I just wrapped up the week at Qonnections 2018. I found it to be an inspiring conference and the most positive I’ve attended in years.
What was inspiring? The cognitive insights demo was fantastic. This is the future of BI. We have well understood principles and algorithms recently formalized in the discipline of machine learning. Let’s incorporate them in the tool. If the goal of data visualization is to amplify cognition of data, then I would say cognitive insights is to visualization as visualization is to data.
On the technical front, the previews and demos of elastic cloud and Qlik Core provided me the “aha” moment to understand how the Qlik Big Data Index will be possible. I can see how many distributed indexing and aggregation engines can provide massively scalable access to a data lake.
The most exciting announcement to me wasn’t technical, but on the commercial side. For a “small uptick in maintenance”, QlikView users will be entitled to use the same license for Qlik Sense. To me this signals a new strategy for dealing with the two products going forward. There was also a roundtable discussion on feature gap between the two products and the announcement that some level of pixel-perfect control will be available in Qlik Sense.
Taken together with main stage comments from CEO Mike Capone and CTO Mike Potter, I’m seeing a needed correction to the “two product strategy” which so heavily favored Qlik Sense. No one expects QlikView to live forever, but loyal QlikView customers want to adopt a new product only when they see that it clearly benefits them. Ideally we will see a converging product that blends the best features and lessons learned from both products.