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Hi Guys - do you have 4 minutes? Good, then let's forego my normal formalities this morning and jump right into it!
Here are some recent product and resource updates s well as an informal list of features for the next release of Qlik Sense - April 2018.
Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Michael Tarallo (@mtarallo) | Twitter
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I really like how the business cloud evolves quickly!
Chart suggestions is long expecting feature !!!
Hi guys - thanks for the comments! Yes we are excited too! Regarding April 2018 - I got an early preview, it was pretty sweet!
Do I read correctly? Will the grid be changeable?
So jealous to see it in action. Grid resizing and layers on maps are much anticipated.
Hi Dion - thanks for your comment. I did not get into the details as I have little info - but as I understand it, planned improvements will include 3 options for grid sizes. I believe there has to be some limits as it needs to remain true to responsive design and mobile devices. As always, things can change without notice - but I too am excited about this! Stay well.
Halving the grid is enough for most uses.
The issue is the number of kpi's you can put on the top level and whether you can symmetrically build up a dashboard (Look at pre-attentive attributes to know why your eyes require this).
Your team have solved half the puzzle already. Looking forward to create amazing dashboards with this toolbox!
Hi Dion - The new grid sizes have been picked in regards to just symmetry and can be set per sheet. That way if you know how many objects you will have either vertical or horizontal you can pick an appropriate size.
Still missing overall styling options, containers or inputbox. We still depend heavily from extensions for "basic" functionalities.
Hi Luca - I appreciate your input - just for clarity and others who view this - "basic" is a subjective term and highly depends on the functionality and use case of the app. Extensions are used to enhance the visual richness and interactivity of an application, and may not be considered a "basic" necessity. There are many applications that don't require the use of containers or input boxes, so the term "basic" functionality is misguiding. Note that our certified developer extension program will close the gap on functionality that one may need in an application, therefore providing a full range of certified, tested and supported capabilities in Qlik Sense. Thanks for your comment.
Sure, you are right. Different users have different requirements, but let me be crystal clear here:
Qlik offer these kind of functionalies into View, an older product, but still not in the newer one, pretty strange isn't it?
We're not asking for completely new features, but for the very same of your older product. These ones, primarily in enterprise solutions, are top tier requirements. I can't blame these big company that are still using QlikView instead of switching to Sense, even if they're tempted to.
I am still hopeful that Qlik will be able to close these shortcomings relatively quickly.
I have to agree with Luca. We are just about finished transitioning from QV to QS and are relatively happy with the results. we do however continue to run into seemingly simple things that QV can do that QS cannot or does not. for example, why would exporting a pivot table also export totals but a straight table will not. It seems to such a simple thing to fix, but as I look through all comments on blogs it does not appear that Qlik is concerned about addressing it. There are other seemingly small things that my users want, need,and expect, and all I can do is tell them that “I hope” they will be available in future releases; partial collapse/expand in pivot tables, ability to force single select on filters, export totals on straight tables, ...
Another important disadvantage is the absence of the function of copying (from context menu) the table|pivot values - is there any plans on this issue? I would like to support Luca - in the current Sense is a lack of visual & input elements while the elements (extensions) of third parties do not always work as expected.
Will the April release be on April 1st? Or can it release any day in April? Will there also be a technical preview of the april 2018 release (since end of March is approaching)?
And do you have more information about the new map? Is it the GeoAnalytics map or something else?
Can't wait to use the new map, so apologies if I seem impatient.
Hi Casper - thanks for your questions. There will be a technical preview - it can be released between now and April. The April release date is not announced yet, so it can happen any time in April. The new map capability is integrated Qlik GeoAnalytics. Many are excited for these new features, I'm looking forward to them as well.
Hi Luca et al - I hear you - unfortunately I do not have an answer for you. If you had the top 3, 5, 10 QV features that are not in Qlik Sense - what would they be - I will take these to our ideation system and do some research to see if they have been entered, if not I will enter them for you and be your advocated for them. In regards to some features, depending on what they are - there may be a better way to achieve it with the same or similar results. Looking forward to your response.
I highly suggest you to implement something like Microsoft has done with PowerBI:
a place where users of Qlik Sense can vote for various requests.
What do you think?
Good points there Michael.
I guess many don’t want to have bear the costs of commercially available extensions or platforms for features that may seem like “standard features” in other products to them.
For example Power BI has an ESRI visual developed by ESRI available that seems to work fine in its free version. There is a “plus” version available with additional features at cost if one is willing to pay for them.
ESRI is supposed to be the #1 GIS platform in the world. Qlik Sense in my mind is one of the best, if not the best visualisation platform at the moment.
While there have been 3rd party Qlik extensions developed for connecting to ESRI maps, they are basic and may not be considered robust for production use in a mission critical operations environment. For those who rely on location based analytics as a key feature in their operations (take a state-wide government emergency services agency for example), this becomes a potentially important consideration if one of the drivers behind selecting a Visualisation/analytics platform is location-based analytics.
Having said this, while having a similar (to Power BI), robust and responsive ESRI connector in Qlik Sense would be a positive with me, having this ESRI connectivity incorporated with the GeoAnalytics map features that are starting to be incorporated into Qlik Sense would be a strong point with organisations who use both Qlik Sense and ESRI mapping products.
Qlik GeoAnalytics is now bundled in with the Qlik Sense Enterprise licence - although there is still a bit of a transition around functionality/licensing for that and you still have to install it separately. I don't know if/when that might appear in Qlik Sense Cloud if that's what you're using.
GeoAnalytics can work with ESRI data - see threads on the community like this: Is it possible to use ESRI map service in Qlik GeoAnalytics? (Note: I have no direct experience of this myself, just wanted to share).
I wasn’t aware GeoAnalytics is now bundled in with QSE, but certainly your comments are appreciated.
Yes, the new price list from February means that you now get aspects of GeoAnalytics, Web Connectors and DataMarket included with QSE - as well as the option for Analyzer (read-only) tokens (but you lose the option for Login Access Passes).
Things that I feel could improve the product that may (or may not) be relatively simple to implement:
- Partial Collapse/Expand on Pivot Tables that are not in "Indented" mode
- Export Totals row in straight tables (just like it does for pivot tables)
- Option for zebra stripping on tables (both pivot and straight)
- Selection bar should show the filter label and not the underlying field name or logic
- Straight table columns should expand to fill the allocated space rather than having an empty column at the end to fill the space
- Option to color Title, Subtitle, total, and subtotal rows in tables
- Sub totals @ group breaks on straight tables...because sometimes a pivot table is not the right answer
OK, I know you said QV feature that are not in QS, but I figured I'd take a shot. :-)
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