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Job queue processing optimized

PM 4.5.3 Possibility to run more than one job at the same time Until version 4.5.3 PlatformManager executed all jobs (i.e., import, check-in, extraction, checkout, promote) sequential. So, each job had to wait for another job to finish. While most jobs are processed swiftly, the job queue can grow when many jobs are requested in a short amount of time or when large time-consuming jobs like import, check-in and data extraction are added. The Job Queue mechanism is now optimized to run jobs parallel (whenever possible). This means that at the same time an extract job is running a check-in, import, checkout or promote can be done. Also import, check-in and extraction of items that use another BI Service can run at the same time. The maximum amount of parallel job can be configured to get the most out of your PlatformManager installation. This feature is most powerful for customers with multiple BI solutions (i.e., QlikView & Qlik Sense) managed by PlatformManager. For example: extraction of a QlikView application does not hinder any Qlik Sense jobs in the queue. It can almost double the job load capacity of PlatformManager, depending on the mix of job types in the queue. But

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Job View Enhanced

PM 4.5.5 A filter for a specific period is added to the JobView The JobView monitor shows all (re)scheduled, running, passed, cancelled and failed jobs. For instance, failed imports, successful promote, etc. Now it is possible to not only filter jobs based on status, but also on time period (i.e., last week). Monitoring your jobs becomes so much easier. You select the status and time period of the jobs to get an overview. This overview helps you to manage your job queue. When a job failed it is possible to rerun the job immediate or schedule it to be executed at a specific date and time. Already scheduled jobs can be canceled or rescheduled if so needed. This is great, for instance, if an import failed because of a missing extension. After importing the extension the import job can be re-run instead of going through the import wizard again.

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Support for Qlik Sense SaaS (hybrid)

In our 3 phase Qlik Sense SaaS support approach we are now working on Phase II. Phase I was tested and released in 2021 and enables customers who have an on-premise Qlik Sense implementation with additional Qlik Sense SaaS tenants to usePlatformManager. The synchronization to the QS SaaS tenants is fully executedby the Qlik Sense synchronization process. Phase IIgoes a step further in a way that PlatformManager can also take over thesynchronization to the QS SaaS tenants. We believe this is a more integratedapproach with additional features which are of great use for Customers workingin a hybrid environment. What we aim to achieve is that the QS SaaS tenants are also controlled and visible in PlatformManager. Features that will be provided are: Automated deployment to a QS SaaStenant of apps and Extensions. If necessary, we will change the owner of theapp. Automatically changing the Dataconnections used in the Qlik Sense app during promotion to the QS SaaS tenant. Move the app to the requireddestination space. A reload can be fired after orduring promotion. Phase IIIwill support a fully operational DTAP implementation running in QS SaaS. Wewill start a research project around April 2022 to investigate the bestfeasible approach for this. 

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Reload during promotion

We noticed that many customers are reloading their Qlik Sense apps in Development and moving them to production with data. The single purpose for most customers is that they want to prevent Business Users from seeing an empty app while the reload is running and taking more than 30 minutes or so. The disadvantages of this approach is that your production data needs to be available in Development and will stay in PlatformManager until the item is removed. That takes up a lot of disk space but is also inefficient since after some time the data is no longer relevant. This is why PlatformManager offers a reload during promotion. While we promote your app you can check the option to reload the app with the latest data using the data connections from the destination Qlik Sense server, mostly your production environment. We will only replace the current version after the reload has finished. So, your Business users will always have an app with data while you can still store the app without data or with a minimal test dataset.

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Import folders and files

When you are onboarding with PlatformManager we provide the option to import your entire folder structure. From Customer feedback we learned that they often would like to include the files as well. So, we have changed this feature to include files as well. This feature can also be used when onboarding a new team, project or department. Simply select the Import folders and files, show the preview and if you like what you see, start the import.

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Support for Qlik Sense SaaS

PlatformManager now officially supports Customers who have a Qlik Sense SaaS hybrid implementation. In our 3 stage support process, we have tested and completed phase 1. So if you have an on-premise Qlik Sense implementation with one or more Qlik Sense SaaS tenants, PlatformManager covers your Version Control and Deployment challenges. If you want to learn more, please contact our Sales team at [email protected]

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Official statement from PlatformManager on Vulnerability in Apache Log4j, reference CVE-2021-44228 (also referred to as Log4Shell)

PlatformManager is aware of the recently published security vulnerabilities in Apache Log4j, with references CVE-2021-44228 and CVE-2021-45046. (also referred to as Log4Shell). When these vulnerabilities were published, PlatformManager immediately began to investigate if and how PlatformManager products would be impacted by this security risk. Here’s what we know right now: We confirmed NONE of the PlatformManager modules or Software builds contains the vulnerable components. There is no need for Customers to install a new build. All currently available PlatformManager builds have been tested and do not contain the vulnerable components. Patches will be made available if and when this is necessary. For now, there is no need to deliver a patch. If you have questions about this statement, please send them via email to [email protected]

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Data Lineage – View QVD Usage in Qlik Sense and QlikView

Our Data Lineage feature enables you to investigate the usage of your QVD files by QlikView and Qlik Sense apps. The ability allows you to learn: which apps are using a specific QVD file which apps are storing a QVD file what are the dependencies between QlikView and Qlik Sense apps are we loading QVD’s from the location they are being stored? Also, the lineage allows you to switch between apps and analyze the usage of Excel and Text files as well. This all works fully automated. No manual intervention is required. Using our Global search, you can also look for specific QVD files if you don’t know where they are being used. This also helps you to discover if you’re loading the QVD files from the same location as where you store the QVD files.

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See you live at Qlik World 2022 in Denver Colorado!

See you live at Qlik World 2022 in Denver Colorado! After 2 years without a physical Qlik World event, it is now finally possible again. Qlik World 2022 will be held from 16 to 19 May and you can find us in the Data Activation zone. PlatformManager is proud to have been at Qonnections/QlikWorld continuously since 2015 and we hope to meet you there. Find out what our strategy is with Qlik Sense SaaS? Or what we’ve been up to in the past 2 years? Come to our booth and we’ll catch up with you! We are very excited about it! Stay Healthy, see you soon! Are you still manually moving apps to Business users? Manually moving apps to production is error-prone and takes a lot of valuable time. And why should you if you can automate the whole process and include your own Customizable workflow and other useful options? Check out our demo video or contact us to find out more. Easy Deployment Version Control Qlik Sense Version Control QlikView “PlatformManager offers us a great environment for application lifecycle management, for both SAP/BO and Qlik, allowing us to minimize risk, reduce costs and improve results.” Bram TalstraDeveloper at Accell

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