I was having a bit of fun zooming in and out of the scatterplot and making good use of the various methods of data interaction that Qlik Sense offers. Just then, my 10-year-old son wandered in to say hello. His timing was excellent. I wasn’t doing “boring” spreadsheet work, I wasn’t in the middle of writing out a bit of “code”. As far as he was concerned, I was playing a new game and he wanted in. In fact, he quite literally grabbed my mouse and just started clicking around the screen and asking me questions about what I was doing. Once he realized that it was about something that he cared about – where we were going to live – he was hooked.
I could have brushed him off and told him that I was busy working. But instead, I decided to see just how easy Qlik Sense could be. With very little coaching from me, hespent the next half hour exploring the data, building his own charts, and answering every question that he had. It was a little scary and a lot awesome.
Now when I encounter people who react skeptically when I say that we have a deep desire to make analytics accessible to absolutely anyone, I share this story. Because I do really believe that analytics is for everyone.
We are doing things every day to try to empower more people to do more things on their own. And the world has become much more conscious of the power that data can have. So, we are seeing huge improvements in our ability to share data more easily without needing a data scientist to do it. But to make it really work, we still need to understand that the data is still the hard part. It is easy to put a pretty picture in front of a database that IT has worked years to perfect. But please let’s not forget about all of their hard work and assume that it goes away with a shiny new product. The hardworking souls of your IT organization are the fuel that make the corporate engine go.