Category Archives: Visualization

Webinar PinIt june 11th

Data Literacy adoption, boosting self-service, cost saving and rapid prototyping.

You know how to grind hard and get things done. You don’t mind putting in some extra effort if needed. Your passion is not only working with data, but also helping others understand it and answering their questions. You enjoy diving deep into data and analyzing it, to help your client/business to the next level.

The struggle of data adaption

You just released a new dashboard while you are already maintaining several other dashboards. All of these dashboards have different users. For instance, the operations dashboard you developed was meant for operations, but now management is also using this dashboard. They are not interested in all the visualizations and tables that are included in the sheets/dashboard. They just want to see (their) clear KPIs, You keep getting requests to build new sheets, not only for the strategic dashboard but also all the other dashboards you maintain. They all just want to have a sheet rearranged or a sheet with just KPIs etc., so that the data fits their personal workflow. The end result is that you either end up with dozens of sheets or, if you’re strict, an app that caters to only the lowest common denominator. In both cases you will find that usage and adoption will soon stagnate.

PinIt as solution

What if there was a simple solution for these problems? Well this is what fired our spark to build PinIt, we created it, launched it, and now you can use it. With PinIt everyone can create their own pinboards based on existing visualizations (including master visualizations) that are already in all the  different dashboards. With just a few clicks you can get every chart you would like, can read and interpreted combined into one single pinboard (or if you like multiple pinboards), the cool thing is you are not limited to visualizations from one dashboard, but you can use all visualizations from your dashboards. So instead of building new dashboards/sheets for every separate user, they can build their own pinboard(s). With PinIt you can also share created pinboards. Check out this video to see how easy you can create a pinboard

Going back to the first example, where you build a dashboard for operations, but management also want to use the same visualizations but not all the charts in it. Simply just create a new pinboard with only the KPIs and you can release it to the management team. The neat thing about this is if you need to update something in the pinboard you can just edit it, and without a new release, or transfer from environment everyone with whom you shared the pinboard can instantly see it.

What’s in it for you?

Of course we didn’t forget about you, the developer. We all know those requests where the business has some vague idea of a dashboard and asks you to build it based on already existing dashboards. Normally this could take anywhere from a day to a month. With PinIt this can be done in a matter of minutes/hours and instantly released to your target audience, so they can test it for a few days/weeks and if needed it can be developed into a new dashboard, or the pinboard is already sufficient.

Security

Now you might be worrying about security. Well we solved this problem the easy way, your environment your rules! Is a user able to see the data in Qlik Sense? Then they can also see it in PinIt, to say it in other words we use the Qlik Sense security rules.

Join us

Does this spark your interest? Download the trial at https://www.getpinit.com or join us at our webinar at the 11th of June. You can sign up for the webinar here https://www.getpinit.com/webinar/join-the-pinit-webinar-on-june-11/

Season’s greetings!

Season’s greetings from your friends at Bitmetric and the QlikFix! It’s been more than 6 years since I added an entry into the visual FX category, but recent technological advances at Qlik have finally made it possible to create animated scatter charts in Qlik Sense as well. So without further ado, here’s our Qlik Sense animated greeting to you. Wishing you and yours happy holidays and all the best for 2021!

Want to see how it works? Download the QVF file by clicking here.
This QVF uses our 2018 Christmas Theme, which you can download here.

Music credits: Wham – Last Christmas (8-bit) by Mongrelvids

SenseTheme Premium – QlikWorld discount

Style Qlik Sense your way with SenseTheme

If you’ve been working with Qlik Sense for a while, then you may have come across SenseTheme, our free, online editor to create custom themes for Qlik Sense. Every week, hundreds of themes are created and downloaded using this tool.

Did you know we also offer a premium version?

While we offer a lot of functionality in the free version, we also offer a premium version for consultants and Qlik partners that offers even more value. Such as the option to save and edit themes in your own private account, add custom CSS, get email support and remove the ads. You’ll also get first dibs on all the other cool stuff that we’ll be adding to SenseTheme (most of which will probably not make it to the free version).

If you frequently need to create custom themes for Qlik Sense, then you certainly want to check out SenseTheme Premium.

Celebrating QlikWorld with a 20% discount

To celebrate QlikWorld, we’re offering you a 20% discount on your first year SenseTheme Premium subscription. Both for Consultants and Qlik Partners. This offer lasts until June 30th 2020, so don’t miss out!

Click here for more information.

