November 16, 2011

QlikView 11 and the rise of collaborative BI

QlikView 11 came out last month. Let me start by pointing out:

*One confusing aspect to that paper:  non-standard uses of the terms “analytic app” and “document”.

As QlikTech tells it, QlikView 11 adds two kinds of collaboration features:

I’d add a third kind, because QlikView 11 also takes some baby steps toward what I regard as a key aspect of BI collaboration — the ability to define and track your own metrics. It’s way, way short of what I called for in metric flexibility in a post last year, but at least it’s a small start.

That direct sharing of user interfaces is a cool feature, which every business intelligence vendor should offer. In an era of distributed workforces, when people can’t be assumed able to huddle around the same desk, it has value even for use among close coworkers. But it also should prove useful in a variety of more naturally remote use cases, multiple examples of which can be found in each of the areas of:

As for social media being used for BI collaboration — that’s generally in the air. For example:

*Edit: That didn’t turn out to actually happen.

BI has been a communication tool since the first green paper report was dumped on the first desk. And there’s been collaboration in doing analysis at least since it’s been possible to email .XLS file attachments. Still, BI is too often used as bludgeon rather than binocular. Hopefully, the current generation of technology will finally serve to change that.


7 Responses to “QlikView 11 and the rise of collaborative BI”

  1. Sean Kain on November 17th, 2011 3:09 am

    I think Oliver’s project is Kunena

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  6. Joe Harris on December 3rd, 2011 8:17 am

    I’ve always been a bit of QlikView skeptic, primarily because of the marketing BS about ‘no data modelling needed’. I recently had to download and make some minor use of QV to evaluate a customer requirement.

    Frankly, I fail to see how they make sales to customers who have experience with reporting and analysis. The interface is torturous, counter intuitive and makes use of numerous QV specific terms that don’t mean anything like you’d expect. It makes the open source BI stuff look easy to use. Seriously.

    Perhaps the QV fans in the audience will say that I need RTFM, but I’ve RTFM for years in this space and used many different products.

    My current opinion, for lack of better evidence, is that QV use their own terminology in order to distract the business types while trumpeting their slight technical advantage around keeping data in memory.

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