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Qlik releases Qlik Sense November 2018

The Qlik Sense story continues – the last release of 2018 is again filled with numerous innovations and cool features. For the first time, the product’s engine includes Qlik Machine Learning capabilities. So there is a lot to expect in this area in 2019. The following shows an overview of the November release highlights:

Qlik Sense November 2018

Dashboard Extension Bundle

By the Dashboard Extension Bundle, the first standard integrated extensions made their way into Qlik Sense. The feature can optionally be installed during the update. By choosing this option, you will find five new extensions in “Custom Objects”, which are now officially delivered with Qlik Sense and fully supported.

  • With the “Date Range Picker” you can select a single date or a range of dates from a calendar.
  • The “Navigation Buttons” can be used to define selections and actions for the entire app.
  • Using the “Tab Container” several tabs can be created within a Qlik Sense object in order to be able to display different visualizations or analysis views compressed for a selection.
  • A “Show/Hide Container” extension helps to display several visualizations in an object depending on the current selection criteria.
  • The “Variable Input” extension allows you to specify values for selections using buttons, drop-down menus and text input fields.

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QlikView November 2018 – What`s New

BI provider Qlik has provided the November release of its data analysis software QlikView. The new version features some exciting new features and improvements.

Some of the highlights of the new and updated features of QlikView include:

Support to create and schedule files in QlikView Publisher

The new version of QlikView Publisher includes the “File Exists” task among the supporting tasks. This new supporting option can be used to trigger another task following the creation of a file. This is especially useful when the system creates files at irregular time schedules and is used to improve file creation and scheduling. A “File Exists” task completes successfully even when the corresponding file is not found, but does not trigger the following task in this case.

New Log File for QVS Engine Performance

A new QVS Engine log file is now available in QlikView November 2018 for optimized troubleshooting and document design. Because the Engine log file creates a large amount of log data, it is disabled by default and can be enabled for a limited period of time. The generated log contains DocId, ObjectId, ObjectType, NetRAM and PeakRAM, which show the user which objects in the app require the highest RAM capacity.

Separate Reload Performance Protocol

Special new log files now provide information about task performance in a separate form. Until now, this information could be found in the task logs. The new arrangement of the log files makes it easier to reload the performance analysis and keep record which documents consume the most resources.

Improved QlikView Script Loading Process

QlikView November 2018 provides the ability to load complete tables from an SSE-plug-in by making a single request in the QlikView load script.

Custom settings in the configuration files listed in the QMC

The new QlikView version makes it possible to display all “non-default settings” applied to the respective QlikView deployment directly in the menu of the QlikView Management Console (QMC). The displayed list can be used to document all custom configurations and thus provides an ideal basis to update or migrate the respective QlikView installation.

In addition to the new functions listed, the new QlikView version includes other new features such as support for .NET Framework 4.7.2 and the implementation of the Skia graphics library to enhance app visualizations. The following video provides an overview of the QlikView November 2018 highlights:

QlikView November 2018 - What's New

 

Dynamics 365 Business Central: New Name – New Licencing Model

The current autumn releases of several Microsoft business solutions are on the market for a few weeks now. In addition to new features and improvements, the ERP software Dynamics NAV has also officially been named Dynamics 365 Business Central. Along with the new title there is also a new licencing model for the product.

What remains unchanged is the option to choose whether to purchase the software under the perpetual licencing model or simply rent it via subscription licencing. The former allows the buyer to purchase the solution for unlimited and unrestricted use and requires annual maintenance fee of 16%. In contrast, subscription licencing constitutes a model where the software can be used for a certain period of time. The subscription licencing model is therefore much more flexible and particularly suitable for cloud-based use as Software as a Service (SaaS). The product is billed monthly per user.

Business Central Licencing
Business Central Licencing (Source: Microsoft)

The licencing model underwent some changes during the introduction of Business Central. Instead of the previous Concurrent User model, the Named User model, which is already in place for nearly all other Microsoft products, is used now. The Concurrent User model merely offered restricted access to a set number of users being able to log into the system at the same time. In contrast, with the Named User model, only licenced users can be authorised – no matter whether they are working in the system concurrently or at different times. Every user who wants to access the system therefore requires his own licence. Existing Dynamics NAV customers with an active enhancement plan up to and including the 2018 version still have the option to extend their licence. In this case, previous Concurrent Users will also be available for purchase in the future.

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Qlik NPrinting: New features with the fall release

NPrinting September 2018Within the scope of the recently launched Qlik release wave, which optimized the data visualization platform Qlik Sense again, NPrinting has been equipped with new functions, too.

The most important new features of the latest NPrinting version include the following areas:

Password protection
Since the September release, NPrinting has a password protection. It is possible to protect reports with both “read” and “read & write” passwords. Passwords can be set at report, publish task or user level. The preview in the Printing Newsstand is accordingly disabled for password protected reports.

Macros in Excel reports
Concerning the creation of Excel reports, it is now possible to integrate Visual Basic macros into reports and publish them in *.xlsm format.

Cookies
According to the new data protection guidelines, NPrinting cookies will be deleted immediately after session logout.

In addition, the latest version of NPrinting also contains numerous improvements relating to performance and stability.

Comprehensive analyses through multiple data sources

IQlik Multiple Data Sourcesn many companies, clean data are the base of important business processes. Analyzed data is essential – especially for new insights or as a decision-making aid. Because these data don’t come from a single internal source any longer, the possibility of integrating external data sources should always be considered at choosing data analysis software.

The storage of company data has gone through a major change in the recent years. In particular, the cloud movement into many companies means that information is no longer stored at a central location, but is obtained from multiple sources. Companies often base decisions on efficiency and go for various cloud models.

