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We are excited to introduce Qlik Core to the market after our recent beta testing.  Qlik Core is a set of components that allows software developers to easily integrate and scale the power of Qlik’s Associative Engine for their own software and platform projects.


The why.


It all started with the release of QlikView 10 when we introduced the ability for software developers to build their own set of objects that could be used within a QlikView document. This opened the door to a new audience of software developers, enabling them to extend Qlik’s platform. 

When we designed Qlik Sense we took it a step further. We gave software developers even more possibilities. The idea was to allow users the ability to tap into the Associative Engine directly and extend every aspect of the platform. This allowed developers to create new data driven experiences on top of the Qlik Sense platform bringing it to new heights than we never could have imagined.


Now the time has come to push the boundaries even further!



The what.


With Qlik Core we are scaling back even further and are allowing software developers to consume the Qlik Associative Engine with minimal amount of dependencies. Allowing the developer to craft a data driven experience that is 100% their own while we get out of the way.

Qlik Core consists of the Qlik Associative Engine packaged up as a Docker image running in a UNIX container and various, optional, libraries to help speed up the development cycle.

With this, we also deliver additional tools and services to allow developers to easily orchestrate and scale usage of Qlik Core inside of their own software projects.





And you can! Qlik Core is free to use for development and testing purposes where no licenses are needed to get started. Qlik Branch Playground allows developers to experience the power of Qlik Core for free by running their data through the Qlik Associative Engine to quickly explore, create, share and test their application ideas — right in their browser.


Head over to our Qlik Core site for more information or visit our getting started guides to experience the full power of Qlik’s Associative Engine.


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Happy Day of the Programmer! As the 256th day of the year, developers are celebrated on this day based on binary code — an important concept within computer science. You see, 1 Byte consists of 8 Bits. It has 2^8 or 256 possible values. Translated to binary code, the day reads 1 0000 0000. These values are well-known to developers making it the perfect day to celebrate their contributions.

That also why today we’re unveiling Qlik Branch’s fresh new look and UX. Built on top of the Qlik Associative Engine, the new site experience at https://developer.qlik.com is the developer gateway for experiencing the power of our Associative Engine and APIs. It features:

  • Qlik Branch Garden a hub for developers to share and collaborate on open source projects that ignite innovation leveraging Qlik products
  • Qlik Branch Playground— a sandbox for developers to experience the power of Qlik Core for free by running their data through the Qlik Associative Engine to quickly explore, create, share and test their application ideas — right in their browser. 
  • Qlik Branch Knowledge— tutorials and hacks from Qlik’s developer relations team and squad of 30,000+ developers

Across the site, you can favorite, upvote, downvote and provide comments to content.
You can also curate your own content via your user profile page and get the latest on upcoming events and news. So, whether you’re a seasoned developer or just beginning your developer journey, join our Qlik Branch Squad!

Also, share your feedback and roadmap ideas via the #branch-website Qlik Branch Slack channel. And if you’re really a fan of the new experience, be sure to share on social using #NewBranchOut.

We are excited to share news on the September 2018 release of Qlik Sense, and would like to highlight some of the key enhancements in this release.

Since the June 2018 Release, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the value of Insight Advisor, and how it suggests the best analytics and insights to explore.  Qlik remains focused on Augmented Intelligence and the September 2018 Release expands the use of Insight Advisor to published Qlik Sense Apps, to encourage further data exploration across the enterprise.  This is only the beginning of how Qlik will reshape the analytics community with the power of our Cognitive Engine, with more to come around AI in future releases!

In addition, we are furthering our commitment to delivering ‘QlikView like’ features in Qlik Sense with our focus on Advanced Authoring.  The September 2018 release offers additional advanced authoring capabilities that enable customers to build sophisticated data layouts while improving the speed of application development through ease of use.  These include:


  • Better control over information density within the Qlik Sense client for devices that support touch and mouse input
  • Default bookmarks for setting initial selection state when applications are opened
  • The ability to turn off responsiveness of the client for custom sheet sizing
  • Expression Editor enhancements including direct links to help, restructured function categorization and improved search capabilities
  • Visualization control improvements including conditional show/hide in pivot tables and customizable master measures

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We are excited to announce another high-value enhancement delivering a key customer requirement. The September 2018 Release offers the ability to move multiple apps from stream to stream which removes the previous limitations from the Qlik Management Console (QMC).  Further, we have made investments to improve performance and stability with upgrades to our open source front-end framework.


