A Look Back on Qonnections 2016: Data Storytelling in the Spotlight

May 13, 2016 Katie Hughes

Qlik Qonnections 2016 Partner Innovation Award

“Narrative Science wins Partner Innovation Award for Narratives for Qlik!”

Hearing that exciting news was the perfect way to kick off Qonnections 2016. As one of the most exciting Business Intelligence events of the year, Qlik’s Qonnections conference brings together Qlik customers, partners, and data enthusiasts to help users better capitalize on data to transform their organization.

Since its launch earlier this year, Narratives for Qlik® has quickly become a favorite of the Qlik global community for its ability to instantaneously communicate data insights in easy to read, natural language.

True Data Storytelling

After walking around the Qonnections Discovery Expo and sitting in on presentations given by Qlik employees and partners, I observed a recurring trend. Visualizations do not tell the whole story in your data. Narratives allow the user to surface insights in real time, ultimately optimizing efficiency and driving better business decisions for users -- it is true data storytelling.

Narratives for Qlik played a prominent role in many demos throughout the week and with Qlik’s extensive community including members from 100 countries in over 20 industries, it was especially exciting to see the vast number of use cases for the product. Narratives for Qlik can be used across industry and function, giving any user a more holistic view of their data.

Narratives Contribute to Qlik Success Story

A particular highlight was attending one of Qlik’s “Success Story” sessions during which a major retailer presented on how the combination of data visualization and narratives has helped the global company improve supply chain visibility, forecasting, and its understanding of customer preferences. As the first customer of the on-premises version of Narratives for Qlik, the retailer was able to VPN back to its server across the country for its demo!

Related, data security was another recurring discussion at the event. With the advent of so many cool new technologies to apply to data, companies are eager to try them but need to ensure security. As a user of the on-premises version of Narratives for Qlik, this major retailer was able to utilize its sensitive data to tell its story and ultimately gain the insight needed to drive revenue growth. It was so rewarding to see a company already generating value from a recent update to the solution.

Next Steps for Narratives for Qlik

We are thrilled to have been a part of Qonnections 2016 and are so honored to be the recipient of the Partner Innovation Award. We are continuing to innovate and improve the product for customers and their data storytelling needs. We envision a world where narratives are always paired with data discovery and visualization tools like Qlik Sense. Looking forward to next year!

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