After reading Len O'Toole article A Tableau Dashboard Rebuilt in MicroStrategy, my first thought was to recreate this Dashboard in Qlikview. As a Qlik evangelist, I wanted to see (and somehow proof) that QlikView can deliver visualisation of the same quality. Although the data is quite small - 48 rows, Jeffrey Shaffer - author of the Tableau version, delivered very interesting and visually appealing dashboard. I'm not in favour of black backgrounds, but in this case which colour would be more appropriate?
I believe that looking at the pictures only, it would be hard to judge in which program they were created. (well, unless you know all the 3 tools inside out).
Grouped line chart - not available in QlikView (yet?) - I used normal Line chart with option (Fast Change) to convert to grouped Bar chart.
Labels for Year - top alignment is not available at the moment. To match the Tableau/MicroStrategy style a copy of the chart is added as another layer.
"Numbers of visitors" label - another copy of the same chart is added to avoid interfering with the "Reference lines".
Time for maximum visitors is delivered from "Text in the chart" option. It has fewer options that normal Text box but is more dynamic as we start to filter down the chart.
It was a great fun to build this application. Challenges I came across taught me that you can deliver very similar feel and look in Qlikview that can be achieved in Tableau or MicroStrategy. You can always learn something new and seeing how many candies were collected during that years made me somehow hungry... Although I'm Qlikview practitioner, I will be looking at this website quite often now. Tableau has its own edge which I want to explore.
BTW: In 2011 the number of visitors in Jeffrey's house was 869. For me a staggering number.I live in a small town and this year we had about 30 visitors.