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QlikTech taps into business data via the iPhone

QlikView for iPhone enables users to swipe and pinch their fingers to interact with "business intelligence" relating to sales, competitive analysis, and inventory.

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The business intelligence firm QlikTech International has released an application for the iPhone that uses the multitouch and GPS functionalities of Apple's popular handset.

QlikView for iPhone, which was made available on Thursday, enables users to swipe and pinch their fingers to interact with business data. The application also uses the iPhone's Coverflow feature--usually meant for flipping through album covers--as a means of cycling through analyses.

The client software taps into the user's main QlikView business intelligence software to access data, such as that relating to sales, competitive analysis, and inventory.

The phone's GPS functionality is used to create location-aware reports. For instance, it will automatically display accounts for clients closest to the salesperson's location when a request for information is made.

Rival mobile applications include Oracle Business Indicators, which was made available as a free download in July last year. QlikView for iPhone can also be downloaded for free from iTunes.

David Meyer of ZDNet UK reported from London.