This may be a horrible way to start a book, but in all honesty my first real-world QlikView experience was a failure. I was assigned to do a proof-of-concept with a prospective client's IT department, and they insisted that I share every mouse click and keystroke on a large projection screen with them. I had taken a QlikView designer and developer course and was developing a QlikView template in my spare time, but this hadn't prepared me for the live development of a real application.

I fumbled around the screen as I developed their first data model and charts. They must have doubted my competence, and I was embarrassed. However, I was surprised to hear that they were impressed with how little time it had taken me to convert raw data to ...

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