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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, a new deployment package designed to run large-scale private 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:


For those of you interested hearing from Qlik and Industry leaders on the convergence of data, data literacy and Digital Transformation, check out Qlik's Virtual Forum! Learn the latest on Qlik's advancements in Big Data, AI and Cloud and connect.  Register now!

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.


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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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As seen in the Product Keynote during Qonnections, the Qlik Sense April 2018 release has exciting new improvements to Qlik Sense Enterprise, Qlik Sense Cloud, Qlik DataMarket, and Qlik Nprinting!


As part of these improvements, the release offers Accelerated Self-Service, which is a collection of features powered by the new Qlik Cognitive Engine, aimed at streamlining and enhancing the creation experience from data to insights. Now providing a new augmented experience in the first few minutes of analysis, including cognitive AI suggestions and redesigned workflows that facilitate and automate the data loading and visualization process. This includes smart capabilities around chart recommendations, and simplified workflows for loading data and building analytics.  Qlik now automatically understands what type of fields are being dragged onto the screen.  For example, if you drag on a measure, the values will be summed and displayed as a KPI; and if you add a dimension the visualization will automatically change to a recommended optimal chart based on the data within the added fields.  These new features allow users to quickly gain insights rather than building charts. The release also includes improvements to accessibility, along with the new capability for self-service publishing in the Qlik Sense Hub – all of which support our commitment to Accelerated Self-Service!






The April 2018 release also provides more customizations, like improvements to theming, layout options, along with grid size control and custom abbreviations. Several other enhancements have been made including a new add on product for geocoding and a new multi-layer map object based on the Qlik GeoAnalytics technology. This supports dynamic lookups and shapes, and includes more background maps and projections.







For the Qlik Sense Mobile app for iOS, we are expanding Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) support, with AirWatch per-app VPN support. This allows enterprise administrators to manage Qlik Sense Mobile deployments and secure network traffic through corporate firewalls. 


In the Qlik NPrinting April 2018 release we have added SAML authentication, and have made improvements to the stability of Qlik Sense chart rendering. Further improvements have been made to the Qlik NPrinting filtering system for enhanced error monitoring capabilities.


For Qlik Sense Cloud, we have added the same capabilities as detailed above around accelerated self-service, improved customizations and multi-layer map objects.  Additionally, we have made UI and navigation enhancements to the Cloud hub which makes it even easier to collaborate and share, as well as adding the ability to download charts as images or PDFs and export data from charts.  We have expanded our data connectivity capabilities, including connectors for Oracle and PostgreSQL and a variety of new web/cloud connectors bringing us to over 31 Qlik Web Connectors! 


Lastly, in Qlik DataMarket, we have delivered two additional healthcare data packages, including Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s) and Social Determinants of Health. 


For more information on the April 2018 release, head to Qlik’s “What’s new” page!




If you already logged into Qlik Sense Cloud today, you may have noticed things look a little different. Do not panic – all of your content and group configuration remains the same. The new look simply makes it even easier to collaborate and share – two of the things users enjoy most about Qlik Sense Cloud.


Qlik Sense Cloud Basic and Qlik Sense Cloud Business enable individuals, groups, and teams to work together and share data, app, and insights. As more users share their personal content and become owners of and contributors to multiple work groups, they have many different content streams to monitor and manage. We designed this “context switch” to help you easily navigate all of your content and understand where you are at all times.


Use the new drop down menu in the top left corner to select which space you’d like to access – your Qlik Sense Cloud Basic personal space, or a Qlik Sense Cloud Business group space. This single feature will help you:

  • Create more distinction between personal streams and workspace streams
  • Easily access your personal space, and personal streams others are sharing with you
  • Access workspaces you manage, and Qlik Sense Cloud Business streams you can view


Watch Mike Tarallo's short video to learn how to navigate the new layout and get oriented in no time:


Additional Connectivity Updates

We’ve also added several new data connectors in the last couple of weeks, so you have additional options for connecting to on-premise and cloud data sources. The new connectors include: Oracle, PostGreSQL, Google Big Query, Klout, GitHub, Google Search Console, Google AdSense,  and Google Calendar.


Interested in learning more? Register here to watch an on-demand webinar and see an in-depth demo of Qlik Sense Cloud Business.

