Kells, Ireland – March 3, 2014 – KT Labs, an Esri and Qlik Partner, has been chosen to receive the Location Analytics award for the 2014 Esri Partner Conference. The award recognizes a company for developing and delivering outstanding quality Esri software-based Location Analytics solutions. Candidates for the award were nominated by Esri staff and distributors.
KliqMap allows QlikView Users embedding dynamic maps from Esri ArcGIS. In addition to ArcGIS Server integration, the native access to “ArcGIS Online” makes this solution accessible to businesses of any size with an amazing simplicity and speed of deployment. With its unique ‘rule-driven’ polymorphism KliqMap opens up to QlikView users the doors of the ArcGIS platform, allowing them to easily exploit all its richness (buffering, clustering, network services, geo-enrichment, etc.)
At KT Labs we strongly believe that there is much more to “Location Intelligence” that simply linking a map to a report. KliqMap leverages QlikView, Esri ArcGIS and KT Labs’ Planning Suite to create a fully integrated and interactive environment where Analytics and simulation can be performed in the context of business processes. With KliqMap the GIS becomes a key element in empowering decision making through analysis, simulation, prediction and optimization. This is what we call “Actionable Location Analytics”.
About KT Labs
KT Labs has leveraged its expertise as a pioneer in Enterprise Mashups to develop the KliqObjects, a line of Extension Objects for QlikView which includes:
Through a worldwide network of highly qualified partners, KT Labs delivers a new, simple and disruptive approach to the worlds of Corporate Performance Management and GIS.
My career before Qlik went down many paths. I served in the Royal Navy and after that an electrician, life guard, fax machine engineer, delivery driver for my friend’s bakery, software trainer, product management and finally in to Pre-Sales at Qlik! Two things propelled me in my career choice; either necessity (had to pay the bills) or noticing a new opportunity and going for it. Towards the latter half of my career path it was technology that attracted me. I’m continually fascinated by how the world of technology is changing. We are very lucky in the technology sector that things change very quickly and you never get bored - there is always something new to learn.
As a consumer we wait for technologies to appear and then make a choice about whether to use them or not. As a technology vendor things are not that simple! Making the decision on what technology to develop - to put your money on - can be a gamble. Let’s not forget Sony with Betamax and Philips with Laser Discs…
My first experience with QlikView was version 5 and to be honest it was not the fastest tool at the time, because it was an in-memory product and memory was very expensive and you were lucky if you had 32 mb of RAM on your PC and a 266 mhz P2 processor. But the gamble paid off and now my laptop has 4 GB of RAM and with high end servers 2 terabytes of RAM is available.
So Qlik got it right that time. However, the trick is repeating it. It’s not good enough just to be right once, you have to keep on doing it and in my opinion Qlik has.
One of bets we’re making is to use HTML5. The title of my article is touch and go, that’s because HTML5, really unleashes the potential of any web based software especially in the arena of touch activation. In my opinion in future all software will need to have the possibility to be interacted with on a touch device, whether that is a tablet or a smart phone (or whatever comes next). For those of you who have attended the Business Discovery World Tours you will already have seen the new functionality of QV Next and how it has been designed for touch first. At our most recent employee summit we were blown away by the functionality just around the corner.
So finally, we will be able to start moving away from the 150 year old technology of the QWERTY keyboard which after all was designed to stop a mechanical typewriter from jamming.2014-02-21T10:13:00Z 2 weeks 1 day ago 3 0 http://community.qlik.com/blogs/theqlikviewblog/comment/touch-and-go http://community.qlik.com/blogs/theqlikviewblog/feeds/comments?blogPost=3611 http://community.qlik.com/blogs/theqlikviewblog/2014/02/21/touch-and-go
“To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven. The same key opens the gates of hell.”
[As told to Richard Feynman by a Buddhist monk]
To the Buddhist monk, these words were a general guide to how to live your life.
To Richard Feynman, the words were about knowledge and science: He was convinced that Science, per se, is neither good nor bad. It is just a tool – a tool that can be used for both.
When I see these words, I think of some of the functionality in QlikView: Functions and features that were introduced to solve problems that would be difficult or impossible to solve otherwise: Triggers, Actions, Dollar expansions, Set analysis, Alternate states, Show conditions, etc.
These features are all keys to heaven. Correctly used, they can enable you to build an application that calculates and compares immensely complex things, while still presenting the data in a way that a user can understand and investigate further.
However, the very same functions are also the key to making user-hostile and unmanageable applications, e.g. through:
Enable the user!
The user will learn to interact with data, if you only let him. Most users have very intelligent questions and want to navigate in data, explore and discover things. Let them do this.
But if you instead obscure the QlikView logic by introducing too much additional logic using any of the above mentioned features, the user experience will be a very different one. Instead of an active, smart user, you will produce a passive user that doesn't understand how to use QlikView effectively and instead uses the application as a static report.
Some pieces of advice:
Don’t let the QlikView functions get in the way of making a user-friendly and manageable application. Instead, use them wisely.