Visualize YOUR World Was A Sabering Success

We had a fantastic time at this month’s Visualize YOUR World event in London with Qlik.

We also arguably had the best stand at the event thanks to the fantastic Gary Palmer and ForbiddenPlanet.com, who provided an excellent array of displays and giveaways that would excite any sci-fi fan.

From real-life lightsabers to huge Wonder Woman graphics, the collateral from ForbiddenPlanet.com definitely put our stand on the map!

We also had a lightsaber to give away, but not just any lightsaber (as if there is such a thing) but Luke Skywalker’s very own lightsaber… does it get any better than that?

Gary helped attendees understand the power of Qlik and the bespoke service Ometis provides, with compelling examples of how ForbiddenPlanet.com have utilised the platform to revolutionise the way they do business – and as their IT Director, he should know.

There were plenty of questions during Gary’s lunchtime session, although this may have been down to the fact that visitors had to be holding a lightsaber to ask a question… We had everything from serious queries to ‘What’s your favourite colour?’ as people vied for the chance to swing a saber, and who can blame them?

All-in-all, it was an entertaining day packed with data-driven opportunities and was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work we do, as well as how good we are at doing it (even if I do say so myself!).

Now we’re looking forward to Visualize YOUR World in 2018, we’ve already been thinking hard about how we’re going to top this year’s display but if ForbiddenPlanet.com are involved once again, I’m sure it won’t be too difficult.
By Andy Patrick

What did we learn at Qonnections 2016?

Three days, hundreds of seminars and break-out sessions, and thousands of attendees. Qonnections is the yearly global partner and customer event hosted by Qlik. You can expect to see insight from the most important people at Qlik and in the Data Visualisation world.

A big part of what we learn from the leaders at Qlik is the direction they are going in. The bulk of this blog will be focused on the main topic of Qonnections 2016 – the improvements to the Qlik Analytics Platform coming soon.

 

Do you want to do more with your own data?

Coming in June 2016 is the latest update to Qlik Sense. Version 3.0 brings even more improvement to how easy it is to bring your own data into Qlik Sense.

You can now do more when combining different data sources without having to write a single line of script. Qlik Sense will identify how likely data is to be related to each other, creating the relationships between the data without you having to. Qlik Sense will also identify date fields and create calendars for you to use, and if you put these into a line chart you can now zoom in and out to look at particular time periods.

Along with your own data you also have access to cleansed data through the Qlik DataMarket. Coming soon is more detailed financial markets information covering 35 major stock indices, giving you financial information on the associated companies. More data on other topics will be available later in the year regarding Healthcare and Retail for you to make use of in your own analysis in both QlikView and Qlik Sense.

With Qlik Sense version 3.0 search gets smarter! Searching in a Qlik Sense app will not just result in field names and values but also now charts where they are being used. You no longer need to remember in which chart you found a specific value, just search and Qlik Sense finds it for you!

 

Like to get your hands dirty with code?

If you are a developer, then updates to the Qlik Analytics Platform also brings additions to the Dev Hub. Widgets are a new way of creating simple visualisation extensions without having to know any javascript; only HTML and CSS is used here – helping you modify the look and feel of your charts with little effort.

Developers are also getting improvements to how they interact with the back-end APIs. A new javascript library, Enigma.js, is coming too which will make interacting with the Engine API easier and more straightforward. Other APIs will take advantage of this in later versions.

Keeping up with the style standards at Qlik becomes easier with the release of Leonardo UI (javascript and css library) containing all

of the standard Qlik objects (e.g. buttons and switches) meaning that using these styles you can make your visualisations look and feel exactly like standard Qlik Sense, and have these objects updated as Qlik bring in updated styles.

 

Want to be able to access your data wherever you are?

Qlik is keen to emphasise that they are taking Qlik Cloud very seriously and are approaching Qlik Sense with a “cloud first” mentality.

Qlik Cloud is being improved continuously, with Qlik Cloud Business coming in the 2nd half of this year and Qlik Cloud Enterprise planned for 2017. Streams, which can be used to separate your apps into sections within Qlik Sense Enterprise, are also coming to the cloud. This will also mean that you will be able to control who is able to access your apps, as opposed to sharing all apps with all authorised cloud users.

Expect to see many more improvements in Qlik Cloud in the future, giving you the maximum flexibility on where and when you want to analyse your data.

 

To wrap up…

There is plenty to look forward to in June with Qlik Sense version 3.0 and beyond. It has never been easier to analyse your data, whether on your work PC analysing database information or in the cloud using your iPad doing some ad-hoc analysis of your spreadsheets.

Developers and data visualisation experts have plenty to dig their teeth into, with more ways of extending the Qlik Platform using web development skills they know already.

Whatever stage you are on your data analysis journey, wherever you are, Qlik has got you covered.

Top 5 Reasons to come to the Qlik Sense Tour 2016

Join the Ometis team at the Qlik Sense Tour in Manchester this June, and give your business the tools to create visual analytics that will shape your decision making for the better. Here are five more reasons to come along:

1. Learn about the benefits of Qlik Sense

You’ll get the chance to learn about Qlik; an analytics platform that allows you to use internal and external data to create, build and present invaluable visualisations for your company. This versatile platform collates data from a vast array of sources and uses it to create intuitive dashboards, making it easier for you to visualise all areas of your business.

2. Hear from our inspiring speakers

There’ll be a host of speakers from Qlik and Ometis to learn from, as well as our own customer presentation that will be provided by Gary Higgins, Financial Director at Pipers Crisps. Find out how Pipers Crisps are using The Qlik Platform to deliver detailed analytics across their entire organisation and towards their goals of having a stockist in every postcode throughout the UK.

Each expert will provide new insights into use of The Qlik Platform, providing current examples and case studies. Feel free to network with the speakers and have all your questions about Qlik answered on the day.

3. Hands on workshop

Want to see how it all works? There’ll be a workshop in the afternoon session, giving you the chance to see first-hand how Qlik can help your business. Demos of Qlik Sense will be available to watch on-screen, but trialing the technology yourself will give you a true taste of what it has to offer. The simple interface is easy to follow and you can add as much or as little data as you like; from info on sales figures and targets to expenses and customer trends, or any business data that you need to analyse. Visualisations are created instantly and you can modify and adapt them as and when you like with more data, ideas and figures. You’ll get the chance to:

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

If you want to come prepared or can’t make the specific date then please feel free to download the desktop edition here, and contact Ometis for any support or guidance needed.

4. Networking opportunities

You’ll get the chance to network with Qlik, Ometis and your peers. Meet other like-minded visitors from your industry and share in their knowledge, learn from their expertise and pick up new tricks and techniques. New opportunities can often arise from networking as you make more connections and raise your business profile.

5. Free sign up!

It won’t cost you a penny to register! Enter a few basic details to sign up to the event and we’ll see you at Hotel Football in Manchester on 29th June at 9am.

To find out more and to register – click here.