Intro to Qlik Sense Mashups

Hi all, I’m Bernard, and in this post I will introduce myself to you and tell you more about the Qlik Sense API and Mashups. I would especially like to tell you why and when you’d use mashups instead of the ‘normal’ Qlik Sense dashboards.

First, a short introduction about myself, I’m Bernard de Bruin and I’ve been at Bitmetric since October 2017. Before starting as BI Consultant I studied Interactive Design, followed by a Digital Media and Communications study at the HU University of Applied Sciences. Here, I came into contact with the world of Business Intelligence when I did my minor in Big Data and Analytics. Seeing the interesting applications and potential, I decided to further pursue combining the disciplines of data, web development and interaction.

In my first blog at QlikFix, I want to show and tell your a little bit more about mashups and why you might want to use them. I will also show you an example of a simple mashup.

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Season’s greetings!

SenseTheme Christmas 2018 theme

Season’s greetings from QlikFix / Bitmetric! Just a quick little post to direct your attention to the SenseTheme Gallery, where we’ve just added a Christmas 2018 theme by our colleague Gwenny Sonneville.

And since we like being prepared, our colleague Bernard de Bruin has already created additional themes for winter, spring and summer 😉

Wishing all of you happy holidays and all the best for the new year!

For those of your who are interested in that sort of thing, below you can find some stats on SenseTheme usage in 2018

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Geographical analysis with QlikMaps

QlikMaps

There are multiple mapping extensions available for geographical visualization and analysis in QlikView and Qlik Sense. Examples of commercial offerings are GeoQlik, NPGeoMap, Idevio and QlikMaps. Bitmetric (the people behind this blog 😉 ) is a QlikMaps partner, so I have been working a lot with QlikMaps recently. I have found it very powerful yet easy to work with.

QlikMaps demo

Today I want to share with you a small demo that I built. This demo shows demographic information about London mixed with a few of my holiday snapshots. The demo shows most of the common features of QlikMaps.

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What does Narratives for Qlik make of the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics Platforms?

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms

The 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms was released last February 4. This year’s edition caused quite a stir on various blogs and social media platforms as most of the ‘old-school’ vendors were dropped from the Leaders quadrant, leaving only Tableau, Microsoft and Qlik as Leaders.

Many excellent blog posts appeared in the last week, providing further commentary and thoughts on the current state of the BI and Analytics market. Rather than adding another post with my own commentary, I will take a slightly different approach.

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Have QlikView – Will Travel. Where do Masters Summit attendees come from?

Advanced QlikView Training: theMasters Summit for QlikViewIf you are a regular reader of this blog, you are probably aware of the Masters Summit for QlikView. Besides offering some of the best advanced QlikView training available on the market, this 3 day event adds a unique “conference feel” where you are able to network and exchange ideas with peers from all around the world.

My colleague Frédérique recently put together some visualizations to answer some questions we had about our attendees; where do our attendees come from? How far do they travel? What kind of companies do they work for? Do they and their companies experience enough value to return?

As I thought you might enjoy these visualizations as well I have posted them to the blog. If you want to hear more about our attendees’ experiencing, be sure to also check out the testimonials page over on the Masters Summit website.

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“Art” in QlikView, now in color!

Mona Lisa in QlikView - Oh no the horror, it's only black and white!!!! Save us MicroStrategy!!!!! ;)I came across this post on the MicroStrategy Community tonight. It mentions a few of the Qlik and Tableau visualizations of famous paintings that floated around a few years ago. The images that were used back then, an example shown on the right, were black and white. Robert, the author of the MicroStrategy article, concludes that black and white is boring, and that it would be much better if the pictures were in color.

MicroStrategy to the rescue! Robert writes that as of version 10, you are able to do colored visualizations in MicroStrategy. He then goes on to demonstrate a few visualizations in color! Take that QlikView and Tableau!

Overwhelmed by this spectacle of colors, I was already considering dropping my career in QlikView and moving into MicroStrategy when a thought popped into my head. Could it be that the author was mistaking the limitations of the data set (which only contained black & white values) for limitations of the tools? Perhaps QlikView (and Tableau) could also visualize pictures in color?

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Target lines on a bar chart using error bars

During my internship at Bitmetric one of my project goals was to build a QlikView application to benchmark logistical companies. I needed to visually compare the results of one organization with the average results of all organizations. My first try was using a combo chart with symbols, but I wasn’t happy with how that looked:

Error bars ComboChart

The dot seems to reflect an interval instead of a value. What I really wanted was to make is a chart that uses a straight line for the benchmark:

Individual target lines on a QlikView bar chartIn this blog I will show you how you can make such a chart.

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