Business intelligence firm Qlik has launched its new data visualisation app which delivers a drag-and-drop interface for business users to rapidly create interactive visualisations, reports, and dashboards.
It includes the Qlik patented data indexing engine to give users the ability to explore their intuition and the relationships that exist in the data, uncovering the hidden associations and insights that may otherwise be overlooked, according to a company statement.
Qlik Sense Desktop delivers a drag-and-drop user experience for data visualisation, exploration, and storytelling capabilities in a standalone, installed Windows client, according to a company statement.
It allows for the assembly and navigation of visualisation apps that can be saved as local files to be shared and opened by other users.
New users can get started by simply dragging an Excel document right into the application, or by tapping into multiple data sources used within the business.
It is free for personal and business use, with no limits on the number of apps that can be created and no restrictions on file sharing.
The complete Qlik Sense offering, expected to be released in September, will be server-based, enabling server side development from any device, flexible mobile use, collaboration and sharing, custom development and data integration.
It will also have enterprise capabilities, data security, and data and application governance. All of the firm's offerings index the data to allow users to immediately begin exploring and visualising data.
Qlik chief technology officer, Anthony Deighton, said Qlik Sense Desktop was a great way to show people who were new to Qlik the power and control you can feel by exploring your own data to make it meaningful, visual, and even fun.
"Our continued commitment to simplicity and ease of use to put users in control is delivering on the promise of true self-service BI," he said.
Qlik chief marketing officer, Rick Jackson, said QlikView had brought BI out of the back-office and into the front lines of business, as analysts created powerful guided analytics for every conceivable business process.
"With Qlik Sense, we now address the widespread desire for rapid data visualisation, dashboards, and visual reporting," he said.
"This combination provides businesses with broader access to data visualisation and discovery that can be leveraged to improve both top-line and bottom-line results for any company."