It seems like yesterday that we posted a blog about the fantastic Qlik Application Automation connectors and user interface (UI) improvements made in Q2. However,there's more news. This month we've introduced even more productivity enhancements and four more connectors! Let's take a deeper look.
The introduction of templates in December 2021 increased developer productivity and enabled more significant knowledge transfer because you could start your project from a sample automation rather than from scratch. However, from the outset, many of you have requested the ability to create and distribute your own custom templates. Well, I'm happy to announce that now you can.
To create a template from your automation, right-click on the canvas and choose "Save as template" from the pop-up menu.
Then give your template a name, an optional thumbnail and description, and choose the appropriate sharing options from the visibility dropdown.
Your custom templates will then appear in the "Shared" or "Personal" template category.
We think sharing custom templates will vastly improve your collaboration in your development teams and enable you to establish your own best practices.
Your feedback has always heavily influenced our connectivity development roadmap and the crop of connectors we delivered this month is no exception. The new connectors are as follows:
The Twitter connector and blocks enable programmatic access to the Twitter 2.0 API to help you tap into core elements of the Twitter-sphere. The blocks mainly focus on search and read access, although two blocks provide the ability to make raw Twitter API requests.
When combined with other connectors, many new automation use cases and possibilities emerge. For example, by combining Twitter with Expert.ai you can create a flow that automatically performs sentiment analysis on a Twitter stream query to guide your downstream decisions.
Note, the Twitter connector requires you to provide your API Key and Secret from your Twitter Developer account via the Twitter Developer Portal. Also, the connector conforms to the API limits defined by your Twitter access level. Please refer to the knowledge base article How to: Getting started with the Twitter connector in Qlik Application Automation for more details on how to use the Twitter connector.
Another customer request was for Oracle Eloqua. The Oracle Eloqua connector joins other best-in-class marketing automation platforms like Hubspot and Adobe Marketo Engage, already supported by Qlik Application Automation. The new connector allows you to automate your campaign and lead management tasks via Custom Object records. For example, you can make an automation to automatically assign accounts to different campaigns based on sales threshold values identified by a Qlik analytics app.
Several customers requested the new connector, and we're happy to roll it out this month. Zenput (a CrunchTime! company) provides a "back of house" solution to help restaurants, convenience stores, grocers, and other retail chains manage food safety and improve staff productivity.
The Zenput connector exposes four blocks that enable you to build and run data-driven staff management workflows. You can list tasks, get a task, create tasks, and update tasks. For example, a restaurant chain uses a Qlik analytics application to manage operational KPIs such as fire saftey training completion for each restaurant in the group. The KPI app can highlight which restaurants are not in compliance and can automatically launch a fire saftey check workflow to the managers of thiose specific restaurants.
Last but by no means least is the Inphinty connector. Inphinity has been a long-time Qlik partner and provides a product called Inphinity Forms. Inphinity Forms help you efficiently enter, edit and update data from within Qlik Cloud analytics applications in a process known as "write-back." The new Inphinity Connector further extends this capability because you can now create automations that read and write form data as part of a downstream process, e.g. approval workflows.
To discover more information about working with Qlik Application and Inphinity Forms, read this knowledge base article here. And watch this webinar here for ideas about combining Inphinity and Qlik to drive data collaboration throughout your business.
This month's final phrase is "thank you" to all our customers who contributed ideas and feedback. You know who you are; we couldn't improve our solution without you. Remember, if you want to request a new connector, connector enhancement, general improvement, or new feature, please submit an ideation request here.