With the June release of its data visualization platform Qlik Sense, BI vendor Qlik introduced many new features. In addition to a revised release cycle and new features in the range of data preparation, visualization and predictive analytics, the new Qlik Sense Mobile App has been launched. The app is currently only available for iPads, but will be released for iPhones in February.
The native Mobile App for iOS provides full access to any Qlik Sense Enterprise environment and the respective apps. The powerful features of the QIX engine, such as the associative search, run directly on the iPad and remain fully preserved.
Using the app and doing associative data analysis is also available in offline mode. As the QIX engine runs locally on the iPad, a network connection is not necessary. After setting up the Mobile App and downloading the desired Qlik Sense apps, they can be used offline (e.g. in flight mode or if no Wi-Fi connection is available).
Around two months since the last release in September, Qlik has introduced the latest version of its data visualization solution Qlik Sense November 2017.
The improvements and updates of the new release mainly relate to visualization options, the adding of data, as well as navigation within the apps. The most important new features and add-ons include the following:
Improved visualization The visualizations of Qlik Sense November 2017 have been improved and extended. Among other things, users are now able to scroll horizontally in a table, vary bubble sizes and use an expression to set the color of distribution charts and box plot diagrams. Moreover, data can be added and refreshed in the sheet editor without having to switch to Data Manager.
Manual adding of data In Qlik Sense November data can be manually entered in Data Manager. Manual entry allows data to be added directly into a table editor and subsequently as a table to Data Manager.
Details dialog in Data Manager A details dialog now views the sequence of changes performed on selected tables and fields. This allows the user to directly identify the source of the table or field, the current changes and transformations that have been made, as well as the order in which they have been applied.
Keyboard navigation in Qlik Sense apps It is now possible to navigate by using the keyboard within the app overview page and the Qlik Sense toolbar.
The following video provides a short overview of the listed and some additional new features in Qlik Sense November 2017:
Alongside launching the new Qlik Sense version, Qlik also introduced the November releases of its QlikView and Qlik NPrinting solutions, which predominantly contain technical improvements.
Recently BI vendor Qlik announced its new release strategy: starting now, a major-release will be launched five times a year. In addition to continuous releases of Qlik Sense, there will be different focuses on other products of the BI portfolio.
After the release of “Qlik Sense June 2017” last June, Qlik now published “Qlik Sense September 2017”. At the same time, the reporting platform Qlik NPrinting features a new version and some – partly long-awaited – capabilities and improvements.
The Qlik Sense September 2017 release also includes some interesting features and extensions, for example:
New Qlik Sense Mobile App The new Qlik Sense Mobile App for iOS devices is now available at Apple Enterprise Store. Using the app, you can download Qlik Sense evaluations locally and use them on the iPad. The powerful features of the QIX engine, such as the Associative Search, run directly on the iPad and remain fully preserved.
Waterfall Charts Using the new waterfall chart, users can now illustrate how an initial value is influenced by intermediate positive and negative values. For example, they can show positive and negative contributions of different accounts in an income statement.
Box Plot and Pivot In addition, the box plot diagram, which was introduced in the June version, was equipped with more detailed selection options. Pivot tables also received new format options.
The color picker in Qlik Sense September 2017 now shows the five most recently chosen colors.
Improved Data Manager Improvements of the data manager give the possibility to perform continuous transformations on tables and fields.
Qlik NPrinting September 2017 (NPrinting 17.5)
Report Cycles A separate report file can now be added for each combination of one or more dimension values.
Report Export and Import It is now possible to export a report to a compressed file and import it into another Qlik NPrinting installation (for example, to transfer a report from a test to a productive environment).
Object filters for Qlik Sense Charts
With Qlik NPrinting September 2017, a filter can now be applied to a single object (e.g. a chart) without placing the filter on objects in the report. On the other hand, filtering an object can be blocked.
In addition to these and other new features, Qlik Sense September 2017 and NPrinting September 2017 also contain numerous bug fixes. The following video shows the most important innovations of Qlik Sense September 2017:
The visualization of company data,for example in graphics and charts,canenormously simplify and improve the analysis and gaining knowledge. If the respective evaluations are expected to be shared and presented with others,the data can even be combined into a real story and thereby be brought to life.
Data Storytelling connects selected data, puts it in a specific context, emphasizes special elements and wakes up the audiences’ emotions. This is a major factor in understanding and convincing data. It is also important for the presenter to adapt the narrated data history to the respective knowledge and requirements of the audience, for example different departments.
Often, it is also adequate to focus on single important information or the presentation of summarized results ideally drawn on a particular scenario or enriched with different hypotheses. For example, by showing and explaining possible developments to your employees, so they can be enabled into the respective situation better and make the right decisions faster and easier.
Additional emotions can result in the elucidation of potential consequences when choosing a wrong alternative. Therefore, the trick is to catch the audience – not only in a professional, but also in an emotional way – by selecting the right data and numbers, packaged in convincing pictures and graphics.
