Qlik Sense Features – Top 10 Reasons to Choose Qlik Sense
This lesson covers the Qlik Sense features and functionalities. From conceptual features to practical procedures, Qlik Sense provides all. So, let’s start our lesson.
1. Top Qlik Sense Features
Following are the Qlik Sense Features which you must know –
i. Associative Model
We have seen how important is the associative model in QlikView. Similarly, in Qlik Sense, we use an associative model where the entire data that we load into Qlik Sense, be it from any data source, we can link and associate. If a data field or data value has any number of relations or associations with other data fields and values, the user can view and draw original insights from such unique associations between data. We can view the associations by making interactive selections or by using the smart search. The associations display in Qlik Sense following a color scheme. We can see the selected value in green, the associated or related values in white and the unrelated values in grey. Associations evaluate and recalculate as fast as the blink of an eye by Qlik Sense’s QIX engine.
ii. Smart Visualizations and Analytics
Qlik Sense offers smart and advanced visualizations that aid in analyzing data better. The visualizations are very interactive and respond quickly to any selection made by the user. The graphics are of high aesthetic standard and the visualizations are flexible as they change and adjust as the size of the screen changes. The best service of smart visualizations and analytics is the use of Qlik GeoAnalytics in which advanced mapping visualizations and calculations can be performed in Qlik Sense.
iii. Self- Service Creation
By self-service creation, building an application or a Qlik Sense file has become very convenient. For easy app creation, data preparation and data loading, Qlik Sense provides drag and drop features which bypasses all the dealing with scripts and queries. This feature is most useful for the people who do not come from a technical background as they, with a basic understanding of the tool and easily create and manage a Qlik Sense application on their own and as per their skill set and requirements.
iv. Centralized Sharing and Collaboration
In Qlik Sense we can share Qlik Sense reports and applications with other users operating individually or a group of users through a centralized and unified hub. Applications from QlikView, Nprinting, access and even from other Qlik Sense establishments can be shared with others through the centralized hub to which each has equal access. Users in an enterprise often create a team or collaborate with other firms. Report and application are efficiently and smoothly shared with team members or firms in Qlik Sense.
v. Data Storytelling and Reporting
A unique and powerful feature of Qlik Sense is its data storytelling capability. With the help of this feature, Qlik Sense provides intelligent and in-context commentary for the data analytics visuals being displayed. In this way, we create a whole data story by the software to build a picture and give a perspective on the data that we present for the analyst. This helps greatly in drawing exclusive insights from the data.
With this, the analysis is done and apps created in Qlik Sense can be created in a report form and saved, printed and exported as .pdf, powerpoint, excel, access etc.
We can access Qlik Sense applications anywhere, anytime and even on mobile devices. The gesture-based touch user interface makes data manipulation and management very easy. You can use Qlik Sense on the mobile devices and can solve problems on the go, as they arise. This feature has attracted a lot of users’ attention and appreciation.
vii. Embedded Analytics, Custom Applications, and Extensions
The Qlik analytics applications offer a standard API where we can create custom guided applications. The user can also use extensions for analysis and add plug-ins like visual basic into the Qlik Sense application. We can also embed Qlik Sense analytics in other applications.
viii. Data Preparation and Integration
The data that we intend to load into Qlik Sense has to go through several checkpoints before we could use it. The data is prepared for loading by cleansing, transforming and associating and integrating it with other data sets being loaded. Data integration or association is made easy by the drag and drop feature for non-technical users, whereas the technical users can use the ETL scripting as and when they with complex data integration tasks. Suggestions for best or ideal associations are also given to the user by the software itself. Some value-added products like Qlik Connectors or Qlik DataMarket also support data preparation and integration by connecting and loading data from third-party extensive libraries, file-based, on-premise, cloud-based and web sources.
ix. Enterprise Governance and Scalability
Qlik Sense provides enterprise-class management services that ensure data safety, monitoring, centralized management, and control. The centralized data management and monitoring are done through the efficient Qlik Management Console (QMC) that is capable of controlling all the Qlik Sense services centrally. In Qlik Sense, scalability is also an important aspect and an elastic scaling which makes possible to load and analyze a large amount of data. The efficiency with which Qlik Sense can provide enterprise-level governance and scalability is due to its dynamic QIX engine.
x. The QIX Engine
The driving force of all the features and functionalities that we just saw, is the QIX engine of Qlik Sense. The QIX stands for Qlik Indexing engine. It is because the QIX engine optimizes data use into Qlik Sense by indexing and compressing data into Qlik Sense’s memory as binary. Due to this, more and more data fetched from varied data sources can be processed and used in Qlik Sense with the help of the QIX engine. Another crucial function of the QIX engine is creating associations in data swiftly which gives a logical inference to the user about data. It also performs dynamic recalculations on the data very efficiently.
So, this was all in Qlik Sense Features. Hope you liked our explanation.
Hence, this concludes our lesson where we have discussed 10 important Qlik Sense features. We hope it helped you take another step in understanding this BI tool better. Still, if you have any doubt regarding Features of Qlik Sense, ask in the comment section.