Yesterday we announced QlikView 11.2. The main new capability in this release is QlikView Direct Discovery. Since we announced this new capability in October, we have seen great excitement in our customer and partner community as they see the potential of QlikView 11.2 enabling Business Discovery with Big Data, without any data size limitations.
Today organizations have the capability to store and process more data faster and cheaper than ever before. Currently, Big Data sources such as Hadoop are thought of as a sort of “staging environment on steroids”—a place to stage and dump a massive amount of stuff.
But as I talk with our customers about Big Data, I keep asking myself, is the more the better? The fact that IT can now store petabytes of data does not mean much to business users unless the business users can benefit from greater relevance. Until business users can seamlessly analyze Big Data along with their other decision support data, asking and answering their own streams of questions (even questions no one anticipated they might have—without having to go back to an expert for a new report or a new visualization), the more does not bring any value to them.
With a single QlikView app, even the least technically savvy person can answer question after question after question, moving along their own path to insight. Users are empowered to explore information freely by clicking on field values, doing searches, and more.
The Direct Discovery capability of QlikView 11.2 brings the same unique Business Discovery capabilities to analysis on Big Data. QlikView Direct Discovery is a hybrid approach that leverages both in-memory data and data that is dynamically queried from an external source. QlikView maintains all the associations in the data, regardless of where the data is stored.
For example, a policy analyst who uses a QlikView app to analyze regional loss and revenue information on a daily basis can now also see the policy-level claim payments for billions of policies (stored in a Big Data system) in the same QlikView app. He does not need to remember policy numbers, he only needs to select the regional info, as he would do every day, and QlikView displays policy-level information from Big Data sources in the same app as in-memory metrics.
With QlikView 11.2, QlikView once again conquers the hearts of business users and IT pros alike—this time by making Big Data user friendly. QlikView Direct Discovery makes IT organizations Big Data heroes. With the rapid and easy development of QlikView Direct Discovery, IT can now make Big Data sources available in existing QlikView apps in mere days and let business users incorporate that data into their Business Discovery. In addition, with QlikView’s Data Governance Dashboard, they can see how the existing enterprise data is being used with the new big data sources. This knowledge of high use data will allow IT people and data administrators to build a more comprehensive enterprise data roadmap. They can easily identify the usage patterns, metrics definitions within the QlikView environment and decide how to position big data and enrich their existing enterprise data sources with big data if necessary.
The value of the Big Data will not be explored by the pre-determined path of questions. With Big Data, the business users need to follow the information scent, and be able to ask and answer streams of their own questions to find what is relevant to them. QlikView 11.2 opens a new area for QlikView where the unique Business Discovery capabilities will enable users follow the information scent and chase the value from the Big Data.