Aug 24, 2005 (03:08 PM EDT)
QlikTech Releases Version 7
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QlikTech has now launched a North American marketing and sales campaign for QlikView 7, announced in May 2005. QlikView is an analytic application development environment that includes a memory-based data manager and provides ad-hoc analysis, reporting and alerts. With QlikView, organizations can quickly build analytic applications that will have fast query response times and sophisticated, highly configurable user interfaces. QlikView 7 includes support for 64-bit addressing, allowing its data manager to accommodate up to terabytes of data. QlikView 7 also includes an HTML thin client and allows reports to be created from ad-hoc analysis data views. Ventana Research believes that QlikView will provide value to organizations looking for a self-contained, highly configurable business intelligence application platform.
QlikView enables developers to design custom analytic applications using AQL, a proprietary object-oriented and event-based development environment similar to Visual Basic that has been designed specifically to support business intelligence analysis. Various control and data display objects can be arranged on a worksheet and then programmed to manipulate and present data. These custom applications are multi-user accessible while incorporating security features for administrative control of access.
QlikView (along with Applix TM/1) is a rarity among ad-hoc analysis software because it stores data to be analyzed in a memory-based data manager. Since memory access is considerably faster than access to relational or multi-dimensional databases stored on a hard disk, query response time can be dramatically faster for similarly sized data sets. QlikView 7 also adds support for 64-bit operating systems, dramatically enlarging the capacity of the memory-based data manager. Thus, using the tool’s proprietary data compression, QlikView can import, manage and analyze terabyte-sized databases. QlikView is one of a number of BI vendors now 64-bit capable (others include BusinessObjects, Crystal Reports, Hyperion, Information Builders, Microsoft and MicroStrategy). Ventana Research believes that QlikView’s self-contained database will have lower administrative costs than will relational databases or OLAP databases. Clearly, more memory may be required than when using a disk-based database. Nevertheless, with memory cost declining dramatically and likely to continue to drop for the next several years, memory-based data stores for analysis may prove to have advantages in tuning costs and query performance.
A zero-footprint web client is now included in QlikView 7. It adds to QlikView’s suite of clients that include a Java web client, an ActiveX web client and a Windows client. Integration with e-mail is now supported via SMTP. QlikView also now exports views and produces reports in the Adobe .pdf format. QlikView 7 also supports the creation of HTML pages with embedded interactive charts and tables. Microsoft Excel integration is improved as well. Ventana Research believes these integration features provide functionality comparable to that available in other similar environments such as arcplan, Business Objects, Cognos, Hyperion, Microsoft, Oracle and ProClarity.
QlikView 7 improves on the usability of prior releases by enabling report generation from views created during ad-hoc analysis. Thus, users can analyze data interactively and then build reports directly from analyzed data views. The new release also adds alerting capabilities; users can create alerts that will be delivered via e-mail or pop-ups or can trigger the launch of other programs. Overall, Ventana Research believes that QlikView 7 is stronger at enabling ad-hoc analysis than at reporting. Its alerting capability is comparable to the user-activated alerting capabilities of competing products.
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