The September 2018 Release will also deliver enhanced mapping capabilities including a new Density Map Layer that is very useful when mapping data on a highly localized and detailed level.    The Density Map Layer is a multi-color gradient background where the color intensity depends on the weight and closeness of points.  This map layer is useful for mapping data such as: crime statistics, house values, etc.  The release does not stop there as we have made other general mapping improvements around additional controls and data inputs.




For value-added products, we’ve strengthened the capabilities of Qlik NPrinting around administration, expanded authoring, and improved security for report consumption.  For example, you can now import users/roles from an LDAP source and, if desired, you can substitute the TLS Cipher suite.  In addition, Qlik NPrinting now has session expiration log out, output of reports in .xlsm formats, and report level password protection. 


We continue to expand connectivity with the addition of Microsoft Azure DB and Jira connectors, while also delivering enhanced security with LDAP authentication within the integrated connector to Presto. More to come later this month on additional SAP connectors!


And last, the September 2018 release addresses the mobile security requirements of large enterprise deployments, delivering full support for AirWatch EMM. As AirWatch is among the fastest growing EMM vendors, it is critical for Qlik in becoming a tier one vendor to integrate well with and support this platform! 


The much-anticipated Qlik Associative Big Data Index is to be released later this month via a new Early Access Program (EAP).  Look out for more information in the coming days.

Watch the What's New video to see these awesome features in action:

What's New in Qlik Sense September 2018


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Part of Qlik’s strategy in supplying enterprise customers with an end-to-end analytics strategy is to deliver a more comprehensive portfolio that helps address one of our customers’ biggest challenges – the data itself.     In support of this mission, Qlik recently acquired Podium Data, an enterprise-grade data management company whose solution simplifies and accelerates the customers’ ability to manage, prepare and deliver data to every business user across a diverse data landscape. With the addition of Podium Data, Qlik now has the ability to deliver an unparalleled enterprise data management solution – capable of transforming raw data into a governed and “analytics-ready” information resource for QlikView and Qlik Sense. 


This is exciting news for Qlik customers. The Podium platform can optimize and leverage existing data within an organization, as the technology develops a comprehensive understanding of data sources, and then curates, enriches & transforms all data into business-ready information.   It provides a complete data hub offering with key capabilities, such as:


  • Intelligent Data Profiling and Onboarding
  • Automated Data Quality
  • Data Preparation and Publishing
  • Smart Data Catalog


With the addition of Podium Data, Qlik is now able to directly address a set of common data challenges that exist within many organizations and will enable our customers to be data-driven organizations.   


We are thrilled to have Dr. Paul Barth, Founder and CEO of Podium Data, on Qlik’s Management Team.  As a highly respected and recognized thought-leader on business driven data strategies and best practices, his recent article on CIO.com “Migrating data to the cloud: Back to the future”  supports Qlik’s vision of enabling companies to be data-driven organizations.    Endless insights with control and confidence in data is now possible…


To learn more about Qlik’s expanded data management capabilities and the value it will bring to our customers, go to the new Podium Data Product page on Qlik.com and join us for a webinar later this month to learn more about the Podium platform.  Register here






For most geo-related use cases, the highest level of needed detail is the town or postal code district. There are, however, certain use cases where one needs to also include street addresses.  And for that, Qlik now offers Qlik Geocoding.  Initially released this past April, Qlik Geocoding is an optional, add-on subscription service to Qlik GeoAnalytics Base and Qlik GeoAnalytics Enterprise Server that determines the coordinates of a street address or the other way around.


