Inspiration. Imagination. Innovation. These are the key drivers in the remarkable success and growth of Qlik®. Founded in 1993 by Björn Berg and Staffan Gestrelius, our vision was to create an entirely new piece of software that truly mimics the way the brain works— ensuring the most intuitive user experience possible.
Qlik was designed for business insight by helping users present data visualizations that were easier to understand. A key feature involved Berg’s unique color-coding system—and one that has become iconic for our company. Selected values were highlighted in green, linked values were highlighted in white and excluded values were shaded out in grey.
1996: The QlikView® application is created, it’s name emphasizes the product’s ability to give users exceptionally detailed data analysis with a single click. QlikView is successfully deployed at a handful of major accounts and dozens of smaller companies—eventually leading to major account wins, such as global processing and packaging giant Tetrapak.
2004: With more deals being signed every day, the team makes the decision to focus the company on business intelligence (BI). While the BI market is growing by leaps and bounds, it’s saddled with competing technologies that aren’t keeping pace with business needs.
The shift to BI accelerates the company’s expansion—propelling it forward considerably.
2005: QlikView evolves from a single-user desktop tool to a server- and Java-based Web tool. It is now able to handle data sets numbering in the hundreds of millions.
Qlik establishes partnerships with Intel and HP to ensure QlikView can fully harness the power of emerging multi-core, multi-processor advancements. In addition, QlikView incorporates beautiful charts and colors within a simple yet powerful user interface—helping QlikView stand out from the BI pack even more.
2007: Lars Bjork transitions into his current role as the Qlik CEO. As the person tasked with building internal processes and systems to take the company to new heights, plus his excellence in financial controlling and management, it is an ideal and timely evolution.
Today: Qlik continues its focus on expanding its BI presence. Widespread global adoption and user enthusiasm have followed, while major advances to core technologies significantly bolster Qlik analytical capacities and speed.
With new, powerful capabilities, Qlik continues to attract the attention of some of the world’s biggest and best-known companies, including Best Buy, Campbell’s Soup, Canon, ING, Gen-Probe, National Health Service, Panasonic, Qualcomm and Shell.
As Qlik continues to change the face of BI, we maintain our commitment to our most valuable resource: our people. Bjork created the Qlik Academy, a week of intensive immersion into the world of Qlik for new employees. Held at the company’s offices in Lund, Sweden, the week focuses on Qlik’s core values, products, sales processes and people.
To date, Qlik has grown revenue to $157 million under Bjork’s leadership. We now employ more than 2,000 people in 24 countries with more than 1,700 partners worldwide. And our user base has exponentially expanded with approximately 36,000 customers in 100 countries.
Today, the sky is the limit for Qlik. We’re setting our sights on becoming a global, transformative presence that permanently changes the business world—for the better.