You may not be aware that Qlik has a long-standing integration and partnership with SAP. Qlik have delivered and maintained connectivity to SAP ERP and BW for in excess of 10 years.


As SAP have evolved, Qlik has evolved, and maintained our position in providing connectivity as far back as R/3 to ECC and now to S4/HANA. In just the last 12 months we have expanded our SAP connectivity for Qlik Sense to also include the Extractor connector, the Bapi Connector and a brand new InfoProvider connector, which takes many of the complexities away from what was once a long and complex task of connecting directly to an Info Cube or MultiProvider. Today, we offer SAP Connectors that work directly with:

  • SAP Reports
  • SAP Queries
  • SAP Extractors
  • BEx Queries
  • DSO/ODS Objects
  • BAPI
  • SQL
  • OLAP
  • Multi-providers
  • Infocubes
  • Relational tables
  • HANA views
  • CDS views

We continue to invest more than ever in our SAP connectivity, with a vision to bring governed and easy to use connectivity to as many SAP objects and platforms as possible. And working directly with SAP and certifying our connectors ensures that we go through a rigorous certification process with SAP, and that data access through the SAP application layer retains all security that is managed through the SAP system.

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Outside of ERP and BW connectivity, the SAP in Memory platform HANA is a fundamental part of our development and testing cycle. We have made enhancements to the core of our products, the Qlik Associative engine, to not only support connectivity to HANA views, including Attribute, Analytical, Calculation and Source tables, but to be able to do that through Single Sign On. This will allow one to retain security defined within HANA itself through a shared connection within Qlik Sense.


Our vision is to continue to provide simple access to what can be complex data sources and structures in a self-service capacity. Maximizing your SAP investment should be as simple as connecting to any other data source.

Task chaining is here! We are delighted to announce that one of the most requested features for Qlik NPrinting is now available with our February 2018 release.


If you thought that Qlik NPrinting 17 triggers were only time-based and prevented you from creating event-based dependencies on other Qlik tasks, (such as app and data reloads) then think again. This functionality is now available out-of-the-box using the Qlik NPrinting APIs and a Qlik load script!


You can now seamlessly run tasks that represent the typical workflow for a Qlik NPrinting report. Using the publicly available APIs, you can reload Qlik NPrinting connection metadata, update user information and run a publish task, all following a Qlik data and/or app reload.


You can also institute a poling mechanism to ensure that one task is complete before starting a subsequent one.


The technical details and examples can be found here: https://community.qlik.com/thread/292037 (even though the example uses Qlik Sense, this can be done just the same in a QlikView load script).


Please note that this functionality was made possible by the resolution of a bug related to the Qlik REST connector. You will need the REST connector v1.3 which is part of the February 2018 release of Qlik Sense, or it can be downloaded separately and copied over the old REST connector.


Our long-term vision for reporting involves exposing the Qlik NPrinting tasks in the QMC, however this is a first major step toward integrated scheduling

If you recently noticed the ability to add extra streams and larger apps to Qlik Sense Cloud Business – don’t worry, you didn’t buy more by accident. The changes are part of our ongoing effort to pass more value on to you.


Here’s what you need to know about the three newest updates to Qlik Sense Cloud Business:

Price change: As of February 19, we’ve reduced the price of Qlik Sense Cloud Business from $25/user per month to $15/user per month, billed annually.* If you haven’t tried Qlik Sense Cloud Business yet, take advantage of the reduced price today and get started with a 30-day free trial.


Increase in Maximum App Size: the maximum app size in Qlik Sense Cloud Business is now 250 MB, up from 150 MB. Build larger apps, and leverage the growing list of data connectors (including Dropbox, Amazon Redshift, and soon, PostgreSQL and Oracle) available in Qlik Sense Cloud Business. Ultimately, bring even more of your data and analytics to your workspace.

Increase in Content Streams: Qlik Sense Cloud Business subscriptions now include five content sharing streams instead of three. Add more team members - and/or more content - and create and maintain additional governed content areas


You may be wondering, “Why is the price Qlik Sense Cloud Business significantly reduced, while at the same time it keeps getting better, with more connectivity, streams, storage, and other features?


Simply put, Qlik has become much more efficient at running Qlik Sense Cloud.  Qlik invested heavily in a micro-services architecture as the backbone of Qlik Sense Cloud and the hybrid cloud features available soon for Qlik Sense Enterprise. Our unique approach enables Qlik Sense Cloud to scale efficiently and we felt it was only right to pass the savings onto you.


