A partnership delivering success to customers
Qlik’s strategic alliance with Microsoft goes back many years to serving customers’ on-premises database, integration, and analytic needs. The partnership has evolved to facilitate customers’ digital transformation to the cloud and their data modernization initiatives. The company values Microsoft for its global customer ecosystem and best-in-class, enterprise-ready cloud technologies, as well as for its partner focus.
“Microsoft is a great partner,” says Kevin Pardue, Director, Global Microsoft Alliance at Qlik. “Partnering is in their DNA. Microsoft has excellent partner programs with resources and tools for us to be successful in bringing value to our mutual customers.”
From collaborative product work to go-to-market and sales for modernizing customers’ analytics platform to Azure, Qlik has proven itself as a highly trusted Microsoft partner and received the 2019 MSUS Partner Award for Intelligent Cloud–Data Estate Modernization.
Customers want assurance that the products they use are validated to optimally work in an Azure environment. Qlik has collaborated very closely with numerous Azure product teams to ensure that it not only supports key Azure services, but that the Qlik integrations are performant for the demands of customers.
Qlik’s portfolio of solutions aligns especially well with Microsoft’s value proposition; its customers are adopting and embracing Azure as the fast-growing, secure, and future-ready cloud.
Helping every customer make better use of data
The Qlik Data Integration platform is designed for practically endless uses to drive insight and innovate decision-making across multiple industries and job functions.
An example of a recent customer win is the challenge of disconnected data that Qlik addressed for Save the Children, a leading global humanitarian organization. Fundraising is the lifeline of the organization’s daily operations, but its efforts were being hampered by siloed data. The organization’s leaders had difficulty gaining a holistic view of the state of their organizational performance and were unable to consistently make decisions based on a single source of truth.
Qlik deployed its real-time data integration solution to bring together data from multiple sources, including ERP and CRM systems. Paired with Azure Data Lake Storage and Azure Synapse Analytics, Qlik modernized Save the Children’s data estate, giving fundraisers a real-time view of their outreach efforts and accelerating fundraising by enabling insights previously not possible to achieve.
Azure Data Lake is a scalable data storage and analytics service. Azure Synapse Analytics is a limitless analytics service that brings together data integration, enterprise data warehousing, and big data analytics. It gives an organization the freedom to query data on its terms, using either serverless or dedicated resources at scale.
For Ferguson Enterprises, North America’s leading value-added distributor of plumbing and heating products, the Qlik Data Integration platform enabled the re-architecture of a legacy data platform that had been effectively rendered obsolete by the company’s rapid market expansion and multiple acquisitions. In the first 100-day sprint, Qlik enabled the rapid ingestion of data to Azure Data Lake and Azure Synapse.
Then, in the first six months of the engagement, Qlik migrated 27 databases—Oracle and others— followed by dozens more. The result for Ferguson of automating traditional data warehousing tasks has been dramatically improved time to value for the business and a significant reduction of costs.
“Our evolving partnership and joint go-to-market with Qlik is centered around creating superior business value for customers,” says Simran Sachar, Director of Analytics, AI & Industry, Global Partner Solutions. “The stronger Qlik data-integration capabilities with Azure, Azure Synapse, and Microsoft Power BI is helping customers unlock new insights and realize business value faster.”
Innovation and growth ahead
Qlik’s journey to enabling customers on cloud technologies has been very dynamic and rewarding. Looking ahead, the company sees continued growth in its focus on delivering real-time, continuously changing data to help customers solve business problems. Its partnership with Microsoft assures a promising roadmap of innovation and growth.
Opportunities in automation and simplification are also expanding, especially migrating workloads to Azure and automating tasks that previously required coding and other engineering skills. “We’re listening to our customers, making sure we understand what they are trying to achieve on their transformation journeys,” says Ankorion. “It’s also important for us to remain aligned with Microsoft and understand where they are heading and why. They are always interested in hearing from us about where we’re heading and why. Our partnership is transforming and increasing the value we bring to customers.”
Qlik will develop and deliver more integration solutions and capabilities. An early adopter of the cloud and Azure AI and advanced analytics, Qlik will continue its partnership and innovation with Microsoft. Better together, Qlik and Microsoft are delivering transformative solutions to customers, helping every organization find greater value in its data.