Qlik has released this year’s February version of its data visualization platform Qlik Sense with several new features and improvements.
In addition to enhanced visualization and design capabilities, the new release also includes enhancements in the areas of Augmented Intelligence, data management, connectivity and integration. Among the highlights are:
Optimized Augmented Intelligence
With the new version the possibilities for generating visual insights created by the cognitive Qlik engine have been improved. For example, a new support for radar charts was added, so the cognitive engine now automatically suggests appropriate visualizations, if the necessary criteria is met. In addition, pattern detection has been optimized for natural language processing (NLP), which in turn leads to a larger number of relevant suggestions.
Extended visualization options
Qlik Sense February 2020 has also been expanded in the visualization area to enable even more detailed and individualized analyses. It is now possible to add trend lines (average, linear, exponential, logarithmic, powers and polynomials of second, third and fourth degree) to bar and line charts. New are also trend indicators in tables (e.g. to show trends and warnings and to highlight important information) and moving average and difference modifiers. The funnel chart has also been improved with a new custom sort option.
Dashboard and application enhancements
In addition to the new visualization options, the latest Qlik Sense version also offers some enhancements in the dashboard and application area. These include improved styling options for the action button (e.g. background color and image, font, border color, width and radius). In addition, user-defined tooltips for various diagram types, a toggle for selecting the map layer and the possibility to create a master dimension based on a dimension generated in a visualization have been added. Qlik Sense February 2020 also offers other new design options for pivot tables (e.g. font and color matching for better readability and handling), line charts (e.g. line thickness, style and curve) and the font.
Enhanced integration and connectivity
Qlik Sense now has also a stronger integration with Qlik Data Catalyst, which allows the QVD catalog to be retrieved directly from the Qlik Sense data manager. In this way the functionality of Qlik Data Catalyst can be used without the necessary to leave the familiar Qlik Sense environment. In addition, general Qlik Sense connectivity has been enhanced and support for the Google Big Query Storage API has been added.
The following video gives an overview of the listed and other new features of the Qlik Sense February 2020 release: