Remixability and reassembly is a key aspect of Business Discovery — and of QlikView. What do we mean by this? We mean that business users can easily modify apps, all on their own using their web browser, to ask and answer their own streams of questions. Check out this video to see how.
Let’s say that in this sales analysis app I don’t have the info I need about which sales reps are selling what. I can make changes to the app, right there in my browser.
Start simple. I can start with a basic change: adding a dimension upon which to analyze the data. I right click on the screen and select “New Sheet Object.” I click on the type of new object I want and drag it onto the screen. Right away, my new object is fully interactive. I get that green / white / gray associative experience QlikView is known for. QlikView automatically maintains all the associations in the data; I didn’t have to do anything to make QlikView know what’s associated and what’s not.
Go crazy. Let’s say I want to do some deeper exploration and discovery; I want to do a little more complex remixing. I can right click and add a whole new sheet. Now I’ve got a nice white page on which to begin my exploration. Then, from the repository I can start dragging and dropping pre-built objects. Once objects are on my screen I can modify them to my heart’s content. I can change the properties of an object — say, change the number of sales reps shown to just include the top 5—with a few quick mouse clicks.
Get social. QlikView’s remixability and reassembly isn’t just a solo experience. I can add an annotation to my new object, along with a snapshot and comments. Then I can easily share my object — with everyone or just a select few. At some point the developer may decide that the object I created is really useful and should be folded into the core application.
It’s no wonder people say QlikView blurs the boundary between developer and business user. It really does — and that’s a good thing. QlikView makes it easy for business users to remix and reassemble data in new views on their own and in groups and to easily create new visualizations for deeper understanding.
(Are you wondering what this demo application is that I’m using in this video? It’s the “What’s New in QlikView 11” demo app. You can get it here on the QlikView 11 demo site. )