I've been asking the folder feature since my day 1 in Qlik Sense.
And I've always been told to be the only one asking for it !!
Self-service on a complex data model is far easier for the business user when items are grouped in folders.
The common answer I got is "just tag your data" - why not have both tags AND a folder structure ?
BTW, this feature is available since Tableau 8.1 (released nov 2013), on top of data tagging !
Is this feature addressed in a future product roadmap ?
You are certainly not alone here. The folder approach has been available in Business Objects for decades and I see this as a major limitation in Qlik Sense. The only option that seems to be open to us is to prefix all names, which makes the dimension and measure names truncate on the screen (although the full name is displayed in the tooltip) and is not a very elegant solution.
After some experience with the tool, I am convinced that the best solution is to use tags.
The natural way to navigate in Qlik Sense is through search and associations. This is why there are no hierarchical folder classifications, including for the master items.
The classification by tags instead of a hierarchical folder organization of objects has many advantages :
- The end user doesn’t need to know in which hierarchy he has to look for the master items. I know by experience that you can easily get lost in hierarchies.
- It encourages the search feature, which is used all over the Qlik Sense interface.
- You can classify master items with multiple tags. With a folder organization, you would need to duplicate the objects, which would make them more difficult to maintain.