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Using Qlik: Great Oversight Is Vital

Keeping development projects running smoothly starts with being able to see what is going on. If you’ve got lots of developers involved in every stage of your app build then things can quickly get complicated – which is when great oversight really starts to shine. As you grow, you’re going to need more developers working on more apps, and so the complexity of your day-to-day Qlik development operation will increase rapidly. You need to be ready for this so that you know precisely what your people are doing. Trouble Tracking? Many companies these days outsource some, if not all, of their development. This is a great way to source talent as and when you need it; but it does come with some drawbacks. Being able to manage developers from across the world and get them to collaborate effectively with one another is a challenge you might be familiar with. Typically, companies don’t have a single solution to this problem. While development is often outsourced, deployment is almost always kept in-house because businesses want to retain control of the apps they deliver. Within that motivation to retain control is the key factor of security. Giving external developers access to a deployment

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Deployment Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult

If you’ve ever had a hand in releasing a new version of an app, you’ll be familiar with the fact it’s a time consuming, repetitive process – with lots of potential to go wrong. Thankfully, there is a better way. Automation is now a massive part of business – and that’s just as true for many traditionally manual IT activities. However, the same cannot be said for app deployment, which remains largely manual. But, technology can do at scale what people can’t; and that’s where PlatformManager comes in. It’s Just Too Much If you want to move an app from one server to another, there are so many individual steps involved that when you take a step back and look at them all, you see how ridiculous it is to do it manually. Without going into too much detail, here is a quick list of some of them. You have to: Log into the acceptance server Select the file you want to publish Download each individual file onto your system Copy them to the destination server (which you need access to at an admin level) Upload all the files individually Reload the production data (this can take hours) Finally, you

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The Safety Net Of Good Version Control

Keeping track of every app in development, testing, and production is a challenge that many businesses face. With so much manual work, as well as the risk of errors, it’s no wonder that companies are finding new ways to manage their version control. Version control is a critical process and is often the difference between end users being able to get on with what they need to do and the support ticket system filling up with angry requests to get things working. For businesses that try to manually handle version control, a lot of problems crop up very quickly. So what’s the solution? Seeing is the first step in solving If you’ve got a single developer working in 3 week sprints, the chances of your business being overwhelmed by managing changes to apps is pretty low. However, as soon as you start introducing larger teams of developers – particularly if they’re working across multiple time zones – keeping on top of version control quickly becomes a real hassle. Add deadlines to lots of separate people working on the same projects and you have a recipe for disaster. Part of what makes PlatformManager so effective for DevOps teams is that it

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PlatformManager’s ‘Why’

                  After nearly 10 years of experience, we aren’t new to the world of BI. However, we wanted to talk about why we do what we do, and how it helps businesses with gaining value out of their Business Intelligence environment We’re not ones to brag or talk about ourselves too much (!), so we’ll keep this to the core concept of why we exist and what we want for our customers and our future. Helping deliver BI in a better way and more cost-effective is the very essence of why we exist,  so let us show you how it all started. The Beginning We officially started in 2013 based in the Netherlands and we’ve now grown to support over 200 customers globally. The idea for Platform Manager started with our MD and Owner Jeroen Gerritsen who, previously to Platform Manager, worked on several BI projects. He found himself deploying his own processes to help manage the problems that naturally occur when more than 1 person tries to work on something at once. During a training session, he was asked about version management within BusinessObjects, and he realized that, not only was

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Webinar Global Product Update June, 7 & 8

More information and register here! About the event: Take the opportunity! In this free webinar from only 60 minutes you’re updated on our new product features, roadmap and other topics. Sounds like an hour well spend! This 1-hour update session will be organized in 3 different time slots so that most of you will be able to participate during working hours. Topics that will be discussed are: – What has been delivered in 2021? – Roadmap plans for 2022. – Our approach towards Qlik Sense SaaS. – PlatformManager Version 5. – Healthcheck and Update Service offering. – Customer Support Portal. More information and free registration: https://platformmanager.com/lp/globalproduct/ More information and register here!

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Sneak Peak new UI

The PlatformManager user interface is aimed at being able to quickly find and execute functions. The UI is also excellent for this and we even get positive feedback about the user-friendliness. In terms of look and feel there is room for improvement and we took on that challenge some time ago.  We engaged a specialized design agency to investigate what a good, user-friendly and modern interface should look like. After discussions with Partners and customers, this resulted in a design that we are very satisfied with and which has also been coordinated with various customers. The reactions are very positive and we now want to give you a sneak peek so that you know where PlatformManager’s design is headed.Figure 1 shows the navigation between modules and the folder structure. Figure 2 shows the columns settings for Development. You can now select the columns you want to see, put the columns in your order and define the width and sort order per columns. Want to make sure you keep track of the release and more? Be sure to check our website or follow us online! Twitter or LinkedIn

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Reference case: PIXUM – BI Application Lifecycle Management with PlatformManager

PIXUM Diginet in Germany has been a valued Customer using PlatformManager for QlikView and Qlik Sense since 2017. EVACO, our Solution provider in Germany, has done a great job and Pixum was able to use the software productively in around three weeks. According to Hendrik Gruβ, PlatformManager offers three major advantages for Pixum. On the one hand, PlatformManager ensures that several people do not further develop an application at the same time. “You can see directly who is currently working on an application.” In addition, the automated version management includes rollback functionality: “You can use it to publish new versions in the development and production area and have them tested and approved using a corresponding process, or if necessary, switch back to an old version. This allows you to provide more flexibility for developers, and setup a better control and management of approval to publish applications on your production servers. Furthermore, the system offers the possibility of analyses of different applications: “We can read and understand the load scripts outside of QlikView and QlikView Sense. For example, the number of fields and objects or loading routes can be displayed. When new developers arrive to the team, they have full transparency,

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RIC Consulting – South Africa

PlatformManager is extremely delighted to announce our strategic partnership with: RIC Consulting!  Established in 2000, RIC Consulting delivers Qlik solutions, specialist consulting and software support services across a broad- spectrum of industries. For more than two decades, the RIC team has helped customers tell the stories that live in their data. As a wholly client-centric organisation, they understand that every client is unique, with distinctive needs. RIC Consulting has offices in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Main focus: As a recognised leader in Business Intelligence in South Africa offering cutting-edge Qlik solutions and support. We are very excited to work closely together with this innovative company which has a strong focus with customers to offer “instant expertise”, ensuring they enjoy the full benefit of the platform and products they use. For more information about RIC Consulting check their website: https://ricconsulting.co.za/

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Qlik Sense-SaaS-Support!

We see a growing interest for Qlik Sense SaaS within our Qlik Customer base. Especially Customers who would rather outsource their servers and the need for regular updates and upgrades. As we see Qlik Sense SaaS as an important platform we have now completed Phase 2 for apps in our approach to fully support Qlik Sense SaaS tenants.  We understand that Customer have the need to manage both the on-premise servers from a single solution and that is exactly what PlatformManager offers. (click picture to enlarge) We support different types of configurations. The only requirement now is that the Development environment runs on-premise; all other environments can either exist on-premise or in the cloud. This gives our customers the flexibility they need, for now and for the future. So, all publications are executed by PlatformManager providing Customer a complete overview of Development and Promotion, whether it’s on-premise or in the Qlik Sense SaaS cloud. Private clouds are already fully supported by PlatformManager for several years now. The final stage we are entering now is to enable customers to Develop in Qlik Sense SaaS. When this has been delivered Customers can have a complete DTAP setup in Qlik Sense SaaS. If

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