The service is provided through the Qlik GeoAnalytics Connector (for both QlikView and Qlik Sense) using the operations “AddressPointLookup” and “PointToAddressLookup”. “AddressPointLookup” is used for forward geocoding (given this address, what are the coordinates).  “PointToAddressLookup” is used for reverse geocoding or converting coordinates to an address.  This could be useful, for example, to convert GPS coordinates to a street location.


An example of forward geocoding can be seen in this screenshot.  The original addresses are in the table on the left.  The related coordinates that were returned by Qlik Geocoding are in the table on the right.


Qlik’s source of geocoding information is the Esri World Geocoding Service and, like any mapping source, the completeness and level of detail will vary by country.  Countries with rich datasets should accurately return the correct house number.  Countries with limited datasets may only be able to match to the street or region, not the address.


Qlik Geocoding is only offered as a hosted service and is subscription priced based on how many lookups are done each year.  Because of this, we recommend that you store all completed look-up results locally for future reference.  Thus, you only need to use Qlik Geocoding in the future for new addresses.  This can significantly reduce the number of address lookups and thus minimize the cost of using Qlik Geocoding.


To learn more about our Qlik Geocoding service check out this video by our Mike Tarallo, which provides a brief presentation about the service and a more in depth how-to with some tips and tricks along the way. Mike has also provided some sample data and a Qlik Sense example as well for you to use within your Qlik Sense implementation. Also see his next video which covers the Line Layer and the use of the "Closest" operator with the Qlik GeoAnalytics Connector: Get Familiar with Qlik GeoAnalytics - The "Closest" Operator.




Resources mentioned in this video:



Qlik GeoAnalytics

Terms and Conditions

• Geocoding Template:  https://bi.idevio.com/products/qlik-geocoding

2017 was a very busy year for Qlik NPrinting from the standpoint of improving stability and performance. While this continues to be a focus, 2018 is on track to be the year of feature enhancements. With the June 2018 release and September 2018 Internal Preview, significant advancements in features have been introduced to make Qlik NPrinting more robust than ever.


Here is a summary of some of the biggest enhancements in Qlik NPrinting since January…


Support for more forms of authentication and authorizationThis not only allows Qlik NPrinting customers standardization between systems, but also improves user experience and increased security.


  • SAML authentication: Qlik NPrinting supports Single Sign-On (SSO) by using SAML. SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) is an open standard for exchanging authentication and authorization data between parties - i.e. an identify provider (IdP) and service provider (SP). Based on XML the most important use case is with Web Browser Single Sign-On. Both Qlik NPrinting Web Console and NewsStand can be configured to manage SAML authentication.
  • JSON Web Token (JWT): Supports authentication on both Qlik Sense and QlikView with DMS. JWT is an open standard for secure transmission of information between two parties used for authentication and authorization. JWT enables SSO in Qlik NPrinting, minimizing the number of times a user must log on.
  • QlikView server DMS authorization: Qlik NPrinting connections to QlikView Server now support DMS authentication. Section access can be integrated easily with Qlik NPrinting without the need of other actions. Qlik NPrinting On-Demand plugin works for Access Point users authenticated with DMS credentials.
  • Kerberos authentication: Qlik NPrinting now supports the use of Kerberos and NTLM. Just be sure the browsers used to access Qlik NPrinting are also configured to support Kerberos!


Qlik Sense pivot table supportQlik NPrinting supports pivot tables as objects from Qlik Sense connections, the same as QlikView connections. This allows for more flexibility to enhance reports with insight from pivot tables, without manually manipulation.


Monthly and yearly schedules – Time-based triggers now allow the creation of monthly and yearly schedules, which provides users with more flexibility to get the right information at the right time. This feature removes a gap from Qlik NPrinting 16.


Enhanced error handling – Qlik NPrinting filtering system has been improved and it is now able to manage many errors that appeared with messages like “Wrong content node response” or “Apply empty response”. Static empty content or invalid selections are managed without errors. The enhanced error handling is crucial for administrators minimizing downtime.


Upgrades to PostgresSQL, RabbitMQ and Erlangimportant updates that make Qlik NPrinting more secure and reliable.

