Armanino McKenna has expanded its QlikView practice by merging in Factory Information Management Solutions, a certified solutions provider of QlikView business intelligence technology.

QlikView enables users to search and analyze data from across their enterprise. San Mateo-based Factory IMS is exclusively devoted to services for QlikView and is led by John Horner, a business intelligence expert who partnered with QlikView at the company's inception. Factory IMS's merging of resources and capabilities into Armanino Consulting, which became effective July 5, creates a dominant QlikView provider on the West Coast.

Business intelligence is one of the fastest growing software markets worldwide as organizations continue to search for greater insight that will enable them to cut costs and improve efficiency. Gartner Research recently ranked QlikView, provided by QlikTech Inc. of Radnor, Penn., as one of the leading business intelligence platforms.

“We aspire to be the dominant provider of QlikView platform in the marketplace,” said Armanino McKenna COO and partner Matt Armanino in a statement. “We saw a tremendous opportunity to further that growth with the addition of another strong player in the space. John Horner and Factory IMS have been a go-to resource for QlikTech as it has developed its product offering and market presence. Bringing the Factory IMS team on board clearly sets Armanino Consulting apart from the competition.”

Horner will join Armanino Consulting as director of the QlikView practice for the firm. He said that Factory IMS customers—which include the sectors of retail, healthcare, technology and food & beverage—will experience a seamless continuity of service with the transition to the Armanino McKenna brand.

The expansion of Armanino Consulting's QlikView practice comes at a time when QlikTech, the maker of QlikView, is experiencing rapid growth itself. The company reported that its first quarter revenue rose 44 percent from the same quarter last year.

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