QlikView is radically easier and faster to deploy than traditional OLAP solutions. Most organizations find they can be up and running in a few weeks. In addition, QlikView deployments tend to be itterative -- we work with extremely fast cycle times to create exactly the solution the customer requires. QlikTech has a global team of consultants, supplemented by our Deploy Partners, available to install and configure the QlikView software for QlikView customers. Our team is available to provide any level of assistance required, whether you need us to deliver the project in its entirety or only require remote support for an in-house implementation.
A solid implementation plan begins with a sound implementation strategy. QlikTech works with a customer's existing implementation methodology, and supplements it with the QlikView implementation methodology, S.A.F.E. (Simplifying Analysis for Everyone). If the client does not have an existing methodology, the S.A.F.E. methodology will provide enough information for developing a successful QlikView implementation plan.
The S.A.F.E Project Methodology has been especially developed to be used during the planning and execution of QlikView Projects. Special considerations and adjustments have been made to accommodate the specific characteristics of a QlikView Project, for example the fast nature of QlikView Projects and the flexibility QlikView offers. The people involved in developing the S.A.F.E. Project Guide all have long and extensive experience from implementing QlikView at customers of all sizes in many different industries and parts of the world.
An implementation plan should take into consideration the following items:
- An overview of the QlikView components, including strengths, weaknesses and fit into the client's environment
- The creation of a solid platform to run the various QlikView software components (Publisher, Server, QlikView)
- Clear guidelines for the assessment of implementation / project priorities
- Demonstration of the QlikView components to involve users and promote QlikView usage
- A clear training plan for QlikView users of all levels
The S.A.F.E methodology is designed to address these items and be flexible enough to incorporate the specific project requirements that often arise during the course of an implementation. In S.A.F.E., project implementations are broken down into phases of logically grouped activities - define, prepare, develop, roll out, and close. These phases take the project from start to completion and cover all major tasks involved in between.The structure provided by this approach allows both the customer and QlikTech to deliver high-impact projects within the required timeframes.
The goal behind this methodology is to provide a flexible framework for delivering QlikView applications and the corresponding environments with minimal project overhead. As such, this methodology is not meant to replace an existing methodology but instead to work within an existing methodology.
The phases in this methodology are not mutually exclusive. Given the short nature of QlikView implementations, activities in each phase will often be occurring simultaneously. The overlapping nature of this methodology will become apparent as the project schedule is developed. It is important, however, to have the necessary checkpoints and documentation agreed upon and signed-off before closing any given phase.
For more information on S.A.F.E. or to learn more about QlikTech's Consulting Services, please contact your sales representative.