  • Qlik NPrinting Repository is now based on PostgreSQL 10.1
  • The PostgreSQL administration tool was upgraded from 3 to 4.
  • Qlik NPrinting Messaging service (RabbitMQ and Erlang) have been updated. RabbitMQ [server] from version 3.5.7 to v3.7.4. RabbitMQ [client] from version 3.6 to v5.0.1. Erlang OPT from version 18.1 to v20.3.


Import users and roles from LDAPAs a first step towards tighter integration with Qlik Sense user management, it is now possible to import users, with attributes, and roles from a generic LDAP source into Qlik NPrinting by configuring imports directly from the Qlik NPrinting Web Console.


Password protected reports – Qlik NPrinting can generate reports protected with reading and/or writing passwords. Passwords can be set at report, publish task, or user level, which provide our customers with increased confidence that reports are safe.


Along with numerous security enhancements, improved QlikView cache generation, these are just some of the key advancements so far this year. And we’re still delighted for what the remainder of 2018 has in store for Qlik NPrinting!

Qlik is committed to making our products available and providing an outstanding user experience to everyone... When technology imitates the diversity of its users, there are no limits to what people can achieve. Qlik Sense has features that enable people who access our products in different ways to more easily interact with data and visualizations.

These features will continue to be developed as we strive to bring analytics and technology to all users with all abilities. Here are some best practices for creating accessible apps.

Building Accessible Apps

Accessibility is more than product features. When building an application, a developer also needs to design with accessibility in mind. This includes principles such as:

  • Keeping a flat structure instead of a complicated grid.
  • Providing an overview first, then more detail in subsequent scrollable sheets.
  • Using standard colors and a limited palette, choosing for readability.
  • Using charts that include the accessible data view
  • Providing text descriptions and context as much as possible.
  • Limiting values in dimensions to 10 or less.

While it may be more work, your apps will be easier to grasp and use for everyone, not just people with disabilities.

Keep a flat structure

When creating a layout, use a flat and easy structure, with few columns and rows. Complex structures make accessing your app difficult for users with keyboard navigation. Try navigating your sheets with the keyboard and see how users will perceive your app. A flat design also improves sheet readability for all users.

Provide an overview first and the details later

A fundamental design paradigm is “Overview first, details later”. For example, start by providing summaries and KPIs, rather than a complex table. Scrollable sheets let you put more details further down on the page, reducing the number of sheets needed in your app. 

Limit colors and choose selectively

Choose colors wisely. Colors can carry important information, but be sure to keep the palette small and distinct. More information on using colors can be found on our Data Visualization Foundations: Color blog post. Sticking to the default colors in Sense is good idea, they provide good readability for users with low vision.

Use charts with a data view

When designing your app, use charts that have the built-in data view. This lets users change the chart to a table, to help inspect and select values. Most of the standard Qlik Sense visualizations include this feature.

Extensions are useful, but you should confirm that they comply with the level of accessibility that you require.

Provide text descriptions

Have you noticed that all visualizations come with fields for a title, a subtitle, and a footer? Providing accurate text descriptions makes life a lot easier for all your users. You might think that your 80-20 bar chart with accumulated sums of sales for current and previous year is self-explanatory. But without context, your users may waste time deciphering your data. Also, screen readers will pick up the descriptions and have them read back.

Limit categories

When working with nominal data, try to find hierarchies or make aggregations if the number of categories is greater than 10. For example, displaying the top 10 values, and rest as ‘Others’ will make your data easier to understand and read aloud. You can always have tables with all the details but be sure put them at the end of the sheet.



Qlik is focused on the development of accessibility features in our products. Additional support for other user roles is on the roadmap. Supporting universal use in our solutions is an evolving process that will continue to employ new technologies and techniques as they become available. Our aim is to expand beyond the existing features within Qlik Sense Enterprise and Qlik Cloud Business.

We've optimized a demo app for your reference that can be found here.



