Qlik Offers Cloud BI Software Road Map, Debuts Cloud Analytics Software For SMBs

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Qlik extended its cloud-based analytics software lineup Tuesday with Qlik Sense Cloud Business, targeting departmental and small and midsize business customers. But an enterprise edition of the product won't be ready until sometime in 2017 or later.

Qlik, which is holding its Qonnections partner and customer conference in Orlando, Fla., this week, also debuted Qlik Sense Enterprise 3.0, a new release of the company's flagship on-premise business analytics product.

"Our view is that you are going to see an explosion of data within your organizations," both on-premise and in the cloud, said Anthony Deighton, Qlik's chief technology officer, in a keynote speech highlighting the new products.

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The new Qlik Sense Cloud Business "is an important step in cloud deployment and really sets us on a path for where we're going with cloud," Deighton said. "The vision we have from an infrastructure perspective is that our technology runs in [on-premise environments], in our cloud, and everything in between."

The new offerings extend the pervasive theme at Qonnections that Qlik, based in Radnor, Pa., is evolving from selling a single product, the company's original QlikView data visualization software, to developing a complete business analytics platform with multiple products to meet the needs of different types of users.

Qlik's product line reflects broad trends in business intelligence, Deighton said, including the increasing volume of data in hybrid and cloud systems, the move from "a report-centric world to an analysis-centric world," and the increasing importance of developers who build analytical applications.

The latter includes Qlik's growing ranks of OEM partners that build the company's business analysis technology into their own software products. One such company is Host Analytics, a developer of cloud-based enterprise performance management applications that is building Qlik Sense into its software.

By building Qlik Sense into the Host Analytics application, users can add insights from the Qlik tools to the financial plans and forecasts generated by Host Analytics, said Bryan Katis, senior vice president of products at Host Analytics, Redwood City, Calif.

"The key thing for us is, our users need to have a seamless experience. It needs to be simple and intuitive to use so they can adopt it with minimal training and minimal cost," Katis said. "And Qlik fits really nicely into that."

While Host Analytics is still fine-tuning the integration of Qlik Sense with its applications, some of the company's customers are already using the combined products. "They love the experience. They love the performance," said Ben Plummer, Host Analytics' chief marketing officer. And he said the mobile access has been especially popular.

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