Saturday was the opening day of QlikTech's annual all-hands employee summit in Orlando, Florida. It was stunning to look around the ballroom and see more than 700 smiling faces. During the morning general session, three QlikTech customers got up on stage and shared their experiences with QlikView. We heard some great stories--like this one, from Autodesk.

In October, 2010, QlikTech announced that Autodesk had selected QlikView as the company's enterprise standard dashboard BI solution worldwide. Patrick Booher, Director of Enterprise Data Management at Autodesk, joined us at the summit to talk about this decision. QlikView first entered Autodesk through the sales organization, where sales groups were using it to bring data together for analysis from multiple sources. Before QlikView, the sales groups were spending time on data gathering, not data analysis.

QlikView spread through Autodesk and influenced a change in the company's BI strategy, to "create BI velocity through the end user." Autodesk conducted a bake-off with QlikView and a few other products, and QlikView won the prized spot as the enterprisewide standard for dashboards. Autodesk now uses QlikView for customer analysis, product analysis, and sales analysis.

What makes QlikView special to Autodesk? QlikView moves at the "speed of the business, not the speed of the back office." Autodesk uses SAP Business Objects for static, operational reporting and uses QlikView for strategic analysis. "The dots it enables our business users to connect are just fabulous," Booher said. QlikView also serves as an equalizer, giving more people access to information and decision-making power. This has been part of a cultural shift at the company toward more power to end users. (See these related QlikView Blog posts about QlikView as a change agent and how QlikView can help create a culture of transparency.)

Our customers are focusing us on the road ahead

While Autodesk and other QlikTech customers had great stories to share, they also offered the gift of some feedback about the investments they'd like to see us make moving forward. To sum it up, they are looking for more integration with existing enterprise systems (e.g., automated connections to SAP systems); high availability; advancements in scalability with giant data stores; and an enterprise licensing model. In QlikView 10, we significantly enhanced our capabilities for enterprise IT, but we recognize that we're not done. A big thank you to Autodesk and other QlikView customers who came to speak at our summit, and for offering your feedback and advice. It's worth gold to us!