We are pleased to share with you 2 new features available immediately in Qlik Sense Cloud:


  • Segment Colors for Master Measures
  • New Density Map Layer


To learn more about these new features and see them in action, check out this brief video:


Segment Colors and Density Map Layer


Segment Colors - for Master Measures

This new feature allows you to create and customize your own color segments for your measures that are defined within the Master Items library. You can define your individual segments along with its corresponding color and set a range for each by either using fixed values or percentages. Since the scheme is defined in the master measure, it is created one and then respected by every chart object and is consistent throughout in the app.


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New Density Map Layer

This is a new layer available with our default map object that comes with Qlik Sense. This layer is best used with very "dense" location data, allowing you to summarized large amounts of data where your points are considered very close in proximity to one another. Depending on the number of points in a particular location the density map will reveal shapes and patterns with various colors and intensities. Indicating "dense" areas or hot spots within your data. This type of map draws your intention immediately to areas of concern or progress allowing you to make informed decisions quickly and easily.


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Try them out now http://qlik.com/cloud


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We are excited to announce that the QlikView & Qlik Sense Dual Use offer, previously announced at Qonnections 2018, is now available!   This new compelling dual-use offer provides a cost-effective option for QlikView customers to benefit from Qlik Sense.


We are launching this offer because we know that our customers see a significant value in having both QlikView and Qlik Sense deployed in parallel to support all types of complex business use cases, to help drive insights in all parts of their business.    This offer provides our valued QlikView customers with an easy way to ensure that they have flexibility and choice on how they leverage Qlik throughout their business. 


This offer is based on a small uplift on existing annual QlikView maintenance and provides dual-use for both products to the existing QlikView user base. Please contact your local Qlik Account Manager or Qlik Partner for more details on pricing, terms and conditions and how to take advantage of this exciting offer.


In addition, in support of our dedicated QlikView customer base, Qlik is committed to ongoing investments in QlikView including our annual feature release.  For more information on Qlik’s product roadmap, please refer to the Statement of Direction and QlikView Qlik Sense Strategy Doc.


Qlik Sense Enterprise just got a lot cloudier with the first phase of multi-cloud capabilities included in the June 2018 release! These capabilities represent our first step in delivering the only true multi-cloud analytics solution. Our cloud-native, best-in-class architecture gives you unparalleled flexibility and choice in how you deploy analytics across on-premise and public and private clouds without any compromises on the Qlik Sense experience. Our cloud strategy is all about enabling your cloud strategy, and we're exclusively providing cloud analytics on your terms.


Beginning with this release, Qlik Sense Enterprise customers can now distribute applications from a single tenant cloud or on-premise deployment of Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows to one or both of two new highly-elastic and scalable cloud environments for consumption and interaction:


  • Qlik Sense Enterprise for elastic deployments, a new deployment package designed to run large-scale Qlik Sense Enterprise deployments using containers in the cloud of your choice

  • Qlik Cloud Services*, a public cloud environment hosted and managed by Qlik that is elastic and highly scalable, globally available and always up to date with the latest features


Additionally, all users receive a single license and login across all environments, and access to the new hub, which includes new collaboration and content organization features. You can define rules and policies aligned to your business requirements to determine where data is stored and how analytics are distributed across environments and your user community. You can also change the structure of your deployment as your data and business needs change over time. We don't lock you in to a specific deployment model.

Additional multi-cloud capabilities, including the ability to create and add sheets to applications in the cloud, are planned added on an ongoing basis as part of our continuous release cycle. Reference Qlik’s Statement of Direction for more roadmap details. Below,  watch Mike Tarallo's introductory video to learn more about the first phase of multi-cloud deployment options and the longer-term vision of Qlik's multi-cloud strategy:

Qlik's Multi-Cloud Solution - Part 1 - Introduction


Our multi-cloud strategy is made possible by cloud-native, containerized software that ensures your applications deploy quickly, reliably, and consistently regardless of the deployment environments.  It also ensures a seamless, consistent Qlik Sense experience regardless of whether end users are accessing analytics on-premise, in the cloud, on a device, or across different geographies. And, because different services are developed and improved independently, our continuous release cycles rapidly deliver innovation to you.

