Showing posts from November, 2020

Building scalable analytics automation

  There are many occasions when following completion of an Alteryx workflow, we'd like to reload our Qlik Apps.  Much of the time, that involves making some estimation as to when the app reload should be scheduled based on average time it takes for the workflow to complete, plus an arbitory additional period of time, 'just in case'. Much of the time, that works pretty well.  Workflows run our nightly processes so triggering the app reload 30 minutes later doesn't impact business processes or users needs. When we begin to introduce user interaction with our workflows through Gallery or though Qlik based functionality, the challenges begin.   A recent project found us in the realms of Qlik app reloads and supporting user driven app reloads. Using the VizLib Collaboration tools, we introduced a platform to manage product data from the stage of ideation.  VizLib forms provide the functionality from a user perspective to 'add' data from within a Qlik Sense app, reloa

Lakes, challenge, people and collaboration

My latest post falls a little more in to the category of 'and things', rather than that of 'analytics', but hopefully to will see the relevance as you read. At the end of the summer, I spent my time supporting two open water swim events in the beautiful setting of the English Lake District.  Or that was the plan!  Below you can see a beautiful, calm and tranquil Ullswater, the night before. In the role of safety Kayaker and open water Lifeguard, I planned to spend my Saturday and Sunday paddling two of the most beautiful lakes in the UK, Ullswater and Windermere.  For those of you who have read some of my previous posts, you may be familiar with the journey along the Windermere One Way, for those new to my Blog, feel free to check out that post . There are many aspects of these events which cross over in to my role within data and analytics projects; people, planning, collaboration, communication, patience, focus to mention a few. Each of these events, the Ullswater Chi