Using Data to Move Your Business Forward with Qlik and MariaDB

Written by Ben Grieser, Solutions Architect at MariaDB and Adam Mayer, Product Marketing at Qlik


For fast-growing organizations, agility, responsiveness, and the ability to compete on data are essential. Smart IT leaders know that traditional, manual processes and aging legacy systems can’t meet today’s data demands. Instead, extensible, automated, highly available and massively scalable cloud-based data architectures are the key to unlocking business growth.

Cloud-based infrastructure creates efficiency, frees resources and allows data to be the game changer it is meant to be. Data integration/pipelines, storage and analysis are largely automated and infinitely scalable. Organizations can easily access and leverage all of their data. This allows organizations to progressively build more data-centric applications, monetize them and act on their data to build competitive advantages.

The Right Approach to Data Integration in the Cloud

How can organizations replace aging systems with a scalable, resilient cloud architecture that lets them act on and monetize their data? That’s easier said than done, but MariaDB and Qlik have partnered to simplify the process. Together, Qlik Data Integration and MariaDB database solutions make data available for developers to create purpose-built data-centric applications in real time.

Qlik makes it easy to migrate data from legacy database architectures, such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server, to MariaDB’s modern and scalable database solutions – MariaDB Enterprise Server, MariaDB Xpand – a distributed SQL database or MariaDB SkySQL – a fully managed cloud database service. The collaboration ensures high availability, scalability, continuous integration and replication of synced data across on-premises, cloud and hybrid architectures. Qlik Replicate moves data in real time from source to target, all managed through a simple graphical interface.

That’s why organizations such as ecommerce package shipping company OSM Worldwide use MariaDB and Qlik to achieve a new level of efficiency:

Our data-driven approach to shipping…requires a highly efficient, unquestionably reliable backend. Streaming our analytical data from SQL Server to MariaDB Enterprise Server with ColumnStore via Qlik was fast and easy. Combined with our BI tools, Qlik and MariaDB give us the ability to utilize our powerful new data lake for our data needs.” – Gina Hanks, Senior Director of Information Technology at OSM Worldwide.

How MariaDB and Qlik Support Common Data Use Cases

With Qlik and MariaDB, customers can modernize their costly, legacy databases and data warehouses as they move to the cloud. Qlik supports MariaDB customers who want fully automated, real-time CDC and data integration for a more data-centric and data-driven business. Together, we offer a modern data stack that radically shortens the time to value for our customer’s data.

Here are a few of the common uses cases Qlik and MariaDB support:

  • Cloud application development that requires data replication as customers migrate from legacy systems or an on-prem database, without any negative impact on performance.
  • Data warehouse modernization with real-time downstream use of data with low latency and minimal impact on source systems.
  • Replication of data between two disparate databases as one is migrated to the cloud or in use by other data-dependent applications.
  • Continuously fed databases that quickly allow you analyze, act on and monetize data across applications.

A Closer Look at MariaDB SkySQL and Xpand + Qlik

SkySQL, MariaDB’s fully managed cloud database, combines automation with human expertise to support and manage mission-critical deployments. And within SkySQL, users can deploy an Xpand distributed SQL database for unlimited scale, real-time analytics and continuous availability.

An Xpand database can quickly and efficiently scale out a transactional, enterprise-class database across multiple nodes in a shared-nothing architecture. Xpand enables businesses to take advantage of robust data pipelines and distributed computing without sacrificing data integrity or high availability. It elastically right-sizes to meet the volume of data within your Qlik pipeline, no matter the seasonal demands and workloads.

To learn more about migrating your legacy databases to MariaDB using Qlik, join our webinar: Xpand your data possibilities and pipeline with MariaDB Xpand & Qlik Data Integration.