Word is that QlikView consulted with Stephen Few for improvements to data visualization in QlikView 9.0. He was less than kind to BI software companies, including QlikTech, during his keynote at Qonnections 2008. Do you think he had anything to do with the new default colors and settings? They’re refreshingly simple and far less distracting than QlikView 8.5 and earlier’s delicious-looking captions and old-fashioned stick candy bar graphs, treading farther into Tableau territory.
An intelligent organizer for small multiples built into the software would allow you to reference the data, indicate which variable goes on which axis of the graph, which should be encoded as lines of separate colors, which should be arranged per graph, and finally whether you want the graphs to be arranged vertically, horizontally, or in a matrix; the organizer would then handle the rest for you. As of this writing, I have yet to see dashboard software that makes this easy to do. I reserve the hope, however, that this will soon change.
That pretty much nails how they work in 9.0.