3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 19, 2017 10:12 PM by Lech Miszkiewicz RSS

    On Demand reporting for Qlik Sense

    Giuseppe Panella

      Qlik NPrinting APIs (version 17.4 and above) can be used to capture user selections in Qlik Sense and apply them to generate Qlik NPrinting reports On Demand.

       

      You can find an extension on the Qlik Branch portal that use these APIs to simplify the On Demand report generation and that can be downloaded here:

      http://branch.qlik.com/#!/project/58be6fc151be1c2744fb32a0

       

      Take a look at this video that explains how to use the extension and what you can do with it

       

        • Re: On Demand reporting for Qlik Sense
          Lech Miszkiewicz

          All great - now down to FUN stuff:

          • How is section Access Maintained when using this extension?
            • If i trigger a report which is located in differenet app then the one which is currently opened and i should not even have an access to it - what happens? I was able to mock such behaviour which makes whole extension from security perspective unusable
          • What happens if I trigger a report which i should not have an access to - same as above? How do you control list of reports you should see? You should only see reports in which you apear as a recipient on Publish Task recipient list (you should only see QlikSense reports!)
          • Currently it allows you to trigger QlikView reports - I know that it may be a good thing from one side, but from the other one it means that we loosing control what people can see as they can do almost everything by themselfs in QLikSense which means:
            • the can create an extension/trigger button for NPrinting report
            • link it to any app (QlikView or QlikSense)
            • and trigger any report which has API or OnDemand selected in it
            • ALL ABOVE is not SAFE and will generate a lot of issues!
          • Last - why it is an extension and not embeded thing?. Does Qlik provide support for this extension? Since you are encouraging to use it i believe this is Qlik's statement!

           

           

           

          If it is not an official Qlik product and it is not supported by Qlik then i think it is completly useless and unreliable!!! As a Qlik Partner we cannot encourage clients to use it as one day it may stop working and Qlik will say it is not their problem - end of story!


          I am looking forward to hear your opinion on it in regards to bullet points above.

           

          Cheers

          Lech

            • Re: On Demand reporting for Qlik Sense
              Giuseppe Panella

              Hi Lech,

               

              Thanks for your message, because this is something really important to highlight. As everyone knows, Qlik the extension are not official Qlik products and are not supported by Qlik. So, people that are interested in using this extension already know that is at own risk.

               

              The purpose of the video is to show how Qlik NPrinting APIs make easier the development of external applications. In this case, how they are used to create a Qlik Sense On Demand report.

               

              So, the idea is not to offer an enterprise-ready product for Qlik Sense, otherwise this solution would have been implemented internally in Qlik Sense or Qlik NPrinting, but is to show a possibility for the end user to use their own data and the Qlik products in a different way.

               

              All your questions are valid but I am not the right person that can answer to your question, maybe rpc can help on this.

               

              Cheers,

               

              Giuseppe

                • Re: On Demand reporting for Qlik Sense
                  Lech Miszkiewicz

                  Thanks Giuseppe for an answer.

                   

                  The only problem i see here is that customers are seeking for an OnDemand solution for Qlik Sense. They are reading community and coming back to us (partners) with questions that "they have seen a solution on Community provided by Qlik". This makes a conversation very difficult as on one end you have a customer who "is always right" and you want to provide as good service as possible and on another end you know that currently available solution is "somebodys sandbox/playground" - which is not reliable, should not be implemented as a production solution and definitely cannot be supported!

                   

                  Then we have bunch of other questions and statements (in regards to Qlik Sense, Extensions and NPrinting) from customers for example:

                  • "...we are paying maintanace - why Qlik does not embed this feature in their product? - it cannot be that hard if some random developer came up with solution and put it on Qlik Branch..."
                  • "...people are turning their backs on Qlik as they cannot trust it anymore - they see it more as a flashy toy - not a stable product you can use in company...amount of support cases due to stability issues raised from 5% to 70%.."
                  • "...another example was like this: So Qlik is like this nice, very shiny car... looks great, has an engine, wheels and it drives...but it does not have airbags, lights, horn, a/c, stereo, seats, stearing wheel, windows, gearbox.. and if you want anything  you need to go to another store and buy those extras without guarantee!!! (Branch/Extensions)..."  And to be honest i agree 100% with this statement!

                   

                  I know that some above statements are little bit exaggerated, but I also relise that i do not have as much trust in Qlik product as i used to have, and I lost 90% of my confidence when trying to deliver solutions to customer with Qlik Sense and NPrinting.

                   

                  It is a shame - I see how many people changed their minds about Qlik products and everyone who i met has the same opinion (lost trust, confidence, frustration)!

                   

                  This is just my feedback - and i am guite loyal Qlik user! I think it is worth considering as those customers are the one we work for