QVSource 1.6.0 Now Available

We have just released version 1.6.0 of QVSource - The QlikView & Qlik Sense API Connector.

This blog posts outlines the main changes. As always, we would also recommend you read the notes on the "Change Log" tab of any connectors you are using for a comprehensive overview of changes.

New Connectors

  • We have a new connector to JIRA (hosted or locally run). Currently there are only a couple of tables, one to retrieve all issues and another to make and custom REST API request but we will add to this in the next release - please let us know what features/data you need so we can make sure you are covered.

Updated Connectors

  • IMPORTANT/BREAKING CHANGE: We have removed the MyAccounts and Messages tables (as we do not believe they are being used and would now require us getting approval from Facebook to continue using) as well as the FriendsWhoUseThisApp table which we also believe is not useful from the Facebook Fan Pages Connector.
  • V3 of the Facebook Insights Connector has been added (and V2 removed). All requests to FacebookInsightsConnectorV2 will now be automatically routed to FacebookInsightsConnectorV3 (although we would still recommend making the same change in all your load scripts to avoid confusion). BREAKING CHANGE: Unfortunately, Facebook have now changed their Insights API and application insights are no longer available in this version of the connector although we hope to resolve this soon.
  • We have a new V2 of the Salesforce Connector. This replicates the functionality of the previous version and also has additional Insert and Update tables which allow you to write data back to Salesforce from your QlikView or Qlik Sense load scripts.
  • The MongoDB Connector now scans all items in the MongoDB Collection in order to establish all possible columns before generating the table for QlikView/Qlik Sense.
  • A new TableSchema table has been added to the Google BigQuery Connector.
  • The SugarCRM Connector has new max results and order by inputs which makes it much easier to get just the data you need. We hope to add a filter input to this connector also soon.
  • The Klout Connector now makes all API calls over HTTPS instead of HTTP.
  • The Adobe Analytics (Omniture) Connector has a fix in to avoid having duplicate column names in the result tables.

Deprecated Connectors

The following connectors have been deprecated and will likely be removed from the product in a future version.

  • The DFA Connector (which was still in beta) has been deprecated as it uses an API which Google are now removing later in the year. Please contact us if you would like us to consider redeveloping this connector to use the latest DFA API.

Download Latest

Where do I find this new release? If you are a QVSource customer or have requested a trial in the past you should see this new release in the personalised download link we should have sent you via email.

If you are new to QVSource you can download a fully functional free trial from our website.

Will Big Data Analytics Change The Competitive Landscape In The Next Year?

An interesting tweet caught my eye recently, but it’s taken me a little while to finally put pen to paper

It was a Qlik tweet that read “84% Of Enterprises See #BigData #Analytics Changing Their Competitive Landscapes In The Next Year: http://onforb.es/1FSCcDe via @forbes”.

The reason that this was of particular interest to me, is that this tweet hit on two things that are very dear to us: 1) data and 2) analytics. 

It’s very simple. There’s a HUGE amount of data out there that holds really important information on your business, and your company’s performance would benefit from accessing and understanding it.

The QVSource team believes that the more data we can help our customers gain access to, the more comprehensive their analytics will be, and the better their decision making will be, and the more successful they will become.

And it’s reassuring to read that 84% of enterprises agree with us. It’s certainly substantiated in the speed at which new customers and partners are buying into the concept of the QVSource data connectors. We are seeing an unprecedented number of organisations, from all industries and all corners of the globe, seeking access to new data sources via the QVSource connectors. QVSource helps companies mine data from a growing number (30+) of online data sources, and pumps vast amounts of new data into Qlik's Business Discovery solutions, in near real-time, ready for analysis. Our technology is changing the speed at which companies are able to react to data analysis, making decisions based on a larger and more comprehensive set of data more quickly than ever before.

Another statistic that was cited in the study was that “89% believe that companies that do not adopt a Big Data analytics strategy in the next year risk losing market share and momentum.” We agree! Data analysis gives companies an understanding of their business performance that leads to intelligent decisions being made, based on factual evidence. This is their competitive edge. Companies that don’t have that strategic insight, comprehensive understanding, and 360 degree view of their business, will have no chance of succeeding in an increasingly ruthless marketplace.

Finally, at the end of the report is an interesting chart asking companies to rank the challenges to implement Big Data. In our opinion these challenges are the same if you’re looking at any kind of new data to include in your analytics, whether it’s defined as Big Data or not. 29% of respondents rated as one of their top 3 challenges, (13% said it was their main challenge) the “consolidation of disparate data and being able to use the resulting data store are difficult”. QVSource is ideally suited to reduce this risk as it reaches out to various platforms and presents it as a single point of call to QlikView or Qlik Sense in a consistent, timely manner. Similarly, QVSource can help reduce the pain point for the 20% who rated as one of their top 3 challenges, “Reliance on multiple vendors-no integrated solutions”, as it integrates nicely into QlikView and Qlik Sense.

We're proud that QVSource is one of the technology companies that are fuelling this revolution. So if you want to get a more complete view of your business in Qlik, by drawing new data sets in from online sources, to make strategic business decisions in real-time based on fact, then come and talk to us. 

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