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:



Can't see the video? YouTube blocked by your region or organization? Download the attached .mp4 to watch on your computer or mobile device.

 

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:


 

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!

 

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!

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

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!

Qlik Sense November 2017 is now available from our Customer Download Site.    You can also try out many of the new capabilities in Qlik Sense Cloud where you can use Qlik Sense Cloud Basic for free or try Qlik Sense Cloud Business with a free 30 day trial.

 

 

Watch this brief highlights video to learn more:

 

 

You will find many new features and capabilities in this release including:

 

For Business Users

 

    • Improvements to existing chart types
      • Tables - Ability to scroll sideways.
      • Box Plot - Ability to color by expression.
      • Distribution Plot – Ability to color by expression, control bubble size, and add jitter (to keep dots from overlapping).
      • Combo Chart - Ability to display value labels.
    • Navigation Improvements using Keyboard - Ability to use the tab key to move around the screen.

 

For App Builders

    • Dynamic Sheet Names - Ability to utilize an expression in the name of a sheet.
    • Ongoing Visual Data Prep Enhancements
      • UI based in-line data table
      • Data Transformation Lineage
    • Refresh and add data available from analysis edit mode - The ability to both refresh and add data from the UI under data icon in edit mode. This eliminates the need to switch over to the data manager in order to initiate these common tasks.
    • Control Calculation Condition Message - Ability to control the message that a user sees when a calculation condition hasn't been met.
    • Update to Quote Interpretation in Set Analysis
      • This change ensures that set analysis interprets quotes in the same way as other areas of the engine and is consistent with our documentation and best practices.  However, some developers may have incorrectly utilized the single quote in places that should have double quotes and this enforcement of the intended use will cause issues in these cases.
      • Apps created in prior versions will not need to be updated as the system will respect the old method for these apps.   However, customers may opt to force all apps to respect the new rules.
      • This change (using single quotes for literal values) allows for the ability to support case sensitive search strings in Set Analysis. 

 

For Administrators

    • SAML Single Sign-on Logout
    • Continued On Demand App Generation Enhancements

 

For Developers

    • Extension Certification Badging

 

  • Qlik Sense Cloud Specific Improvements
    • Utilize Linux as platform for presenting demo apps on Qlik Sense Cloud
    • Note: See connector updates under Qlik Connectors

 

Qlik Connectors

  • Additional Web Connectors – The following web connectors are now available in Qlik Sense Cloud Business and included in Qlik Sense Cloud Business trials and subscriptions: Facebook Insights, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, SugarCRM, Survey Monkey, MailChimp, Bit.ly, Slack. The Facebook Pages and Google Analytics also now include access to additional tables. These connectors are already available for Qlik Sense Enterprise.

 

  • Redshift, Google BigQuery and Dropbox- A new native connector for Redshift will be made available to Qlik Sense Cloud Business in November. Connectors for both Redshift and Google BigQuery will be released to Qlik Sense Enterprise in November also a Dropbox Connector will be made available to Qlik Sense Cloud Business and Enterprise.

Qlik Sense September 2017 is now available from our Customer Download Site.    You can also try out many of the new capabilities in Qlik Sense Cloud where you can use Qlik Sense Cloud Basic for free or try Qlik Sense Cloud Business with a free 30 day trial.

 

You will find many new features and capabilities in this release including:

 

      • For Business Users
        • Waterfall Chart - You can now illustrate how an initial value is affected by intermediate positive and negative values with the new waterfall chart. For example, you can show the positive and negative contributions of different accounts in an income statement.
        • Recent Colors- The color picker in Qlik Sense now displays the five most recent colors selected in Qlik Sense
        • Expression Driven Labels – Provides the ability to use expressions in labels for dimensions and measures in property pane.  E.g. This allows you to add dynamically calculated values into the labels on your charts.
        • Box Plot Chart Improvements – Addition of lasso and range selection, reference lines, and vertical orientation in the box plot chart that was introduced in June.
        • Pivot Table Improvements – Ability to expand and collapse all items within a pivot table.
        • Data Manager Sequential Operations - Improvements to Data manager enable you to perform sequential transformations on your tables and fields. Where previously you were limited in what transformations you could perform together, such as being able to apply a single data profiling card transformation on a single field, you can now use the data profiling cards, concatenation, calculated fields, and unpivoting data together.
      • For Administrators
        • Centralized Logging - With the introduction of shared persistence, all nodes now have direct access to a common database and file system. The new Qlik Logging Service allows administrators to configure logs to be centralized by collecting all the messages and inserting them into a PostgreSQL database to help find issues and analyze usage.
        • Qlik Sense Mobile -  This option is only available for customers who have an MDM app store hosted in-house and who have deployed Qlik Sense Enterprise.  The Qlik Sense Mobile app can be downloaded fromhttps://vpp.itunes.apple.com


      • For Developers
        • Hierarchical Data API - A new hierarchical data API enables a definition that more closely reflects the visual representation of data. Benefits of the new API: Ensures little to no manipulation or transformation of data structure in the front end. / Simplifies the creation of charts./ Enables more powerful and dynamic charts.
        • Visualization API Update – Addition of new waterfall chart.
        • Extension Certification Pilot - Initial implementation of a new process for certifying extensions for Qlik Sense.. This is a limited implementation but ultimately we will offer partners the opportunity to apply for certification and to make certified extensions for sale via Qlik Market.