Since our Qonnections 2018 keynote, we've been (very) eagerly waiting to show you more of these great new features, and to hear your feedback. Below, watch how a user can distribute apps to a Qlik Sense Enterprise for Elastic environment and navigate the new hub. With our best-in-class multi-cloud architecture running behind the scenes, the user experience is easy, seamless, and fast!


Qlik's Multi-Cloud Solution - Part 2 - Brief Demonstration (Phase 1)

Can't see the videos? Is YouTube blocked by your organization or region? Download the attached .mp4 video files to view on your computer or mobile device.

And if you're ready to learn more and see an in-depth product demonstration, download the attached datasheet and contact your Qlik Account Manager or contact our sales team. You can also post questions, view resources and engage with our staff and community members in this new section dedicated to Qlik Sense Multi-Cloud.

*Available with Qlik Sense Enterprise subscription licensing only

As the summer months begin to heat up so too are things here at Qlik with the much-anticipated Qlik Sense June 2018 Release. Packed with so many great new features, and it is hard to know where to start...


What's New in Qlik Sense June 2018 (.mp4 video below)


To begin with, say hello to the Insight Advisor as our newest and very exciting advancement in Augmented Intelligence (AI).  The Insight Advisor suggests the best analytics and insights for users to consider and explore.  This capability, powered by our cognitive engine and works with our Qlik Associative Engine to provide insight suggestions and automation that are in context with user’s intuition and behavior to support our vision around pervasive data literacy within the organization.  In short, this very cool feature is only the beginning of how our cognitive engine will continue to reshape the analytics community.


New features around accelerated self-service help users get to insights that much faster.  Qlik’s cognitive engine also powers alternative chart suggestions, which allows users to explore different chart options easily.  Simple drag-and-drop functionality enable users to easily switch dimensions and measures to drive a quicker and more intuitive way to visualize data.  We also made advancements around data loading capabilities providing a user-friendly and integrated way to control the  loading of your data, with easily applied filters and aggregations.


As always, we are continually developing new visualizations and enhanced mapping capabilities.  This release boasts a new line layer map chart, which allows users to visualize relationships such as areas or flows of goods, or money between geographic locations.  A scrollbar chart toggle feature allows users to toggle off a visualization’s scrollbar on charts when using the continuous axis to control the appearance and make better use of the sheet’s space to highlight other chart aspects. Lastly, we are giving users more control over the straight table with the ability to show or hide columns conditionally based on expressions.


We are also introducing Accessibility capabilities with this release.  Chart to table flipping allows a user to switch visualizations to a table presentation, inspect values and make selections.  Keyboard table selections enable value selection in charts that have been flipped to a table.  In addition, we have added screen reader tags that can be read out properly to the user when using a screen reader program.  Lastly, users can navigate and interact with the Qlik help site using keyboard keys and shortcuts, resize/zoom text and images and get a good contrast for text, icons, and images. 


We are committed to enhancing ways to collaborate across the organization using the QSE platform, and the June 2018 Release supports this with a new “My Work” section within the hub. Now users can easily identify apps in this section that are published and those that are not giving users more control around publishing apps.  Owners of apps can also promote and un-promote community sheets, which provides great value when promoting a compelling insight that might add value for other users in the system as authorized content to the “base sheets”


Improved management and governance capabilities for app republishing from the hub eliminate the need to browse the QMC and simplifies the app lifecycle workflow.  This release also provides improvements to our API to export / import an app with or without data, and ability to import & replace an app UI while keeping the data.


As written up in a recent innovation blog, Qlik is focused on building out capabilities around “Advanced Authoring” capabilities in Qlik Sense!  Specific to this release, we have improved sheet layout options, which now include scrollable sheets and control over grid size with objects.  You will also see an improved set of options around creating expressions, which allows users to easily explore and see expected syntax for all Qlik Sense chart functions from the Editor dialog. 


