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A guide to Vizlib Collaboration Extensions

A guide to Vizlib Collaboration Extensions

Qlik Sense – a powerful data analytics platform packed with intuitive and interactive visualizations – empowers users to explore data, gain insights and make data-driven decisions. 

To unlock the full potential of data analytics platforms like Qlik Sense, organisations must also work to instill a company-wide culture of collaboration through data analytics. 

However, Qlik Sense tends to prioritise individual data analytics over creating a collaborative environment that encourages active participation in data-driven decision-making. 

Despite significant investment in data initiatives by 97% of Fortune 1000 companies, only 26% of executives believe their organisation possesses the necessary tools and processes to be considered truly data-driven.

Additionally, the survey revealed that cultural factors, including process re-engineering, resistance to change, and limited data literacy, pose significant obstacles for 91% of these businesses on their path to becoming data-driven.

To address these cultural challenges, Vizlib Collaboration provides a comprehensive collaboration layer for Qlik Sense, facilitating real-time sharing of data visualizations and data analytics findings.

Vizlib Collaboration extensions, including Teamwork, Input Form, and Writeback, accelerate Qlik Sense adoption and play a pivotal role in building a company’s data-driven culture. This article offers an overview of Vizlib Collaboration and its extensions, discussing their benefits for data analytics.

Close the Qlik Sense analytics loop with Vizlib Collaboration

Implementing data reporting capabilities without the insights to drive actionable outcomes can waste money, time and resources. 

Vizlib Collaboration empowers the journey from insights to action in Qlik Sense by offering interactive dashboards, data visualizations, real-time commentary, and notifications to external apps like Microsoft Teams and Slack. Vizlib Collaboration comprises three key extensions: Teamwork, Input Form, and Writeback to support quick decision-making based on data.

For many industries, but especially within healthcare settings, consolidating information and providing quick access to input from multiple department experts is vital. 

Mark Singleton, head of business intelligence for Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust, says that Vizlib Collaboration has been instrumental in fueling insight and best practices sharing between doctors.

“It allows vital messages and alerts to flow instantly, leading to faster and more effective communication and, ultimately, better care for patients,” he said.

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Democratising data discussions with Vizlib Teamwork

Sharing data insights and ideas with colleagues can not only enhance collaboration across different business units, but it can also make the decision-making process more effective and less error-prone. Vizlib Teamwork enables secure communication, task assignment, and deadline setting within Qlik Sense apps, promoting effective data insights discussions.

Features like comments, tags, and private messaging facilitate faster communication and discussion of sheets and charts – enhancing collective intelligence.

Users can select data points, create bookmarks, and use gifs and emojis to provide context and make data discussions engaging. The threading tool organises messages, keeping topic threads relevant, while version control ensures data integrity.

Vizlib Teamwork’s ‘Workflows’ feature makes it easy to set up next-step actions based on data points and send notifications via email and external apps – providing seamless collaboration.

Testimonials from manufacturing firms like Crider Foods highlight the effectiveness of Vizlib Collaboration and its extensions in improving workflow efficiency.

Joshua Poole, Director at Crider Foods said,

The great thing about it is I can create a web form for somebody who barely knows how to use a computer so they can input data that goes straight to a dashboard for somebody else. And you can do that in 20 minutes.

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Enable real-time data collection with Vizlib Input Form

Streamlining the data input process in Qlik Sense with Vizlib Input Form helps ensure your collaborative analytics stays up-to-date and highly accurate. It also greatly reduces the manual efforts in facilitating data collection. 

Vizlib Input Form has many features to update and optimise data flows, including a Layout Wizard and Templates. These tools guide you through the data collection process and enable you to import, edit and share the information quickly and easily. 

You can also customise the arrangement and formatting of your input forms to help you optimise your custom report-building practices. 

For companies with fast-growing databases, like Tectum Group, Vizlib Input Form allows multiple team members to update data streams while maintaining data quality. 

Qlik Developer, Thomas Simaels from Tectum Group told us, 

The Input Form is really helpful for sales department lists, for example. After a client call, they can update the database immediately.

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Explore data points collectively with Vizlib Writeback Table

Read-only analytics reports limit a company’s abilities in adjusting data findings and identifying trends. Typically, businesses would need to export data from a dashboard to amend it in a separate business tool like Excel. However, Vizlib Writeback Table   revolutionises this process by enabling real-time edits and updates directly within Qlik Sense dashboards and visualizations.

Analysts can use Writeback Table to streamline data exploration, perform multiple row adjustments, handle errors, and provide a clean audit trail to verify data accuracy. With features like formulas, conditional formatting, and aggregation options, Vizlib Writeback Table empowers users to perform risk-free calculations and analysis without leaving their dashboard.

The Writeback capabilities of Vizlib save time and effort for companies managing information across multiple databases. For example, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust use it to simplify their complex outpatient booking processes

The tool’s consolidation of patient and practice data has reduced the need for multiple systems and spreadsheets. Only one clerical assistant is now required to manage these bookings efficiently. 

Gawaine Carter, Head of Corporate Information for the Trust said, 

We like that everything is in the same place. We wouldn’t want to revert to the old way. 

To find out more about Vizlib Writeback Table, check out this blog post: What is Vizlib Writeback?

Getting started with Vizlib Collaboration Extensions

For existing users of the Qlik ecosystem, getting started with Vizlib Collaboration and its extensions is straightforward. It can be installed on multiple architectures (see our architecture guide for more details here). 

All Vizlib products are priced under the Qlik Sense pricing model, and with your subscription, you get full support from our customer service team in your data analytics journey. 

We can also offer you a free Vizlib Collaboration trial for up to five users, enabling you to experience the transformative power of collaborative data analytics. Book a demo with us today. 

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