Interview with Zama Mncwabe.

Zama Mncwabe InQbate Trainees at Insight Consulting.
back row: Christina Yang, Colin Hancox, Muziwandile Dube, Zama Mncwabe.
front row: Upuli de Abrew, Laurelly Allaway
1. Have you had previous work experience and if so what type of work was it?

My previous work experience was as a Test Analyst and Business Analyst.

2. Why did you decide to apply for or go into Qlik training?

I decided to apply because I wanted to learn something new and different, but most importantly I was looking for something that would challenge me. I was looking for growth in my career.

3. What does the training involve? and If you had to put a rough percentage to time spent on practical / discussion / case study / research etc. how would you split it out?

The training involved theory and practical which basically went hand in hand. We had formal Qlik training and were given case studies to do which allowed us to use the theory that we were taught, as well as a way of applying the theory in a real life situation. If I had to split the time spent I would say:

Practical/Case Study: 60%
Discussion: 20%
Research: 20%

4. Would you recommend InQbate training to other graduates?

MOST DEFINITELY. The InQbate training for me, personally, was intense and very challenging and I enjoyed that because that’s how I learn best. It’s been an amazing experience. At first the information was foreign to me, but because of the hands on approach with tasks, I really learnt a lot.

One of the great aspects of the InQbate training is that Upuli and Colin helped us along but never spoon fed us. They taught us that there is more than one way of tackling something. They were really good mentors for us.

We also had the ability to ask anyone at the Insight Consulting offices when we got stuck. What made the InQbate program great is that we were given something to tackle on your own, which gave us the ability to think, but also knowing that there were people to help us. It’s good training for graduates because it’s a well structured program. We always had something amazing planned for us.

5. Do you think it’s necessary or beneficial to have a little bit of work experience before doing this training?

No. I think all that this training requires is an individual with a hungry brain and with a lot of passion as well as soft skills to work with people professionally.

6. Who trained you?

Company directors and senior Qlik consultants trained us, mainly Upuli De Abrew and Colin Hancox.

7. Has the training met your expectations?

Honestly speaking, from joining the InQbate program all I was expecting was growth and I got more than that out of the program. The program exceeded my expectations and I found the case studies to be the most beneficial.

8. Finally, what has been your favourite part of the training? And what was your favourite way of learning?

My favourite part of the training was presenting the entire business model, especially when we were given the opportunity to present to the entire management team at Insight Consulting. That was my best moment.

My strongest point was the visualisation part and my challenge which I am putting more focus on now, is the scripting part. Researching was fun and it’s amazing how Qlik Community was such a great resource when I encountered problems.

I’ve discovered the true meaning of Business Intelligence through the InQbate programme.

Posted by Colin Hancox

Senior QlikView Consultant. Currently providing Business Intelligence solutions for various large companies in the retail and manufacturing sectors, using QlikView on Oracle and Microsoft AX databases.