Bring data to life with Qlik
For an all-round efficient Data Storytelling the use of a supporting Business Intelligence solution is recommended. The BI-Software Qlik Sense already offers an integrated Data Storytelling tool, that allows you to combine different analysis-, reporting- and presentation technics. A special mechanism for making static snapshots of your favored data, which can be put together to an appropriate story on slides, is provided. The static snapshots can be arranged with different effects and the attention of the audience will be channeled on specific information.
For more interactivity, it is also possible to access the source (e.g. the corresponding live data) of the static snapshots during the presentation. Another possibility for more interactivity is the integration of worksheets into the slides. For more information about the Qlik Data Storytelling tool, watch the following video:
BI provider Qlik has published a new release of Qlik Sense. The latest version contains various interesting features such as better charts and visualization options, advanced analytics functions, an iOS client, visual data profiling and more. The version is named “Qlik Sense June 2017” in line with the new release cycle announced by Qlik.
Already at this year’s Qonnections, Qlik announced that in future new software releases of equal weight and scope will be published every ten weeks – signifying an end to major and minor releases. To clarify this, they replaced the numerical name with a description containing the month and year of the respective release. Qlik Sense 4.0 thus became Qlik Sense June 2017. The new cloud-like release cycle and changed versioning should significantly simplify upgrading to higher versions.
New features for data processing and visualization
Qlik Sense June 2017 contains various new features, particularly in data processing and visualizationoptions. Users, among other things, benefit from improved data preparation and provision without complex scripting. With visual data profiling Qlik Sense June 2017, e.g., supports better understanding data from the get go by automatically generating visualizations for the distribution of data already when loading. Furthermore Data binning allows for the grouping of numeric data (by size etc.) to better analyze relevant information. Using a new type of table concatenation, table views with different fields and field names can additionally be connected. This makes it possible to concatenate differently created data sets (e.g., from different organizations). The data preparation functions are introduced in the next What’s New video:
Qlik’s diverse business intelligence solutions enable you to easily and efficiently evaluate and visualize enterprise data from all sectors. Users in finance departments can also benefit from the comprehensive functions of Qlik Sense Enterprise.
For example, Qlik Sense Enterprise can help business managers and their finance departments obtain a better overview of their operational and financial processes through its dynamic prognoses and analyses optimization apps. The applications extract and link basic data from different sources. The update frequency is hereby freely configurable regardless of whether you are using an ERP system, Excel files, or access to Web APIs. With Qlik, you are no longer limited to partial analyses that are hinged to query-based solutions. Qlik’s associative model enables you to create visualizations of all your data and hence identify previously unidentified interrelationships.
Diverse application possibilities in the finance sector
Important application areas in the finance sector include data quality improvement for accurate calculation of key parameters, fast plausibility checks for ERP booking routines, and the creation of interactive company reports. Data evaluation and visualization of interrelationships using Qlik Sense Enterprise therefore contribute towards better financial planning, cash flow optimization and ultimately better results. Unlike other resource-intensive, inconsistent budgeting solutions, Qlik Sense Enterprise also enables users without advanced technical skills to compile reliable financial analyses and reports thanks to its ease of use and self-service functions. Below are some of the options and advantages provided by Qlik Sense Enterprise:
“What if” analysis Allows managers to test different prognosis scenarios and budgets as well as to evaluate the impact of possible results.
Comparative analysis Allows users to compare different budget allocations, resources and cost estimates.
Fast integration of multiple data sources Creates a comprehensive overview of planning and budgeting data from various data sources.
Collaboration and annotations Enables optimized group decisions through interactive sessions and comments on modification of functional delays.
Comprehensive partner network Best possible budgeting and planning applications of different partners – tailored to specific business requirements.
Its numerous functions and the ability to connect multiple data sources make Qlik Sense Enterprise the ideal basis for controlling different financial processes. Qlik Sense Enterprise provides efficient support for tasks such as financial forecasting and analysis, cost and risk management, validation of sales and profitability indicators, investment analysis, cash flow and balance sheet management, etc.
The following video shows 10 use cases of Qlik Sense Enterprise in the finance sector:
A lot of business data in a company have a geographic relation and are therefore suitable for an analytical evaluation. With the products of business intelligence provider Qlik, the potential of this data can be clearly recognised and exploited. The special Qlik extension NPGeoMap also offers additional tools and possibilities for analysing geographic company data.
For example, NPGeoMap cannot only answer questions about “how”, but also questions about “where” even more efficiently: Which locations generate the most sales? Where are the customers with the highest buying power? In which regions could the sale of a product be particularly enhanced with the last advertising campaign?
The extension is not only suitable for classic sales analyses. Thanks to its intelligent data management, it also offers optimal performance even with large data quantities and can display information in four levels as areas and points or as a combination of both. NPGeoMap also enables the evaluation of visualisation of more complex geographic questions. Maps of the most important countries are already included in the extension and do not require an additional server installation. Individual maps – for example sales areas that are relevant to the company – can also be generated by means of further additional tools.