Last and quite possibly the biggest part of the June 2018 Release, is the launch of our Multi-Cloud offering, which will give customers a way to successfully transition to cloud analytics!  Qlik’s multi-cloud analytics solution supports any analytics use case regardless of where data is stored or how the platform is deployed.  This will allow Qlik customers to keep their data where they want it – across on-premise and single- or multi-cloud deployments using clouds of their choice.  Customers can define their own rules and policies around where data is stored and how it is distributed to optimize computing across different environments and provide a seamless experience across their infrastructure. 


With the release of Multi-Cloud we also offer a new cloud hub, which delivers a flexible, modern and personalized view of analytics to all consumers of cloud content in multi-cloud deployments of Qlik Sense. The new cloud hub allows users to organize content in collections and easily get to commonly used apps by favoriting them. This works on any device, as it is built using responsive design. Over the next few releases, the cloud hub will add more features to accelerate time to insight for all users.


Qlik is also introducing updates that streamline the Qlik Sense client packaging with the introduction of Webpack , a new technology for module bundling JavaScript® applications.  


All this, and more including Qlik Nprinting enhancements and expanded connectivity!


You can watch the video above or visit our YouTube channel to learn more: Qlik Sense June 2018 - What's New - YouTube

Other Resources:

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With the release of Qlik Sense June 2018, it is a good time to take a look at the AI advancements of Qlik Sense.  At the core of all Qlik products is the belief that analytics software should help to harness and extend the capabilities of the human user – driving data literacy for users of all skill levels.  Our AI strategy centers on a new cognitive engine that works with our associative engine to provide insight suggestions and automation that are in context with user intuition and behavior.


We started our AI journey in the February 2018 release with a new set of capabilities aimed at accelerating the self-service creation process through machine suggestions and automation, shortening the time-to-value from data to insight.  The first step was to improve the process of linking multiple data sources together, where our Cognitive Engine now makes recommendations for the best associations based on the data sets being loaded.




In the April 2018 release we continued this process by augmenting and accelerating the visualization process itself.  A new chart suggestions capability leverages the cognitive engine to provide the best types of charts and visualizations based on the data being analyzed.  This new “assist mode” automatically determines and renders the best chart types as users drag-and-drop dimensions to explore, and also renders a set of alternative chart suggestions for consideration, giving the user more choice in how they want to represent data.  This requires the cognitive engine to understand data and associations and select the most appropriate visualizations to facilitate exploration and insight generation.




In June 2018 we took our AI capabilities to the next level with the introduction of the new Insight Advisor, again driven by our cognitive engine.  The Insight Advisor provides the users with a new experience that auto-generates the most relevant charts and insights based on the overall data set, dimensional selections, and search criteria.  This capability becomes even more powerful when combined with our associative engine, allowing users to spot insights in-context with their selections.





We hope you share our excitement around in these innovations that help to expand the accessibility and adoption of analytics for everyone, driving data literacy across your organization. And stay tuned for further innovations as our cognitive engine learns to better meet your analytics needs!


Qlik Sense has been known for its ability to be deployed across a multitude of devices in your in your organization. This has been part of innovation through responsive design that has driven its ease of use of authoring and self-service discovery.  Did you ever wish that you had more control and could increase the visualization density of your dashboards?  Well, we have good news for you… !!


Feedback from our customers and partners has told us that there is a demand for Qlik Sense Applications to behave more like web pages. This need comes from continued improvements to today’s web experiences provided by several leading web platforms. Qlik’s Product Team has been thinking of solutions to allow increased real estate in sheets for more complex dashboard requirements.  In Qlik Sense June 2018, we have improved sheet layout options in the following ways:


•    Qlik Sense sheets can be extended vertically

•    Change the grid size of a sheet with existing objects


Let's review each of these exciting enhancements…


Qlik Sense sheets are responsive, meaning that the sheet will adapt to the screen size of the user’s device, and it will not alter the development phase for the application. We are not changing that!


However, what you can do now is extend the space available to display more visualization objects. Extending the sheet is an optional setting that will allow objects to be dragged to the bottom of the screen and expand the usable space.




