How to create a QlikView Dashboard
With data being the crux of every business, data visualization remains the fastest evolving areas in Analytics and Data Science. With data increasing by the second, we need people who can not only visualize a huge amount of data but also communicate data-based stories to their customers. QlikView is one of the top business intelligence tools used for converting raw data into knowledge. It is extensively used for consolidating, searching, and visually analyzing data and converting it into valuable business insights. Qlikview works out as a perfect tool to start with when you want to improve your data visualization practices.
Before starting our journey with QlikView, I would like to emphasize “Why data visualization is important and how it helps the business make smarter decisions?”
A Dashboard remains a dominant feature to display values from many fields at once. Since the main purpose of data analysis is to get detailed insights at one glance, data is much more valuable when it is visualized. Choosing the right kind of dashboard also plays an important role in getting a productive output.
QlikView Dashboard Components
The dashboard is made up of several components. The different types of charts, input boxes where you input variables, selection boxes are the ones where you can make selections that automatically deactivates all the other values. Buttons are created to act easily, like forwarding, Back, Clear, etc. Some of the components are:
- Input Boxes
- Selection Boxes
- Notes & Comments
Steps to Create a QlikView Dashboard
Step 1: Import Data from Source
In case the data source is Excel:
- Go to File -> Edit Script or Ctrl + E.
- Once the script page opens, go to Table Files.
Step 2: Choose Matrices
We choose the fields from the above input data as matrices to be displayed in the dashboard. To do this we should follow the following steps:
- From the menu, go to Layout -> Select Fields.
2. In the next screen, choose the available fields to be displayed in the dashboard and then click “Apply” and then “OK”.
The following screen appears displaying all the fields.
Step 3: Adding a chart to the Dashboard
Now to add a chart to the dashboard:
1. Right-click anywhere on the sheet and choose New Sheet Object -> Chart.
Step 4: Choose the chart type
Once you complete the previous step of selecting Chart, a new window with a list of chart options appears. Select a Chart Type and click on “Next”.
Step 5: Select Chart Dimension
- From the Available Fields/Groups, select the field which you would like to be used as a dimension.
- After selecting the Field, click on “Add”.
- After the required fields are added to the Used Dimensions column, click on “Next”.
Step 6: Chart Expression
The expression to display the value for the selected dimension is written in the expression editor. For the above-selected Product Line dimension, I’m going to Enter “sum (Value)” to display the sales value.
How does a Qlikview dashboard look?
Given below is the dashboard displayed after finishing the above steps.
How to use a Qlikview dashboard
The values in the above Dashboard can be chosen for categorizing specific products and the chart changes accordingly. The associated values for the selected field are highlighted.
So that gives you a quick understanding of the Qlikview dashboard, its components, and how it complies with the associative data model. With the virtue of all this, the QlikView dashboard proves to be a very interactive platform for data analysis.
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