NPGeoMap offers the user various visualisation options to display the geographic data. They can be displayed in many different layers – for example, as polygons (areas) on background maps like GoogleMaps, BingMaps or OpenStreetMaps, as markers (points), great circles or even charts. The following display options are particularly efficient. Continue reading Comprehensive geo-evaluations with NPGeoMap→
The products of provider Qlik have been among the market-leading solutions in the business intelligence sphere for years. With its analysis software Power BI, Microsoft would like to establish itself on the BI market as well. However, the product that is best suited to a company depends on the respective requirements placed to the tool. Qlik products and Power BI both come up with various advantages and disadvantages.
Although both solutions offer extensive opportunities for data assessment and generation of screenshots and dashboards, a closer look shows that there are significant differences.
Easy integration into the Microsoft environment
One of Power BI’s biggest strengths is its easy integration with other Microsoft products such as Dynamics NAV, Office 365 or SQL Server. If a company already works in a Microsoft environment, the necessary data sources (e.g. Excel tables or NAV data) can be connected particularly quickly and easily. In case of QlikView or Qlik Sense, integration with a source system such as Dynamics NAV is just as simple. The products also assimilate seamlessly into the Microsoft product portfolio. A connector such as prisma’s NAVdiscovery Toolbox can provide particular comfort while performing the connection.
Business Intelligence in the cloud – good or bad?
One should not be misled by the names given to the Power BI products. For instance, although there is a “Power BI Desktop”, this program edition is not suitable for professional use at companies due to its limitations with regard to deployment to other users and in capacity (1 GB). Rather, as a designer program, it can be used to create the assessments locally and publish them on Power BI, which is integrated in Office 365. Power BI is a purely cloud-based product and even the data to be analysed must be held available in a cloud storage space. However, the cloud-based technology of Power BI also gives rise to some advantages. For example, screenshots and dashboards created via the software’s mobile app can be shown directly on a mobile end device, allowing field service employees always to be kept up-to-date with the data.
Appealing reports can be generated and automatically distributed quickly and easily using the Qlik NPrinting reporting platform – in various formats via different channels. The add-on sources the required data and analyses for the adaptable reports from QlikView and Qlik Sense.
Qlik NPrinting uses QlikView and Qlik Sense as a data source and therefore accesses patterns and QlikView or Qlik Sense elements which the required reports are finally based on. Thanks to complete Microsoft Office Integration suitable report templates can be created in the native Office environment.
The reports can be produced in various standard formats, such as PDF, Excel, Word, PowerPoint or HTML and distributed accordingly – at a scheduled time or whenever they are requested by individual users.
They are distributed, e.g. by email or a transfer drive, but mainly through a centralized distribution system, the web-based NPrinting NewsStand Portal, which ensures that the reports are reaching their user extremely easy and fast. The user can finally subscribe to the required reports from a computer or mobile end device or have the available reports displayed or download them. As a result, the correct information always reaches the right recipient at the required time.
Qlik NPrinting also guarantees optimized flexibility, control and security through multi-engine scalability. Role-based security at app level ensures at the same time that administrators, developers and recipients only receive access to information that they are authorized for and is relevant to them.
Would you also like to create, schedule and automatically distribute reports quickly and easily using Qlik NPrinting? Contact us or visit our website for more detailed information about Qlik NPrinting in combination with QlikView and Qlik Sense!
Business intelligence provider Qlik has brought the latest version of its data visualisation tool Qlik Sense onto the market providing users with numerous bug fixes, improvements and new functionalities.
Drag & Drop Coloring of measures and dimensions The new version allows measures and dimensions to be colored conveniently by simply dragging the appropriate fields into the chart by drag & drop. Subsequently, the chart color is automatically configured on the basis of expression settings. This facilitates the process of using several colors within a chart to clearly distinguish the individual values.
Geographic Data Profiling Qlik Sense 3.1 offers the chance to profile the available datasets according to geographical information (e.g. city and country names) and create a map with the required geographical points and polygon forms on the basis of the found data. Thus, it is no longer necessary to upload geographical data separately to generate a geographical visualisation
Pivot Table Loading
In addition, the release makes it easier for the user to load unstructured data such as pivot tables or crosstables. To this end, the “Unpivot” button in the table editor makes it possible to select individual columns, to transpose them into rows and rename the attributes and measures.
Improved User Experience In Qlik Sense 3.1, a new style of theme can be chosen that changes the background color of a sheet quickly and easily and provides the sheet objects with borders. This gives the dashboard a classic and structured look to support, for example, an accurate adjustment of a charts size and Position.
In addition to the listed functions, Qlik Sense 3.1 also offers other expansions, such as an enhanced scripting editor, a keyword and phrase search when browsing through DataMarket packages, an improvement of the Data Storytelling design as well as numerous bug fixes.
There are also a few innovations for developers. For example, in the new, free development environment Qlik Playground, they can learn to use APIs and the associated Qlik Engine and experiment with them.
Watch the following video to get more information on the expanded functions in Qlik Sense 3.1: