2018

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.