In today’s data-driven landscape, Business Intelligence (BI) – or the ability to transform raw data into actionable insights – has become the cornerstone of informed decision-making and enhanced organisational performance.
However, in the ever-evolving realm of data analytics, standalone BI solutions might feel like disjointed islands, necessitating users to traverse various platforms and interfaces, disrupting the flow of insights. This disconnection hampers efficiency and productivity, creating barriers between data and decision-makers.
Embedded BI (EBI) tools, on the other hand, offer seamless integration within existing applications such as Qlik Sense, harmoniously merging data and analytics into workflows and user experiences.
What is Embedded Business Intelligence?
According to TechTarget: “Embedded BI is the integration of self-service BI tools into commonly used business applications.”
Vizlib is an EBI product designed to seamlessly integrate with Qlik Sense. Vizlib offers users a suite of powerful and easy-to-use extensions specifically tailored for Qlik Sense, enhancing its functionality and usability.
Vizlib’s solutions are designed to provide advanced capabilities for data visualization, financial reporting, self-service analytics, and data preparation within Qlik Sense. These extensions empower users to explore, analyze, and present data directly within Qlik Sense, without the need to switch between different applications or interfaces.
By seamlessly integrating into Qlik Sense, Vizlib allows organisations to enhance their Qlik Sense environment with customised and interactive dashboards, reports, and analytics.
This integration ensures a cohesive user experience and provides users with actionable insights at the point of decision.
What features should you seek in an EBI Tool?
Not all EBI tools are created equal. Would-be buyers must carefully consider their organisation’s specific data landscape and strategic priorities before settling on a solution, as some tools may offer only a portion of the functionality you need. At a high-level here are some key considerations for EBI buyers:
Check that your chosen EBI solution is compatible with your existing applications and platforms, as well as the data sources you want to connect to.
Depending on your data environment, you may also want to ensure the solution supports various data formats, such as structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data.
Make sure the software allows users to customise their data and analytics according to branding, layout, interactivity, functionality, etc. If yours is like most companies, you probably have a large variance in technical skills across your users.
Ensure the tool provides a range of options and features that can cater to different needs and preferences of your users.
Your chosen tool should be easy to use and intuitive for users, as well as for developers and administrators. Make sure it empowers end users to explore and analyze data on their own, without relying on your IT team.
Your solution should provide high performance and reliability, without compromising on security or scalability. While you may not be ready for advanced features yet, you’ll want the ability to progress your analytics further down the track.
The tool should also support advanced analytics capabilities, such as predictive and prescriptive analytics, that can help customers anticipate future outcomes and optimise their actions.
The solution should come with adequate support and documentation, as well as with regular updates and enhancements. To ensure there is a community of users and experts that can aid your education with their feedback and support, seek a solution with a dedicated support portal and community forum.
Addressing Qlik user challenges: A closer look at Vizlib tools
Users love Qlik Sense for its intuitive and user-friendly interface, empowering them to easily explore and visualize complex data, uncovering valuable insights that drive informed decision-making within their organisations.
However, some Qlik users can encounter specific challenges that hinder their data analysis and reporting endeavors. Data silos, user adoption issues, customisation limitations, and scalability concerns can impede the full potential of Qlik Sense. This is where EBI tools, like Vizlib’s suite tailored for Qlik Sense, come into play.
Overcome data silos
EBI tools bridge the gap between your disparate data sources, seamlessly integrating them into Qlik Sense. With this unified view, your end users and stakeholders can break down silos, access real-time data, and gain a comprehensive understanding of their business landscape.
Enhance user adoption
One of the key challenges Qlik power users, like you, face is ensuring widespread adoption of BI solutions. Vizlib’s intuitive and user-friendly extensions simplify the complexity of data analysis.
By enhancing the usability of Qlik Sense, these tools encourage your users to delve deeper into data, contributing to a data-driven culture within your organisation.
Vizlib feature focus
Vizlib Self-Service enables Qlik users to explore and analyze data on their own, without relying on IT or developers.
Vizlib Self-Service includes features such as Vizlib Search, which allows users to search for data using natural language queries, Vizlib Filter Menu, which provides users with a dynamic and interactive filter panel, Vizlib Sheet Menu, which organizes sheets into categories and subcategories, etc.
Your business is unique, and native or third-party solutions often fall short of meeting specific brand needs. Vizlib’s embedded tools empower Qlik users with customisation options.
From branding and layout to interactivity and functionality, these tools can be tailored to align perfectly with the organisation’s requirements.
Vizlib feature focus
Vizlib Library offers a collection of 29 highly customisable and interactive charts, tables, filters, buttons, containers, and more that enable Qlik users to create stunning dashboards and reports in Qlik Sense.
Vizlib Library includes features such as Vizlib KPI Designer, which allows users to design and format their own KPIs, Vizlib Pivot Table, which supports advanced calculations and conditional formatting, Vizlib Container Grid, which enables users to create responsive layouts with drag-and-drop functionality, etc.
Scalability and performance
As your business grows, so does the volume of data. Scalability is a key concern, especially for Qlik users who rely on seamless performance to drive insights.
Vizlib tools are designed with scalability in mind, ensuring that the performance and responsiveness of Qlik Sense remain intact, even amidst increasing data loads.
Vizlib feature focus
Vizlib solutions use intelligent rendering techniques and lightweight components that contribute to swift and responsive visualization, even when dealing with extensive datasets.
These features collectively enhance the scalability and performance of Vizlib, ensuring a smooth user experience even as data volumes increase.
Support and community
In the realm of EBI, consistent, reliable support is key. Vizlib doesn’t just offer a suite of extensions; it provides a community of users and experts. Your Qlik users can tap into this knowledge base, ensuring that they have the support and guidance needed to make the most of their BI endeavors.
Vizlib feature focus
Vizlib offers a dedicated support portal, where users can submit tickets, access documentation, watch tutorials, and more. Vizlib also hosts a community forum, where users can ask questions, share inspiration, and provide feedback.
Embracing the future of data and analytics with Vizlib
EBI tools represent the future of data and analytics within the Qlik ecosystem. By seamlessly integrating with Qlik Sense, these tools empower users, enhance productivity, and drive better decision-making.
For Qlik users looking to transcend the challenges they face, Vizlib’s suite of extensions offers not just solutions but a pathway to unlock the full potential of their data, ensuring they stay ahead in the dynamic landscape of Business Intelligence.
Explore the possibilities, embrace the future, and let data-driven insights guide your journey to success.