1. Qlik Takes On Tableau In Data Visualization:  Cindi Howson, founder of BI scorecard writes about recent Qlik Sense launch in Information Week. Cindi mentions about  Qlik’s first annual customer event. As per the article, Previously, Qlik Sense was code-named as QlikView.Next. Qlik promoted Qlik Sense as self service BI platform with strong web integration capabilities. Qlik released beta cloud version only to US customers. Interestingly, Qlik has also tapped design thinking from UsTwo.com, winners of the Apple design award for its Monument Valley app.

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2. When a Chart Is Worth a Thousand Words: Interesting article by Olga Kharif in Business Week. She writes about how Data Visualization industry predicted to grow by 2018. As per Olga Kharif, The global market for query, reporting, and analysis software, including data visualization programs, will grow to $14.7 billion in 2018, up from $10.4 billion this year, IDC estimates, spurred in part by expansion of cloud technologies. Competition is getting tougher, most of the big IT giants are throwing their hats into Data Visualization world.  Following observations by Olga Kharif:

  • Microsoft announced new analytics tool which works with Excel.
  • SAP has been updating its Lumira data visualization tool every six to eight weeks, though it typically refreshes its products once a year. 
  • Salesforce.com introduced its Wave cloud analytics product, which works on mobile devices.
  • IBM recently released Watson Analytics.

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3. Qlik to Present at the CLSA Innovation Summit: Qlik announced that Vice President of Innovation and Design, Donald Farmer, will present at the CLSA Innovation Summit in New York City on December 11, 2014 at 11:20 a.m. EST. The presentation will be webcast live, and an archive of the presentation will be available for a limited time under the “Events & Presentations” section on the company’s investor relations website.

Source: Finances.com

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4. Blog post of the week – “Season’s Greetings”: Stephen Redmond from Capventis delivers season’s greetings for all Qlikers. This special card is designed using QlikView Scatter Chart. Steve also provided the script if you’re interested to understand the underlying logic. Steve, thank you for all your contributions this year and for the card.

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