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Qlik Sense September 2018 – What’s New

Qlik Sense September 2018It’s time again – Qlik has released a new version of its data visualization solution Qlik Sense. Since the last release in June, a lot has happened.

After the positive feedback regarding the Insight Advisor, which supports the user with analysis and diagram suggestions since June, Qlik remains focused on its Cognitive Engine and Augmented Intelligence for Qlik Sense September 2018. In addition, the new release delivers some “QlikView like” features and more. General highlights of Qlik Sense September 2018 include:

Enhanced Advanced Authoring Features

The Qlik Sense September Release offers some additional functionalities in the area of Advanced Authoring. This simplifies the creation of sophisticated data layouts while accelerating application development due to its high user-friendliness. The improvements of the Expression Editor (e.g. restructured function categorizations and improved search functions) and the visualization control (e.g. conditional show/hide in pivot tables and customizable master measures) are helpful. In addition, you can now open apps by using a default bookmark with a predefined selection state.

New Mapping Features

In addition, the new Qlik Sense version offers enhanced mapping capabilities. For example, the release has a new map layer that depends on the density of the mapped points. The new “Density Map Layer” is a multicolor gradient background where the color intensity varies depending on the weight and closeness of the points.

Improved backend workflow, stability and performance

Qlik Sense September 2018 also removes several previous limitations of the Qlik Management Console (QMC) and allows, for example, to move multiple apps between different streams. In addition, the open source front-end framework has been updated to version 1.6.9 to ensure better performance and stability.

Enhanced connectivity

With the new release, Qlik has further expanded its connectivity options with Microsoft Azure DB and Jira connectors. The necessary security within the integrated connector to Presto is also provided by an extension of LDAP authentication. Large enterprise environments benefit from AirWatch EMM security for mobile access to Qlik Sense Enterprise.

An overview of the listed and other new features of Qlik Sense September 2018 is also available on YouTube:

Qlik Sense September 2018 - What's New

Qlik Sense June 2018 – What’s New

Qlik Sense June 2018BI vendor Qlik continues to pursue its proven release cycle, launching Qlik Sense June 2018, the latest version of its data visualization software.

In addition to a new Insight Advisor and enhanced hub publishing capabilities, the new release includes visualization enhancements and five new connectors. Feature Highlights in Qlik Sense June 2018 include:

Generate insights with the new Insight Advisor
Qlik Sense June 2018 has been extended with a new Insight Advisor. The Advisor uses Qlik’s Cognitive Engine to suggest charts to users based on insights from existing and new data. The user can then use them to augment existing visualizations.

Advanced features for app publishing from the hub
The new Qlik Sense version provides enhanced capabilities to manage apps through the hub. For example, apps that have already been published can be duplicated, modified, and then re-published in the same stream as the original app. Published apps can now be found in a dedicated section.

Filtering data from files
With Qlik Sense June 2018 you can create filtering conditions for the field contents in files. These are automatically applied to the script when data is loaded into the Data Manager.

New possibilities for visualizations
The release also offers some new features to create and edit visualizations. For example, the property panel now offers a number of alternative charts to complement the original chart suggestions. At the same place it is possible to switch dimensions and measures by simply drag and drop. In addition, Qlik Sense June 2018 provides the ability to show and hide specific columns in a straight table. The mini graph used for scrolling can be deactivated for line, bar and combo charts.

Qlik Sense June 2018 offers even more new features. In addition to five new Qlik connectors (PrestoDB, Apache Drill, Apache Phoenix, Apache Spark, and MongoDB), the release features enhanced accessibility, new line layers in map charts and enhanced capabilities for the Expression Editor and App sheets. An overview of the listed and many other interesting new features of Qlik Sense June 2018 is also available in the following video:

Qlik Sense June 2018 Video

Soccer World Cup 2018: Choose your champion by using the new Qlik app

Soccer World Cup 2018 - Qlik Sense AppThis years FIFA World Cup is just around the corner. An app of BI provider Qlik allows a forecast of the tournament course based on historical data. Choose your champion!

Starting today the balls of the Soccer World Cup will be kicked off again – this time in Russia. If you can‘t wait for the matches, you can meanwhile use a new Qlik Sense app, which has been especially prepared to calculate all possible results for the World Cup in advance. On this end, BI vendor Qlik has compiled the results of past tournaments as well as the FIFA and Elo rankings. On the base of this data, the winning odds of each team were finally evaluated and visualized.

