Qlik Sense Tour 2016 Highlights

We’ve had a few weeks to let the dust settle after our amazing Ometis Qlik Sense Tour took place at Hotel Football on the 29th June 2016. We had a great day and an even better turn out. Everyone had a real interest in what Qlik and Ometis had to offer them, and their respective businesses and the day was a huge success.

A couple of highlights of our day are detailed below, just in case you missed out!

Keynote speakers

Ometis’ own Andy Patrick – Head of Sales and Qlik’s David Sedgwick – Principle Solution Architect gave the keynote speeches and demos explaining how by connecting, people, data and ideas you can uncover new data driven possibilities and see the whole story that lives within your data.

Customer Presentation

Gary Higgins- Financial Director at Pipers Crisps explored how his company are using Qlik to deliver detailed analytics across their entire organisation, towards their ambitious goals over the coming years.

 

Hands-on workshop

The hands-on workshop led by Chris Fitzpatrick allowed our delegates to experience Qlik Sense in action. Everyone got to experience Qlik’s platform for themselves, by putting in their own data. We put the power of data discovery right into their hands and helped them uncover new data driven possibilities.

With step-by-step instruction, guided by our experts, they were able to:

  • Build a fully functional dashboard application
  • Easily navigate their own application
  • Use interactive storytelling to present their findings

 

Networking Opportunities

As always these events are a great way to network with peers, Qlik, Ometis & and current Qlik customers who share similar day-to-day challenges. All questions were answered by the experts and everyone found out more about the wonderful world of Qlik Sense.

Overall, a great day and we can’t wait to see you at next year’s event!

QS 3.0 New Features Blog

The new release of Qlik Sense, version 3.0, was released at the end of June and makes it even easier to explore your data and provide insight to your organisation.

Read below for our summary of the new features included in the latest version of Qlik Sense.

Visual Data Preparation

With Qlik Sense 3.0, self-service data exploration goes to the next level with visual data preparation. Previously, to link tables of data together took a bit of know-how. Now the tables are shown in their own “bubble”, meaning that you can drag tables that you know should be linked together and Qlik Sense will associate them based on the data.

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Figure 1Table “bubbles” linked together in the new Visual Data Preparation window

Now you can leave the complicated job of modelling your data to Qlik Sense and concentrate on what is important, analysing your data.

Branding

Add some pizazz to your Qlik Sense apps by branding them. Add your company logo and colours to your Qlik Sense apps making your corporate applications look more professional.

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Figure 2Apply branding to your Qlik Sense Apps

Visual Search

Search has become visual in Qlik Sense 3.0. With the addition of charts to the standard search tool, you can now save time searching through sheets and sheets to find the one you want. You can even search for chart types and Qlik Sense will return the most relevant results!

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Time Aware Charts

Charts in Qlik Sense have always helped the user build something powerful in just a few clicks, but Time-aware charts in Qlik Sense 3.0 take this a step further.  You no longer need to build your own calendar tables and pre-select the most appropriate granularity of date to use in your chart.

With Time-aware charts you simply add the original Date field to the chart and Qlik Sense will automatically work out the best way to display it.  It could be days, weeks, months or years – Qlik Sense will automatically scale the chart for you.

In addition to this, it will also understand if you have missing data points where you may want to show a continuous scale and auto-fill the gaps. Line charts are available in this release, but you can expect to see other chart types with this functionality in future versions.

No selections:

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2015 & 2016 selected

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Widgets

This new feature gives us, the developers, the freedom to create what the customer wants but doesn’t yet exist in Qlik Sense. Widgets can adapt to the shape and size and the customisation possibilities are endless. In this example we’ve made a KPI where the icon can relocate itself or disappear if necessary depending on the size and shape of the widget. The icon and the colours can be changed and the second measure is optional, and this is only the beginning!

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The widget editor allows us to use HTML, CSS and Angular.js to create and edit widgets.  It’s a comfortable place for a developer and gives us all the tools we need to preview our widgets as well as to connect them to a published app to test it with real values.

This is just tip of the Widget iceberg – the possibilities are endless!

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DataMarket

Qlik DataMarket is a revolutionary new Data-As-A-Service offering from Qlik.  It allows direct access to a range of standardised information that can help supplement your analytics.  With Qlik Sense 3.0, Qlik have included access to four new premium data packages:

  • Historical stock prices from major stock exchanges
  • Financial data from companies worldwide
  • Population indicators for India’s states and districts
  • Population of Canada by provinces or territories

While we expect Qlik to continue to add in population and demographic data of new countries fairly regularly, it’s great to see some additional company and financial markets data being released.

We can see some great use-cases for this.  Imagine supplementing your ERP or CRM data with the latest stats about your Customers or Vendors.  For some of our Financial Services customers, having the ability to get single-source access to financial markets data will make a big difference in how responsive they can be when making data-driven decisions based on Qlik dashboards.

We’re looking forward to seeing what other new packages are made available in the coming months.

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