Qlik named a leader again in the 2019 Magic Quadrant

Qlik has been named a Leader in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms for the 9th consecutive year! More information and a write up by Qlik’s Dan Sommer can be found here. The full report can be requested here.

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Qlik Sense Desktop February 2019 released!

Hi, I am Vincent Hayward and this is my first blog on QlikFix.com, okay well to be honest; it’s my first blog post ever. So let me introduce myself first as colleague of Barry Harmsen at Bitmetric. Furthermore I am working with QlikView since 2010 and before that I was a WebFocus consultant. But eventually you stick with the best, so QlikView and Qlik Sense it is and WebFocus at rest. To conclude this short introduction; I am 39 years old, living in Naaldwijk, The Netherlands with my wife and kids. Loves to play indoor soccer and videogames, such as Overwatch, Civilization, Red Dead Redemption 2, Diablo and Starcraft.

Qlik Sense has really made progress becoming a full scale product as QlikView and made a huge effort having certain features in Qlik Sense that were common in QlikView. At the end of 2018 with the November 2018 release we even got variable input, tabbed containers, buttons as a dashboard bundle package. Basically it was an extension package, which was added to the Qlik Sense Installer by default and who cares!?

With the february 2019 release they really vamped the look and feel with an improved flow within the application. Now we can move from data, analysis and story much better then before. It became an one click navigation element as a horizontal menu.

Data, Analysis and Story as a horizontal menu
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Season’s greetings!

SenseTheme Christmas 2018 theme

Season’s greetings from QlikFix / Bitmetric! Just a quick little post to direct your attention to the SenseTheme Gallery, where we’ve just added a Christmas 2018 theme by our colleague Gwenny Sonneville.

And since we like being prepared, our colleague Bernard de Bruin has already created additional themes for winter, spring and summer 😉

Wishing all of you happy holidays and all the best for the new year!

For those of your who are interested in that sort of thing, below you can find some stats on SenseTheme usage in 2018

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SenseTheme: Theme Builder for Qlik Sense

SenseTheme

TL;DR: check out SenseTheme.

At Bitmetric, my colleagues and I regularly meet after work to investigate and experiment with interesting methods and technologies, share knowledge and generally shoot the breeze (we’re all at different client sites during the week, so it’s a good time to catch up).

The topic of our last meetup was Qlik Sense Themes. This is one of the big new (and highly anticipated) features in the Qlik Sense February 2018 release, allowing you to create custom themes for your apps. Our expectation was that we’d get the general idea of themes, go over the syntax and build a few cool themes. In reality, our meetup quickly devolved into a hunt for missing curly braces, property names and CSS classes. Still fun, if you’re into that sort of thing, but not as productive as we’d hoped.

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Qlik named a leader in the 2018 Magic Quadrant

Qlik has been named a Leader in the 2018 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms for the 8th consecutive year. Although Tableau and Microsoft seem to have expanded their lead, Qlik has made some excellent progress along the “Completeness of vision” axis. With all the cool stuff that is coming up in the next year, I am sure this will be followed next year by more success along the “Ability to execute” axis.

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Qlik introduces Professional and Analyzer licenses for Qlik Sense

Qlik announces Professional and Analyzer licenses for Qlik Sense

As of today, Qlik has changed to a new licensing model for Qlik Sense. To those of you who’ve been around the Qlik ecosystem a little longer, this change will sound very familiar. Read on for a short summary of the most interesting changes.

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Meltdown & Spectre impact on Qlik products

Meltdown and Spectre are two vulnerabilities disclosed in early 2018 that affect nearly every processor manufactured in the last 20 years. The initial assessment was that patching these vulnerabilities could in some cases lead to a 30% performance decrease on server workloads. Those are very serious numbers!

This may read like old news, but new patches have become available and some recommendations have changed. It is a good idea to regularly check up on these issues and avoid further problems.

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Masters Summit for Qlik coming to Prague

The Masters Summit for Qlik is coming to Prague from April 3 to 5. If you’ve read this blog before, you probably have a good idea of what it is about: we’re going to take your Qlik skills to the next level!

For those of you that want to join us, but need to nudge the internal approval process a little bit, I have prepared a short presentation. This presentation lays out the event, content, speakers and, most importantly, the value to you and your organization.

Masters Summit Prague

 

Want to download/share the PDF version of this presentation? You can find it here. Looking forward to meeting you in Prague!

QlikView for Developers: Update

QlikView for DevelopersToday PacktPub published a new version of Miguel García’s and my 2012 book, QlikView 11 for Developers. Now released under the version-agnostic title QlikView for Developers, the book can be used for QlikView 11, 11.2, 12 and 12.1. (and given how little love Qlik has shown QlikView recently, probably every upcoming version, if any, after this)

If you own the previous version of the book, and are still on QlikView, you may be wondering “Do I need to get this updated version?“. The answer to that question is “Unless you are a book collector, probably not“.

There are some things about the previous edition of the book that irk me. There are also many things that I have learned since 2012 and would do differently nowadays. Besides the irks, none of these things are in the updated version.

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What I learned about Qlik Sense security

It's like a big wall, but for Qlik Sense, and it actually makes sense.When comparing Qlik Sense to QlikView, the most obvious differences are on the front-end, with its completely overhauled and fully responsive design. Other major differences are the server-based development, the use of Master Items and the shift towards APIs, mashups, extensions and widgets.

Somewhat less prominent, though very deserving of your attention, is the security model in Qlik Sense. This has a completely new approach compared to QlikView, and you can pretty much create endless variations. Rather than hacking stuff together and hoping it works, my colleague Rik and I recently decided to take a more structured approach and do some R&D on Sense security rules. Our goal was to gain more understanding of security in Sense, develop methods for gathering and modeling security requirements and to design reference patterns for common implementation scenarios.

We will be sharing some of the methods and patterns that we came up with in an upcoming white paper. In the mean time, I’d like to share with you some of the little interesting, strange and otherwise noteworthy things that we found. These range from basic to slightly obscure, but all should hopefully help you get more understanding of Qlik Sense security rules. Let’s start with noting that the approach in Sense is totally different than it was in QlikView…

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