With the Qlik Sense app you can run through all possible pairings within the various tournament groups. Each score is then supplemented with a chart and some key information (e.g. shots on goal). Based on this data, users can decide for themselves, which teams will be virtually advanced to the next round.

The web-based Qlik World Cup app can be used for free – even on smartphones and tablets.

Qlik Sense April 2018 – What’s New

Qlik Sense April 2018The new release of the data visualization solution Qlik Sense has been released with some new features and improvements under the name Qlik Sense April 2018.

In addition to improved map visualization, the new version includes the ability to support chart visualization, variable grid sizes in working mode, and the ability to publish Qlik Sense apps from within the Hub. Highlights of Qlik Sense April 2018 include:

Supported data visualization with Qlik Sense recommendations Qlik Sense recommendations make it easier to create visualizations by making it possible to quickly drag and drop fields onto the worksheet. The Cognitive Engine in Qlik, which gathers insights from the loaded data and combines them with best practices for data visualization, also provides the user with chart suggestions.

Improved maps visualization
Qlik Sense April 2018 also offers some new features for the visualization of maps. For example, the new release supports drill-down capabilities, multiple layers and labels for point and area levels. In addition, there is no fixed upper limit to the number of objects, countries, divisions, cities and postal code areas can be looked up quickly and easily. Circle selection with distance measure, layer control, zoom limit and draw order are also features of the new release.

Link the Qlik Sense Mobile App to third-party apps
The new version also allows the Qlik Sense Mobile App to interact with third-party mobile applications through a custom generated URL (“deep link”). The created link can be integrated into the respective external app with appropriate filters. Clicking the link opens the app in Qlik Sense Mobile with the filters and selections applied during the original presentation.

Publishing apps from the Hub
In Qlik Sense April 2018, created apps can be published through any stream the user has publish access for. After publishing an app to a stream, the app can be moved between all streams the user is allowed to use.

New grid size control
With the new release, the author of an app can choose between three different grid sizes creating a new worksheet. Available are the sizes “small”, “medium” and “large”.

Numeric Abbreviations
From now on it is possible to individualize currency abbreviations in the number format mode “automatic” – for example: Thousand, million, billion (instead of previously: k, M, B).

In addition to the features listed, Qlik Sense offers some other interesting new capabilities in April 2018, such as support for keyboard navigation and shortcuts in the Qlik Sense Hub or the ability for anonymous users to print and export data.

Qlik Sense April 2018

Qlik releases Qlik Sense February 2018

Qlik Sense February 2018As the new release cycle claims, Qlik has published the latest version of its data visualization software Qlik Sense.

The new release offers the user some improvements and features for optimized analyses, evaluations and visualizations. Apps can be styled with a custom theme on a global or granular basis now. For example, you can change the colors of background and individual chart elements, specify font sizes and colors, and define color palettes and gradients.

Another innovation is the ability to use recommended associations to see possible associations between tables. This facilitates experimentation before actually applying any changes to the data model.

In addition, Qlik Sense February 2018 allows the creation of on-demand app generation solutions that support anonymous use. This extends the possibilities for publicly accessible websites and OEM scenarios.

Users of the Qlik Sense Mobile App will also benefit from the new release. The app, which provides full access to any Qlik Sense Enterprise environment and the respective apps on- and offline, was previously only available for iPad. With Qlik Sense February 2018, the mobile app is now also running on iPhones.

In addition to these new features, Qlik Sense February 2018 offers some more enhancements, such as improved data loading performance or new ways to query web hosted files. An overview of the most important new features of Qlik Sense February 2018 is also available in the following video:

Qlik Sense February 2018 - What's New

Offline Data Analysis with the Qlik Sense Mobile App

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).

Qlik Sense Mobile App
Information box about the online / offline mode of the apps.
Qlik Sense Mobile App
Filtering for dowloaded apps and apps, which are still available for download.

Qlik launches Qlik Sense November 2017

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:

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.

Qlik publishes Qlik Sense September 2017 and Qlik NPrinting September 2017

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.

Qlik Sense September 2017 Mobile App
Source: Qlik

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.

Qlik Sense September 2017 Mobile App
Source: Qlik

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.

Color Selection
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:

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.

Qlik publishes new release “Qlik Sense June 2017”

Qlik Sense June 2017BI 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 visualization options. 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 Sense June 2017 - Data Preparation

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Comprehensive geo-evaluations with NPGeoMap

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