Qlikview is a business intelligence tool that is used for converting raw data into knowledge. This software acts like a human brain that works on “association” and can go in any direction to search the answers.

QlikView also offers features for ad hoc queries and facilitating quick decision-making based on easily accessible information.

Why is Qlikview widely used?

  • It is simple and very intuitive to use the platform.
  • Offers data visualization in a meaningful and innovative way
  • Immediate response time with no restrictions on the amount of data
  • Allows you to search across all data directly and indirectly
  • The QlikView provides support for dynamic applications, dashboards, and analyses, etc.
  • Facilitates the fast integration of data from various sources into a single application.
  • Helps you to identify trends and information to make the most innovative decisions.
  • Allows you to access, analyze, and retrieve data from mobile devices.
  • Provides a quick return on investment, because of a short implementation period.
  • Faster Development and Change Management
  • Self Service Business Intelligence for end users.

Important features of QlikView

1) Associative Data Modeling:

QlikView works on an in-memory Associative Model. So you don’t need “IT professionals’ If you can write SQL Select Query and understand your data.

2) Platform:

QlikView is a windows only product, but it is genuinely optimized for 64 bit and multiple processors.

3) Cost effective:

QlikView is a memory resident app, so it is a highly cost-effective option for your organization.

4) Economical:

QlikView is very economical with disk space as the amount of memory depends upon the amount of data you want for each application.

Other Important features

  • Data Association is maintained automatically
  • Data is stored in memory for multiple users, to offers a super-fast user experience
  • Data will be compressed to 10% of its original size
  • Transparent reporting and Scalability with Data Integration
  • Various forms of data presentation
  • Fast implementation
  • Unique Data Discovery & Global Search
  • Collaboration
  • Secure Working Environment
  • Visual Analytics & In-Direct Searches
  • Flexibility & Integrations
  • Consistent reporting

History of QlikView

  • Qlikview was founded in Sweden in 1993 by Staffan Gestreliu and Bjorn Berg.
  • Qlik is a software firm based in Radnor, Pennsylvania.
  • Earlier it is called “QuickView” as in “Quality, Understanding, Interaction, Knowledge’ later it is pronounced as “QlikView.”
  • The first two versions were written in Excel using VLOOKUPs
  • Today QlikView offices are located across the world with 1400 Employees, and it has a customer base of 28000 in 100 countries.
  • Qlik established partnerships with famous IT companies like HP and Intel.
  • Today its user base has spread across 34,000 customers across 100 countries.
  • It has over 2000 employees worldwide and more than 1,500 partners around the world.
  • As of April 2011, Qlik view had a market capitalization of over $2 billion.
  • In 2019, QlikTech gets the license from the RBI to operate a liaison office in Bangalore.

Architecture of Qlik view

The Qlik view architecture comprises of three main components, namely

  • QlikView Server
  • Qlik View Publisher
  • QlikView Desktop.

All these components collectively help in designing, developing, and implement the QlikView application.

Let’s learn all these components in detail:

Architecture diagram QlikView

QlikView Desktop

The QlikView Desktop is a Windows-based development tool. It is used by developers to use to create QlikView data model and GUI layout for application to use at frontend.

The developer prepares data for user to use in the desktop environment. They manipulate the data set using SQL like scripting.

Developers using code script, linkages/association between data fields and value can be established. The data can also be transformed. The files prepared using the Qlick view desktop can be used and shared in another QlikView application.

QlikView Server (QVS)

Applications created in the desktop version are hosted on Qlik View Server (QVS) so that user can access and use them anywhere. A QlikView server maintains communication between client/end users.

Qlikview server is supported by a powerful QLX engine which provides efficient in-memory data analysis, Data management, distribution, consolidation, scaling, and data access. It is the QVS server which provides data file from the backend to frontend users.

QlikView Publisher

The QlikView Publisher is an optional mobile for the QlikView server-side component. This component allows you to fetch data from a data source like standard data files, Salesforce, and load data directly into QlikView files.

It allows you to conduct data distribution through scheduling and administering tasks. Qlik View Publisher also helps you to reduce unnecessary data load and traffic by efficient distribution.

QlikView Management Console

Qlick view management console is a platform that centrally manages all the other QlikView components. It is a web-based interface and a server-side app controlled by IT professionals.

QlikView User Access

QlikView User Access allows customers to access and manipulate data files. The access points for the user are mostly web browsers which can open using desktop, mobile, laptops, etc.

Therefore, when the user opens a document in Qlickview and requests to load a data file, the file fetch by the service from the backend is always in the original format. However, the QlikView document made using that file is still in the .qvw extension