I have just come back from attending the ninth Qlik Global Partner Summit (Qonnections 2014) in Orlando, Florida.
One of the main themes at the conference was the preview of QlikView.Next. It will be a fantastic platform for business user to work with, genius and gorgeous indeed. QlikView.Next will provide a platform for what Gartner calls “governed self-service BI”.
In the past couple of years Qlik has acquired two technologies (Expressor and NComVA) that are now fully assimilated into QlikView powerful in-memory engine with QlikView.Next.
The Expressor added visual data integration, data governance and meta data management capabilities to QlikView.Next and NComVA has taken QlikView’s visualisation capabilities to the next level.
What does that really mean for business users?
Well, the data integration and modeling in QlikView.Next will be simplified and user friendly. QlikView scripting will still be available for advanced technical users. However simpler data modelling processes can be done by business users via wizards and configuration screens. The data connections and data models will be centrally configured and managed by administrators and shared with business users. Connecting to a new data source will be a simple drag and drop procedure.
QlikView.Next smart visualization capabilities will support true business users’ self-service by allowing users to build their own dashboards and stories just by dragging and dropping fields from the data model. Business users will be able to use dimensions and measures predefined by QlikView developers and just drag and drop fields onto QlikView.Next charts/tables. QlikView.Next will utilise the data model’s meta data to automatically configure graphs and render data in the correct visualisation. By default, QlikView.Next charts will use the best visualization practices and intelligently adjust data display based on the data volume and screen size.
The dynamic resizing of dashboards is very impressive. QlikView.Next dashboards intelligently adjust to laptop, desktop, tablet and phone screens without shrinking or loosing relevant object arrangements and analysis context.
Mid 2014 we will all get a preview of some of these great capabilities. Qlik will release QlikView.Next desktop personal edition for the general public. As with the current QlikView desktop it will be a free download for personal use. In addition, Qlik will also offer a free cloud service for small group of users to share their analysis built into this desktop client.
The server and enterprise functionality of the complete QlikView.Next platform will be released towards the end of this year.
QlikView.Next is the QlikView platform for the future and it will take a year or so before it is widely implemented. So what about now?
There is no need to wait for QlikView.Next to start your business intelligence journey.
QlikView 11 is a strong premier platform in its own right that continues to win business users. It has been named a Leader in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms.
There will be no financial advantage in waiting for QlikView.Next. While the licencing model will change the overall software cost will be broadly the same as QlikView 11. Qlik’s commitment is that the QlikView.Next will preserve the existing investment organisations have made in the QlikView platform.
Furthermore, Qlik will continue to fully support and maintain QlikView 11 for at least 3 years after QlikView. Next is released. QlikView 11 will be maintained via service releases that will include changes to increase platform stability (bug fixes) and new features.
For example, service release 5 has included capabilities that improved the overall stability and performance of QlikView platform, new mapping data visualisation extensions, the ability to query large data volumes on demand and linking with other QlikView data without having to store all the data in QlikView (direct data discovery) and enhanced QlikView integration with SharePoint.
Service release 6, is at the time of writing, in beta stage to be released soon and will offer additional capabilities.
This approach will allow QlikView customers to migrate to QlikView.Next platform on their own terms when they are ready. Qlik will provide tools to assist with the process.
By waiting for QlikView.Next, new customers will forgo the immediate benefits of the leading data discovery tool, QlikView 11.
If you are an existing customer you may be interested to know that Qlik is running first ever global customer conference in Orlando, Florida (USA) on 17-20 November, 2014.
*Since publication, QlikView.Next has been release with the name, Qlik Sense.
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