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!

(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.

 


More Qlik Sense Cloud highlights:

    Hear about the latest trends in cloud BI! Cindi Howson of featured analyst firm Gartner explains all the factors you need to know about cloud BI. Plus, Anthony Deighton, Qlik's Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Products, shares the latest on Qlik's unique hybrid cloud solution.

We are excited to be closing in on the first year of Qlik Sense Cloud Business!

 

One of the main areas of focus this year for our customers and cloud development team has been the addition of a broader range of data connectivity options within Qlik Sense Cloud Business. Recently, you may have noticed the addition of direct data connectivity to the following applications:

  • Bit.ly
  • Facebook Insights
  • Facebook Pages (expanded tables, including LikesforItem, CommentsforItem, and CommentsandReplies)
  • Google Analytics (expanded tables, including MetaDataColumns, CustomMetrics, CustomDimensions, and Goals)
  • MailChimp
  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • Slack
  • SugarCRM
  • SurveyMonkey

 

Using the New Connectors

Configuration and authentication for these newest connectors is similar to the processes for existing web connectors – after entering your basic account information for the various cloud applications, you can access an authentication code to establish the connection. Look for the new connectors in the data load editor, under Qlik Web Connectors:

 

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Connectors in Qlik Sense Cloud Business

These new additions help bring more of the core Qlik Sense experience to Qlik Sense Cloud Business.  Qlik’s Associative Difference empowers users to easily connect to business-critical data and immediately benefit from the ease of exploring multiple data sources together, at once. That’s why we’ve ramped up connectivity to both cloud and on-premises sources, as well as more flexible options like REST, web files, and Dropbox (coming soon!). The full list of connectivity included in a Qlik Sense Cloud Business subscription now looks like this:

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This recent release of connectors means that Qlik Sense Cloud Business now includes direct connectivity to the three of the market-leading CRM applications, so you can easily dive deeper into customer, sales and marketing data. Interested in creating a CRM dashboard or app? Head over to our demo site and explore the CRM demo app, as well as some other tips and tricks for getting the most out of your CRM data.

 

 

More Qlik Sense Cloud Business highlights:

  • 30 Day Trial - The free trial period for Qlik Sense Cloud Business is now 30 days. If you have been interested in learning more about Qlik Sense or experimenting with cloud analytics, take advantage of the extended free trial period to create and share apps. Go to qlik.com/cloud to create a Cloud Basic subscription, then upgrade in-product.
  • Customer Story - Curious about how other organizations use Qlik Sense Cloud? Hear from Wayne Printy, CFO, LincolnHealth - a Qlik Sense Cloud Know It All!
  • Learn More - Our Cloud Success Team is always ready to help you get the most of your Qlik Sense Cloud Business subscription. Sign up to attend a live, interactive webinar with the team to get your questions answered and learn more.

Where are we today?

 

Since the launch of Qlik Sense Cloud in 2014 we have seen rapid growth in our cloud community, which now includes over 100,000 users worldwide.  We continue to expand and improve our offerings and today we offer multiple different subscription levels:  Qlik Sense in 60 - Introducing Qlik Sense Cloud Business - YouTube

 

  • Qlik Sense Cloud Basic: Basic app creation and sharing for individuals; a great way to get started with Qlik Sense for free. Individual users can upgrade to Qlik Sense Cloud Plus for unlimited sharing and to accommodate more data storage and larger app sizes.
  • Qlik Sense Cloud Business: Group-level governance, a collaborative work space, data connectivity, and scheduled data refreshes supporting groups, teams and small businesses.

 

Sign up for Cloud Basic for FREE

You can even sign up in-product for a free 14-day trial of Qlik Sense Cloud Business.

 

What’s New?

 

Qlik Sense Cloud is built to be cloud native using microservices architecture, and our cloud development team follows an agile development methodology.  What this means to you is that our software is constantly updated with the newest features and UI enhancements automatically - you never have to worry about manual upgrades.

 

Recently we’ve focused on adding more data connectivity options in Qlik Sense Cloud Business. These options help users get more value out of Qlik’s associative engine by bringing multiple data sources together and uncovering insights across them.


Cloud Business connectivity options available now (or coming in June) include:


What’s Cooking @ Qlik

This information and Qlik‘s strategy and possible future developments are subject to change and may be changed by Qlik at any time for any reason without notice. This information is provided without a warranty of any kind.  The information contained here may not be copied, distributed, or otherwise shared with any third party.

 

Last week at Qonnections, we were able to get a sneak-peek into the future direction of Qlik’s Cloud Strategy -  A True Hybrid Cloud Platform.

 

The reality is that we have reached the tipping point with just about as many companies choosing to deploy BI in the cloud as on-premises.  But, with a true Hybrid Cloud Analytics Platform, customers will not have to choose between either on-premises or cloud deployments.  They can use both together – seamlessly – and flexibly shift workloads to the cloud over time as their cloud strategies mature.

 

 

Don’t Be Fooled by Poor Imitations

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So, the big idea here is that On-Premises OR Cloud shouldn’t have to be a question....just like users shouldn’t have to choose a different experience at their desktop or on a mobile device – or online or off-line for that matter.  BI Solutions shouldn’t drive your technology strategy. They should support it.  And, to be truly effective, BI needs to exist at the point of decision – anywhere.