best cost ratios when it comes to license fees, external implementation spend, and administrators needed per seat. In my view, this is indicative of QlikTech’s focus on building an innovative, feature-rich product.”

The results place Qliktech ahead of BI vendors such as SAP (Business Objects), Oracle (Hyperion) and IBM (Cognos) and Microsoft.

“The results of The BI Survey 12 reflect that the user-centric breed of BI we pioneered – Business Discovery – is being used and appreciated in companies around the world,” says Lars Björk, QlikTech’s CEO. “Outperforming a host of other BI products validates our philosophical difference from the traditional vendors: we believe the power of information should reach to the edges of every organisation rather than being used by a chosen few. Now companies can get up and running quickly, get to the information they need from existing systems, and be agile in the way they run their business.”

The BI Survey 12 generated almost 3,000 responses analysing 27 different BI products from April through July 2012.  The purpose of this online study is to uncover the motivation behind mid-market and enterprises selecting BI products, examine how they use them, and to what level business benefits are achieved.

According to Sands, the company is leading a “new wave of technology” with business discovery. “Traditionally, business intelligence solutions can take a long time and be more expensive. Of course it delivers value but it does not serve the broader user population in those organisations,” he says. Sands adds that the traditional business intelligence tools still have their place but need to be complemented by solutions that are not restrained by the infrastructure. “Traditional BI solutions are constrained by the designs of the infrastructure supporting it,” he says. “The pace of change is almost bewildering. BI is becoming more agile. Deployment is quicker.”

The survey results were shortly followed by the release of QlikView Governance Dashboard, a free product that the company says provides customers with visibility into their QlikView deployments, enabling them to maximise data governance practices and optimise their QlikView investment. “There are redundant definitions for the same use of data in different apps, each defining data integration mechanisms or common business metrics,” says Sands. “This can lead to inconsistent results, which will ultimately undermine business users’ confidence in the integrity of the data. With this new governance dashboard, IT can have better visibility and understanding of how QlikView is being used across the organisation and what data the QlikView apps are using.”

QlikView Direct Discovery also launched this month, to give customers direct access to big data sources within QlikView apps. With this hybrid model for comprehensive analysis, the company says, there is no need to choose between direct access to big data or pre-loading data in-memory.

QlikView Direct Discovery will be part of the QlikView Version 11 upgrade available in December 2012 at no additional cost.

In a wave of new announcements, the company has also extended its global certification programme for customers and partners. The Qlikview 11 Certification Programme for customers expands the previously announced certification programme for partners. “QlikTech partners and customers are well positioned to benefit from the incredible growth opportunity in Business Discovery, says Sands. “Certified individuals have demonstrated high levels of technical excellence and productivity, which enhances their credentials.

The programme is comprised of three offerings – QlikView Certified Designer, QlikView Certified Developer, and QlikView Certified System Administrator – and includes a combination of recommended classroom sessions and practical, hands-on project experience.

The company has been represented in New Zealand for about ten years. Three years ago, a subsidiary was set up in Australia to support the ANZ region. Sands says the company has “five very active solutions partners in New Zealand” and a “very active OEM partner - Greentree”, as well as a number of ANZ resellers through that relationship with Greentree.

“We will add to the partner network in ANZ but we are very careful to do it in a way that adds value, in certain verticals or geography, where we see an opportunity,” says the regional director. “New Zealand is an incredibly important market for us. It is well suited to deliver lots of value.”

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