I am often asked by IT leaders why they should move their existing investment in QlikView into the cloud. There are a number of benefits, which range from reducing IT running costs by outsourcing “business as usual” activities to improving data quality capabilities.
The value of QlikView to an organization is the ability to quickly discover new insights using an intuitive visualization tool. Find those hidden gems which will enable your organization to operate and respond faster to market opportunities like never before.
However, there are costs, complexities and risks associated with this investment including upfront outlays of installing, maintaining and updating hardware. This is a significant strain on already stretched IT teams.
Having bought the hardware and software licences, many business and technology leaders feel that they are stuck in a loop of having to maintain the current system but not being able to reduce the cost of information delivery.
Why go cloud
Simplifying IT is an imperative for organizations which explains why IT leaders are increasingly embracing the cloud. A good example is Microsoft 365, and the availability of these office applications in the cloud. However, if you have bought the software package for computers, and you want to move to the cloud, you must buy the licenses AGAIN. A traditional software license model benefits the vendor, not the customer; resulting in the customer not recognizing the business benefits of the cloud.
Rosslyn Analytics’ QlikView in the cloud offering is the Microsoft 365 of the business intelligence world with one distinct difference: Having bought the QlikView licences, there is no need to buy them again to host your BI applications in the cloud. Simply transfer them to Rosslyn’s RAPid data platform and set your business users - and your IT team - free with better data and data management capabilities.
With Rosslyn Analytics, there is no need to configure, deploy and backup on premise or virtual hardware. There is no need to create resilience and understand in detail the security aspects of hosting QlikView licences. Last but not least, there is no need for technical expertise to manage QlikView applications; Rosslyn Analytics’ first-of-its-kind RAPid QlikView Manager empowers non-technical employees to manage QlikView applications just as easy as selecting apps on an Apple iPad.
The cost benefits of QlikView in the Cloud
In addition to the “soft” benefits of taking QlikView into the cloud such as speed and ease-of-use, the decision to move your QlikView licences to a true software-as-a-service (SaaS) model will come down to the hard reality of cost.
In this cost model, there are a number of a factors you need to take into account:
- The capital, upfront cost of the hardware;
- The employee costs of IT to install and manage hardware and licences; and,
- The “opportunity cost” of the money tied up in a rapidly depreciating IT asset.
The cost benefit varies depending on the deployment scenario.
For an average implementation, we calculate upfront costs for cloud to be approximately one-third of the cost of deploying on premise hardware. The value to the business of being able to reinvest two-thirds of your proposed expenditure in product development or additional resources should not be underestimated. It’s invaluable!
For those that want to explore further by conducting a cost-reward analysis, look out for my next blog, when I will show you the benefits of deploying QlikView in the cloud versus an on premise deployment.