Qlik are well positioned for the future and in my opinion not rewarded for what they achieve in the market in the Gartner Magic Quadrant. There are many tools on the market, but only Qlik has the Associative Engine and no other tool can combine data sources like Qlik. Add to that the development of the Cognitive Engine, Augmented Intelligence and their Data Literacy project. In my mind the other tools might be “good enough” but none of them will give you the insights that Qlik will.
Second, the bad vibes around the QlikView to Qlik Sense transformation have had a large impact on Qlik’s positioning. Yes, Qlik failed initially, but now the licensing issues are resolved and in the partner network there are partners like Climber with long experience of the transformation / co-existence journey.
I think Gartner makes a mistake when they focus too much on momentum, market buzz and market responsiveness instead of the ability to generate insights. To me it is a mystery how a tool such as ThoughtSpot with only 200+ customers can be in the Leaders Quadrant. Especially if compared with for example Qlik’s 48 000 customers and 100 000 community users, throughout 100+ countries.
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My name is Olof Malmström and I am a business consultant at Climber. Here on the Climber blog, I share my thoughts on a wide range of topics in Business Intelligence, data analysis and Qlik products. You can find me on Twitter @omalmstrom or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.