But the increased storage options pose a particular challenge to analytics tools, as all relevant data from the various sources must be put together without much effort. The best way to do this is to move away from data silos. Instead, the analysis software should extend across all data sources without having to migrate the data required for evaluation to a central location via various infrastructure barriers.

The various information formats are also important. It should be possible to include external social media data from the cloud in the analyses also as classics like Excel. Open APIs or other connectors can be helpful, as they allow the various sources, whether on-premise or cloud, to be linked to each other without any problems.

The user-friendliness of the software should also not be underrated. The combination of data should be flexible, scalable and simple in order to prevent user mistakes in data analysis and to be able to provide the required data as quickly as possible.

Microsoft publishes October release: Dynamics NAV becomes Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft rolled out the October releases for some of its business applications. The new version of the ERP software Dynamics NAV not only includes new features and improvements, there is also a new name: Dynamics 365 Business Central (On-Premises).

It has already been known for some time that after the last published version Dynamics NAV 2018, no new release will appear under the former name. Instead, the product line continues themed Dynamics 365 Business Central. Customers who are currently using a local Dynamics NAV solution can continue using it in future, but all subsequent versions of the product line will be published under the new name.

Dynamics 365 Business Central Roadmap
Dynamics 365 Business Central Roadmap (Source: Twitter/atotovic)

For new customers Dynamics NAV 2018 is only available until December 31st 2018. After that date there will only be Business Central (On-Premises) available. In addition, existing customers with Dynamics NAV 2009 or older versions can no longer upgrade to NAV 2018 starting January 1st 2019, only to Business Central (On-Premises).

Dynamics NAV customers with an active Dynamics Enhancement Plan can continue to use their current installation or upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central (On-Premises). The existing Dynamics NAV licenses and functions will be transferred to Business Central (On-Premises) accordingly. Downgrading to Dynamics NAV 2018 or earlier versions won’t be possible any longer.

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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

Is Digital Transformation for sale? Really?

Guus KrabbenborgGuus Krabbenborg is well-known as a business trainer, consultant, blogger and frequently speaker in the Microsoft world. As an expert, he speaks like no other about changes and possibilities in an increasingly digitizing world. We are pleased to welcome the highly-inspiring speaker to our Business Day. With a blog post about digital transformation, he is already getting us in the mood for his speeches:

Today, Digital Transformation is a strategic topic for every company on the planet. Everybody knows examples of companies that have ignored the need to change. Or that started the change process too late. And where that led to. Of course, Digital Transformation has a lot to do with IT and software solutions. However, the question is if you simply can order Digital Transformation from the pricelist of your IT vendor.

The answer to this question is of course No! Digital Transformation is not an article number on the pricelist of any vendor in today’s world. On the contrary, the change process that comes naturally with this transformation is dominated by the so called ‘human factors’. Like the need for a vision on the future. Like trust and internal support. Clear communication about the goals and underlying strategies. Commitment of all parties involved. And exemplary behavior of the leaders.

I strongly believe that IT solutions form an important part of a successful transformation process. But I also believe that it’s valuable contribution is much less than 50 percent of the total project success.

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New concept, new location: prisma invites to Business Day 2018

prisma Business Day 2018prisma informatik invites you to its annual business day – this year with a new venue and concept.

On October 25th at the Sportpark Ronhof in Fuerth it is all about “Smart processes – valuable data – modern infrastructure”. In addition to some keynotes on the developments of Microsoft, prisma & Co., our new concept includes an open information and communication forum to inform about various topics at numerous information booths, network and hold deepening talks.

Topics will include Modern Workplace (Office 365, Infrastructure etc.), Qlik (Data Visualizations & Reports, D365discovery etc.), Microsoft Dynamics (NAV Development, NAV Finance & Controlling, Document Management etc.) and certain industry lines. Our partner DocuWare will also be available, as well as the speakers Eduard Dell and Guus Krabbenborg.

Eduard Dell, as regional lead of the QBS DACH organization, supports partners such as prisma in creating and developing their business with Microsoft – especially in the area of “Microsoft Business Applications”. At the Business Day Eduard will highlight the roadmaps of the Dynamics product lines.

Guus Krabbenborg is well-known in the Microsoft world as a particularly inspiring speaker, trainer, consultant and blogger. In his creative and inspiring performances, Guus speaks like no other about changes and possibilities in an increasingly digitizing world.

At our “Meet & Greet” on the previous evening (October 24th), Guus will already introduce you to the upcoming day with an exciting impulse speech an our experts will also be available for initial discussions.

Information can also be found in our latest press release. Registrations are open, please click  here to join the prisma Business Day 2018.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central – First details known for October release

In October, Microsoft is going to roll out new releases for its business applications. Dynamics 365 Business Central will then also be equipped with some improvements and innovations. The release notes recently published by Microsoft provide an overview of the new key features. They also confirm that the on-premise version of Business Central will be the successor to Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

With the upcoming October release, the availability of Dynamics 365 Business Central will be extended. From this point on, the solution can be operated in the cloud, on-premise and as a hybrid model. Customers who currently have a local Dynamics NAV solution in operation can continue to use it. However, subsequent versions of the Dynamics NAV product range will no longer be available under the usual name. Instead, the solution will become “Business Central On-Premise” as part of the new releases.

Optimized productivity and user experience

The new version of Business Central will bring some productivity and usability improvements in the Web Client. Besides a new modern look, improved keyboard navigation and new keyboard shortcuts make working with the program considerably faster and more convenient. Enhanced search functions for pages and reports as well as new filter options for lists also increase user-friendliness – regardless of whether the data is accessed via Web Client or Universal App Client (Smartphone, Tablet or Windows 10).

Dynamics 365 Business Central
The October version of Dynamics 365 Business Central also offers some visual changes (Source: Microsoft)

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