Qlik unveils new cloud offerings

Visual analytics service provider Qlik has launched its new cloud offering, which includes data-as-a-service offering Qlik DataMarket via Qlik Cloud, Qlik Sense Cloud for free sharing and Qlik Sense Charts for sharing visualisations on public sites.

With organisations needing more context to make sense of their data, having normalised data sources available that users can access to create greater insight will be key. Qlik DataMarket will enable users to access a library of external data directly within data visualisation application Qlik Sense to augment and cross-reference with their internal data.

For example, a sales manager could add population data to sales data to better understand market penetration or combine weather information to understand the effect of weather on retail sales.

The data library will encompass both free and paid data sources, accessible via cloud-based data services, bringing together over 200 data providers, 100,000-plus data sets and more than five billion fact values. Sources include business demographics, currencies, population, economic indicators, development indicators and weather.

Qlik DataMarket in Qlik Sense will be available in June 2015 and in QlikView in the second half of 2015.

Qlik Sense Cloud, which allows users to share Qlik Sense applications with up to five individuals for free, is now generally available. Additional feature planned for the second half of 2015 include the ability to create apps and storyboards using personal data and Qlik DataMarket data. This will enable users to engage in a full range of activities from creation to collaboration fully in the cloud from any device.

Marc Osofsky, senior vice president and general manager, Lionbridge, has also seen benefits from using Qlik Sense Cloud sharing.

“My team in Eastern Europe needed an analytics tool that pulls data from multiple operational systems to enable us to better run a new business. We chose Qlik Sense over other offerings and have been impressed. We have since shared it with our IT organisation to review as part of a broader initiative, which is very help as we collaborate on our strategy,” he said.

Qlik Sense Charts will also be available in the second half of 2015, enabling non-technical users to embed interactive Qlik Sense visualisations on any public website or blog and share via social media for free. The responsive design means readers can view an optimised chart regardless of device size and can filter data further.

Anthony Deighton, Qlik CTO and SVP of products, said the company’s cloud strategy is more than an infrastructure of Software-as-a-Service play.

“At Qlik we see an exciting opportunity for Cloud-based value-added services, like Qlik DataMarket Data as a Service offering, to optimize the visual analytics experience, even at the point of decision. Likewise, because people do not make decisions alone, sharing in the cloud will always be an important part of our collaboration strategy as well.”