2018

The new 2018 Qlik Statement of Direction is now available on our website. The Qlik Statement of Direction provides a comprehensive overview of our company, products, and vision for the future.

 

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It includes:

  • An outline of our future strategy and innovation agenda around 3 main areas - data, platform and analytics
  • An introduction to our company and overview of our key differentiators in the market
  • A comprehensive overview of our current product portfolio, including Qlik Sense, QlikView, the Qlik Analytics Platform, and our add-on products
  • A detailed look at our future roadmap and planned investments in our products, organized by innovation area
  • A reinforcement of our commitment to our customers and partners

 

This document is freely available for download at https://www.qlik.com/us/qlik-statement-of-direction for anyone that wants an overview of our company and products or a look into our roadmap.

 

 

Thanks!

Happy New Year! We’re excited (and hope you are, also) to ring in 2018 with the much-anticipated Dropbox connector now live in Qlik Sense Cloud Business. Our newest connector gives Qlik Sense Cloud Business users more variety and flexibility in how and where they store and refresh data.

 

Some how-to’s:

  • Access the connector via the data manager or data load editor. Note that within the data load editor, it falls under “Web Storage Provider.”
  • Authenticate like many of the other connectors, using token authentication. If you are already signed in to your Dropbox account when you authenticate, this process will be even easier.

 

And some highlights:

  • After you authenticate, you will be able to view the folder and file structure you have set up in your Dropbox account and sort by file type.
  • You can create apps directly from data files, including QVDs, that remain stored in or linked to your Dropbox account – you no longer have to attach or upload those files.
  • You can upload and update files manually to Dropbox or set up an automated data file upload when data is added or changed. Then use Qlik Sense Cloud Business’s scheduled data refresh to update any app using that data (see Mike Tarallo’s video on how to do this here). These steps automate and streamline the entire data update process.

 

Ready to get started? Use the attached sample data file to test out connectivity with your Dropbox account.

 

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Additional Connectivity

If you missed our November blog post (which you easily may have, because it was accidentally posted to the wrong location), scroll down and read about Amazon RedShift.

 

For our marketing users in particular, we have two new web connectors for sentiment analysis tools – Repustate and Sentiment140. Now you can have more of your social analytics data in one place, and take a deeper dive into text and content analysis.


Coming Soon

Last year was busy as we grew our Qlik Sense Cloud Business community, continuously added new features, and listened to all of your valuable feedback. With that feedback in mind, this year we plan to broaden the capabilities and options in Qlik Sense Cloud to support more use cases and help you find insights faster. Our focus on connectivity will continue, particularly around on-premises connectivity. We’re also working on a wide variety of usability enhancements, new feature additions, and onboarding support and resources - plus the February release features - that we look forward to showing you soon!

2017 was a very busy year for Qlik NPrinting, from the standpoint of improving stability and performance, filling gaps from NPrinting 16, and extending the product with a platform-based approach in mind.

 

Let’s start in April with Qlik NPrinting 17.3.1. This service release contained a significant amount of bug fixes, and on top of the improvements made in version 17.3 in February, represented the first truly stable version of NPrinting. We received positive feedback from the field and at Qonnections shortly after this version was released. During an open discussion at a customer presentation at Qonnections, several customers who were unsuccessful with previous versions voiced that they had just upgraded to this version and were able to get their environments running without issue.

 

While we continue to focus on product stability and quality, crossing this proverbial tipping point allowed us to turn our attention to highly requested gap features and functionality, and building out enterprise reporting APIs.

 

The June 2017 release included a task execution monitoring page where from within the Qlik NPrinting web console, task status, percentage completion, and a snippet of the log file can be viewed. There are plans to increase the amount of data available in the monitoring view in future releases.

 

We also introduced APIs aimed at three types of reporting activities: task chaining, user management, and On-Demand reporting for Qlik Sense (including user selections as report filters). In 2018, we will continue to enhance our APIs to be more robust.

 

Additional highlights included support for Qlik Sense third party extensions, a connection verification button and making metadata reload a schedulable task.

 

In September, we filled the long-requested gap of report cycling, which allows for an easy way to loop through dimension(s) values and produce unique report files for them.

 

Another highly requested capability that was part of this release is the ability to migrate reports between Qlik NPrinting environments. The import/export process includes a check on the connection(s) used for the report template, as well as any filters that are applied to the report. It is on our roadmap to support migration of more Qlik NPrinting entities. Note that you can effectively “clone” a report by exporting it and then re-importing it into the same environment.

 

And in our final release of the year (November 2017), another key gap was filled with embedded reports. HTML reports or reports rendered in image formats can be embedded directly in the body of an email message.

 

Last but not least, we added new image quality settings for reports. There are now three options to choose from when adding a report to a publish task: normal (96 dpi), high (192 dpi), and very high (384 dpi). While these settings impact both QlikView and Qlik Sense images, the overall quality improvement is much more evident with Sense.

 

At this time, we also have a technical preview of our February 2018 release available on Qlik Community. This release includes support for JWT authentication, as well as DMS authorization for QlikView. Please see the technical preview help site for more information.

 

We are looking forward to 2018 being a great year for Qlik NPrinting and its users!

(Originally posted on 11/29 on the Qlik Sense Cloud blog, so in case you missed the updates, read on!)


Qlik Sense November 2017 Release

Our Qlik Sense November 2017 release features are available in Qlik Sense Cloud. Qlik Sense Cloud Basic and Qlik Sense Cloud Business users now have access to the newest data prep, visualization, and usability improvements, including:

  • Improvements to existing chart types:
    • Tables – scroll sideways
    • Box Plot – color by expression
    • Distribution Plot – color by expression, control bubble size, and add jitter (to keep dots from overlapping)
    • Combo Chart – display value labels
  • Ongoing Visual Data Prep Enhancements
    • UI based in-line data table
    • Data Transformation Lineage
  • Refresh and add data available from analysis edit mode
  • Dynamic Sheet Names – utilize an expression in the name of a sheet
  • Navigation Improvements using Keyboard – use the tab key to move around the screen

Mike Tarallo shows off all of these new features in his recent design blog post.


New Connectivity – Amazon Redshift

We’re excited to announce that Amazon Redshift is the newest addition to our expanding list of connectivity options for Qlik Sense Cloud Business users. Now you can easily connect to data stored in your Amazon Redshift database by creating a new connection in Add Data or the Data Load Editor. Visit our help section to learn more about how to set up the connection.


The full list of connectivity options in Qlik Sense Cloud Business now includes:

  • General Connectivity: upload or attach files; connect to web files; REST, Microsoft SQL Server, and Amazon Redshift
  • CRM Connectivity: Salesforce, SugarCRM, and Microsoft Dynamics
  • Other Cloud applications: Bitly, Facebook, Google Analytics, Google Adwords, MailChimp, Slack, SurveyMonkey, Twitter, and YouTube


Coming Soon

We’re close to releasing our Dropbox connector for Qlik Sense Cloud Business and excited to add another flexible connectivity option for users. For a preview of how to use the Dropbox connector, check out Mike Tarallo’s recent design blog and video below about how to refresh file-based data stored in Dropbox.

 


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