Business intelligence and visualisation software company, Qlik, has unveiled its first device-independent, self-service visualisation and discovery product for enterprise.
Qlik Sense gives users the unrestricted ability to create personalised data analyses and explore the relationships that exist in data to reveal connections instantly.
It is designed to allow business users gain the intuitive experience they need, while developers are also given new possibilities for what they can create and IT gains centralised control for management and governance.
Qlik chief executive, Lars Bjork, said the vision for Qlik sense built on the belief that anybody in an organisation should be able to easily create dynamic dashboards to explore their data to uncover meaningful insights,
"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," he said.
According to a company statement, Qlik Sense is the first offering to deliver 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, customise, or extend visualisations from any device," according to a company statement.
Colliers International head of information technology EMEA, Perry Willis, said he had been very impressed with Qlik Sense.
"For us, simplicity of delivery is key, and it allows us to accelerate the delivery of actionable analytics to the right people at the right time," he said.
"Although we have strong QlikView skills in the IT team, so creation of applications is easy, Qlik Sense allows even greater creation flexibility so we can do more, faster.
"The synergy we are rapidly developing by using both QlikView and Qlik Sense is helping us provide our Real Estate advisors across 40 countries in EMEA smarter analytics solutions." Qlik chief technology officer, Anthony Deighton, said the problem with self-service BI had always been that you either get rich BI capability with weak usability, or a very approachable product with limited analysis capability.
"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 visualisation front-end that is intuitive, yet powerful."
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 since 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.