Qlik is raising the bar once again with the September 2020 Product Release!
SaaS Capacities and Hub Improvements:
Qlik Sense Enterprise SaaS is supporting limitless use cases to drive down the total cost of ownership for cloud migration. Here are some of the items we are most excited about:
- Doubled the standard max app size in memory (up to 5GB) in Qlik Sense Enterprise SaaS and have enabled unlimited data reloads and storage for all new and existing customers
- UI improvements for a more consistent and appealing experience
- Hub improvements: including system notifications by email, chart history, improved data management
- Qlik DataTransfer, our new utility to push on-premises data to the cloud
As with every release, we remain committed to delivering world-class visualization enhancements. With this release, you will find new features such as a new animator to show changing data over time, improved reference lines, and several other highly requested visualization improvements. You can find the best of our continued investment in visualization in our visualization showcase app.
- Other Chart improvements include:
- Number formatting of master measures
- Turn on and off borders in containers
- Custom sorting in Sankey Chart
- Frequency counts in the filter pane
- WMS (web map service) layer opacity
- Hover icons toggle
APIs to include support for Qlik built open-source libraries
Qlik continues to invest in its ‘API first’ strategy, and with that, we will provide support for an initial group of open source libraries including enigma.js and nebula.js. Support expansion will also include qlik-cli, which provides access to all public APIs through the command line, making it easier to script and automate new and old workflows. This list will continue to expand, and updates will be made available on Qlik.dev. Leverage our Qlik Community Forums for questions regarding open source libraries, and our team will provide guidance as needed.
Data Integration Improvements:
This release includes improvements to our Data Integration Platform, including the ability to publish directly to PowerBI from Qlik Catalog. We’re also continuing to raise the performance bar with Qlik Compose for Data Warehouses by leveraging the MPP architecture capabilities in Snowflake and Azure Synapse. This release both improves performance and reduces operational spend. Finally, we’ve added new audit capabilities for SOX compliance by logging and encrypting all modifications to the DW design or target data sets.
We are excited to announce the latest product release, furthering our leadership in augmented intelligence, best-in-class visualization and platform extensibility.
- Qlik continues to set the bar high with augmented analytics, as we are introducing business logic into our cognitive engine. With this new capability, customers can create metadata and rules to inform and guide the behavior of Insight Advisor when generating visualizations and insights. In addition, supporting our global footprint, Insight Advisor now supports multiple languages when using search-based insight generation now with French, Spanish and Russian, with additional languages planned for future releases.
- Our cloud offering continues to get stronger to ensure that our customers can easily adopt our SaaS and client managed offerings, as we deliver high-value features to expand use cases and improve user experience and platform management. With this release, we have introduced connectivity for more high- demand data sources like Qualtrics and added more connectors in the Qlik Sense Add Data interface, including Google Analytics, Twitter and more. Users can now work more effectively in the cloud hub, with the ability to monitor charts and business-critical KPIs, and export stories to PDFs to share insights with others.
- The June release also includes new embedded analytics capabilities that deliver further extensibility and value to the developer community and beyond. With this, we launched Qlik.dev – our new developer portal for discovering, learning and referencing APIs for cloud editions of Qlik Sense. Beyond the portal, customers can now automate Qlik Sense SaaS editions into their DevOps processes with Qlik CLI driving greater analytic efficiencies from the command line. And, Qlik’s Nebula.js 1.0 library is framework agnostic, making it easier to embed Qlik analytics into other web applications, and create custom visualizations to support even more customer use cases.
- Qlik Sense is “looking better than ever.” In the past year, we have delivered over 50 new visualizations and dashboarding enhancements – and the June 2020 release takes us even further. To summarize, we introduced Sparklines (mini charts), which can be added to tables to show on a per-row basis. We have expanded customization capabilities in the Bullet chart and Org Chart, and added new functionality in Custom Tooltips, Filter Panes and more. Qlik Sense is stronger than ever with visual analytics. Check out our Qlik Sense Visualization Showcase app to see all this in action.
Export QlikView content to Excel: Users consuming QlikView documents in the cloud now have the ability to export data from those QlikView documents to Excel. This capability is one of many features we’re adding to our Qlik Sense SaaS offerings to provide more flexibility for users to work with their existing QlikView content in the cloud.
Bookmarks for QlikView: Bookmarks for QlikView in the cloud is here. Now, anyone using QlikView in the cloud will be able to:
- Create Personal Bookmarks – Add/Remove/Replace
- Include Selections
- Apply on Top
- Include Layout State
- Include Scroll Position
- Share with Everyone (public)
- Mail Bookmark as a Link
- Replace Bookmark for AJAX client
Additional support for QlikView bookmarks in the cloud will be added throughout the rest of this year.
