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Qlik Launches Full Qlik Sense for Governed Self-Service BI and Data Visualization

Users can create visualizations, dashboards, and interactive reports from any device while IT gains enterprise governance.

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Qlik, a data discovery specialist, today introduced 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 Qlik’s data indexing engine, Qlik Sense gives users the unrestricted ability to create personalized data analyses and explore the relationships that exist in data to reveal connections instantly.  Business users gain the intuitive experience they need, developers gain boundless possibilities for what they can create, and IT gains centralized control for management and governance.

Just as Qlik disrupted the business intelligence industry to pioneer the data discovery category, the company is now helping transform the category as it matures to governed, user-driven creation. 

“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 CEO.  “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 business.”

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 time.

Smart Search and Smart Visualizations Accelerate Time to Insight

Qlik Sense lets users create apps through a drag-and-drop experience that delivers relevant analysis, interactive reports, and dashboards critical to decision making and operations.  Users can freely explore their intuition because they are not limited to predefined paths they must follow or questions they must formulate ahead of time.  The Qlik associative data indexing engine allows users to easily expose relationships among data dimensions, uncovering insights that would have been hidden in traditional hierarchical, query-based data models.  This provides users with the freedom to explore data at any point in their analysis.

Smart Search allows a user to type words or numbers to begin analysis of a data set.  When a user types in a search string, Smart Search connects the dots, uncovering data relationships and information in locations that might otherwise be unnoticed.  In addition, intuitive Smart Visualizations uncover all the relationships between data dimensions, revealing insights that would have been hidden in traditional data models.  These cues help users explore patterns by dynamically updating and highlighting new information and associations.

Anytime, Anywhere Collaboration Enables Broader Knowledge Sharing

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.  This helps to drive communication of insight and facilitates group discovery. 

Enterprise-Class Governance and Security Provides Centralized Control

With Qlik Sense, users can build their own visualizations from a centralized library of pre-built data sets, expressions, and visualizations to ensure consistent use of data and values.  Its modern architecture allows new capabilities for governance and manageability to support workgroup and distributed enterprise environments, including license allocation and usage monitoring in an easy-to-use interface that saves time and simplifies troubleshooting.  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 and powerful APIs give developers the ability to embed Qlik Sense into Web pages and custom applications, and extend core capabilities to meet custom needs.

Availability and Pricing

Qlik Sense is available now.  The company has also introduced a new, more flexible 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 any additional costs.  For more pricing information, contact Qlik or one of its registered partners.   

In addition to offering the complete Qlik Sense offering for interactive visualization, Qlik will continue to offer its QlikView platform to provide application development that enables analysts with minimal development expertise to build and publish powerful analytical applications. Qlik Sense Desktop will also continue to be available as a free download.

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