(Warning – This will be light on the technical stuff and heavy on subjectivity for a change. I will follow up soon with some more technical information on this topic)
QlikView and the iPad represent a great combination of powerful analytics and mobility. Finally we have a decent sized mobile display to analyze our data away from the confines of our desktop or laptop.
There are many famous duos in American popular culture.
Simon and Garfunkle
Axl and Slash
Batman and Robin
Like all great teams, their value is greater than the sum of their parts. Great teams are almost inseparable (although Paul Simon had a great solo career). Great teams complement each other.
So for the consideration of the Academy, I would like to nominate a new great duo:
The iPad and QlikView
After recently picking up the newest iPad, I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. And I was surprised for a few reasons. First, QlikView is beautiful on the iPad. Secondly, it works well. And lastly, it is FUN.
Of course, every great team has its share of problems. Axl and Slash hate each other today. But I will save the minor issues relating the iPad and QlikView for another post. But I will save any of the minor issues and design workarounds relating to QlikView and the iPad for another, more in-depth, post.
The Beauty of Mobile Data
I never liked the AJAX experience until recently. I am so used to the full desktop client that it is hard to swallow all the flaws that become obvious in the AJAX rendering. With the release of QlikView 11, this has become less of an issue lately.
But I think the essence of why it translates so well into the iPad is the smaller form factor. The screen is big enough to provide ample real estate, while small enough to some flaws in pixel-perfect placement.
And the new retina-display allows for a very sharp image. They “sparkle” off the tablet. The greater resolution also allows for a perfect rendering when zooming.
Elegance in Performance
It is likely cliché at this point to talk about how the iPad “just works”. QlikView R&D must have been taking notes, because when you open a document on the iPad, it just works. Having an interface you can touch is a natural fit for a product like QlikView. QlikView has taken advantage of many of the inherent gestures and other methods for getting around on iOS. The interface is intuitive and fast.
Snapping to fit works very well, generally adjusting the resolution to the smaller of the length or width in relation to the aspect ratio. Zoom is equally easy and intuitive. Traditional desktop users will miss the right click and lack of hover, but good design will make up for these issues.
Having Fun with QlikView Again
It is likely a combination of the mobility of the hardware and the excellence in execution from both parties. I am having fun using QlikView again.
I have found myself spending hours on the couch at night, analyzing my data on the iPad. Tapping through selections and seeing the changes on various tabs of my documents is actually fun again. It reminds of when I first started using QlikView. And the fact is, I can do this analysis on the couch in front of the TV (although the TV is mad because I am ignoring it). The iPad has reinvigorated my excitement for data analysis and application design.
QlikView and iPad – The Future of this Great Team
The wave is coming. Organizations are starting to see the value of this new hardware and QlikView has smartly put itself in a perfect position to reap some of those rewards.
I often see commercials for iPads and other tablets where they gush about how useful the tablet is for business. Invariably there are screenshots of some charts and graphs on the display. QlikView fits the bill perfectly. It is the quintessential mobile BI app. With this new mobility we can discuss scorecards with vendors, industry statistics with clients, and widget production data on the factory floor. It is definitely coming to a user, client, company, enterprise near you.