Showcase project

An expenditure variance analysis, created in Qlik Sense using Arria's extension

This project showcases what you can do with Arria’s extension for Qlik Sense. Users can open and work with this app to see the interactivity and flexibility of Arria’s natural language generation in action.

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Providing flexibly written, insightful summaries of data alongside visuals, Arria’s Qlik Sense extension augments this app with narrative summaries and analysis.

What does this narrative explain?

The first page of this app shows typical product sales data. Using our add-in’s out-of-the-box feature (the Configure Narrative option), you can perform various kinds of exploratory analysis, such as statistical, time-based variance, and target-based variance. The narrative in this dashboard looks at sales figures, from the angles of both descriptive statistics and time-based variance analysis.

With Arria’s add-in, you can also customize narratives. The second page in this app shows quarterly general ledger data focused on expenditure variance between two periods. The narrative accompanies the other visuals in the dashboard, summarizing the main facts and answering the questions of what were the main drivers of the expense variance, and what were the key expenditure items in the two periods.


Arria’s extension delivers the following:

  • Analysis of multiple dimensions and measures. The narrative provides analysis across multiple dimensions.

  • Additional commentary. The narrative provides commentary to further explain the key drivers.

  • Real-time drill-down and roll-up of narratives. You can drill down into and roll up the account dimensions by selecting the account level in the extension. You can have up to four levels of drill-down and roll-up, on any hierarchical dimension.

  • Copy to clipboard. You can copy/paste the narratives generated to embedded-formatting tools such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint.