Dashboard User Design

The BI and Analytics landscape is changing dramatically. This workshop will help you understand, and get ready for, the transformations that are underway.


The 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms lists only three vendors in its “Leader Quadrant”, down from nine in 2015. The shift away from traditional large stack reporting suites towards nimble business-driven tools, such as Qlik, is explained by the demand from executives and managers to replace Excel reports with visually engaging dashboards that allow users to drill down to details, and which can be automatically refreshed saving time and avoiding error.


In this workshop students will work with an open data set to build an interactive visual dashboard. Qlik software will be utilised though no previous knowledge is assumed.

You will learn:

  • Load open data sets from flat files
  • Profile loaded data using histogram and other approaches
  • Build dashboard worksheets and charting objects.
  • Understand leading edge practices for data visualization, in particular Ben Schniederman’s Dashboard UX mantra: Overview -> Zoom and Filter -> Details on Demand

Target Audience:

This workshop is targeted to IT or Business knowledge workers who have responsibility for:

  • Report generation in Excel or other software.
  • ETL or Automated Data Preparation.
  • Business Intelligence or OLAP cube development.

It would also be valuable to BI solution designers and architects interested in leveraging leading edge tools for data analytics and visualisation.

Equipment required:

Students will be expected to bring a laptop. Instructions will be provided for pre-loading the laptop with Qlik software.


Neil Hepburn is a Certified Data Management Professional (mastery level), holds an honours B. Math in Computer Science, and has over 20 years IT and data management experience. Neil works within PriceWaterhouseCooper’s Information Management practice and is a recognized thought leader in the area of Agile Analytics. Neil has spoken on the topic of information management in numerous public forums including: Enterprise Data World; FSOSS (Free and Open Source Software Symposium); CMA IT Symposium; and numerous universities including University of Toronto, Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier, Ryerson, and McMaster.


Workshop flyer


Nov 26 2016


9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Ryerson University, Podium Building, Room POD366, 350 Victoria Street.

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