Qlik, a provider of data discovery software, introduced a free version of its data visualization application called Qlik Sense Desktop. The app makes business intelligence accessible to non-technical users by employing a drag-and-drop interface that allows users to create interactive visualizations, reports and dashboards.
The standalone, installed Windows client allows for the assembly and navigation of visualization apps that can be saved as local files to be shared and opened by coworkers. Users can drag an Excel document right into the application, or tap into multiple data sources used within the business.
Qlik Sense Desktop 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.
Other features include:
- Ability to explore, associate and combine information in new ways without starting over to create a new visualization. Because it is powered by the Qlik data indexing engine and associative experience, users can dynamically explore and ask any question.
- Smart search, which enables users to type words or numbers to begin analysis of the entire data set.
- Intuitive smart visualizations, which offer cues to help novices explore patterns by dynamically updating and highlighting new information and associations.
- Data storytelling to capture insights and share at a point in time in presentation format. Users can add commentary and narrative and drill down directly from the presentation to Qlik Sense data to answer questions on the fly.
Qlik expects to make its complete Qlik Sense offering available in September. It will be server-based, to enable server-side development from any device, as well as flexible mobile use, collaboration and sharing, custom development and data integration. All Qlik Sense offerings index data to allow users to immediately begin exploring and visualizing data.
"Qlik Sense Desktop is a great way to show people who are 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," said Anthony Deighton, Qlik CTO and senior vice president of Products, in a statement.
Qlik last week released its second-quarter 2014 earnings, which beat analysts' estimates and led to a 12.5 percent jump in its stock price. An Investors.com piece quoted an FBR Capital Markets analyst, who said he believed the company could be an acquisition target for a larger technology company looking to beef up its data analysis offerings.
Qlik also raised its guidance for the rest of 2014, saying it expects revenue in a range of $545 million to $555 million, and earnings per share of 23 cents to 27 cents, better than earlier estimates of $547.8 million and 24 cents a share, according to a Barron's report.