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BME HE Qlik User Conference Edinburgh 16-17 May 2019

Edinburgh bathed in sunshine! Who’d believe it?


Yet this is what greeted the 45 delegates from 20 universities who attended the BME HE Qlik Conference at The Place hotel, ideally situated in Edinburgh’s New Town. Being on home soil, the event was well-supported by Scottish universities, yet we also welcomed delegates from as far south as Southampton.


Following on from the format first trialled in Barcelona, we held the conference over two days, with attendees meeting for a leisurely lunch on the Thursday. After, it was down to business and we were treated to the first of many impressive presentations. Having fortified our minds, we retreated to the hotel terrace for an hour of catching up with old acquaintances and meeting new friends. An informative, enjoyable and somewhat claustrophobic walking tour of Edinburgh and its notorious Blair Street underground vaults had been organised and was led by the highly-regarded Mercat Tours. Our guide, Nicky, was a font of encyclopaedic knowledge and we returned enlightened (and hungry) to a BBQ on the terrace.


On Friday morning, we had the pleasure of a thought-provoking talk from our keynote speaker, Andy Youell. As a vastly experienced data professional who has been at the leading edge of data developments in UK HE data for over 25 years, Andy’s presentation on ‘Data, data everywhere’ was a timely reminder of the challenges faced and opportunities offered by an ever-evolving data landscape. His beautifully poetic analogy to Coleridge’s ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ was an intellectual high point!


Peter Black from the University of Strathclyde was voted as the ‘Most Beneficial’ presentation of the ten sessions that were delivered over the 2 days. Peter’s message was around implementing Qlikview as a business improvement service. More specifically around realising the long-term, transformative value of leveraging analytics within the admissions cycle.


It was also good to see more and more Qlik Sense content coming into the presentations.  The University of St Andrews delivered a presentation around getting started with Qlik Sense and BME provided a session about the ease of converting Qlikview apps into Qlik Sense apps and the Qlik Dual Use licensing model.


The consensus was that the quality and relevance of all the presentations was extremely high this year. It proved, yet again, that the conference is an excellent forum to share best practice, create healthy discussion and explore ways to utilise all that Qlik can offer. You can have a closer look at the sessions delivered on the agenda below.


Many delegates were already discussing where BME intend to host the 20th BME HE Qlik Conference; many implausible yet wonderfully exotic destinations were proffered. Let’s see what happens!



Data, data everywhere
An exploration of the rapidly changing HE data landscape and the data capabilities that HE providers need to develop for the future.  Formerly the Director of Data Policy and Governance at HESA, Andy has been at the leading edge of data issues across higher education for over 25 years.
Andy Youell
The devil is in the detail
Executive management want to see a few high level metrics, whilst operational staff need to see data at a detailed level. Qlikview helps us communicate the full story, presented appropriately, to overcome the challenge of conflicting user requirements.
University of Salford
Alternative to Qlikview Access Point & visualising KPIs
A fresh look at the Qlikview server landing page and app selection, including innovative ways to visualise KPIs.
University of the West of Scotland
Qlikview & Qlik Sense – Dual use
80% of the work you have done in Qlikview can be re-used in Qlik Sense.  See the features of the latest version of Qlik Sense and understand how you can Dual Use Qlikview and Qlik Sense.
BME Solutions
Modernising the presentation of data
Looking at data in innovative and fresh ways
Anglia Ruskin University

University Applications Tracker (STATs)
Qlikview implementation as a business improvement service. Realising the long-term, transformative value of effectively leveraging analytics within the admissions cycle.

University of Strathclyde
Developing in Qlik Sense
A newbie’s perspective.
University of St Andrews
The benefits of using NPrinting for distributed reporting
The university have recently started using NPrinting for report distribution from Qlikview.
We will cover the benefits and lessons learned from our implementation and use of NPrinting.
Bath Spa University
GeoAnalytics and presenting geographic data
Understanding the benefits of using the Qlik GeoAnalytics extension.
BME Solutions

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