Qlik, along with many others, support easy to use data visualisation and discovery tools, allowing users of varying skills to describe operational activities using charts, dashboards, maps, tables and other visual constructs. However, what really distinguishes Qlik is its entensibility and in-memory QIX Associative Data Indexing engine. Exploration in Qlik is unmatched. Users can freely ask questions and probe associations in their data using simple, natural interactions such as selection and search. The QIX engine instantly responds after each click, recalculating all analytics and highlighting data relationships through easy to understand color cues. This empowers people to follow their own paths to insight, uncovering blind spots that would have been overlooked in query based tools
Data is everywhere. Organisations can no longer rely on a single data warehouse to provide for the analytic demands of the users. Qlik recognises this and provides the means to easily combine data from multiple disparate systems, be they structured database ERP systems, on flat files and spreadsheets or via web services and data as a service providers. Qlik is a new generation business analytics platform that doesn’t require a data warehouse as its data source. This is a more cost effective and efficient method of approaching environments without legacy business intelligence software or existing data warehouse. Qlik can extract data from a data warehouse if it is already in place. It is possible to then include supplementary data with ease without modifying the data warehouse.
Successful business analytics depends on data quality, skilled analysts who understand the technologies, the business and an organisational commitment to data-driven decision making.