Posted on: 17th July 2017, 10:38 am
The sun was blazing as delegates arrived at 9.30am for a day of Qlik Sense, with talks from Ometis stalwarts Andy Patrick and Chris Lofthouse to look forward to. The day started in the usual fashion with coffee and croissants before the real business began as Ometis laid out the plans for the day.
Those included a keynote talk, an appearance by the wonderful Gary Palmer from ForbiddenPlanet.com, a closer look at some of the Qlik Sense add-ons and a comprehensive workshop on the Qlik Sense platform.
ForbiddenPlanet.com’s Gary Palmer describes the power of Qlik
‘The Qlik Sense Tour is an important part of our calendar,’ explained Ometis Managing Director Ross Greig. ‘It’s an annual tour that covers the EMEA region and gives us an opportunity to showcase the Qlik platform’s visual analytics capabilities. It’s a chance for us to meet with current and potential Qlik users, show them what’s new and how the platform is evolving, but also explain how they can get the most out of their invaluable business data and become a more data-driven organisation.’
More than 70 people turned up to get a better idea about the data-driven opportunities Qlik provides and were spoiled to a fantastic three-course lunch during the half-time break. That followed guest-speaker Gary’s insightful presentation explaining the benefits of Qlik Sense and how the platform has driven serious business evolution at ForbiddenPlanet.com. From a greater understanding of products and their performance to more efficient use of retail staff, Gary’s entertaining talk covered it all.
Hosting the day at one of the country’s most renowned golf courses meant a unique set of gifts for attendees in the form of Qlik and Ometis co-branded golf balls, which were soon snapped up, although everyone was too absorbed in the content to consider teeing-off.
L to R: Christopher Lofthouse, Gary Palmer, Neil Thorne, Ross Greig, Sophie Welch, Andy Patrick
Instead, participants enjoyed Andy’s talk, which was titled ‘Give your data a voice: Trends that connect People, Data and Ideas’ before Chris walked them through the additional tools available to get the most from their Qlik environment, including Qlik GeoAnalytics, Qlik NPrinting, Narratives for Qlik and NodeGraph.
After lunch, there was a hands-on workshop where we walked through how to build a fully functional dynamic dashboard, use interactive storytelling to present findings and easily navigate an application. The free workshop ended at 3pm, just in time for everyone to enjoy a final bit of sunshine on the terrace. As the afternoon drew to a close there was a real buzz around the room and everyone seemed very keen to continue their Qlik Sense journey back in the office. Mission complete!
‘We had a lot of fun at this year’s Qlik Sense Tour,’ added Ross. ‘It was a real pleasure to be able to meet so many potential Qlik customers and showcase what the software can do. The audience were really engaged with all the presentations and the high turn-out for the optional workshop shows just how keen users are to get their hands on Qlik Sense and start analysing their data. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event!’