 

Attached you will find a document which outlines these features as well as an overall view of the improvements that have been released over the past 12 months. 


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From October 3rd to November 16th we will be visiting cities around the world for the Visualize Your World tour.  Learn how Qlik’s cloud-ready analytics platform delivers value and how Qlik is building on its unique Associative Difference to drive a new wave of analytics across all your data, people, and ideas.


As we shared earlier this year, we will be releasing a new version of Qlik Sense approximately every 10 weeks.  Our next release is scheduled for September 2017, just a few short weeks away!


Leading up to each release, we are committed to providing a release preview to ensure that you have an opportunity to check out the latest features before they go live.  The technical preview for the September releases of both Qlik Sense and Qlik NPrinting can be found on the Qlik Product Insight area of community. 


Below you will find a tentative list of What's New in this upcoming release.


Qlik Sense September 2017

    • For Business Users
      • Data Manager Sequential Operations - Improvements to Data manager enable you to perform sequential transformations on your tables and fields. Where previously you were limited in what transformations you could perform together, such as being able to apply a single data profiling card transformation on a single field, you can now use the data profiling cards, concatenation, calculated fields, and unpivoting data together.
      • Waterfall Chart - You can now illustrate how an initial value is affected by intermediate positive and negative values with the new waterfall chart. For example, you can show the positive and negative contributions of different accounts in an income statement.
      • Recent Colors - The color picker in Qlik Sense now displays the five most recent colors selected in Qlik Sense
    • For Administrators
      • Centralized Logging - With the introduction of shared persistence, all nodes now have direct access to a common database and file system. The new Qlik Logging Service allows administrators to configure logs to be centralized by collecting all the messages and inserting them into a PostgreSQL database to help find issues and analyze usage.
    • For Developers
      • Hierarchical Data API - A new hierarchical data API enables a definition that more closely reflects the visual representation of data. Benefits of the new API: Ensures little to no manipulation or transformation of data structure in the front end. / Simplifies the creation of charts./ Enables more powerful and dynamic charts.
      • Visualization API Update – Addition of new waterfall chart.
      • Extension Certification Pilot - Initial implementation of a new process for certifying extensions for Qlik Sense.. This is a limited pilot but ultimately we will offer partners the opportunity to apply for certification and to make certified extensions for sale via Qlik Market as appropriate.  More about this later.

 

  • Qlik NPrinting September 2017
    • Report Cycles - Generate a separate report file for each combination of one or more dimension values. Each report will be filtered according with the combination of values that generates it.
    • Report Export/Import - It is possible to export a report into a compressed file and import it into a different installation of Qlik NPrinting.
    • Object filters for Qlik Sense Charts - Allows you to apply a filter to a single object like a chart without applying that filter to it objects in the report. It can also be used to block filtering of an object so that even though the rest of the report has filters applied, that object doesn't.

Warning: This is not actually a  "product".... just a cool example of what is possible with Qlik Sense.


Those of you that attended Qonnections would have seen an exciting presentation on the main stage by Todd Margolis showcasing something called the Qlik Sense Bot.  The Bot was originally developed by our colleague Juan Gerado Cabeza as a simple way to demonstrate what is possible with the Qlik platform and its robust set of APIs.


What is a Bot you may ask?


You already know some popular bots – Siri, Cortana, Alexa and of course Google. These are all programs designed to perform tasks, such as setting an alarm, telling you the weather, searching online or even ordering a pizza. So why not have a bot tell you who your top sales people are, alert you when profit margin reaches 20%  – or - even have it send you charts and reports directly to your device?  The possibilities are endless.  In just a matter of hours (ok, a weekend), Juan was able to do just that.  He created an analytical assistant that turns Qlik data visualization into conversational analytics. To shed a little more light here is an excellent clip by our resident video expert Michael Tarallo (@mtarallo) | Twitter

 

 

Remember the Qlik Sense Bot IS NOT a product provided by Qlik, but rather an interesting concept that demonstrates the art of the possible when using the Qlik platform and its APIs.  In addition to being fun, it is easy to see how this innovative use of the APIs could be applied in many real-world situations. Bots can be used by anyone, anywhere, on any device and at any time – scheduling automated tasks and providing access to information when and where you need it – reducing complexities, and increasing availability of insight by simply having a conversation.


If you want even more information about this innovative use of our APIs, please consider joining The Qlik Community Chatbot Group

We are pleased to announce the release of Qlik Sense June 2017!

 

With releases five times per year, it could be difficult to stay up to date on what’s new. The document attached to this post will help you keep up to date.  You will find a look back at some of the key features released over the past 12 months as well as a detailed outline of the the most current release.

