QlikView is one of those products that is quick to get started with, but takes years of putting things into practice to really get skilled in. So, how can you boost your skills to become a Qlik Expert?
There are a number of great resources for learning Qlik products, both on-line and off. This post aims to point you towards some of those resources.
Qlik Provided Resources
As you would expect, Qlik themselves provide a number of different routes to bring yourself up to speed with their products. A good place to start with these is http://www.qlik.com/training/ . Qlik also run two blogs, one for technical and design advice and another for broader insights into the BI market space. Qlik also host the Community forum at http://community.qlik.com/, this can be cluttered with misleading responses at times, but is great if you want to get involved or ask a question.
The Qlik Blogosphere
If you are a subscriber to this blog you will know that many of the posts are tutorials. There are a number of other blogs maintained by experts and enthusiasts which are well worth keeping up with. I have listed previously some of what I considered to be the best blogs out there. For a comprehensive list, news feed and search capability over all good Qlik blogs you should get over to http://askqv.com/ – a site which aggregates them all.
Whilst there is no official manual for QlikView there are a number of excellent books out there which can help with building your QlikView skills. The one that provides the broadest and most comprehensive coverage is Barry Harmsen and Miguel Garcia’s excellent QlikView 11 For Developers. Other books look at specific areas or take a deeper dive into one area. The most prolific publisher of these books is Packt Publishing, but there are others available.
If you like your learning on-line and interactive then you should take a look at the sessions offered by Q-On training. These are web hosted sessions with some of the most respected people in Qlik circles. Rather than just being a one way presentation delegates have the opportunity to put questions to the trainers. These sessions are the next best thing to having these guys sat next to you as you learn.
The Internet is a great place to find how-to information on just about everything (as my children proved when they took up loom banding). QlikView is, of course, well catered for. We have produced a number of YouTube videos, and contributors like Alan Farrell and Qlik themselves have produced many more. These videos can be great for getting to grips with a single concept. Shilpan Patel has taken this one step further with an entire course on Udemy. With an expanding Qlik ecosystem the number of these videos is only going to expand.
There is no better way of learning something than being shown it first hand by someone who really know what they are doing. That is why we run regular classroom training sessions and bespoke on-site training. Our next open course is later this month, do get in touch if you would like to join me for this. If the UK is a bit of a distance from you then you should be able to find local providers offering similar courses. Alternatively, if you already have a reasonable level of QlikView skill, but want to take it to the next level, you could well benefit from attending one of the QlikView Masters Sessions.
Hire A Consultant
You may be looking to learn QlikView in order to avoid the need to hire a consultant. If this is the case then you may well be missing out. Having an expert on site will allow you to have your immediate needs met, whether that is with regards to an installation or development. You are then left with a codebase you can learn from, and the phone number of someone who should be able to assist you in the future. Whenever we engage with a client we aim to ensure the greatest level of knowledge transfer possible and always ensure customers are looked after post engagement. I’m sure we are not alone in this. Finding a good consultant may well put you on the road to learning Qlik products for yourself.
However you choose to learn QlikView or Qlik Sense you can be assured that you will be learning skills that will help you in your current role, or open doors to your next opportunity.