2018

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)


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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


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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

   

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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