QlikView shouldn’t be seen as a special ‘for your eyes only’ desktop tool for the gifted (unless the client is analysing nuclear launch codes). The QlikView server platform lets an organisation extend the benefits of their existing QlikView applications out to a broader and potentially mobile audience in the business.
Moreover, a server platform provides an organisation with the option to place the same or other consolidated system data into the hands of different users to solve their own unique operational queries, needs, issues, etc. More users engaging with an organisation’s data from their viewpoint could uncover a completely different set of trends or make new discoveries that impact decisions in their daily work life, all to the greater benefit of the organisation. So if Finance staff, for example, are happy with their lot, why not let Sales and Marketing have a crack at their analytics nirvana?
Additional or improved platform features with the Small Business Edition (SBE server) include:
Compared to the limited ‘single, local instance’ of a QlikView desktop installation, QlikView SBE Server provides web-based portal access to (multiple) QlikView applications, using a wide variety of clients, including mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and other Java Mobile J2ME enabled devices) and browsers.
Centralise the control over who can access data via QlikView, what can and can’t be configured (read: broken) and who gets to take content offline (outside of the business). It could be important to remind clients that once users have a QlikView Desktop application, they most likely have all the underlying data as well, and this may be more data access than the company wishes to share with those users.
Improve administration, reduce risk, maximise investment.
- Apply any changes once to a central application for the benefit of all users
- Review and improve application performance for all users
- Ongoing management options via central server console
- Re-assign licenses/provide access to new or different staff members
- Maintain design standards (such as look and feel) and best practices to ensure consistency and quality of data.
You can schedule automatic reloads with SBE server, so that all users have access to the same ‘single, current version’ of the data, rather than having to make sure all reloads are completed manually via the QlikView Desktop app before comparing results with another users. This central reload mechanism also removes any unintended performance impact on the source systems by controlling when and how often the data refresh occurs.
With a SBE server deployment, users can benefit from the out-of-the box mobile cross-platform HTML5 standard so they can access applications on the road via tablets and smartphones. Portable (take anywhere QlikView apps), instant on, same look and feel as the desktop application,-all tick the boxes for putting data into the hands of the C-level executive who will only use an iPad whilst travelling. So what is the icing on the cake? There is no additional purchase necessary to have mobility as any user license type will work.
A SBE Server platform introduces social and collaborative features for QlikView, such as real-time shared sessions, bookmarks, annotations. Decisions aren’t made in a vacuum; people seek inputs from the work around them, from colleagues or managers, and often over a period of time.
Users can interactively share a QlikView document (application) with any other person, including non-QlikView users. The collaboration is real time and encourages working together to uncover insights and solve problems.
Create and associate notes with any QlikView object. Other users can then see these notes and add their own commentary to create a threaded discussion. A user can also capture snapshots of their selections and include them into the discussion so others can have context while reviewing the notes and comments over time. These notes are saved, along with user information, and become a lasting record of how decisions were reached.
The bookmark feature is simple yet powerful. It allows the user to save their current selections, assign a name or unique tag so that the user can quickly and easily recreate those selections later without having to remember the entire chosen filter. These bookmarks can be kept as individual selections (available to desktop users) or shared with a wide user group via an SBE server deployment.
These are just some of the features and reasons for any organisation with existing QlikView Desktop licenses to consider an extended investment by deploying QlikView Small Business Edition server.
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