We’re always working to ensure groups and teams from any-sized enterprise gain immense value from Qlik. We’ve already had a lot of updates to Qlik Sense Cloud this year – stay tuned for Qlik Sense Cloud’s exciting new look!



*$18/user per month on a month-to-month contract.

Qlik DataMarket now offers 2 new topical data packages. The CMS Cost Reports and the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems.


These latest additions to the Qlik DataMarket product offering allow customers to analyze and understand how payments for the same procedure can vary across specialties and regions. They also provide insights into how consumers view their experiences while undergoing various procedures.The two new products are based off the wealth of data that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) makes available about healthcare providers in the United States.


CMS Cost Reports

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Healthcare providers participating in the Medicare program are obligated to report on various parts of their operation; facility characteristics, utilization, costs and charges by cost center and so on. Qlik DataMarket now wraps these Hospital Cost Reports up in data models, and alongside these models, our customers get a sample application that highlights some of the data available. This allows the users to better understand the various potential uses of the data.


Among the various questions that can be teased out of the CMS Cost Reports data are:


  1. What are the total submitted charges for any given procedure in the US, and what is the average submitted charge per state or city?
  2. If the same kind of procedure is performed by different specialties, then how does the average payment amount from Medicare differ by specialty?
  3. How much does a standardized visit to a doctor cost, based on location? How big a part of that does the Medicare/Medicaid program cover?
  4. How much does the healthcare provider need to write off from his charges to remain in the Medicare program? What is the reduction in the number of procedures needed to remain at the same level of revenue?
  5. What is the number of beneficiaries per procedure or volume of procedures by specialty and location?


This is just a sample of the questions and insights delivered by CMS Cost Reports package.


Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems

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The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) is a series of patient surveys where consumers of healthcare services rate the quality of service provided. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality governs CAHPS.


Among the topics covered in CAHPS are Hospitalization are: star ratings, communication ratings, environment, effectiveness of care, willingness to recommend, and other quality metrics that impact the experience from admission to discharge.


The data applies to:

  1. Nearly 7,000 Dialysis facilities with about 119,000 dialysis stations.
  2. Over 10,000 Home Healthcare Agencies
  3. 4,600 Hospitals


All in all, the data comes packaged up in 13 data files and 3 sample applications that provide insights into what questions and answers can be teased out of the data.


Typically this data is hard to find and difficult to integrate into existing data models. However, we curate the data for you and make sure that all diseases and treatments, geo-dimensions and healthcare providers have been identified and that the appropriate unique identifiers have been associated with each. For example, each type of procedure is coded with the HCSPC code (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System).


To get you started quickly, reach out to your account manager for a demonstration of the applications. You will be able to rapidly integrate your own data with these applications for unique insights.


Learn more about Qlik DataMarket

Be sure to follow along Qlik Sense Cloud updates through March. We will roll out a lot of new updates to Qlik Sense Cloud Business that you’ve been waiting for (and some surprises, which we’re pretty sure you’ll enjoy!). Here is what’s new today:


Export to Excel

Qlik Sense Cloud Business group members with view-only access to apps now have the ability to export visualization data to Excel. This creates more flexibility for group owners who want to grant group members access to some data, but all of the content in the workspace.


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Additional Connectors

New web connectors are now available via the data load editor:

Additional web connectors and on-premise connectivity (PostgreSQL and Oracle) will be available soon. You’ll also notice that we’ve updated the layout the data load editor screen, to make it easier to sort through the expanding list of connectivity options.


Qlik Sense February Release Features

Use Qlik Sense Cloud to get a preview of some of the new Qlik Sense February release features that will be available in Qlik Sense Enterprise this month:

  • Visual Data Prep Improvements: these enhancements provide the ability to gain visual guidance by hovering over fields. An association recommendation panel guides users through the possible associations between tables and facilitates experimentation before committing to data model changes.
  • New Built-in Theme: check out "Sense Breeze", a colorful new out-of-the-box style choice in the app options menu.
  • Web connector updates: the web file connector now includes a secure way for scripts to dynamically generate URLs before retrieving data using the web file connector, opening up a range of new possibilities for querying web-hosted files.

To learn more about the Qlik Sense February release, check out this video.