What an incredible week in Las Vegas for this year’s annual AWS re:Invent conference. The last time we were in-person for re:Invent pre-Covid, the show had grown to over 60,000 attendees. This year the energy and sheer volume of activity felt like we were right back there. The difference from 2019 in where the industry is, however, was readily on display throughout the week.
Back in 2019, AWS was a $35 billion business. Compare that to calendar year 2021, which saw reported revenue of $62 billion. Sure, some of the growth AWS has seen mirrors the increase in cloud service usage during the pandemic and beyond. But something else is driving the overall market growth. What I saw is many vendors, (including Qlik!) are matching the maturity of AWS’ platform capabilities with solutions that are making the cloud a true foundation of their digital strategy empowered by real-time enterprise data architectures.
And like AWS, our data integration journey and growing presence in the cloud has taken huge leaps since the last in-person re:Invent. Back in 2019, Qlik had just recently acquired Attunity and its core change data capture technology as its biggest move to date into the cloud data integration world.
Since then, not only have we continually expanded our partnership with AWS, we’ve grown our data integration platform to include a whole range of capabilities, including real-time data streaming, agile data warehouse automation, managed data lake creation, governed data catalogs and application automation. And just a few weeks ago, we made another big move with the introduction of Qlik Cloud® Data Integration, our Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service (eiPaaS) offering to fuel enterprise data strategies through a real-time data integration fabric that connects all enterprise applications and data sources to the cloud.
And not only have our capabilities in moving SAP, Mainframe and other core enterprises into AWS grown, but our universe of joint customers also continues to grow as well. Customers like Siemens Energy and Schneider Electric are becoming more real-time in the cloud with the combination of Qlik and AWS. We were thrilled to have two customers, AARP and Vanguard, join us at the event to talk about how they’re seeing impact through Qlik.
- Glen Wilkins, Senior Enterprise Architect at Vanguard joined me for “Data Integration at Scale: Strategies to Unlock SAP and Mainframe.” Glen shared great insights into how Vanguard uses Qlik as a core element in its Data as a Service Platform and the importance of making SAP data available to more and more of the business for impact.
- Samir Shah, VP of Software Engineering at AARP joined our Molly Burns on theCUBE to talk about how they are transforming their ability to make data available in real-time throughout the business with Qlik.
What’s at the core of both these customer journeys - and what we’re seeing throughout all our data integration customers - is the need to make more of the right data available to the right people in the organization and doing that in as close to real-time as possible.
The cloud has come a long way in the past few years, and there’s no signs of slowing down. It was great to see so many friendly faces at re:Invent, and we’re excited about what’s in store with Qlik Cloud Data Integration and AWS in 2023!