Why is Business Intelligence Training valuable?
Author: BI consultant – Christian Jusuf.
Data storage and reporting
These days, most organisations have dozens of systems storing business activity related data. Data is stored in SQL databases, Excel spreadsheets or even CSV files. Huge volumes of data collected over a period of time can indicate how an organisation performed. However, analysing these data stores can be a daunting task for users.
By adding hundreds or even thousands of records to the system daily, the time taken to prepare reports for the management team can range from days to weeks. An additional pain point is the fact that the data is not likely to be structured in a way that can be easily accessed and aggregated. Pressures on deadlines frequently contribute human error to the critical data to be presented.
The role of BI data analytics tools
To overcome the challenges associated with large volumes of disparate data, business intelligence tools, such as QlikView or Qlik sense can be deployed.
Qlik Sense provides users with self-service oriented visual analytics across a number of BI use cases in an organisation. It features a cutting edge, responsive user interface and architecture, innovations for self-service visualization, exploration, search, data preparation, advanced collaboration and mobility. It also provides open and standard APIs, developer tools, enterprise scalability and governance for organisations of all sizes.
In contrast, QlikView is a development environment for rapid creation of highly interactive guided analytics applications and dashboards, using QlikView specific development skills, designed to solve specific business problems.
Using Qlik’s associative technology, data can come from many sources such as databases, spreadsheets, websites, and custom data banks. You can blend data sources from different vendors and data suppliers in the same application. The multi-sourced data is then treated as a single data entity for the purpose of analytics, regardless of where the data comes from.
With Qlik’s in-memory associative data indexing engine known as “QIX”, users can probe all the possible associations that exist across all of their data sources so they can see the whole story that lives in their data. They can witness the power of green, white and gray and how their simple selections highlighted in green can instantly reveal all associations in white and all non-associations in gray. Decision-makers can experience how these insights will empower them to follow their instincts, freely explore the possibilities and ask questions in any direction without restrictions or boundaries.
The value of business intelligence training
So how can business users begin to untangle this complicated web of data while utilising Qlik products?
Training will empower users across the business by providing them with the skills and motivation they need. It is also accelerates the adoption of visual analytics by providing environments which remove common learning barriers and provide users with a structured path to build knowledge about Qlik applications.
Engaging users in Qlik Training enables them to:
- Start using Qlik as quickly and effectively as possible
- Understand the complete range of Qlik capabilities and development best practices
- Contribute to organisational effectiveness which increases the value of your investment in Qlik
Whether you are a business user, business analyst, data architect or system administrator, training solutions can be tailored to meet your business needs and challenges.
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