By James Hickman, Managing Director
South Africa Qlik Master Reseller
As the world continues to digitise, and Industry 4.0 drives rapid development, software providers are hard pressed to keep pace and ensure their solutions remain relevant, reliable and accurate. Part of this innovation is a demand for embracing emerging technology; using the associative powers of artificial intelligence (AI) and the like to amplify human intelligence.
Building on the Success of the September 2018 Upgrade
In September, Qlik’s upgrade was well received offering added benefits such as:
- Sensible backups
- User-friendly release notes
- Expert insights into Qlik Sense, Qlik NPrinting and Qlik Web Connectors
“The Qlik web connectors’ upgrade was of particular importance, due to the significant changes implemented in Twitter and Facebook Insights. There are a number of new features with Qlik NPrinting but the most significant is the ability to import users, and password protection functionality for PDF reports,” confirms Adam Barrie-Smith, Chief Technology Officer at South Africa Qlik Master Reseller (SAQMR), an EOH Company.
November Update Drives AI
Following on from this success, the November 2018 Qlik Sense upgrade has significantly increased the machine learning capabilities which drive Qlik’s cognitive engine.
According to James Fisher, SVP of Strategic Marketing at Qlik; “This release introduces a game changing AI capability – cognitive machine learning. Qlik is leading the market with precedent-based learning capabilities, allowing our Cognitive Engine to get ‘smarter’ over time based on user behaviour and feedback, Qlik Sense artifacts, business rule definitions, and other sources.”
Additional enhancements delivered by the November 2018 update include:
Enhanced Insight Advisor
- Addition of light authoring capabilities
- Greater user flexibility
- More user control to customise insight suggestions
Introduction of Comparative Analysis into Qlik Sense
- Empowering users to define alternate states and make selections to compare subsets of data
- Unlocking powerful new use cases
Introducing Extension Bundling
- Allowing customers to take advantage of third-party extensions that are packaged and supported by Qlik
- The ‘Dashboard bundle’, for example, includes six of the most popular extensions from Qlik Branch, supporting advanced application authoring
Enhanced Visualisation Capabilities
- An improved, multi-dimensional pie chart allows a second measure to be depicted along the perimeter, resulting in a rose chart
- Added visualisation layer to the map object, allowing pie and bar charts to be overlaid on top of maps to illustrate the distribution of values geographically
- Planned visualisation extension bundle to be implemented soon
Continuous Development, Continuous Innovation
“We are also beginning the process of adding advanced collaboration and insight management capabilities to our multi-cloud offering,” confirms Fisher. “Our innovation in AI has only begun, and we will continue to transform the way users interact with machine intelligence to discover insights in coming releases.”
For more details, watch this video of the Qlik Sense November 2018 release notes.