Greater clarity on Qlik’s positioning
On the Ability to Execute, Qlik is strong – as always – but behind Tableau and Microsoft in the Gartner Magic Quadrant 2017 report. Here, Gartner talks about uncertainty surrounding the new owner (Thoma Bravo) and the positioning of QlikView vs Qlik Sense. In my opinion, delisting Qlik helps the company to focus on long-term goals rather than the next quarterly report, and so far, there is no evidence whatsoever of Thoma Bravo not being committed to the long-term roadmap. QlikView vs Qlik Sense might be an issue with existing customers, but with new customers we always choose Qlik Sense.
Qlik also scored low on cloud since the full cloud offering has not yet been released, but it is on the roadmap for 2017. I’m guessing that cloud will be the focus at Qonnections in May.
One of the main messages of the former VP of Innovation & Design at Qlik, Donald Farmer, was the opportunities that the Qlik Analytics Platform (QAP) opens up. You can do really innovative things in Qlik with QAP and its open API. However, Gartner’s focus seems to be more on the standard features in the end user interface. I would have liked to read more on Gartner’s view on the QAP.
Don’t miss the disruption train
At the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in London in March this year, I got the opportunity to talk one-on-one with both Rita Sallam and Cindi Howson, two of the authors of the Gartner BI MQ report. Their view of the leaders is that Tableau is strong in self-service for people working with data science. Microsoft has managed to become top mind for everyone and is on all hotlists. Qlik is the choice if you have multiple data sources, a need for on premise (since Microsoft is on the cloud) or large files where you hit the 1 GB limit of MS Power BI. At the same time, looking five years ahead, neither of the current leaders will remain leaders unless they manage to jump on the next disruption train.
What do you think? Download the Gartner Magic Quadrant Report!
The future is exciting and I have great confidence that Qlik will remain in the Leaders Quadrant for many years to come. What do you think? You can download the Gartner Magic Quadrant Report here if you want to form your own opinion. I also recommend the Gartner webcast Key Findings from the 2017 BI and Analytics MQ from March 15, 2017. Finally, if you have the chance don’t miss the next The Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in London, March 19-21, 2018 – maybe we’ll meet each other there!
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