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SMB Specialists: QlikTech Speeds Analysis With In-Memory Technology QlikTech is one of the fastest-growing companies in business intelligence, and it has found a sweet spot among organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees. The company's QlikView product is also selected by departments and line-of-business units of larger companies seeking a way around IT bottlenecks and corporate-standard products. The key advantage of the vendor's in-memory technology is that it delivers fast analysis without the need for IT to develop OLAP cubes, dashboards, or formatted reports. QlikView's simple, visual interface lets business users can quickly filter and drill down on the data. QlikTech has also been a leader in mobile BI, supporting devices including iPhone, iPad, and other devices with HTML5 browsers.
The Agile ArchiveWhen it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management SurveyITís tried for years to simplify data analytics and business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.