 

But first.... check out this overview video:

 

Some of the most exciting enhancements in this release include:

 

  • New Visualizations – New visualizations including the Box Plot, Distribution Plot, and Histogram,
  • Advanced Analytics Integration – The ability to call out to third party engines (such as R & Python) during analysis.
  • Visual Data Prep Enhancements – A wide array of improvements to the visual data preparation capability of Qlik Sense including Visual Data Profiling, Data Binning, Visual Table Concatentation, Data Quality Transformations, Filtering, and inclusion of scripted data sets in visual data preparation.
  • On Demand App Generation – User-generated on-demand analysis apps drawn from Big Data.

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO NEXT:

  • Customers can visit the Qlik Customer Download Site HERE
  • If you are new to Qlik, you can download the Qlik Sense June 2017 desktop version HERE.
  • Stay informed and learn more by joining us on an upcoming webinar or local event.

It is hard to believe that more than a month has passed since we returned to the office from Qonnections, our annual partner & customer conference.   The event is a lot like a family reunion and it was fantastic to see everyone as well as the level of enthusiasm and engagement.

 

If you weren't able to join us, you can now find the keynote from Qonnections on the event site.  I wanted to also share it here because the keynote is squarely focused on the three key innovation themes that we have set for ourselves over the coming year.  These themes include - Hybrid Cloud, Big Data Indexing, and Augmented Intelligence. 

 

 

 

P.S.  We have already begun planning for next year's Qonnections event.  So, please feel free to share ideas about what you think would make a great event. 

Did you hear the news?  Qlik® is introducing a continuous release process for Qlik Sense®.

 

Instead of three releases per year with a dot-zero release in June, Qlik will begin releasing Qlik Sense® every 10 weeks!  Since each release will be similar in scope, we are also replacing our number-based naming convention with releases identified by the month and year they were distributed.  This means that instead of Qlik Sense® 4.0, the June release will simply be called Qlik Sense® June 2017.  (Most other Qlik products will also follow a similar cadence going forward as well.)

 

With releases five times per year, it might be difficult to stay up to date on what’s new.  To help, we are making a number of changes to help keep you informed.  This blog area is just the start.

 

Another important opportunity for you to learn about each release is to participate in the release preview process.

 

A release preview is an early release of our software which is very close to reaching general availability (GA).  It provides the opportunity to try out new features and to test your internal processes on a version of the software that is nearly perfect.  Within a few weeks, the official version will then be released and you can move onto that one with confidence.

 

As release previews become available, they will be posted to the Product Insight area of community.  If you are logged into your QlikID, you should find a release preview for both the June release of Qlik Sense as well as Qlik NPrinting™ . 


You will want to 'follow' the product insights page so that you are notified immediately of any new previews.  If you have any trouble with access, please contact insight@qlik.com

 



QlikSense Updates

From BI to AI

Posted by QlikSense Updates May 30, 2017

In the last of our three part follow-up to Qonnections, we explore the movement in the industry from BI to AI.

 

Business Intelligence (BI) has a long tradition of relying on an army of people to define, build, and maintain both quantitative and visual views into data.  This army of BI experts have done (and still do) some truly amazing work but at the same time - reliance on this team can often lead to a bottle-neck slowing analytic progress.  In the past few years, analysis tools have become much easier to use, of course.  And, as with Qlik Sense, this opens the analytic door to a much broader range of business users.

 

However, business users vary greatly in their level of understanding of statistical functions and visualization methods.  So, despite solving the problem of accessibility, today's results can still sometimes be mixed.  Some people strongly believe that the way to solve this problem lies in a shift from BI to AI or Artificial Intelligence.  In this vision of the future, the machine takes center stage and drives the path to insight.  IBM Watson's success on the game show Jeopardy is an often cited example of what AI looks like: a machine standing on its own leading the way against the inferior human mind.

 

That is not our vision at all!  At Qlik, we believe that the human mind is an incredible resource and that AI can stand for something else.....something centered on the human, not the machine.... forget Artificial Intelligence our focus is Augmented Intelligence.  This isn't really a new idea.  Steve Jobs understood this when he said "the computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."  Like a bicycle's ability to multiply a human's locomotion ability, Augmented Intelligence has the ability to super power the human intuition, visual perception, and deduction.

 

Here is another way to think about it for those of you that are Star Trek fans.  One of the many reasons that Star Trek was such a great show was because ...although the human was still Captain, he greatly benefited from the inclusion of the purely logical Spock.    Spock helped to mitigate some of the well known issues of human intuition such as bias, emotion, and poor memory.  So will Augmented Intelligence.   Instead of running the ship, like Artificial Intelligence might aspire to do, Augmented Intelligence guides and informs - enhancing the ability of the Captain (you) to boldly go where no man has before.

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What’s Cooking @ Qlik

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The idea of Augmented Intelligence will play out in many ways.  Today, you can already see this taking shape in Qlik Sense through Visual Data Prep as well as through our ability to tie into Advanced Analytics such as R and Python through Server Side Extensions.  Going forward you will likely see additional integration such as an 'Insights Board' where Qlik Sense is expected to recommend visualizations and insights based on the data model auto-magically.  And a little more In the future, we are expecting to see the inclusion of the Qlik Cognitive Rules Engine which will provide even further support for Augmented Intelligence. 

 

Stay tuned.... now where did I put my tricorder?