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What’s new in Qlik Sense February 2020?

Augmented Intelligence

With this release, we have made several improvements to our visual insight generation capabilities in Qlik Sense, driven by the Qlik cognitive engine. We have added support for radar charts, allowing our cognitive engine to automatically generate this type of visualization when applicable criteria is met. We have also improved pattern detection for natural language processing (NLP), as well as made natural language search available in Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows. These capabilities help improve the quality and relevance of AI-generated insight suggestions in Qlik Sense.

Improved Natural Language Processing (NLP)

We have improved NLP in the Qlik cognitive engine with better pattern detection, driving more relevant insight suggestions.

Natural language support

Natural language support in Insights is enabled for new installs of Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows. It is possible to enable it when upgrading an existing install, but this requires the server SSL certificates to be replaced. Also, we have improved Natural Language Insights with better pattern detection across all platforms.

Extended chart support in Insights

Support is added for Radar chart in Insights. Users will see this when there are 2 dimensions with 12 or fewer values, and a measure. The distinct ratio between the values on the first dimension must be below 0.3.

Creating visualizations from your data using Insights

Visualizations and dashboards

This release brings many new visualization features and styling options to Qlik Sense, allowing users to create more advanced and customized analytics. We have added trendlines, indicators in tables, moving average and difference modifiers, custom tooltips, and a duplicate function for measures – all driven by customer feedback. New styling options include dimension, header and cell options for pivot tables, a new action button with improved styling, line options for the line chart, custom sorting in the funnel chart, and font family support in custom themes. And we have made improvements to mapping functionality and presentation. With these features, we have once again expanded the quality and power of the visualization and dashboarding capabilities in Qlik Sense.

Visualization

Trend lines

This release features new statistical capabilities to easily add a trend line to both the bar and the line chart. Trend line options include average, linear, exponential, logarithmic, power and polynomial of second, third, and fourth degree.

Trend lines

Table trend indicators

The straight table is being enhanced with graphical elements. The user can add conditional icons similar to the KPI object. Table indicators are useful for presenting trends and warning information and highlighting essential information.

Table properties

Moving average and difference

Two new modifiers are added to the bar chart, line chart, table, and combo chart. The new modifiers support full moving average and difference in steps, for instance rolling 12 months average. The modifier concept provides a quick and easy way to add another level to any expression. The generated expressions are available for inspection copy and edit.

Modifiers

Custom map point symbols

In addition to standard shapes the user can now any add image in the point layer of the Map chart. The point layer also supports the rotation of images. Having images as map symbols is highly requested by customers, typical use cases are separating types of assets or using logos on the map.

Map properties

Funnel chart enhancements

A new custom sort option is now available in Funnel charts, in addition to the default descending measure. This highly requested feature is valuable when a user wants to model a less strict funnel.

Funnel chart

Dashboards and applications

Improved action button

We have improved our action button with more styling options, including background color and image, label font size and color and border color, width, and radius. This was highly requested by our customers.

Button

Custom tooltips

Custom tooltips are available for the bar chart, combo chart, map chart, pie chart, scatter plot, and the treemap. You can tailor the tooltip by adding any measure. The measure can be number formatted. This was highly requested by our customers.

Adding custom tooltips

Map layer selection toggle

The content creator can now decide which layers should be selectable or not. This is convenient for layers holding background information.

Map properties

Condition background layers

Map background layers can be switched on or off using a Show conditions option.

Map properties

Duplicate dimensions and measures

You can now create a master dimension based on a dimension created in a visualization.

Reusing dimensions with master dimensions

Themes and styling

Pivot table styling

Styling includes header font size and color, cell font size and color, text alignment and color of dimension values. Styling improves readability and gives users the power to create and customize the look and feel of Qlik Sense tables.

Pivot table properties

Line chart styling

The line chart has been improved with a number of new styling options. The lines can be individually styled per measure or for the whole chart.

  • Line thickness
  • Line style: solid or dashed
  • Line curve: smooth or straight
  • Vertical presentation

Line chart properties

Extended font family selection

The new theme setting allows developers to set the font family for text in Qlik Sense charts. The ability to style apps with custom fonts has been requested by many customers.

Sense for Developers: Creating themes with custom fonts

Data management, connectivity and integration

With this release, we expanded the integration between Qlik Sense and Qlik Data Catalyst, as well as overall Qlik Sense connectivity.

QVD Catalog Browsing within Qlik Sense via Qlik Data Catalyst

Since the June 2019 release, Qlik Data Catalyst has had the ability to ingest, profile, refine, catalog and publish data stored within QVD files. That was supplemented by the introduction of a new offering in September 2019 that is solely focused on helping Qlik customers organize and find the QVD files – Qlik Data Catalyst for QVDs. We have now additionally strengthened the integration between Qlik Sense and Qlik Data Catalyst by introducing a new capability in Qlik Sense February 2020. For customers that have Qlik Sense and either Qlik Data Catalyst product, Qlik Sense users will now be able to view the QVD catalog from within the Qlik Sense data manager. This now allows any Qlik Sense user to take advantage of Qlik Data Catalyst within leaving their familiar Qlik Sense environment.

  • Easily find and select QVDs from within Qlik Sense data manager. No need to navigate complex folder hierarchies or rely on file naming conventions.
  • Take advantage of Qlik Data Catalyst capabilities without leaving Qlik Sense.

Integrating Qlik Data Catalyst with Qlik Sense Enterprise

Connectors

Google Big Query improvements

Support added for Google Big Query Storage API. Service authentication option is now supported for Google Big Query connector.

Create a Google BigQuery Connection

Back end improvements

  • Significant performance improvements on load balance data reload tasks.
  • Upgraded SAML2 component to fulfill the latest security enhancements.