Qlik Sense Mashup

qlik-sense-mashup

For the second blog of the year, I wanted to cover something less technical. So I picked Qlik Sense Mashup as the topic. Time and time again, we are seeing the increase in demand to create mashups (or web applications) to serve number of requirements – be a custom look and feel to the the analytics applications for the business users to advanced web applications with other business contexts. The term mashup is not always the correct term, as they are not always a true mashup, instead they are just dashboard built as a Single Page Application (SPA) from the same Qlik Sense application to customise the look and feel and sometimes, to simplify things for business user who may not have the need for the full Qlik Sense hub experience. This is also the way to serve static or guided analytics.

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Qlik Sense JSON Connector

Qlik Sense JSON Connector

Happy 2020 Everyone! 2019 seemed to have gone flying by, it had been a very busy year for me – lots of really interesting Qlik projects, learnt a lot of new skills and of course, lot more about Qlik’s internal workings. With that in mind – I wanted to share an interesting concept today – how to build and deploy a “JSON” file connector using no additional tools other than what you already have installed in your Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows environment.

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Qlik Chat

The vision of democratising data, making everyone explore and find insights from corporate data is one of the biggest drivers behind Qlik Sense. But what happens when you find the insights you have been looking for? How do you share that with your peers? We have seen some great examples which allow you to share links with your selections (using app API) or take a snapshot and share it via email. But that is lacking the true intuitiveness that we are so used to from a platform. We also have seen extensions such as Lets comment and few other similar chat/commenting options, but they require 3rd party services that business will have to setup and sign up to.

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Data Literacy at school

Data Literacy by Kabir Rab

In my previous blog, I talked about my son’s data literacy journey, how it all started and how his interest in this topic led to many conversations at the school playground. That got me thinking, whether this idea can be replicated to workshops for his friends and other classes in the primary school. This would be the perfect time to help these young kids become aware of the data footprints that they are creating and equip them with means to read, understand and analyse it.

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Process Flow/Step Container Extension for Qlik Sense

Another sleepless night and another extension (or 2.. see the Score Card extension details below)! Ability to display a process flow/steps is something I missed in Qlik Sense. Yes, you can build multiple visualisations and put them in certain order to create a process flow but that uses up the screen space and do not always look great in mobile view. So, I decided to build something that is simple to use and allows the user to set up a flow/steps for their process and ability to display different visualisations for each step.

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2 More Qlik Sense Extensions…

I have been working on a Data Literacy project with my 6 year year old son the past few weeks (I will cover that topic another time). I wanted to make the charts more relatable for him. To get him to engage with the data side, I found myself developing a few extensions. The project revolves around a game that I built (17 years ago…) and I needed to display the results with his game avatar. And that led to these 2 simple extensions.

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Variable Editor for Qlik Sense

Qlik Branch - Variable Editor by Kabir Rab

I am happy to announce that I have my new personal project on Qlik Branch after finally managed to make some time for it. The few hours I have spent on this resulted in a variable management solution (or the first part of it!).

UPDATE: New download “Data Load Script” option added

https://developer.qlik.com/garden/5d153975aa5e6e001603cce2
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Qlik Load Script Alerts to Microsoft Teams

Qlik Sense is a great platform, however, it has its shortfalls. One of them would be the lack of push notifications out of the box from QMC. Last year, I worked on a few solutions to send alerts via emails and via APIs/webhooks to bespoke applications when there is a job failure on Qlik Sense Enterprise. I utilised the QRS API as well as REST connector and webhook technologies to achieve these goals. That got me thinking, what else can be done using webhook? At Tahola, we use Microsoft Teams as part of our collaboration suite. I thought it would be a good idea to be able to send alerts to the Teams channel directly from Qlik data load scripts (via REST connector), whether be a load completion alert or just a simple KPI summary table from the data model. So, I spent few hours building a PoC Qlik application to that goal, and thought, I should share the concept with others as it might be useful in some scenarios.

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