It is recommended to use this with caution as we did not add a limit of how much you can extend your sheets. Each developer, or user creating analysis in self-service mode, should evaluate what is best for the use case. To avoid breaking the user flow, we decided to keep “scrolling” inside charts as it is. Therefore, if you are creating an extended sheet, it might be a good idea to leave some "empty" space between the objects for scrolling the sheet and not into the objects.


The other improvement to sheet layout is that users can now control the grid size in the sheet space, and can change it for existing sheets. This means that you will have better control of positioning and size for the objects and areas in the sheet, which should be empty for design purposes.  The objects will remain in their position, and you would only have to snap them to the new grid after making changes.


Additionally, we have good news for developers who are building complex expressions.  In the June release of Qlik Sense Enterprise, we will increase the number of options available on the Expression Editor dialog; where before you only could browse through tables and fields names, and insert them into a limited list of functions. Now you can see all Qlik Sense chart functions listed and organized by categories as well as list variables available. Also, you can also check the options to insert "distinct" and "total" qualifiers to the expressions.




These new capabilities are initial deliveries for a much broader plan around Advanced Authoring. Our goal is to improve usability and enable developers to plan their application development according to the business problems they are trying to solve, while helping to target specific business user behaviors. Some of these developments need a guided analytics approach, we are calling this Advanced Authoring, and you can expect to see more improvements around this area in future releases.


Stay tuned, this is just the beginning and let us know how much you love these new capabilities. To learn more about the June release, “what’s new” Qlik Sense page! . Watch a live demo on these Advanced Authoring features here:


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This month, we’re excited to announce a new customization feature for Qlik Sense Cloud Business users! You can now upload your own custom themes to your Qlik Sense Cloud Business workspace, and create and publish apps that reflect your own specific style requirements. For example, you can now apply a preferred color palette or your brand guidelines to apps.


To create your own custom theme, you’ll need to compile a compressed zip folder with three key components:

  • A definition (QEXT) file
  • A main JSON file
  • Any additional assets that support the theme as needed (i.e. CSS files)


Once you’ve created the folder, you can upload it to the new Themes section in the settings area of Qlik Sense Cloud Business. Once uploaded, the theme will then appear in the App Theme drop-down in the App Options menu. Don’t forget, you can also reference this list to apply any of the default themes available to all Qlik Sense Cloud users – Sense Classic, Sense Breeze, and Sense Focus.



Curious about what Google and Super Mario themes look like in Qlik Sense? Watch the video below to see how Mike Tarallo uses those examples to highlight everything you need to know to set up custom themes.

We’ve attached the Google theme files Mike uses in his demonstration to this blog so that you can try uploading custom themes on your own.


Finally, check out some of the great resources below – including our online help documentation and other Qlik Community blogs – for more details on how to create custom themes.


Can't see the video? YouTube blocked by your region or organization? Download the .mp4 attached to watch on your computer or mobile device.

Since we launched Qlik GeoAnalytics about a year ago, there has been great interest among both Qlik Sense and QlikView users in adding mapping and geo-analysis capabilities to their Qlik environment.  Now we are making it even easier.  Starting with Qlik Sense April 2018, we updated the mapping capabilities within Qlik Sense to be based on Qlik GeoAnalytics technology.


This new map chart object makes it easy to add maps to your app.  Location related names such as countries, counties, provinces, regions, cities, airports, and zip codes now utilize a dynamic location name lookup service to automatically define and visualize geo data.


This new capability is available to all Qlik Sense users, whether they are using Desktop, Enterprise or Cloud.  Additional Qlik GeoAnalytics features such as multiple layers, layer control, zoom levels, labels, and multiple point symbols are also included.  And if you have maps in your existing apps, they will be seamlessly migrated to the new map object.


Points and area layers are available in this initial release.  Additional layers and more capabilities are planned for future releases. Note that all geo-analysis calculations, such as drive-times, travel areas, binning, clustering or intersections, still require a different license.


If you haven’t seen it yet, some of these new mapping capabilities can be found in the video - What’s New in Qlik Sense April 2018.  Click on the image below to watch the video.


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