Lego is the building blocks that bring our imagination to life. Like Lego, Qlik provides many of the building blocks that bring our BI needs to reality.
I look at Qlik Sense as a collection of building blocks. These building blocks make Qlik Sense a modern BI platform. Qlik Sense dev hub is a member of these blocks. Today, in my third blog of the mashup series, we will look at some of the features of the dev hub and how these features help build a better BI solution.
For the second blog of the year, I wanted to cover something less technical. So I picked Qlik Sense Mashup as the topic. Time and time again, we are seeing the increase in demand to create mashups (or web applications) to serve number of requirements – be a custom look and feel to the the analytics applications for the business users to advanced web applications with other business contexts. The term mashup is not always the correct term, as they are not always a true mashup, instead they are just dashboard built as a Single Page Application (SPA) from the same Qlik Sense application to customise the look and feel and sometimes, to simplify things for business user who may not have the need for the full Qlik Sense hub experience. This is also the way to serve static or guided analytics.
The vision of democratising data, making everyone explore and find insights from corporate data is one of the biggest drivers behind Qlik Sense. But what happens when you find the insights you have been looking for? How do you share that with your peers? We have seen some great examples which allow you to share links with your selections (using app API) or take a snapshot and share it via email. But that is lacking the true intuitiveness that we are so used to from a platform. We also have seen extensions such as Lets comment and few other similar chat/commenting options, but they require 3rd party services that business will have to setup and sign up to.
In my previous blog, I talked about my son’s data literacy journey, how it all started and how his interest in this topic led to many conversations at the school playground. That got me thinking, whether this idea can be replicated to workshops for his friends and other classes in the primary school. This would be the perfect time to help these young kids become aware of the data footprints that they are creating and equip them with means to read, understand and analyse it.
Another sleepless night and another extension (or 2.. see the Score Card extension details below)! Ability to display a process flow/steps is something I missed in Qlik Sense. Yes, you can build multiple visualisations and put them in certain order to create a process flow but that uses up the screen space and do not always look great in mobile view. So, I decided to build something that is simple to use and allows the user to set up a flow/steps for their process and ability to display different visualisations for each step.