Earlier this week I wrote about social BI―in particular, about the various contexts through which social BI can be delivered to users. (See related blog posts here and here.) I discussed two primary approaches to delivering social BI: Information Workplaces, and deploying BI platforms that have embedded social and collaboration capabilities.

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We deliver it how you want it

Our approach is to meet the needs of both types of organizations and teams: those that want to use BI in the context of their existing collaboration and social platforms (or Information Workplaces, where they exist), and those that want social and collaboration features embedded in their Business Discovery platforms. Here’s how we do it today.

If you want embedded collaboration capabilities . . .

We offer:

  • Shared bookmarks. Another way to think of shared bookmarks is user-driven report creation. A user starts from a core dashboard and finds something interesting. They bookmark it and share it, allowing other users to see exactly what they saw. This is effectively an interactive report―a starting point with which users can explore the data further in a collaborative way.
  • Collaboration objects for self-service BI. Often, the notion of self-service BI means users can grab data from the source and work with it locally themselves―typically in an Excel spreadsheet. This private analysis is now disconnected and not shared. But with QlikView, the document is on the server and all users have the same starting point and viewpoint. If a user has a perspective they gain through creation of a new object, or discovery of a bookmark, they can put this object on the server and decide who to invite in. A developer (or business user who has permissions) can easily incorporate the change back into the design of the core app and share it with a broad set of users.

If you are taking a Microsoft-centric Information Workplace approach . . .

We offer:

  • Microsoft Office integration. QlikView provides the ability to run inside Microsoft Office applications using a QlikView plugin. Users can bring a QlikView app into a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, for example, to share it with others.
  • SharePoint integration. Organizations can enhance the context for decision-making by embedding QlikView apps in SharePoint portals and team collaboration sites. Users can then interact with QlikView objects in SharePoint sites alongside other decision-making inputs, such as documentation, enterprise applications, or reports generated by traditional BI solutions. QlikView customers can embed full QlikView apps in SharePoint sites as web parts, right out of the box. Or, by using our QlikView web parts for use with Microsoft SharePoint® product, customers can embed individual QlikView objects (e.g., charts, visualizations, and list boxes) in SharePoint sites.

Social Business Discovery is a big theme for QlikTech for 2011. Stay tuned for more info!