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Harry Potter characters in the Qlik Ecosystem

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“Before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed. Or worse EXPELLED” - Hermione Granger.

Don’t worry we’re not trying to get you expelled. But we are definitely going to try a clever idea. Harry Potter and its characters are a big part of the lives of people, especially the 90’s kids. So, today we want to pay our kind of homage to the Harry Potter characters and the wizarding world by relating them to the Qlik Sense Ecosystem.

Let’s start with the Chosen One of the entire wizarding world.

Harry Potter as Active Intelligence

Though a Gryffindor by choice, Harry Potter represents what every person wants to be: brave, action-taking, and a true friend. In the Qlik Ecosystem, this can be related to what Active Intelligence stands for, being the true friend that the entire data ecosystem can rely on to make actionable insights. Take Dumbledore’s words for instance:


|“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

Active Intelligence unites the most important parts of the data ecosystem like Data Integration & Management, Analysis, Visualization, and Embedded Analytics all under one roof. It is like the “Chosen One” of the entire Data habitat to help eliminate inconsistencies and streamline the flow of real-time data directly from the Data warehouse or Data lake to analysis. Therefore, with Active Intelligence, one can win the war against unstable, historical, and unreliable data maintenance.

Hermione Granger as Qlik Associative Engine

She’s the brains behind the entire operation, capable of using a time-turner, taking on multiple challenges at the same time, and being the backbone of everyone surrounding her. Doesn’t this alarmingly sound like the definition of Qlik’s Associative Engine? Associative Engine is a Powerful, logical inference that lets users make on-the-fly calculation that provides a “speed of thought” response. It’s like Harry talking about Hermione:


| “One of my best friends is Muggle-born, and she’s the best in our year.”

Like she used logical reasoning to decode which was the right potion to drink (for the Harry Potter book geeks) or how she helped make the polyjuice potion or even having everything necessary in her “purse” during the final phase, with Qlik’s Associative engine as the foundation to every step, both QlikView and Qlik Sense make decisions with a combination of speed and flexibility that easily scales to high numbers of users and large, complex data sets.

Ron Weasley as Qlik Data Sources

He’s the friend of Harry Potter, he’s the one who introduced the entire wizarding world through him, he’s also the reason why Harry came to Gryffindor, and also the one who introduced a family to him, I can still go on with more. But one common theme among most of these is data. How? Ron provided Harry with all the data about the wizarding world, after which made the choice to do whatever he wanted to do with it. In Dumbledore’s words:


|“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

It is similar to how data is treated, it only matters after the data born (or created) is effectively managed, integrated, cleaned, and then analyzed. For this it is important to be connected with all the data sources – from apps and databases to cloud services, similar to how Ron was the bridge to all the data between the Wizarding world and Harry, essentially connecting him to all the sources. Without Ron bringing the necessary information they would never have won the war.

Albus Dumbledore as Qlik Data Integration

Dubbed the greatest wizard of all time, Albus Dumbledore is the gatherer of information, the preserver of information (remember the Pensieve?), and the one who schematically found out the information about Voldemort. Look at the infographic below now;

qlik-solutions Source: Qlik Data Integration

Consolidating all the information from multiple sources ( Voldemort’s childhood and ancestry), schematically storing them in a Data Warehouse (Pensieve), and making sure it is being available to make analytics insights (relaying the information to Harry or Snape). So, yes, Dumbledore in the Qlik ecosystem would be the QDI platform or the Qlik Data Integration platform, capable of the creation of Data Lakes, Data warehouses, and using CDC streaming to ensure real-time data.

Dobby as Embedded Analytics


|“ Dobby has no master. Dobby is a free elf, and Dobby has come to save Harry Potter”

Dobby is the most helpful of everyone in the entire Harry Potter universe. He helped HP, even when he technically wasn’t supposed to. He appears whenever HP needs him at the place Harry wants him to. Doesn’t it sound similar to what Embedded Analytics does? Embedded Analytics helps users go beyond the dashboard and put analytics at the point of decision rather than bringing the user to a different workplace.

Like Dobby with his elf magic apparating wherever needed, Embedded Analytics with its own set of Open APIs, can help you transport dashboards into your current workspace or in operational apps or create mashups and external applications.

|“We did it, we bashed them, wee Potter’s the one, And Voldy’s gone moldy, so now let’s have fun!” - Peeves

You did it! You’ve made it to nearly the end of the article, and if you’re reading this you must be a Harry Potter fan (like me, obviously), or would love to know more about what Qlik Sense is. So, before signing off let’s talk a little about the advantages Qlik Sense provides.

Why Qlik Sense for your Business?

You must have realized that we haven’t related any character with Qlik Sense, you know why? Because Qlik Sense is like Hogwarts, encompassing the entire Wizarding world, teaching all that can be done about data (magic). Qlik Sense with its components of Active Intelligence, Data Sources, Embedded Analytics, and QDI, backed with Associative Engine can help users convert their data into insights seamlessly and in real-time.

We, at Polestar Solutions, are like the professors who help you learn how to leverage the magic of data by implementing the infrastructure, help you create custom apps, and let you fully gain the advantage of the platform to create value for your business.

If you are interested in having Qlik Sense Implemented for your organization, feel free to drop us a message, and we’ll be your Data Literacy professors.


All wizarding personalities and the characters mentioned herein are the brainchildren of JK Rowling. Some of the references used were from Qlik and Harry Potter world. All the opinions are personal to the author.

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