Top 10 QlikView Capabilities – Why QlikView is Best BI Tool?
In our journey of understanding QlikView, we find QlikView has many unique capabilities. These QlikView capabilities make it the best Business Intelligence tool. Here, we will discuss why QlikView is the best tool on the basis of its capabilities.
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List of QlikView Capabilities
These are some QlikView capabilities, let’s discuss them one by one:
1. Natural analytics and data discovery
QlikView runs a natural search through all the available data stored in memory. By natural search, it is meant that the data searching process doesn’t follow any predefined patterns and searches for data and associations in the most natural way.
Users can carry out fast and easy data discovery and analysis processes within QlikView apps. QlikView enables quick, natural, unrestricted data search along with providing easy associations and collaboration with many other data sources. This QlikView feature is supported by patented second-generation QIX engine.
2. Data collaboration and connectivity
QlikView provides a unique cloud-based data service (DaaS) called Qlik DataMarket. Such data market enables a QlikView user to fetch data sets from various public and syndicated data sources. Public data related to currencies, population, business demographics, economic indicators, weather conditions etc. are available. You can also use RESTful API connectors to connect and integrate with data sources such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Adobe, Alfresco, Documentum etc.
3. Mobility and scalability
QlikView mobile is compatible with iOS and Android devices through the QlikView Servers. Mobile touch capabilities are making better and better with every new version of QlikView. Thus, users get great mobility and ease in data analysis, report generation and sharing on the go. We can use QlikView mobile capabilities on any device like a tablet, phone or laptop.
On the other hand, the multi-node deployment options of the QlikView environment provides scalability. This can achieve by a robust and well-design clustering in a multi-node setup. It enables users quick file share, better communication with other users, more users in a network and increased peak performance. In QlikView 12, there can be 2.5x more new users per hour on a 3 node deployment. We can scale a typical QlikView deployment from a single user to that of a multi-node deployment having thousands of users. Thus, the tools required to be readily flexible.
4. Social data discovery
Social data discovery offers the sharing of individual data insights and reports within groups or out of it. A user can add annotations as an addition to someone else’s insights on a particular data report or also share bookmarks of data insights made by them with others. User interactivity of QlikView is enhanced by the provision of this feature as users can also participate in live discussion sessions in order to assure a well-thought step in the direction of business’ profit and growth.
5. Enterprise platform capabilities
It is one of the best Qlikview Capabilities. It is designed to completely aid and maximize the performance of any kind of enterprise (be it small or large in scale). QlikView offers all the functionality like sharing and collaboration, data security provisions, guided analytics, integrated framework for efficient working of an enterprise. Also, QlikView has a robust architecture with components like the client, server, publisher and developer to scale data, do load balancing and deployment. The tool also offers administrative aids as it has an IT-based management console which supervises, manages and properly deploys all the other components of the QlikView architecture and services. All these capabilities ensure efficient functioning of an enterprise of any kind and scale.
6. Interactive guided analytics
During the process of data discovery, that is, the interpretation of the collected data. QlikView helps the user by suggesting possible interpretations. Most likely business trends and possible business patterns will suggest automatically by the software which ensures better decision making. Every user uses QlikView for the very purpose of drawing meaningful insights from the ocean of data as organized information.
Thus, QlikView makes sure a user does not miss any important point to analyze or insight with the guided aid provided by the tool. This is facilitated by the interactive dashboards and apps. QlikView offers like charts, graphs, tables, and other attractive visual aids, for displaying the data reports. The user has complete authority and freedom to customize these apps and dashboards accordingly.
7. In-memory storage technology
Traditional BI tools use disk-based and query-based data storage and retrieval system, respectively.
In such an arrangement of data storage, data stores in external memory disks in an intermediate form (within data warehouses in cubes) and queries will send in order to retrieve the data requires. This process is very slow and tedious. Whereas, QlikView uses a new patented in-memory architecture for data storage.
Data from different sources (even from traditional sources like data warehouses) is loaded in the RAM of the system and is ready to be retrieved from there. Now, if a QlikView client at the frontend wishes to fetch data, it will be done from this in-memory storage quickly. It offers direct discovery of big data from sources like Teradata, Cloudera without having to load entire data. QlikView is a pioneer of in-memory technology.
8. Agile application development
QlikView is a tool for technical use and is highly IT efficient. Unlike traditional IT tools, where developers had a tough time coding for modifications needed to be made in dashboards, reports etc. The unique QlikView architecture has integrated both frontend and backend which made coding for personalized applications very easy without the need of a professional skill set.
Because of this, modifying different things using different products has come to an end and only a single centralized code framework can manage both front and backend. Also, the enterprise doesn’t have to invest much in IT and human resources because developing an application has become easier in QlikView. All the necessary tools and functionalities are provided within the software. We can make the data model and train the user within 15 days. It has proved to be a good way to save both the company’s time and resources.
9. Associative model
An associative data discovery model is exclusive to QlikView. In the introductory tutorial of QlikView, we discussed how, for searching data, BI tools use a hierarchical approach. But QlikView doesn’t use it; here, every data field is independent of the others, and simultaneously, linked with the others if searched for relevancy.
10. Comparative analysis
This is last but not the least QlikView Capabilities. The feature of the comparative analysis is an extension to the associative model. Through this, you can compare different fields and data sets. The users or developers can select the data sections or states for comparison. This comparison is aided by tables, charts, graphs to better understand and analyze the compared data. With the help of this, rare trends or exceptions in business can interpret. These features provide efficiency to the software by helping the user to gain useful insights into the data.
Thus, these were all the main QlikView capabilities and features. We hope our information helps you in understanding the tool better and making the right decision by selecting the best BI tool according to your needs. You will find it interesting when you explore the applications of Qlikview.
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