Qlik Sense themes in Qlik NPrinting: Qlik NPrinting now supports Qlik Sense custom themes on objects exported as images. Previously, Qlik NPrinting used to inconveniently capture images in the default theme colours. It’s worth mentioning that the minimum supported Qlik Sense version is February 2019. To be fair, anyone running a version of Qlik Sense older than February 2019 should really look at upgrading – the product has come on a lot since then.
Contact us to know more about our Upgrade Packages.
Abort multiple tasks via Web Console: It is now possible to abort, publish or user import several tasks at once from the Task executions page. The performances of abort requests have also improved.
Delete reports published on the NewsStand: The biggest improvement in the Qlik NPrinting latest release is the new ability to delete reports published on the NewsStand. This can be deleted via user interface, without having to take a risky journey through the NPrinting repository. A new security role manages the permissions.
As always, you’ll find improvements to our value-added products, giving our customers more reasons to expand the possibilities of Qlik Sense deployments. We have simplified and enhanced the installation process for Qlik Insight Bot, allowing our customers to get started more quickly and easily. We have integrated licensing for Qlik Alerting with the Qlik Licensing Service, allowing customers to more easily manage licenses. And, our Qlik NPrinting customers will now benefit from expanded NewsStand functionality and the ability to customize visualizations with Qlik Sense themes.
Finally, this release delivers updates to several data integration products, including performance improvements and architectural updates for Qlik Catalog, expanded support for source and target endpoints in Qlik Replicate, along with new certifications for Snowflake and expanded support for Databricks in Qlik Compose.
Check out the “What’s New” demo video from Mike Tarallo on the Innovation Blog to learn more about this exciting release.
For nearly a decade, Avensys and Qlik, have worked together to deliver the best data analytics products and consultancy services. Avensys was elevated as a Qlik Select Partner in 2019. Qlik has recognized our commitment to provide the best service to our customers by awarding Avensys Consulting Pte Ltd with ‘Qlik’s APAC Award’ as ‘Authorized Reseller of the Year’.
This award is a testament to the hard work of our Qlik team at Avensys. We have been working with Qlik to establish a world which is driven by data and will continue to provide the best services in the market for the years to come. The partnership between Qlik and Avensys has enabled our customers to progress towards utilizing predictive analysis to make key business decisions.
Chris Moore, Senior Vice President, Partners & Alliances at Qlik presented the award to Avensys at a Qlik’s virtual Award Ceremony and stated that Avensys has built up a sizeable customer base in a short period of time and has become the fastest growing Qlik partner in ASEAN. Further, Avensys has enrolled themselves in the QDI (Qlik Data Integration) Track of Qlik’s Partner Program utilizing their strong SAP practice plus their experience in the designated management space to double their revenue this year.
Mr. Haja Mohideen, Senior Director at Avensys, accepted the award on behalf of Avensys. “We are happy that over the years we have become a trusted partner for Qlik and that we have become not just industry experts but have been recognized as the best-Authorized Reseller in the region. We will continue to strive for excellence and continue this journey with Qlik to enable more organizations to make data-driven decisions”, said Mr. Mohideen.
Avensys hopes that this award will help them to continue to improve and grow and provide the best services in the market to our customers. This award has rejuvenated us to push forward and help other organizations leverage Qlik products and dive into the world driven by DATA.
Here is the clip of Mr. Haja Mohideen receiving the award in the Qlik Virtual Partner Awards Ceremony,
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What’s new in Qlik Sense April 2020?
Visualizations and dashboards
This release brings many new visualization features and styling options to Qlik Sense, letting you create more advanced and customized analytics. We have added an organization chart (Org chart) to the visualization bundle, and you can now add a relative modifier to bar charts, combo charts, line charts, and tables. In addition, we have made improvements to tables, pivot tables, KPIs, maps, and custom tooltips, and we have enhanced app navigation.
We have enhanced our visualization bundle by adding a new chart to represent organizations. The org chart lets you create organization charts from data with a tree structure. You can navigate through the hierarchy by expanding and collapsing the tree.
Search in tables
In addition to the standard search by a URL link, you can now search by a link label in a table. There is also the option to disengage native scroll on touch to enable first column freeze.
Pivot table improvements
There are two improvements to pivot tables:
You can now save your pivot table layout state. This lets you store expanded or collapsed nodes as a bookmark. This improvement is ideal for sharing views of large pivot tables with many nodes.
You can now sort by first measure. This sorting method precedes all other sorting. This lets you sort categories differently, for example, sorting category by sales rather than by name.
Map chart improvements
We have made several enhancements to map layer properties. Now, you have number formatting options in the map chart for color and size by measure. We have increased the limit of items on point and area map layers to 50,000, and you can exclude the Qlik logo from the map chart.
Relative modifier (percentages)
The relative modifier provides you with a quick way to display the relative percentage of a measure, without having to write expression syntax. You can use it to see the impact of specific selections, relative to the selection, relative to the total, or relative to other fields. This is available as a setting is available in bar charts, combo charts, line charts, and tables.
