Making Sense of Qlik Sense

We take an in-depth look at the three trends which drove the development of Qlik Sense.

Learning Qlik Sense Book

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Welcome to my first blog post!  To get things started, I thought I’d give you a little background on the writing and publishing of the “Learning Qlik Sense” book.  Over the past 3+ years, I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of Qlik’s leading customers and partners – along with our Product Management and R&D team – to gather feedback on Qlik Sense.  As I like to say, I have the best job at Qlik!

When speaking to these customers and partners, I began to see three main trends emerge repeatedly:

The rise of mobile and device independence.

The popularity of the iPad and bring your own device has expanded from pure email access to website viewing to the need to develop content.  This has put tremendous pressure on the IT organization to not only make BI solutions viewable on mobile devices, but has fundamentally changed HOW individuals interact with information with touch interfaces.  Applications have to get smarter.  Qlik Sense was built on the important premise of Responsive Web Design.

Responsive Design 

Everyone is an analyst.

There is information everywhere across an organization, which has transformed everyone into an analyst.  There are no longer passive users.  The question arises: how can a product federate all these sources in an easy way without complex modeling AND allow users to interact and gain insights?  For years QlikView has met this challenge with its patented Associative Engine and provided thousands of customers with insights through a guided analytics experience.  This was done in primarily build and consume model.   There is a rise of new users who are subject matter experts and want to not only consume and share information, but also want to actively participate in the creation of these applications.  Qlik Sense provides a governed Library to do just that.

Qlik Sense

IT is transforming from a builder to a facilitator.

These pressures are fundamentally changing the role of IT to an enabler of new ways of access information and meeting new users requirements.  This is putting pressure on the entire information supply chain from data sources, transformation, governance models, and securing corporate assets.  Qlik Sense provides a rich set of capabilities that strikes a balance between data governance and security – all while giving users freedom to build, explore, and share key insights.

Qlik Management Console 

The Qlik team had the insight to address these trends with what is now known as Qlik Sense.  This story was so compelling it lead to the writing of the book, “Learning Qlik Sense” with my co-authors Henric Cronström and James Richardson.  On behalf of my co-authors, we encourage you to take a look at the book and provide us your feedback!  It is available at Amazon and Packt Publishing in all the usual formats.

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