Gartner's 'Magic Quadrant' for QlikView

Gartner have released their annual appraisal of the Business Intelligence market. Once again QlikView is positioned supremely.
>(excerpt)… QlikView has become a market leader with its capabilities in data discovery, a segment of the BI platform market that it pioneered. QlikView is a self-contained BI platform, based on an in-memory associative search engine and a growing set of information access and query connectors, with a set of tightly integrated BI capabilities.

  • Qlik has embarked on one of the boldest strategies of any vendor to address enterprises’ unmet need for a BI platform standard that can fulfill both business users’ requirements for ease of use and IT’s requirements for enterprise features relating to reusability, data governance and control, scalability, and so on. In the second half of 2014, Qlik plans to release a completely rearchitected product, QlikView.Next, featuring a redesigned interactive visualization user experience called Natural Analytics, to make it easier for users to discover and share new insights. Natural Analytics builds on the company’s associative search capability and incorporates enhanced comparisons, collaboration, workflow, sharing and data dialogs, as well as enhanced insights from unique visualization techniques that Qlik acquired from NComVA in June 2013. QlikView.Next will also provide completely rearchitected enterprise server and administration capabilities, including reusable semantic intelligence and modeling that draws on its acquisition of Expressor Software, open APIs for extensibility, expanded data connectivity, and enhanced scalability and security features. By providing both business-user-oriented and IT-friendly capabilities, QlikView.Next has the potential to make Qlik a differentiated and viable enterprise-standard alternative to the incumbent BI players.
  • Customers choose QlikView for the intuitive interactive experience it offers; this is most often deployed in dashboards, where it enables business users to freely explore and find connections, patterns and outliers in data without having to model those relationships in advance. In particular, QlikView’s associative search enables users easily to see which query results are related, to compare them, and more importantly to identify which data elements are not related, without having to write complex SQL. Users can also filter data using search capabilities. The percentage of QlikView customers that choose the platform because of its ease of use for end users is in the top two of all the vendors surveyed; an above-average percentage also select QlikView because of its ease of use for developers. QlikView’s ease of use is coupled with an above-average score for the complexity of the types of analysis that users can conduct with the platform, and an above-average score for the breadth of functionality used. As a result, Qlik received one of the highest scores for market understanding of any vendor in the Magic Quadrant survey. In common with those of other stand-alone data discovery vendors, Qlik’s customers also report achieving above-average business benefits. This powerful combination of advantages has been a key driver of data discovery success for vendors in general, and for Qlik in particular.
  • Qlik’s customers also have a positive view of QlikView’s composite functional capabilities, which, weighted for use, were rated above the survey average, including above-average individual scores for dashboards, interactive visualization, search-based data discovery (rated No. 1), geospatial intelligence, business user data mashup, collaboration (a score near the top), big data support (also near the top) and mobile BI. As a result of a high degree of satisfaction with its mobile functionality, Qlik has among the highest percentage of users deploying, piloting or planning to deploy mobile capabilities in the next 12 months.
  • Qlik’s above-average scores for ease of use for developers, particularly when compared with traditional IT-centric enterprise vendors, has resulted in better-than-average implementation costs, IT developer costs and overall three-year BI platform ownership costs per user. The perception that QlikView offers a relatively low cost of ownership, when compared with other vendors’ products, is also evident from the high percentage of customers that choose QlikView because of its implementation cost and associated effort, as well as its TCO.
  • Qlik has been successfully expanding its reach and awareness beyond its traditional stronghold of Europe (it was founded in Sweden) to North America, as well as to the growing regions of Asia/Pacific and Latin America. The partner channel is more important to Qlik than to any other BI platform vendor except Microsoft, particularly in comparison to its stand-alone data discovery competitors. The partner channel will be particularly important to Qlik’s growth after the introduction of QlikView.Next, given the expectation that partners will use the platform’s planned improved openness to build new QlikView.Next-based solution.<
    Gartner: Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms
    20th Febuary 2014 
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