Since locating its U.S. headquarters here in April, Swedish business intelligence (BI) firm QlikTech has gone from a one-man office to seven employees, with the most recent hire being Debra Perry as the newly created director of alliances.
Perry, who began her career with Ernst & Young and most recently worked at YellowBrick Solutions in Morrisville, will focus on expanding the QlikTEAM Alliance. She will report to Chris Berg, president and chief executive operator of QlikTech.
Berg was the first employee to locate in Raleigh from New York, where he was chief operating officer of QlikTech’s three-man operation. He was brought in to accelerate the company’s U.S. operations and suggested QlikTech move its headquarters to Raleigh, which it did.
“We are rapidly building momentum and sales and are committed to growing our presence in the Triangle,” Berg tells Local Tech Wire. “I estimate that we will double in size here in the Triangle in the next 9 months, plus regional sales offices elsewhere, and we will move to a new, larger office in early 2003.”
Berg first established and ran Sweden-based enterprise application vendor IFS’s North American subsidiary here in 1995. Then, from 1998-2000, he was with Sweden-based eBusiness software vendor StreamServe’s North American operations.
Between then and when he joined QlikTech in April, Berg advised a number of software companies on their strategies at an executive level.
“This is an exciting time for QlikTech,” says Berg. “We are very serious on expanding our market reach through our partners. By combining the power of QlikView and the talent we have in Debra, I know that we will make excellent progress towards our goals.”
The QlikTEAM Alliance program uses the expertise and market reach of its partners, and the architecture offered by QlikView, QlikTech’s flagship business intelligence suite, to make sophisticated BI a reality for the mid-market. It is powered by QlikTech’s patented Associative Query Logic technology and product architecture.
QlikView’s users include such diverse companies as Siemens, Ericsson, IKEA, Sara Lee and Spalding. In addition to it headquarters in Raliegh, QlickTech maintains a regional sales and consulting office in New York that employs three people.
While QlikView remains small and is still a subsidiary of its Swedish parent company, Berg says the U.S. operation is just as large and growing.
“Our revenue for the coming year is in line with what their budget is,” Berg says. “The U.S. market is huge and rapidly building momentum.”