For such a detailed briefing, with some of the most knowledgeable folks in the industry, what do you present?
At Qlik today, our products and platform are so richly featured and developing significantly that we cannot do justice to them all in one briefing. We could talk about smart visualizations and responsive UX all day - Patrik Lundblad does, quite often! We could cover data and data models, or governance which is so critical to self-service deployments. This time round, one topic dominated our discussion …
Flying in from rainy Seattle to the breathtaking autumn skies of Colorado, inevitably clouds were on my mind. In fact, the Northwest weather serves a useful metaphor. We talk so often about “The Cloud,” but in reality our customers, just like residents of Seattle, are faced with many, constantly changing clouds. They may have cloud apps and cloud storage on several platforms that do not talk together. Even when using Qlik technologies, they may deploy some instances on public cloud - such as Qlik Cloud - and some on private cloud, depending on their specific needs. Public instances may move to a private cloud for security, or private applications to public nodes to be shared with customers and partners.
So, if you can take time to register and watch the entire BBBT briefing you will hear quite a lot of detail of how we approach this problem. In particular, we talked about the Qlik Deployment Console, which is used to manage different cloud computing environments: setting up instances, moving apps between sites and managing objects and settings for cloud and on-premises deployments all from a single application. Around the topic of cloud, we also discussed our analytic platform and Qlik DataMarket: our data-as-a-service offering that makes external data, such as weather or stock market trends, available to use in an easy, manageable way.
As a vendor, one of the most useful parts of the Boulder BI Brain Trust meeting is the opportunity to brief experienced consultants under a non-disclosure agreement. At this point, the cameras are switched off and we can privately share future plans, work in progress and even experimental developments. Todd Margolis gave some fun and powerful demos of just such ideas. What did he show? You would need to join the BBBT to find out next time!