Qlik’s September 2020 Release

Qlik is raising the bar once again with the September 2020 Product Release!

The September 2020 release has arrived, and with it comes game-changing innovations in AI, taking our users to a whole new level. This includes new capabilities like conversational analytics, advanced analytics, and more.   You’ll also find other significant enhancements to our visual analytics capabilities, SaaS capacities, and user experience.   This release goes beyond analytics, as it also includes new advancements to our Data Integration platform with improved ETL performance and extended publishing options for cataloging. 

Augmented Intelligence:

To begin, Insight Advisor Chat is our brand new conversational analytics experience, built into Qlik Sense and available through the Qlik Sense SaaS hub. It gives more people a faster and easier way to ask questions across all their apps, to make data-driven decisions. We also added a new business logic layer to customize and guide the behavior of Insight Advisor when generating insights and interacting conversationally with users. And we now offer advanced analytics calculation to complement our real-time integration capabilities, beginning in this release with K-means clustering.

Insight Advisor now enhances a full range of user experiences in Qlik Sense. With search-based visual analysis, conversational analytics, associative insights, accelerated creation and data preparation, and advanced analytics – delivering the most competitive set of augmented capabilities on the market today, helping our users maximize the potential.   The full set of augmented features in this release are only available in SaaS but will soon be available in an upcoming release in client-managed (Windows).  

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

Visualization Improvements:

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.