You may have heard about the release of Qlik Sense Desktop. This is the first product in the Qlik Sense line and it has been generating some excitement in the QlikView community.
Qlik Sense Desktop is a standalone Windows version of Qlik Sense and is available as a free download.
Qlik Sense Desktop is all about supporting individuals and their ability to visualise, explore and ultimately better understand information without needing technical assistance. It includes great visualisations, smart search, drag and drop development and storytelling capabilities.
Unlike the previously offered free QlikView desktop, Qlik Sense Desktop does not have any restrictions on file sharing. Files can be saved as local files and opened by other users. It also provides export to the Qlik Sense Cloud to be used by a small group of invited users. Qlik Sense Cloud is expected to be commercially available sometime in August 2014. It is expected that small groups of up to 3 users will be able to use Qlik Sense Cloud free of charge.
The full Qlik Sense platform is due to be released in September 2014.
Qlik Sense is the next generation of Qlik offering focussed on providing what Gartner calls ‘governed self-service business intelligence’. It is an easy to use platform that enables business users to create personalised visualisations, reports, and dashboards through simple drag and drop techniques, while ensuring centralised data security and governance.
Qlik Sense is Qlik’s response to the way technology is being used today and into future. The inspiration for its visualisation capabilities mostly comes from the fact that mobile and touch devices have become an everyday tool we all use in business and at home. These days the touch capabilities are being included in laptops and desktops thanks to touch-enabled applications like Windows 8 and similar. Mobile and touch devices are our tools of choice.
Qlik Sense is designed to fully support this trend. It is natively mobile with a gesture-based user interface that is responsive and touch optimised.
Qlik Sense applications have intelligent resizing and rescaling to support seamless transition across devices and allows for collaborative problem solving any time anywhere.
Furthermore, the Qlik Sense platform will offer server side development and a robust set of enterprise capabilities.
Qlik Sense was previously known as QlikView.Next. It is not the next version of the current QlikView platform (QlikView 11).
Qlik Sense provides new capabilities in the area of true self-service visualisation and analytics. It does not require a ‘build and publish’ approach as every user is empowered to leverage simple drag and drop techniques to build or extend their visual analysis.
QlikView on the other hand does and will continue to provide customers with an in-the-box application development platform, enabling analysts with minimal development expertise to ‘build and publish’ powerful analytical applications.
Qlik Sense is not a replacement for QlikView but a product in its own right. These two products address different usage scenarios and offer different capabilities.
Will these two platforms eventually merge into one offering? That is yet to be seen.
For now, it is a two product strategy for Qlik. Existing QlikView customers need not be concerned.
QlikView will be fully supported for a minimum of three years and possibly beyond, if there is a customer demand for it, so for existing QlikView customer there is no need to rush. They can take full advantage of the new QlikView expansion while they explore the value Qlik Sense can provide to their business.
The QlikView products will be developed further for at least three years. It is very likely that some of the new functionality from Qlik Sense will be incrementally made available in coming releases of QlikView. I expect that in the near future both products will use the same data indexing engine to support faster time to visualisations and more meaningful insights at least.
It is expected that some existing customers will want to migrate from QlikView to Qlik Sense and if so they will be fully supported by Qlik and Professional Advantage in that process. Customers under a current software maintenance contract for QlikView will be able to migrate to an equivalent level of usage of Qlik Sense at their current QlikView maintenance costs ensuring the protection of their existing investments in QlikView.
Customer can use one or the other platform or both depending on their requirements.
In most cases, customers will migrate new or existing applications to Qlik Sense when it makes sense for their business while still relying on their existing QlikView platform for other applications.
There will also be cases where customers will choose to roll out new applications on Qlik Sense due to the broader self-service use cases that Qlik Sense supports.
You can read more about Professional Advantage and QlikView here.
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