Dashboards and applications
You can now choose to exclude default measures in tooltips. You can also hide all or part of the tooltips from a visualization.
This feature lets you add actions that are triggered when a user opens a sheet. With this feature, you can enable more sophisticated navigation functionality. Actions include setting selections, field states, bookmarks, and variables.
Global navigation provides you with a new approach to top-level navigation through drop-down lists in the Qlik Sense client.
Themes and styling
KPI font layout
You have new options when choosing the layout behavior for fonts in KPIs. You can choose a fixed layout (same text size always), fluid layout (text size depends on box size), or responsive layout (adapts to the size of the box and the length of text).
App distribution into spaces
In a multi-cloud deployment, you have additional controls over content distribution policies. You can now send staged apps from a Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows environment directly to a managed space in Qlik Sense Enterprise SaaS, for broader consumption across the organization. These apps are also refreshed in the managed space after they are reloaded in the Windows environment.
To improve collaboration, we have added a new way to share bookmarks in published apps. You can copy a link to a community bookmark, which can then be shared in other channels such as email or Slack.
Secure Scheduled reloads
You can now run secure scheduled reloads through the QMC, which improves protection and governance around data access. This includes single sign-on support across multiple domains.
What's new in Qlik NPrinting April 2020?
In Qlik NPrinting April 2020, you’ll have the ability to create dynamic recipient email distributions! Support for Windows 2019 has been added as well. Please review the release notes for more information on the new features and fixes.
The April 2020 releases are now available on the Qlik download site. As with all software, please follow best practices when upgrading by backing up your Qlik Sense or Qlik NPrinting environment and testing the patch in a QA environment first. For Qlik Sense upgrades, please check out the Qlik Sense Upgrade Guide for helpful tips.
What's new in Qlik Data Integration April 2020?
Another release, another reason why Qlik is leading the 3rd Generation
IDC recently predicted the worldwide robotic process automation (RPA) software market will total $3.7 billion by 2022.
That’s because people in departments such as finance and human resources (HR) are realizing that RPA is not the next big thing. It is the new normal, as bots continue to boost efficiencies, customer service, and cost-savings. Indeed, these are the top reasons why companies are adopting artificial intelligence (AI), according to Gartner research analysts.
I jumped at the chance to see RPA in action last month at SAP TechEd Las Vegas. In a video demonstration, Meijie He, IT IRPA expert at SAP, showed how developers can create effective SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation bots running on SAP Cloud Platform.
The Hottest Industries for RPA
Banking, insurance, and healthcare are among RPA’s biggest early adopters, and it is easy to see why. Well-trained bots can quickly sift through millions of financial transactions and share suspected fraud alerts — far faster than humans. People take over to do what humans do best: using judgment to resolve potential problems. The same goes for the insurance industry. RPA can help manage claims faster by focusing on the most repetitive tasks, leaving the judgment calls and relationship-building to humans. Healthcare is a poster child for RPA’s promised outcome. Doctors could spend more time talking with patients and addressing their healthcare concerns than filling out redundant forms.
The Truth About Building Bots
While fears about bots replacing humans persist, putting RPA to work for businesses takes a hefty dose of thoughtfulness. He explained that companies first need to figure outwhere RPA could make a real difference. In IT parlance, these are called use cases. Broadly speaking, there are two types: fully automated scenarios that do not require additional human input, or partially automated processes that involve humans in some steps. Regardless, bot IQ and efficacy depend on the ability to bring in data from all kinds of places. Content could be anywhere and usually is, including documents in software applications in various systems inside and outside of the organization.
“In typical use cases, you have to enter the same data into several instances of systems,” said He. “For example, with shared service centers, which are common in industries like healthcare, insurance, and banking, you have to enter purchase requisition information into several systems. Another use case is finance, where you have to collect invoice numbers from different systems. These scenarios can be automated to improve accuracy, save time, and increase overall productivity.”
Bots Can Solve Problems in Every Industry
Finance, HR, and customer service departments cut across all industries – each bursting with time-consuming processes ripe for RPA intervention.
“Bots can automatically send customer support tickets to the right place for faster resolution,” said He. “For any department, bots can more quickly pull data from different systems to create one consolidated report with accurate, updated information.”
SAP recently used SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation to improve the company’s employee hiring experience. As a result, the bot was the ideal tool to collect employee and company information from various systems containing the data that was included in offer packages.
“We were able to easily configure the bot and embed it into the HR processes,” said He. “Now when we have a new hire or employee transfer, the bot collects and extracts the relevant data using a template, generates the offer letter, converts it to the required format, and after HR review, it’s sent the applicant. It’s particularly valuable in making sure the letter meets country-specific legal requirements.”
With a $3 billion opportunity, rethinking business processes with intelligent RPA is well worth the business investment.