Q: What kinds of Qlik Accelerators are currently available?
Mary: Today, we have two Accelerator offerings. The first, Sales Performance Accelerator, has two modules that support both historical sales and margin analytics as well as sales pipeline and forecasting analytics. Both of these applications are highly requested and often-built applications by Qlik Consulting Services. By utilizing these accelerators, customers can very easily see their historical sales trends and how that compares to where the opportunities are heading; quickly identify whether there are enough opportunities in the pipeline to fulfill their forecast and quota; and highlight the business segment/channels, territories, or product lines that are driving the majority of their business (and which are not!) We are also working on a third module that will provide deeper insights into your customers/accounts utilizing communication and activity history as a means to qualify accounts for future opportunities.
We also have a Travel Insights accelerator that analyzes a company’s travel buying behaviors around air, hotel and transportation. We have KPI’s and pre-built analytics to highlight purchase patterns and travel routes that can very quickly provide insight as to what a company can do to reduce their travel spend. Our first customer to use it was able to quickly identify over a $3 million cost savings!
Q: Many of the ‘stack vendors’ provide their own BI apps on top of their underlying systems. How do these Qlik Accelerators differ?
Mary: Most traditional stack vendor apps come with a pre-determined data model and canned reports. That’s great if your requirements exactly match what they offer or if you only need simple reports. But in nearly every real world customer situation, customization is required and that can lead to lengthy and expensive projects. With Qlik’s Accelerators, you get a reference data model and analytical apps but they are highly adaptive and it’s expected they would be tweaked for each and every customer. The end result is a more robust solution that can combine data from any source while giving the user a visual analytics capability that is much more than just a ‘report’.
Q: Will you be providing other Accelerators in the future?
Mary: Absolutely! We are currently assessing our accelerator roadmap, looking at different industry and functional areas, such as Supply Chain and Financial Services. These are also business areas that our Consulting Services team has a lot of experience developing customer applications, and through analytical applications, able to identify opportunities for cost savings.
Q: So, how can readers learn more?
Mary: Our customers can work with their Qlik Account Manager who will help them engage with our Qlik Consulting Services. We can provide an overview and demo of our accelerators, including a discussion on how an accelerator can be implemented for your particular business. Or you can also email ConsultingServicesGlobal@Qlik.com.