Due to the imminent launch of QlickXL Consulting I thought it would be wise to look at the Qlik Continuous Classroom and what benefit I could get from it. I thought I’d jot down some quick thoughts for anyone else considering using it…
So what is it and is it worth using?
In short, it provides an easy, interactive way to learn how to get more out of Qlik, so I’d say you bet it is!!!
Qlik splits learning plans up to focus the type of things different types of users may need to know. The learning plans are then split in to levels (Basic, Intermediate, etc), which in turn are partitioned into sections to make the content easier to digest. Each part is then further sub divided (let’s call these elements) and has approximate times to complete against each. The point here is that you can choose to just do a small amount of study at a time, which was perfect for me to fit around a busy family life. Each elements then has ready made exercises to download, on which interactive videos are then based, so it’s not just a ‘chalk and talk’ borefest!! On top of that there are self-paced practice exercises, takeaway documents (cheat sheets) and a self test. I know there is also other benefits around online webinars amongst others but as yet I’ve not taken part in those…
I’ve just spent a decent amount of time studying the business analyst learning plan, which culminated in a final multi choice exam and ultimately a Qlik qualification. The annual cost of this plan is currently $1,500 (say £1,200, and right now has 25% off so all in is around £900) and is designed for the type of user that wants to design dashboards and use the data manager (think load script wizard) to bring in data.
My initial thoughts that were given that I’ve had a number of years experience working on Qlik Sense that this would be too basic to gain value from and walk in the park. Not so. There are so many features that a self taught developer doesn’t touch and with the innovations that are released regularly you don’t always stay totally up to date with new ways of working.
I’ve now walked away from what I consider well invested time with a broader and more structured understanding of the front end of Qlik and will be using much more of the tool in future.
For the Qlik official word on what it offers please click here.