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Introducing the QlikView Business Discovery Platform

Understand your business in brand new ways:

  • Consolidating relevant data from multiple sources into a single application
  • Exploring the associations in your data
  • Enabling social decision making through secure, real-time collaboration
  • Visualizing data with engaging, state-of-the-art graphics
  • Searching across all data—directly and indirectly
  • Interacting with dynamic apps, dashboards and analytics
  • Accessing, analyzing and capturing data from mobile devices

How does QlikView do it?

QlikView is known as a pioneer in in-memory BI. In-memory technology is important for BI, for performance reasons. But just being in-memory isn’t all it takes to deliver a Business Discovery platform that dynamically calculates new views of information. It’s what QlikView does with in-memory technology that makes it so special. Some vendors that offer traditional BI reporting solutions based on queries and cubes are re-engineering their offerings to run in memory. These solutions may improve user response time. But as long as they are query- and cube-based, maintaining associations in the data and allowing for new calculations requires hand coding and rebuilds—and therefore lots of time and money. The same is true for query-based standalone data visualization tools.

QlikView’s patented core technology

At the heart of QlikView is our patented software engine which generates new views of information on the fly. This directly benefits non-technical users, as they are not required to develop reports or visualizations – they just click and learn. Every time the user clicks, the QlikView engine instantly responds, updating every object in the app with a newly calculated set of data and visualizations specific to the user’s selections.


The QlikView Business Discovery platform:

1.    Holds data in memory for multiple users. QlikView holds data needed for analysis in memory, where it is available for immediate exploration by users. Users experience zero wait time on in-memory data as QlikView performs the calculations needed to deliver the aggregations users request. The “rocket science” is in getting the calculations done quickly. QlikView is a multi-user, distributed environment; it stores common calculations and shares them among users so the calculations don’t have to be redone every time someone needs them.

2.    Automatically maintains associations in the data. QlikView’s inference engine automatically maintains the associations among every piece of data in the entire data set used in an application—neither developers nor business users have to maintain these associations. As a result, users aren’t limited to static reports, pre-determined drill paths, or pre-configured dashboards. Instead, they can navigate their data up, down, and sideways, exploring it any way they want to (see Figure 2). QlikView’s associative experience works across all the data used in the analysis, whether the data is in memory or left in place and accessed via Direct Discovery.

3.    Calculates aggregations on the fly. The QlikView engine calculates aggregations on the fly based on selections the user makes (which we call the “state” of the app). Users aren’t limited to predefined calculations and hence preconceived insights based on data joins made by IT or a business analyst. Users can define whatever view or type of insight they want and QlikView dynamically calculates the answer. QlikView calculates just the aggregations the user asks for; it does not pre-calculate aggregations the old queries-and-cubes way. It processes calculations instantaneously, as they are needed.

4.    Compresses in-memory data to as little as 10% of its original size. QlikView achieves a significant reduction in the size of the in-memory data used for analysis with a data dictionary (a hash table) and by using only the number of bits required. The more redundancy in the data values, the greater the compression. For example, a “day of the week” field has only seven possible field values. Each value is stored only once in memory, regardless of how many records contain the value. With this compression, QlikView can scale to handle very large data sets without driving up hardware investment costs just to move an entire data set into memory.

5.    Fully utilizes the power of the hardware. QlikView distributes the number-crunching calculations across all available processor cores to maximize the performance experienced by the user. Unlike technologies that simply “support” multi-processor hardware, QlikView is optimized to take full advantage of all the power of multi-processor hardware, thereby maximizing performance and the hardware investment.

6.    Offers enterprise class capabilities for Business Discovery. Unlike lightweight visualization tools, QlikView offers enterprise capabilities on par with major stack vendors, but in the context of a business discovery platform. QlikView provides the robust security, scalability, data governance, and systems management capabilities demanded by world-class organizations. QlikView’s governance dashboard allows administrators to quickly understand user activity and data lineage, allowing companies to identify and expand high value apps more quickly. And with QlikView Expressor, organizations benefit from a common semantic layer for reuse of data definitions in expanded app deployment.

Start Anywhere, Go Anywhere With QlikView
Start Anywhere, Go Anywhere With QlikView
The QlikView Associative Experience
The QlikView Associative Experience
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