October 11, 2011 – QlikTech has updated its business intelligence platform with a flair for business-side collaboration and social access outside of the enterprise walls.

QlikView 11 is focused on event-driven reports and apps that include functionality for multiple users to ask questions on data and pull together quick data set visualizations. Users can also invite and bring in people from outside of the enterprise into data reports that can be viewed on all major Web browsers. Mobile and tablet views of reports include an option to reduce data sets on display for a more refined look, according to a news release on the updated platform.

Creation of an entirely new app of information from enterprise data sources requires some IT skills. But basic graphs, tables and collaboration aspects are in the hands of business users through report highlighting and drag-and-drop menus, a maturation from previous versions, says product marketing director Erica Driver.

“It’s a means to bring people together in real-time to facilitate the decision-making process,” Driver says of QlikView 11. “We believe people are central to BI, and by introducing more social and collaboration capabilities, this is a way to increase adoption and deliver value to business users.”

The release can be run on-premise or in the cloud, and will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.

John L. Myers, senior analyst for BI at Enterprise Management Associates, says the latest version of QlikView makes significant in-roads with its notation functionality and varied data set visualizations for business users. Myers says he was impressed with the platform’s BI “whiteboard” collaboration and contextual data that, along with the reach of the platform to users throughout the enterprise, could side-step the use of third-party sources such as WebEx or Remote Desktop.

In the big picture view, Myers says that the changes and direction from the updated release shows QlikTech taking on enterprise-size implementations beyond its place as a “niche departmental player.”

“Their take on contextual search and discovery is different than an SQL approach from data visualization and business discovery platforms,” Myers says. “This difference provides a competitive advantage versus those other platforms in the business discovery space.”

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