Agile metadata intelligence solution facilitates expansion of QlikView throughout the enterprise while ensuring data confidence
12 June 2012
QlikTech (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in Business Discovery – user-driven Business Intelligence (BI), today announced it has acquired Expressor Software, a Burlington, Massachusetts-based data management software company and QlikTech Qonnect partner. QlikTech acquired Expressor’s data management solution to help facilitate the expansion of QlikView deployments so people in an organization can have the data they need to make better decisions with all of the critical IT security and governance. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Accelerating Data Governance for the New Enterprise
As Enterprise Business Discovery momentum has increased, the need for QlikView customers to describe data consistently and then reuse it to speed up deployment of additional applications has grown. To expand the use of QlikView’s Business Discovery platform, a metadata intelligence solution will help IT departments to know what data is being used and how it is being used (data lineage), while ensuring consistency and appropriate reuse of common data definitions (data governance).
“With this acquisition we are taking Business Discovery to the next level, offering a new breed of rapid, iterative metadata intelligence that delivers control at the core and flexibility at the edges of an organization,” said Anthony Deighton, QlikTech Chief Technology Officer.
How it Works: Descriptive Rather Than Prescriptive Approach
With the practical data governance as-you-deploy approach, customers describe data consistently as they build QlikView apps rather than being locked into doing it all upfront with a prescriptive semantic layer.
With the QlikView Expressor active metadata intelligence solution, customers can:
- Capture and manage the semantics of data while building QlikView applications to efficiently reuse data definitions
- Deploy quickly across the enterprise by establishing a repeatable and consistent view of common business and data definitions
- Provide users and IT with increased confidence in data through data lineage analysis
- Realize value from ‘big data’ by handling large volumes of diverse information sources
- Enhance QlikView's position at the core of information architecture by addressing all data flow requirements into and out of QlikView
“Expressor fits squarely in our acquisition strategy. We are acquiring complementary, tuck-in technology that will enhance the value we provide to our customers as we further develop and bring to market these solutions. We are also adding more than 20 outstanding people, primarily software engineers, expanding our R&D skill set,” said Lars Björk, Chief Executive Officer of QlikTech.
As Expressor had developed integrations to QlikView as a partner, the QlikView Expressor Server is available immediately in standard and enterprise versions. More information can be found on QlikTech’s web site and similar to QlikView, users can try the solution with a free download.
Future product roadmap and integration plans will be introduced over the coming months.
QlikTech (NASDAQ: QLIK) is a leader in Business Discovery—user-driven Business Intelligence (BI). Its QlikView Business Discovery solution bridges the gap between traditional BI solutions and inadequate spreadsheet applications. The in-memory associative search technology QlikTech pioneered created the self-service BI category, allowing users to explore information freely rather than being confined to a predefined path of questions. Appropriate from SMB to the largest global enterprise, QlikView’s self-service analysis can be deployed with data governance in days or weeks. The QlikView Business Discovery platform’s app-driven model works with existing BI solutions, offering an immersive mobile and social, collaborative experience. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, QlikTech has offices around the world serving approximately 25,000 customers in over 100 countries.
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