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.
All this, and more including Qlik Nprinting enhancements and expanded connectivity!