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Thoma Bravo acquires Qlik for 3 billion USD

Thoma-Bravo

Those who have been following the news around Qlik (the company) lately have probably noticed that something’s been stirring the past few months. It started in March with activist hedge fund Elliott Management disclosed that it had bought a significant stake in the company. Later that month, Elliott raised its share even further and began pushing for a sale of the company. Potential buyers that were named at that time were IBM or Oracle, neither of which seem like attractive alternatives to me.

It became clear to me that a sale was at least considered as an option by Qlik when I saw the updated the severance packages for tier 1 to 3 executives on Qlik’s Investor Relations page on April 1. Meanwhile, rumors about a potential sale were everywhere. Rumors are just rumors of course, but where there’s smoke…

Then things got quiet for a while, until June 1, when the news appeared that private equity firm Thoma Bravo had submitted a 2.8 billion USD bid on Qlik. And today, June 2, things came to a conclusion when it was announced that Thoma Bravo has acquired Qlik for 3 billion USD.

Of course, for Qlik customers, partners and us developers that raises some questions, and maybe even concerns. I decided to put some of my thoughts in this blog post.

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One Simple Trick That Will Significantly Boost Your QlikView Performance

Edit April 2nd 2015: Yes, of course this is an April Fools joke, hope I made you smile. The Masters Summit is no joke though, and neither is the $300 early bird discount that you will receive until April 15th 2015. Want to really take your skills to the next level? Join us in San Francisco on May 4 – 6, or New York City or Copenhagen later this year.

Amazing Business DiscoveriesToday I am going to let you in on a big secret.

People often ask me how I always get great performance and fast response times out of my QlikView applications. I usually put on a very serious face and reply that this is the result of years of experience. Experience gained by doing hundreds of implementations, practice, experiment, study and continually refining my skills and knowledge.

You won’t believe how hard it is to not burst out laughing when I tell this to people. The fact of the matter is that it is all a gimmick!

There is only one simple trick that you need to know to instantly boost your QlikView performance. This is the secret that Qlik and the Qlik Illuminati don’t want you to know, but today I will reveal it all!

Are you ready for the truth? Here it comes!

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A secure (and cheap) alternative to Dropbox

A more secure alternative to DropboxA short article that isn’t directly related to QlikView, but if you’re looking for a secure way to synchronize and share your files across computers then this might be interesting for you nonetheless.

Like many people, I am a big user of Dropbox. Between my referrals, the free space that came with my Samsung phone and my paid subscription I now have 186 GB of online storage. While this is awesome for personal files, I’ve always been reluctant to use Dropbox for work-related documents, as time and again it is demonstrated that Dropbox is not secure. Besides that, Dropbox is also quite expensive, especially since I mainly use it to synchronize files and am not really interested in the cloud storage. With this in mind I set out to see if I could set up a more secure (and cheaper) alternative to Dropbox.

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Win a free copy of QlikView 11 for Developers at #Qonnections

QlikView 11 for DevelopersFrom April 7 – 10 it’s once again time for QlikTech’s yearly partner conference: Qonnections.  Should you be fortunate enough to find yourself in the beautiful Bahama’s, we’ll sweeten the deal even more with a chance for you to win 1 of the 10 free copies of the book QlikView 11 for Developers that Mike and I will be giving away.

What’s the catch?

All we want from you is a Tweet. Be creative, tell us why you should get a free copy and don’t forget to include the hash tag #Qonnections and a link to the book’s page http://bit.ly/QV11Dev. On Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th of April, we will pick 5 winners and will announce them on this page.
Tweet to win!

Important: You have to be able to pick up your book (or have someone pick it up for you) at the conference on either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

Of course, should you be interested in a meet-up with one or both of us, feel free to ping us via Twitter: @garciammiguel or @meneerharmsen.

But I’m not in the Bahama’s!

No worries, we’ve thought of you as well! Our publisher has graciously agreed to provide a promo code that will give you 20% off the price of the book:

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You can use this code at the Packt website until May 5th 2013.

A Russian QlikView user learns of The Qlik Fix!

(ok, so not really ;))

Hello world! The Qlik Fix is here!

Welcome to The Qlik Fix!, a new blog dedicated exclusively to QlikView tips, tricks and tutorials.

I started this blog because I have recently been hearing increasing complaints about the lack of online information about QlikView. Since I have been playing with the idea of starting a QlikView blog for quite some time, I figured now would be a good time to do so.

As a QlikView consultant, I’ve built up an extensive library of QlikView tips, scripts and examples through the years. I plan to share these with you through this blog. At the same time this blog is also a learning experience for me, I am very curious to see your input and hope to learn many new things in the process.

As you can probably tell by the plain vanilla WordPress theme and current lack of content, I am a firm believer in the principle of “Release Early, Release Often“. I hope to ramp up quickly in the coming days and weeks by adding content to the site and customizing the theme and other options.

Check back often, and if you have any suggestions for things you would like to see on this blog then feel free to post a comment or contact me via Twitter (@meneerharmsen).