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CRN’s 2021 Products Of The Year

Wade Tyler Millward, Kyle Alspach

CRN staff compiled the top partner-friendly products that launched over the past year, then turned to solution providers to choose the winners.




A provider of end-to-end business analytics and data integration software, Qlik’s flagship offering is the Qlik Sense self-service discovery, analytics and visualization platform. Recent enhancements to Qlik Sense have included additional functionality for the platform’s AI assistant, Insight Advisor, such as a new chat experience that uses natural language processing and natural language generation in order to better understand and respond to the user. Insight Advisor can also now be customized by users through the creation of business rules and metadata. Other new

features for Qlik Sense have included Collaborative Notes, which enables collaboration on analytics processes for a distributed team, and Hybrid Data Delivery, which allows data sets to be updated automatically as data sources change.

Subcategory Winner—Technology (tied with Qlik Sense): Tableau

Recently added Tableau features include Augmented Analytics, which offer AI-driven analytics that enable a user to interact with data inside their usual work context. Key capabilities include automated modeling and natural language queries, allowing users—even if they’re new to analytics—to discover insights from data.

Finalist: Looker 21

For its Looker 21 business intelligence platform, Google Cloud recently added support for Microsoft Azure hosting—creating a more-flexible environment. Other updates have included a new developer portal, which consolidates Looker’s developer resources including documentation, tutorials, sample code and examples.

Finalist: Microsoft Power BI

Recent Microsoft Power BI updates have included an analytics reports integration with Jupyter Notebook, an open-source development tool with documents that have live code, quotations, visualizations and narrative text. Power BI Embedded Analytics allows developers to explore data analytics and generate reports.

Finalist: SAP Business Technology Platform

SAP recently unveiled a number of new planning and data analysis capabilities and enhancements to the SAP Business Technology Platform, the vendor’s application and data integration, data management and data analysis hub. The updates include a data marketplace for SAP Data Warehouse Cloud—allowing organizations to consume, share and monetize data assets—as well as operational workforce planning capabilities and analytics.

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