• September 18, 2014

Qlik Launches Qlik Sense for Governed Self-Service Business Intelligence and Data Visualization

Qlik, a provider of data discovery solutions, has released Qlik Sense, a device-independent, self-service visualization and discovery product engineered for enterprise-class governance and performance.

Built on a modern architecture and powered by the patented Qlik data indexing engine, Qlik Sense lets users create personalized data analyses and explore the relationships that exist in data to reveal connections instantly.

Qlik Sense delivers self-service BI based on a server-side development and distribution model. Whereas most products require separate developer licenses and leverage the traditional approach of develop and publish, Qlik Sense empowers every user with the full capability to create, customize, or extend visualizations from any device, at any point in time.

Qlik Sense lets users create apps through a drag-and-drop experience that delivers relevant analysis, interactive reports, and dashboards . The Qlik associative data indexing engine allows users to expose relationships among data dimensions.

Smart Search allows users to type words or numbers to begin analysis of data sets. When the user types in a search string, Smart Search connects the dots, uncovering data relationships and information. In addition, Smart Visualizations uncover all the relationships between data dimensions. These cues help users explore patterns by dynamically updating and highlighting new information and associations.

Qlik Sense puts the social and collaborative experience front and center. Workgroups and teams can collaborate by collectively sharing analyses anytime, anywhere, and on any device. Its touch-driven interface and responsive design automatically adapts visualizations for the best possible experience on any device.

Data Storytelling allows multiple users, on any device to share their insights at a point in time in presentation format. Users can add commentary and narrative and drill down directly from the presentation to Qlik Sense to answer questions on the fly.

With Qlik Sense, users can build their own visualizations from a centralized library of pre-built data sets, expressions, and visualizations. Its modern architecture allows new capabilities for governance and manageability to support workgroup and distributed enterprise environments, including license allocation and usage monitoring. It also enables IT to implement enterprise-level security requirements with a flexible security-rules engine that offers granular control for progressive development with powerful audit and logging.

In addition, Qlik Sense supports robust data integration to transform and combine multiple, disparate data sources and provide seamless analysis across them, including fast calculations, associative exploration, and search. Its open APIs enable developers to embed Qlik Sense into Web pages and custom applications and extend core capabilities to meet custom needs.

"Our vision for Qlik Sense builds on our belief that anyone in an organization should be able to easily create dynamic dashboards to explore their data to uncover meaningful insights," said Lars Björk, Qlik's CEO, in a statement. "When we set out to create Qlik Sense, we envisioned a world where every knowledge worker, from any device, could rapidly create visually rich analytics to explore theories, prove hypothesis, or discover new trends that can change the trajectory of their businesses."

"The problem with self-service BI has always been that you either get rich BI capability with weak usability or a very approachable product with limited analysis capability," said Anthony Deighton, Qlik's chief technoplogy officer and senior vice president of products, i the statement. "With Qlik Sense, we set out to change that. That's why we built Qlik Sense on the second generation of our patented associative data indexing engine but gave it a rich, modern visualization front-end that is intuitive, yet powerful."

Qlik has also introduced a new token-based licensing model for Qlik Sense to provide greater flexibility for license management. Qlik Sense tokens can be allocated to named users or leveraged across multiple login sessions for one or more users. With the token-based licensing model, customers can deploy multiple servers, across multiple geographies, to optimize for performance and availability without paying additional costs.

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