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Qlik introduces Qlik Sense
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Qlik introduces Qlik Sense 

It is designed to serve without compromise and is built on Qlik’s data indexing engine that enables users to create personalized data analyses and data relationships. The indexing engine allows users to expose relationships among data dimensions, uncovering insights that would have been hidden in traditional hierarchical, query-based data models, and thus users can make connections instantly. Qlik Sense delivers self-service business intelligence (BI). Whereas other products require separate developer licenses and take the traditional approach of develop and publish, Qlik Sense can help its users to create, customize, or extend visualizations from any device at any time.

“Our vision for Qlik Sense builds on our belief that anyone in an organization should be able to easily create dynamic dashboards to explore their data to uncover meaningful insights,” said Lars Björk, Qlik CEO, in a press release. “When we set out to create Qlik Sense, we envisioned a world where every knowledge worker, from any device, could rapidly create visually rich analytics to explore theories, prove hypothesis, or discover new trends that can change the trajectory of their business.”

Qlik claims its pioneering in the data discovery category disrupted the BI industry. “The problem with self-service BI has always been that you either get rich BI capability with weak usability, or a very approachable product with limited analysis capability,” explained Anthony Deighton, Qlik CTO and SVP of Products, in a press release. “With Qlik Sense, we set out to change that. That’s why we built Qlik Sense on the second generation of our patented associative data indexing engine, but gave it a rich, modern visualization front-end that is intuitive, yet powerful.”

Qlik Sense does not limit users to predefined paths; rather, they can drag-and-drop to create apps to provide analysis, interactive reports, and dashboards critical to decision-making and operations. This provides users with the freedom to explore data at any point in their analysis.

Smart Search, Smart Visualizations
Simple words and numbers can be with Smart Search to analyze a data set. When a search string is typed, it connects the dots and helps discovering data relationships and information. Hidden relationships between data dimensions in traditional data models can be uncovered with Smart Visualizations, which helps users explore patterns by updating and highlighting associations.

Broader Sharing
Qlik Sense puts the social and collaborative experience front and center anytime, anywhere which helps teams to collaborate by sharing analyses anytime, anywhere, and on any device. With Data Storytelling users can share their insights. Users can comment, narrate and drill down directly from the presentation to Qlik Sense to answer questions, which helps to facilitate group discovery.

Centralized Control
Users can build visualizations from pre-built data sets and visualizations. Added capabilities for governance and manageability helps support workgroup and distributed enterprise environments, including license allocation and monitoring an interface. IT can implement enterprise-level security requirements with a flexible security-rules engine that offers granular control with audit and logging.

Moreover, Qlik Sense supports data integration to combine data sources and provide analysis, including fast calculations and associative exploration. With its APIs developers can embed Qlik Sense into web pages and custom applications.

Availability and Pricing
Qlik Sense is available immediately.

The company has also introduced a token-based licensing model for Qlik Sense. The tokens can be allocated to named users, across multiple login sessions for one or more users. Qlik says that the token-based licensing model is intended for customers to deploy multiple servers, across multiple geographies, without additional costs.

Qlik Sense also offers QlikView for interactive visualization, to provide application development to help rookie development analysts to build and publish analytical applications. Qlik Sense Desktop will also continue to be available as a free download.

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