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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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

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.

 

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?