Free Web app bows for planning golf vacations

Golf aficionados now have a new free Web application to plan their holiday around the world's best golf courses.

Business intelligence software vendor, QlikTech, Tuesday launched its free GolfQuest course analyzer, available here.

Qliktech says that GolfQuest is the first course finder to combine data on more than 16,500 golf courses in 21 countries and seven years of global weather.

Using the application, golfers can choose the courses that are best suited to their time frame, type of play, and any other preference -- in just a few clicks, with visual analysis and drill-down details.

They maintain that GolfQuest can help you to stay out of the sand and out of the rain just about anywhere in the world. Powered by QlikView, QlikTech's business analysis solution, GolfQuest, the company says, allows you to plan the perfect trip using 13 different criteria.

The firm claims that QlikView -- using patented in-memory association technology -- works the way your mind works. In other words, it makes associations by connecting data from many sources in just a few clicks.

GolfQuest allows people "to freely explore all the related options based on your interests, rather than forcing you down a predetermined, linear path," said Anthony Deighton, senior vice president marketing at QlikTech. "We call it 'associative analysis;' it's how people explore information intuitively to get the answers they need."

Deighton says that GolfQuest is the latest in series of free QlikView applications. Other recent releases include MusiQ Tracker, which analyzes radio airplay in nearly 2,600 stations across the US, Dugg Analyzer, which tracks the popularity of thousands of stories posted to Digg, and The Wine Press, which allows you to pick the perfect food and wine pairings.

This story, "Free Web app bows for planning golf vacations" was originally published by CIO.

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