- High-performance in-memory engine based on Hyper (in the timeframe that I predicted earlier)
- Enhanced data preparation capabilities (Project Maestro)
- Built-in data governance
- Pro-active automatically designed visualizations
- Tableau Server for Linux
Project Maestro is another inevitable move from Tableau people who now realize that self-service data analysis requires self-service data transformation. Tableau is still reluctant building a fully-featured ETL for business users like EasyMorph, however once Project Maestro is implemented the advantage of having built-in ETL capabilities in Qlik would be diminished (but not dismissed).
Now, when Tableau has clear advantage on the data visualization side and stops being a fancy add-on to databases but becomes more and more a self-contained analytical platform, the question is -- where is Qlik going?
QlikView is not actively developed anymore. All the recent developments on the Qlik Sense side in 90% cases are focused on expanding API capabilities, while its data visualization capabilities remain frugal. Honestly, I don't understand this development logic. I would understand it, if Qlik's product strategy assumed heavy reliance on 3rd party tools for decent data visualization and analysis. However so far I struggle to see any high-quality 3rd party tools built on top of Qlik Sense API that can amend the built-in visualizations. Qlik Market might have a few interesting extensions, but they're typically very specialized. Qlik Branch lacks high-quality extensions and is full of no longer supported experimental projects. Qlik itself doesn't promote any 3rd party tools and its product roadmap is yet to be seen.
So where is Qlik going?