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Nordisk Film Adopts Qlik Cloud Analytics for Operational Efficiencies and Reduced Costs

Qlik | August 10, 2022 | Read time : 03:00 min

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Qlik® today announced Nordisk Film, the Nordic region's leading creator and distributor of films, has adopted Qlik Cloud® Analytics to realize operational efficiencies, reduce costs associated with data preparation and analysis, and ultimately expand data-decision making throughout the organization.

Nordisk Film is known as an industry innovator at the forefront of adopting modern technology and solutions that foster new, improved ways of working. Over the last five years, Nordisk Film has been on a journey to deploy strategies that meet modern consumer demands while leveraging fact-based decisions.

Nordisk Film’s prior business intelligence systems required significant maintenance, service, and dedicated storage space and memory. This made the system difficult for users to work with and limited Nordisk’s ability to scale the use of data for decisions. Nordisk Film was also looking to increase collaboration and streamline its different computer systems and data warehouses into a single cloud platform. Nordisk Film chose to move to Qlik Cloud for importing, clearing and analyzing data in order to make more informed business decisions while leveraging Qlik Sense® SaaS.

“Previously we spent a lot of time with maintenance and making sure our internal systems worked. “We migrated our old local platform to a Qlik environment, saving us time and allowing us to take advantage of the latest technical developments and improve our data structure for a more mature approach to analytics.”

Mikkel Hecht Hansen, Head of BI at Nordisk Film

For Nordisk Film, it is important to have a cost-effective and scalable platform, while also being able to leverage modern analytics capabilities such as augmented analytics and mobile access.

“Qlik has given us a completely different dimension of new knowledge and opportunities through, among other things, Insight Advisor. Along with an easy and simple security login through Azure AD, Qlik gives us many insights and data-driven facts that help us make better decisions,” said Hansen.

Insight Advisor is the AI assistant built into Qlik Sense that generates advanced analytics and insights using natural language interaction for Nordisk analytics users. Another key innovation in Qlik’s platform that is bringing value to Nordisk is Collaborative Notes, which allows employees to comment or write longer reports directly in the analytics environment. And Qlik being easy-to-learn and applicable to many different business areas has helped Nordisk Film expand analytics adoption across the business.

“Nordisk Film is a great example of an incredible brand that is leveraging Qlik Cloud to accelerate its transformation into a data-driven business,” said Francisco Mateo-Sidron, Senior Vice President EMEA for Qlik. “We look forward to helping Nordisk continue to expand its ability to leverage cloud analytics for impact throughout the entire organization.”

About Nordisk Film
Nordisk Film is a leading Nordic entertainment and experience company focused on storytelling across platforms. We produce, market and distribute film and series, operate a leading Nordic cinema chain, is behind global game studios and PlayStation in the Nordics, and delivers digital gift card solutions to the world. Nordisk Film is a part of the leading Nordic media group Egmont, together with Story House Egmont, TV 2 in Norway, Lindhardt og Ringhof og Cappelen Damm. Egmont is a foundation, and all profits are used to develop media and to help children and young people and support film talents. We bring stories to life.

About Qlik
Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud®, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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Mutually Human | September 08, 2022

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Dynamo Software Enhances Data Automation for Private Investment Industry by Acquiring Smonik Systems

Dynamo Software | August 02, 2022

Dynamo Software, Inc., a market-leading provider of end-to-end cloud software solutions for the alternative investment management industry, announced today its acquisition of Smonik Systems, a leader in data management. Smonik provides cutting-edge software that closes the gap for Limited Partners (LPs) to process both structured and unstructured data. Dynamo will enhance its world-class platform with Smonik’s automated products for data collection, extraction, validation, and reconciliation. “As the financial markets undergo further stress, Dynamo has calibrated its business to provide robust, best-in-class software for alternative asset managers and institutional investors. “At Dynamo, we have built our stack to do the heavy lifting – removing several repetitive and manual processes with configurable dashboards, workflows, and reports. Augmenting our business with Smonik’s proprietary data management and reconciliation software will further fuel our mission of being the leading global, end-to-end software platform for the alternative investments ecosystem. We are excited to welcome their impressive team to the Dynamo family.” Dynamo’s CEO Hank Boughner The Smonik acquisition, combined with the Dynamo Data Automation (DDA) software, underscores Dynamo’s steadfast commitment to focus on removing labor-intensive processes, especially those around data extraction and validation. Endowments, foundations, pensions, family offices, and funds of funds (FOF), will benefit from Smonik’s ability to reduce or completely eliminate manual data entry and processing. For example, with Smonik’s software, LPs can automate the collection and extraction of data for all investment types – including alternatives – while also adopting a data-agnostic approach to reconcile any two data sets. “Ultimately, the combined power of Dynamo and Smonik is unprecedented,” said Sethu Bijumalla, CEO and Co-Founder of Smonik Systems. “By joining Dynamo, a company backed by Blackstone and Francisco Partners, we are excited by the additional resources and support to further extend Smonik’s value to private investment clients. Additionally, our two companies are built on a culture of excellence, with seasoned professionals who are fueling high-growth, innovative software that simultaneously empowers clients to increase efficiency, reduce cost, and minimize operational risk.” “This is truly a win-win for both Dynamo and Smonik’s current and prospective clients,” added Stephen Hixon, principal and co-owner of Smonik. “Dynamo is leading this industry’s race in delivering compelling end-to-end software, and now, with Smonik, the company is further cementing its leadership in data automation for LPs. We are proud to be a part of the next chapter in Dynamo’s story.” Both Dynamo and Smonik are headquartered in the Boston, MA area, allowing the operations, sales, marketing, and product innovation teams to work closely together to ensure a seamless integration. About Smonik Systems, LLC. Smonik Systems, now a Dynamo brand, provides data management and reconciliation services to the financial services industry. Using its extensive background in investment operations, Smonik prides itself in developing tools to automate back-office manual processes. The proprietary, best-in-class software delivered by Smonik focuses on automating the entire data management workflow. This includes the collection, extraction, transformation, reconciliation, and integration of both structured and unstructured data. About Dynamo Software, Inc. Dynamo Software’s mission is to be the leading global, end-to-end cloud software platform for the alternatives ecosystem, serving the information sharing and analytical data needs of our constituents. Since 1998, the company has been providing industry-tailored, highly-configurable investment management, reporting, and data management cloud software solutions to the global alternative investment industry. Dynamo’s cloud-based solutions serve the private investment landscape including private equity and venture capital funds, real estate investment firms, infrastructure, hedge funds, endowments, pensions, foundations, prime brokers, funds of funds, family offices, and fund administrators. The Dynamo™ platform has improved productivity across the alternatives ecosystem, including CRM, fundraising, deal management, research management, investor servicing, portfolio management, and compliance teams worldwide. Dynamo has a global footprint with operations across North America, EMEA, and APAC.

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