Friday 30 March 2012

Miami here I come

It's that time of year again where I am looking forward again to "Qonnections", the QlikView global partners conference.  This will be the 3rd year in a row where we will be at the Fontainebleau Resort in South Beach, Miami Beach.  It kicks off on Sunday 22nd April and finishes up on the following Wednesday.

I have to say that my favourite Qonnections was 4 years ago in the Lowes Hotel, also in South Beach. There were a number of reasons:

 - Jonas Nachmanson, then CTO, announced Set Analysis coming in version 8.5. The techies in the audience gave the announcement a standing ovation.

 - Stephen Few delivered the keynote speech on the first morning. This changed pretty much everything about the way I have delivered QlikView projects since then.

 - Capricorn Ventis won the award for the fastest growing partner. It was a great experience to win an award at an event like this.

 - I attained certification in the brand new "Professional" Certification program. Earlier that year I had been one of the first people in the world to achieve the new "Developer" Certification.

So, there were a lot of highs that year. I would have to say that subsequent Qonnections were somewhat lesser in the number of highs.

I think that maybe, for me, it is that Set Analysis was the last "great" innovation in QlikView. There have been a lot of "nice" features in subsequent releases, and good features to make the product more enterprise ready, but none of them changed the way that I used the product so fundamentally. I don't think that there has been 1 .qvw that I have created in the last number of years that has not used Set Analysis.

I have an idea that this year might have some more interest. I think that v12, whose features (without promises of final delivery) will probably be announced to partners next month. I don't know, but I suspect that there will be some really interesting things happening and perhaps some fundamental changes. Of course, I will be restricted from commenting on them until they are made public, but I might whet your appetite.

Enjoy the tune - Will Smith, Miami

Stephen Redmond is CTO of CapricornVentis a QlikView Elite Partner

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