Episode 4 of Qlik Luminary Life is here! This week we had the opportunity to interview Juraj Mišina to learn more about what it’s like being a Senior BI Specialist at EMARK, one of the largest Qlik-exclusive consultancies in Central Europe, as well as a hobby beekeeper and father.
Why did you decide to apply to be a Qlik Luminary?
An honest answer probably is to challenge myself. I just wanted to see if I can manage to join this group of distinguished Qlik enthusiasts. It also gives me a bunch of nice perks, like an opportunity to network with some of the brightest Qlik minds in the World and get exclusive information about product development. You just don’t want to miss out on this.
Tell me about the biggest challenge Qlik helped you to overcome.
The biggest challenge is always the most essential one: data quality. Thanks to the flexibility and agile nature of development in Qlik, we are able to quickly recognize problems with source data and fix it. Probably the second challenge would be ever-changing customer requirements. The speed in which you can answer to “Err, that’s not exactly what I expected” is just extraordinary.
Advice for those wanting to become a future Luminary?
The mission of Qlik Luminaries is to be advocates. But being an advocate does not mean to be a blind promoter. Yes, promote Qlik (there’s so much to promote!), but challenge it as well. Qlik loves to hear feedback, and while some of our suggestions are not fulfilled, we are sure Qlik evaluates them carefully. And most importantly, give back to the community. Every one of us needed to start somewhere and many of us started by searching the Qlik Community website for solutions to our own problems at hand, learning about all those amazing blogs, etc. If you’re considering applying for Qlik Luminary, you certainly have so much to share. And it does NOT have to be technical. Maybe you developed a user enablement content, or Qlik Center of Excellence concept, or else. Just show off your enthusiasm.
Favorite thing about Qlik?
There are actually three: Speed, flexibility, and the “Power of grey”. The fact that Qlik is a one-stop-shop for transforming AND visualizing data enables you to build very rapidly, quickly adapt to evolving requirements which evolve often due to the effect of the grey data. “How come THAT is not connected to my selection? Can you tell me more?” How many times have you heard this question?
Can you tell us about a project you’re currently working on using Qlik
There are a few. I am finishing a transition of a couple of QlikView dashboards to Qlik Sense. I was particularly proud of one of those QV dashboards, even featured it on Qlik Gallery (https://community.qlik.com/t5/Qlik-Gallery/EMARK-Hospital-Overview/ba-p/1649837) and it was quite challenging to migrate it to Sense. I also participate in a rather large project for one of the Scandinavian capitals, where we build tons of dashboards based on data from ServiceNow and other systems and embed them into the ServiceNow portal.
When you’re not working and being a Luminary what hobbies or activities do you enjoy?
I am a father of 1.5 daughters, which can be a full-time job. I am also a hobby beekeeper, managing a couple of beehives, where I learn a lot from these tiny creatures. Apart from sweet honey, bees produce tons of data as well if you wire them with the right sensors. This connects two of my big hobbies: bees and Qlik. But the most important thing I am learning from bees is to think green (and now I don’t mean Qlik green). Bees (and insects in general) are on the decline and we need to stop hurting them.
Name a song you have completely memorized.
There are just too many (and I exclude kids’ songs), most of them are in Slovak, so you wouldn’t know them anyway.
What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
“Can someone pour me a drink? I feel cold.”
Interested in learning more about Juraj Mišina? Be sure to follow him on his social media handles listed below and be sure to stay tuned for episode five!
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