The Qlik Sense Wishlist Results Analysis

A few weeks ago, I published a post 16 Items on My Qlik Sense Wishlist. It was just a “List to Santa Qlik” on the features that I would like to see in Qlik Sense. This post seemed to resonate with LivingQlik readers. Many people added their own wishlist items or voted on the features from the article they would like to see. This post has definitely garnered the most audience participation LivingQlik has ever seen which is just awesome. 30 post Comments – I know this really isn’t that much, but it is a record for me. 80 Twitter engagements – This is what Twitter Analytics says. Not really sure what it means, lol. 100 LinkedIn shares – Provided by BuzzSumo. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to compile all the comments I received where readers submitted their own wishlist items and analyze the results in a Qlik Sense application, of course! This post is really just a thank you letter to all the great people out there that shared their thoughts and opinions with me.


I utilized the following extensions for this app: Qlik Branch: Word Cloud Qlik Branch: Color Styler NarrativeScience: Narratives for Qlik Sense


Qlik Sense Wishlist Analysis

The data source is just a 2-column spreadsheet. Here is the Qlik Sense application if you want it: Wishlist-Results.qvf

  • The most votes by far was for Dynamic Labels in Qlik Sense. As described in the post, the ability to calculate the title of a metric is nothing short of vital to the success of an application.
  • The idea of adding some sort of Dollar-Sign Expansion Preview was popular as well. It’s one of those things that I took for granted in QlikView until I realized there was not an easy way to test this in Qlik Sense.
  • Surprisingly, the Only One Selected Value feature was not too popular among the readers, although that is a function I rely on in QlikView.

Here is the complete list: Qlik Sense Wishlist Results - Bar Chart   Here is a word cloud of the features that Qlik Sense developers are wishing for.

  • Do word clouds have tremendous analytical value? I don’t think so.
  • Are word clouds really fun to look at? Completely.

Qlik Sense Wishlist Results - Word Cloud
Below is a tree map of the sources for reader engagement. People felt the most natural leaving comments on the post itself. LinkedIn was another strong forum for participation. Twitter is fun, but did not create too many comments. Facebook is a waste of time normally but I still utilize it for some odd reason. Qlik Sense Wishlist - Tree Map by Source   NarrativeScience has a great premium extension that applies natural language analysis to charts in your Qlik Sense applications. It is very impressive technology. I utilized the extension here to do an automatic analysis on the wish counts. It speaks for itself, literally. Qlik Sense Wishlist - Narratives for Qlik Analysis

Final Thoughts

I have submitted this list to somebody at Qlik. Not sure where it will go, but thought you should know. Although running a blog is admittedly time-intensive from an author standpoint, it wouldn’t amount to much if nobody cared to read it. So I sincerely thank you for taking the time to read the posts, and maybe even participate with me in this journey like so many did for the Wishlist post. We all work together to make a better Qlik ecosystem. So thank you again. Happy Qliking!

3 comments… add one
  • Reply Cotiso Hanganu March 22, 2017, 11:30 am

    Regarding your small disappointment regarding the low score Only One Selected Value got, I believe the reason is caused by 2 things:
    1. there is a small extension that is doing this (so the pressure on this feature is diminished, even though I fill it could have been a better extension)
    2. In most occasions we use Only One Selected Value, there is, most likely, a preferred value to be selected, so, with a little bit of work around, you can force that preferred value to be considered when multiple selection occurs in the ListBox. This is valuable especially if, for some reasons, the active selection is lost.
    Combining the 2, you got a decent solution already… But I agree 150% with your initial statement regarding a lot of small things we are missing from Qlikview should get inside Qlik Sense ASAP. Including Only One Selected Value.

    Sempre fi,

  • Reply Aaron Couron March 22, 2017, 3:34 pm

    You are probably right. Some of my struggle is in defining where the line should be between “Qlik should provide that in the box”, or “we should rely on the developer community for that”.

  • Reply Dalton Ruer March 24, 2017, 5:04 pm

    Cotiso – I certainly understand your struggle “Qlik should provide that in the box” … One of the things that will be a central theme in my upcoming webinar ( ) is going to be that very question regarding “what’s in the box.” My suggestion is going to be that with QlikView there was a defined box. So you expect a similar sized box for Qlik Sense. But the truth is that Qlik Sense is a simple User Interface sitting on top of a completely Open API. With an Open API there is no such concept as a box. It’s virtually limitless. There are some great things that the 100’s of checkboxes, list picks and expressions enable in QlikView. GREAT for those developers who have the mindset to comprehend them all. But how valuable are those things for Business Analysts who aren’t coders? Unfortunately I think way to many folks are ignoring Extensions thinking that they are an after thought to “fix” what is missing within Qlik Sense. The truth is they are a very defined part of the overall implementation. They represent the fact that many things are in the platform, they just aren’t visualized through pick lists and check boxes that would overwhelm a large audience. A great deal of what made developers love QlikView is the flexibility in ETL script as well as macros. Now put that on steroids by taking advantage of a more open api and the fact that there are probably as many JavaScript developers available as stars in the sky.

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