As we launch Q200 – Our new QlikView solution for Sage 200 Customers, we would like to share with you some of the great new QlikView 11 features we exploited to build Q200.
Using the new features in QlikView 11 reduced our time to market by 20% compared to QlikView 10, and allowed us to include some fantastic new Business Discovery capabilities for our Q200 customers. QlikView already rates #1 with Gartner for ‘Satisfaction with Development Tools’, so it is fair to assume QlikView 11 will maintain this rating!
A common scenario we come across is to provide KPI analysis charts, allowing the customer to select the KPI to display, and analyse KPI performance over time, and across a range of dimensions.
With QlikView 11 Conditional Expressions this is a snap. Tick the ‘Conditional box, on the Expression Tab, of a chart, add your condition and you are done. The final screen in the Q200 Sales Order app looks like this. Clean and tidy.. Prior to QlikView 11 we would have needed 14 charts or complex expressions to create these charts, now we have 2 charts and simpler expressions.
With Q200 we aimed to produce the most useful analysis for the widest number of Sage 200 customers. The new Alternate States features were a big help. We know that customers like to compare product lines and products to each other. For example, a grocery retailer may compare the sales volumes and profitability of one product line (e.g. Snack Foods) to another (e.g. Beverages). Using QlikView 11 Alternate States we allow Q200 customers to select any 2 groups of products and compare them directly. The customer is in the driving seat!
Understanding which products, customers, sales people and locations are driving Sales Performance is of central importance to our customers. There are often valuable insights to be discovered by cross-analysing and comparing Sales across multiple dimensions. Brushing and linking is a great way to provide this understanding. Alternate States in QlikView 11 delivered this insight via a concise set of charts.
Find out more about Q200 here.
See here for a full run down of the new features in QlikView 11, including the great new server collaboration features.
Our customers often ask what goes on under the hood of QlikView. To answer this question, this week we published a QlikView Technology White Paper titled, "QlikView Architectural Overview." This white paper provides a close look at QlikView from two perspectives: its functionality (see first figure below) and its components (see second figure).
A Functional Overview
A functional perspective on QlikView’s core processes can help IT professionals and tech-savvy decision makers better understand what makes QlikView so special. This section of the paper describes how the QlikView file (a native QlikView format) contains everything needed to support QlikView analytics, and QlikView documents serve up data stored on a QlikView Server.
A Component Perspective
QlikView’s individual software components support QlikView content creation (QlikView Developer), deployment (QlikView Server/Publisher), and consumption (QlikView clients). Not all our customers require a full QlikView Server/ Publisher deployment; depending on your requirements, QlikView Desktop alone may be sufficient. The component overview section of this white paper describes how developers load raw data into QlikView; designers create QlikView content; QlikView documents (applications) are reloaded, published, and distributed; and users consume content anytime, anywhere.
Qlik here to download the full QlikView Technology White Paper,"QlikView Architectural Overview."
Blog Written by Erica Driver of QlikView