One week ago today we opened our biggest Qonnections conference yet with over 3,200 customers, partners, analysts, press and Qlik team members. During the opening keynote, Rick Jackson, CMO, reinforced a theme that we at Qlik continue to believe is critical to the success of our customers in the changing BI landscape.
People + Data + Ideas = Possibilities
Lars Björk, CEO, shared what we have accomplished since Qonnections 2016 – a year of Qlik Sense® and Qlik® Analytics Platform (QAP) – including going from a public to private company, investing in our innovation, and continuing our commitment to changing the world. It’s this focus that has led to recognition by Fast Company as one of the most innovative companies for social good. (This is a recognition that I am particularly proud of as an employee.)
Finally, Anthony Deighton, CTO, took the stage to share the new product roadmap and demonstrate some of what Qlik is working on over the coming year. We not only got a preview of what is coming in June but also a sneak peak at what is coming beyond as well. During this product presentation, Anthony focused on three key themes.
What’s Cooking @ Qlik
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- Leave Data Where It Is
- Qlik has multiple strategies for dealing with Big Data today. However, in many cases Big Data especially in the cloud needs a different strategy…one that doesn’t involve moving the data into Qlik’s in-memory engine. WHAT IF SOMEDAY…. we could move the engine out to the edges?
- A True Hybrid Cloud Platform
- On-Premises OR Cloud is not the question….Companies rarely choose an all or nothing approach to cloud. So, why should their BI vendor? WHAT IF SOMEDAY you could seamlessly move between on-premises or cloud or both with your apps and/or your data?
- From BI to AI
- BI stands for Business Intelligence, but what does AI stand for?….If you answered “Artificial Intelligence”, you would have forgotten our vision – People + Data + Ideas = Possibilities. WHAT IF instead, it meant “Augmented Intelligence”…. that is the ability to couple the intelligence of a cognitive rules engine with the experience, intuition, and know-how of your best and brightest.
I can’t be certain what next week or next year will hold, but I do know Qlik has people, data, ideas and a lot of possibility. I am already looking forward to next year’s Qonnections event!