A LITTLE CHAOS IS A GOOD THING
The discussion used to be how to go from chaos to governance and at the same time open up for self-service. Now, at Gartner Data and Analytics Summit 2017, the message has changed to being a bit more realistic. In a world of self service, you need to allow chaos to some extent, otherwise you will kill innovation. The amount of data and new data sources is growing at such a rate that governed data will never keep up. The cravings for more and faster analyses will force us to let go of the idealistic “Single version of the truth” and instead embrace “trust”.
COLLABORATION IS THE NEW COMPETENCE CENTRE
In this new era of self service, trust and organisations, where everyone is an analyst, Gartner also killed the BICC – Business Intelligence Competence Centre. From now on it’s more about collaboration on all levels inside and outside the company, so they introduced the ACE – Analytic Community of Excellence.
QLIK IS BACK
My colleague Michael Nordström expresses it well in his blog, The new Qlik – Summary of Qonnections 2017, “Qlik is back! Finally. The energy, the will to be different, the innovations and an (almost) complete lack of respect for the competition. This is the Qlik that I was so excited about when I found the product in 2001!”
The uncertainty that I felt from Gartner on where Qlik, with a new owner, is heading is gone. At Qonnections, Qlik really did impress me with their new ideas, new solutions, sneak peeks on what’s coming in the next 12 months and most of all the open hearted discussion with R&D. Looks like Gartner liked what they saw as well, read Cindi Howson’s blog after the first day of Qonnections.
PEOPLE FIRST WITH HELP OF MACHINES
While other vendors talk about machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) as part of their smart data discovery offering, Qlik has introduced their own interpretation. At Qlik the message is People + Data + Ideas, with People First. The machines should not make the decisions, but empower the users with better, enhanced intelligence. Qlik defines AI as Augmented Intelligence. Those of you who have heard about Augmented Reality might associate this with VR helmets etc., and yes it can be that as well (Qlik had that in the lab). But most important of all is the way they centre the product and features around how they can help the users understand the data and see associations and relations even better. Some of the exciting possibilities they demoed live at Qonnections included BOTs, automatic generation of charts based on natural language queries, off line mobile analytics, automated visualisation of insights, and drag and drop data correlation visualisation.
At Qonnections, Qlik showed new improved ways to work with smart data preparation. ‘Bubbles’ has grown up and can now do advanced data preparation operations that previously required scripting. I think that now even us Qlik geeks will start using bubbles.
If you have the chance don’t miss the next The Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in London 2018 nor Qlik Qonnections in April – maybe we’ll meet each other there!
My name is Olof Malmström and I am a business consultant at Climber. Here on the Climber blog, I share my thoughts on a wide range of topics in Business Intelligence, data analysis and Qlik products. You can find me on Twitter @omalmstrom or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.