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Ahead of the planned September release of the complete Qlik Sense analytics software, Qlik is offering the standalone Qlik Sense Desktop free of charge.

Qlik Sense is Qlik's forthcoming server-based software for self-service data visualisation and discovery.

The idea is that users can easily connect to and explore multiple data sources, creating visualisations, dashboards and reports, whether they are using computers, tablets or smartphones.

Qlik Sense (formerly known as QlikView.Next) is scheduled for a September release, but Qlik Sense Desktop - a free, standalone, Windows-based version - is already here.

Qlik Sense Desktop supports multiple data sources including Excel files and ODBC compliant databases and allows users to quickly and easily build visualisations and dashboards.

As it is based on the Qlik data indexing engine, it provides an environment for the dynamic exploration of data without having to keep starting from scratch.

Qlik Sense Desktop includes a 'data storytelling' capability to help users turn their insights into presentations.

"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," said Qlik CTO and senior vice president of products Anthony Deighton.

"Our continued commitment to simplicity and ease of use to put users in control is delivering on the promise of true self-service BI."

The full Qlik Sense offering expands on this with enterprise-oriented capabilities such as data security, and data and application governance.

Qlik Sense supplements rather than replaces the existing QlikView platform.

"QlikView 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," said Qlik CMO Rick Jackson.

"With Qlik Sense, we now address the widespread desire for rapid data visualisation, dashboards, and visual reporting. 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."

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

 

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