What is Qlik Sense?

Qlik Sense is a platform for data analysis. With Qlik Sense you can analyze data and make data discoveries on your own. You can share knowledge and analyze data in groups and across organizations. Qlik Sense lets you ask and answer your own questions and follow your own paths to insight. Qlik Sense enables you and your colleagues to reach decisions collaboratively.

What can you do in Qlik Sense?

Most Business Intelligence (BI) products can help you answer questions that are understood in advance. But what about your follow-up questions? The ones that come after someone reads your report or sees your visualization? With the Qlik Sense associative experience, you can answer question after question after question, moving along your own path to insight. With Qlik Sense you can explore your data freely, with just clicks, learning at each step along the way and coming up with next steps based on earlier findings.

How does Qlik Sense work?

Qlik Sense generates views of information on the fly for you. Qlik Sense does not require predefined and static reports or you being dependent on other users – you just click and learn. Every time you click, Qlik Sense instantly responds, updating every visualization and view in the app with a newly calculated set of data and visualizations specific to your selections.

The app model

Instead of deploying and managing huge business applications, you can create your own Qlik Sense apps that you can reuse, modify and share with others. The app model helps you ask and answer the next question on your own, without having to go back to an expert for a new report or visualization.

The associative experience

Qlik Sense automatically manages all the relationships in the data and presents information to you using a green/white/gray metaphor. Selections are highlighted in green, associated data is represented in white, and excluded (unassociated) data appears in gray. This instant feedback enables you to think of new questions and continue to explore and discover.

Collaboration and mobility

Qlik Sense further enables you to collaborate with colleagues no matter when and where they are located. All Qlik Sense capabilities, including the associative experience and collaboration, are available on mobile devices. With Qlik Sense, you can ask and answer your questions and follow-up questions, with your colleagues, wherever you are.

See: Working with Qlik Sense

How can you install and deploy Qlik Sense?

There are two versions of Qlik Sense to deploy, Qlik Sense and Qlik Sense Desktop.

Qlik Sense Desktop

This is an easy-to-install single user version that is typically installed on a local computer.

Qlik Sense

This is the enterprise version used to deploy Qlik Sense sites. A site is a collection of one or more server machines connected to a common logical repository or central node.

Qlik Sense custom connectors

Customized connectors are used to retrieve data from data sources not supported by a generic Qlik Sense installation.

See: Deploying Qlik Sense

How to manage and monitor Qlik Sense sites

With the Qlik Management Console (QMC) you can configure, manage and monitor Qlik Sense sites in an easy and intuitive way. You can manage licenses, access and security rules, configure nodes and data source connections and synchronize content and users among many other activities and resources.

With Qlik Deployment Console you can create and manage Qlik Sense sites that are deployed in cloud environments.

See: Administering Qlik Sense

Extend Qlik Sense and adapt it for your own purposes

Qlik Sense provides you with flexible APIs and SDKs to develop your own extensions and adapt and integrate Qlik Sense for different purposes.

Building extensions like visualizations and mashups

Here you can do web development using JavaScript to build extensions that are custom visualization in Qlik Sense apps. You can, for instance, use the Mashup workbench to build websites with Qlik Sense content.

Building clients

You can build clients in .NET and embed Qlik Sense objects in your own applications. You can also build native clients in any programming language that can handle WebSocket communication by using the Qlik Engine API.

Building server tools

With service and user directory APIs you can build your own tool to administer and manage Qlik Sense sites.

Creating custom connectors

Create Qlik Sense connectors to retrieve data from custom data sources.

Visit the Sense for Developers help site

Visit the developer site for help on how to use the APIs and SDKs to develop your own extensions and tools.