Qlik is known as an attractive BI tool in the data analytics industry, but many users do not realize they can use their Qlik products for big picture data strategies including data governance, migration to the cloud, and more.
I’ve been working with Qlik since the beginning when it was only one product, QlikView. QlikView was aimed at consuming data, and it did just that. It didn’t matter what you threw at it; QlikView treated the data as if it was from one source, allowing you to transform it in so many ways through a common language. The platform changed the way many did their job at the time. But Qlik did not stay stagnant—since its introduction to the BI landscape, Qlik continues to evolve its offering beyond a singularly-focused BI tool.
Qlik’s formative years of growth in the BI industry are marked by some major advances in their offering, including:
This additional functionality, along with continuous enhancements that allow for larger and larger data queries, make Qlik Sense and QlikView an attractive BI tool. However, Qlik recognized that they were one solution fulfilling one need in an overarching data analytics strategy.
Instead of focusing on the best software to fix their data problems, a more holistic approach to data and analytics alleviated this customer’s current issues and set them up for future success.
While technology is a great enabler, there are other aspects of a data strategy that must be addressed for businesses to truly leverage their data as an asset. Qlik’s latest offerings go beyond BI and address some aspects of a modern data strategy that companies across all industries should be planning for.
This is rarely how things work. The Qlik Catalyst feature was the first time Qlik went beyond traditional BI by placing focus on data governance: making the data transparent, trustworthy, and ready for discovery before consumption by a BI tool. Data Catalyst provides a common ground for IT to deliver tested and curated data sets to the end user, regardless of the system or end visualization tool. With no technical expertise required, users access their data marketplace like they would Amazon: search and find datasets, read reviews, decide if it meets their needs, and ‘get’. ‘Get’ means check it out for use (no purchase necessary since it’s your data).
With Qlik’s broader focus on end-to-end data and analytics solutions, they can play bigger part of your data strategy. If you already use Qlik, there are possibilities to get more from your investment. If you are seeking out data and analytics tools, Qlik is a strong contender for more than just BI. No matter your situation, you should have a plan in place that defines the people, processes, and technology to your solve your data challenges.
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