Your big data says put barbeques on sale in the first week of May because last year they did fantastically well in May. But you end up failing, because it’s the wettest and coldest early May on record and it’s too late to get the umbrellas and winter woollies out of the warehouse. If only you had access to weather data you’d have seen there’s a week of scalding hot weather coming up next week? Well now you can.
Visual analytics business Qlik has launched its Qlik DataMarket offering of third-party data sources that cover everything from weather to economic indicators. The new Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering offers organisations immediate access to a comprehensive library of free and paid external data sources to augment and cross reference their internal data.
The service includes over 200 data providers and 100,000-plus data sets and more than 5 billion fact values accessible via a subscription model. The Sources include business demographics, currencies, population, economic indicators, development indicators, and weather, all offered at various levels of granularity. Searches can be made of custom, syndicated and public data and data can be compared with normalised data from different sources to benchmark, verify, and then through Qlik analytics solutions to visualise the results of the mixed data.
Additionally Qlik has also announced two further new solutions, Qlik Sense Cloud and Qlik Sense Charts. Quick Sense Cloud allows users to share Qlik Sense applications with up to five individuals for free without the need for them to download Qlik Sense themselves. While Qlik Sense Charts enables non-technical users to embed interactive Qlik Sense visualisations on any public website or blog and share via social media for free. Additional features are planned for Qlik Sense Cloud, including the ability to create apps and storyboards using personal data and Qlik DataMarket data.
Qlik DataMarket in Qlik Sense will be available in June 2015 and in QlikView in the second half of 2015. Qlik Sense Charts and the ability to create on Qlik Sense Cloud will be available in the second half of 2015.