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:
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:
On April 5th and 6th the IT-Expo opens its doors in Zurich. prisma informatik will be exhibiting at the Swiss Fair for Business Software, Security and Document Solutions.
The IT-Expo at Zurich is regarded as the leading trade fair for IT industry in Switzerland. In addition to the exhibition, it offers a comprehensive lecture program, panel discussions and practical examples. Parallel to IT-Expo, additional trade fairs in the fields of online and dialogue marketing, e-business and human resource management take place, which gives visitors the opportunity to dive into various aspects of digitalization.
As a certified Qlik partner, prisma informatik offers comprehensive insights into the world of Self-Service BI and Visual Analytics with Qlik products – especially in connection with the ERP system Microsoft Dynamics NAV – to visitors of the IT-Expo. With the intuitive QlikView and Qlik Sense solutions and their link to various data sources (e.g. ERP and CRM systems) the relationships between the connected data can be examined particularly well and can be used, for example, for future business decisions. Even in complex ERP environments with individualized structures, the Qlik solutions can be integrated permanently. The integration of Qlik and Dynamics NAV is realized very quick and easy thanks to the certified NAVdiscovery Toolbox from prisma informatik. In addition, each other data source (e.g. Microsoft Dynamics CRM) can be linked to QlikView and Qlik Sense via NAVdiscovery.
For further information on the successful use of Self-Service BI and our products and solutions, refer to our press release or meet us on April 5th or 6th, 2017 at the IT-Expo at Zurich, booth C.19 in hall 1. To arrange a personal meeting please call +49 911 23980550.
At the end of March, visitors from all over the world will meet again at the CeBIT in Hanover. prisma informatik will present its certified BI and ERP solutions at the global event for digital business with Microsoft Dynamics NAV, QlikView and Qlik Sense once more.
Under the major topic “d!conomy – no limits”, the CeBIT 2017 (March, 20th through 24th) is dominated by the latest technologies and their impact on society. In 2017 Japan has been announced as the official partner country.
At booth E16 in hall 5 prisma informatik will be showing how a company can boost its dormant information potential easily via Microsoft Dynamics – by the certified NAVdiscovery Toolbox. It links the BI products QlikView and Qlik Sense with Microsoft Dynamics NAV or each other data source (e.g. Dynamics CRM), enabling users to analyze data by themselves easily, with minimal technical preparation and without the support of the IT department. Based upon the individual issues, the systematic evaluation of business data can provide companies with a range of important insights in order to assess business opportunities and financial risks better.
We will be presenting our products and solutions from March, 20th through 24th at the CeBIT in Hanover, booth E16 in hall 5. Here visitors can also generally find out about the versatile possibilities of Self-Service BI, Data Discovery and Visual Analytics. For a personal appointment please call +49 911 23980550.
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.
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:
As already announced at this year’s Qonnections in Orlando, BI solutions provider Qlik has now released the new version of its data visualization platform Qlik Sense. Alongside various improvements and bug fixes, Qlik Sense 3.0 offers many new user features.
Qlik Sense Version 3.0 provides the following new functions, among others:
New Qlik DataMarket packages
Qlik Sense 3.0 has new DataMarket sets, including data on the population of India, Canada, and more.
Language expansion and choice of reading order
The Business Intelligence platform is now available in four additional languages: Polish, Turkish, Korean and traditional Chinese. You can also change the reading direction in a Qlik Sense app to “right-to-left”.
Visual searching in Smart Search Smart Search lets you search through visualizations now. Results are returned in a gallery that lists out those visualizations in which the search terms were found. Clicking in the gallery brings you directly to the desired visualization.
Widget expansion for apps Qlik Sense apps can now be equipped with a new object type: widgets. Typically, these are customized KPI objects, diagram visualizations, tables and sheet navigation objects. Widgets are kept very simple in design and function, and can be created in the Widget Editor (part of the Dev Hub) without deep knowledge of development.
New visual data preparation The new visual data preparation lets you graphically integrate and analyse data by drag & drop. The various tables and datasets are displayed as bubbles that can be visually linked and related with one another. No expert knowledge of data modelling is required.
Qlik Sense 3.0 lets you add a continuous timescale along the x-axis to a line chart, to provide a complete and accurate view of time-based data. This scale represents an entire period of time (including intervals without data) in a consistent dimension, and allows the user to zoom in to any point.
Installing Qlik Connector with Qlik Sense
Qlik REST Connector 1.1, QlikSalesforce Connector 14.0 and QLIK ODBC Connectors Package 1.1 are now installed with Qlik Sense. This way, data can be loaded especially efficiently into a Qlik Sense app from REST data sources and SalesForce datasets. It has also been made much easier to integrate ODBC data sources.
In addition to all this, the new platform features many bug fixes and technical improvements. Watch the following video to find out more about the above features and discover other new functions.
Simultaneously to Qlik Sense 3.0, Qlik has also released the new version of its reporting tool Qlik NPrinting 17.1 and the fourth service release for QlikView 12. All three products are already available. Qlik Sense 3.0 and NPrinting 17.1 are also compatible with each other.