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Dec 22 17

An In depth look at Qlik Sense Desktop – Part #1

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 Anthony Cecchini is the President of Information Technology Partners (ITP), an SAP consulting company headquartered in Pennsylvania, with offices in Vienna, VA. ITP offers comprehensive planning, resource allocation, implementation, upgrade, and training assistance to companies. Anthony has over 20 years of experience in SAP business process analysis and SAP systems integration. His areas of expertise include SAP NetWeaver integration; ALE development; RFC, BAPI, IDoc, Dialog, and Web Dynpro development; and customized Workflow development. You can reach him at ajcecchini@itpsap.com.

 

In this 2 part Blog series we will take a deep dive into QLIK Desktop. In Part #1, we will go thru all the steps you need to understand when creating a new QLIK Desktop App for guided analytics. In Part #2 of the Blog we will cover data sheets and stories to customize the interaction of your app. This is where the power and flexibility of Qlik become evident. All the data objects are drag and drop allowing the user to create visualizations by selecting data objects, then drilling down to examine associations.

Building your first Qlik Sense App

Let’s take an in-depth look at creating a new app on Qlik Sense Desktop. If you haven’t already, you will need to download the free edition of Qlik Sense Desktop from the Qlik website. Click on the screenshot below…

Qlik try or Buy

In this blog, we will primarily focus on the desktop version. After downloading and installing Qlik Sense Desktop, you can open it from an icon on your start bar or an icon on your home screen. It will open to a screen inviting you to create a new application. If you have worked in Qlik before, the welcome screen will give you the option to open a previous application.

Qlik Welcome Screen

Onc you click on create a new app, you will be asked to give the app a name. We will call this one “My New App”.

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Nov 21 17

An Introduction To The Qlik Data Analytics Platform

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 Anthony Cecchini is the President of Information Technology Partners (ITP), an SAP consulting company headquartered in Pennsylvania, with offices in Vienna, VA. ITP offers comprehensive planning, resource allocation, implementation, upgrade, and training assistance to companies. Anthony has over 20 years of experience in SAP business process analysis and SAP systems integration. His areas of expertise include SAP NetWeaver integration; ALE development; RFC, BAPI, IDoc, Dialog, and Web Dynpro development; and customized Workflow development. You can reach him at ajcecchini@itpsap.com.

How Well Do You Know Qlik BI ?

For organizations searching for business intelligence (BI) solutions to improve oversight of operations, the marketplace offers a vast array of options. BI tools deliver real-time insights based upon smart analytics, and this improves overall performance throughout the organization.

Qlik offers a unique approach to analytics that differentiates it from all other tools. Its platform provides deeper insights at a greater velocity than other BI tools. At its core is the associative model rather than the traditional predefined hierarchies that conventional, query-based analytics solutions offer.

The Qlik associative model is founded on the QIX engine, which is Qlik’s patented, associative data indexing, in-memory engine. The QIX engine is a high-performance inference and calculation engine that intuits the associations within the data, recalculates the analytics based on the context and delivers your selections and the associated values in highlighted format. In addition, the QIX engine will deliver unrelated values that frequently offer unique insight into your business.

This capability gives you a comprehensive overview of the data, without leaving any data out. You can explore solutions without the restrictions or limitations of traditional, query-based tools. You use simple searches for quick analysis regardless of the size of the data set.

In addition to the swift, relevant analytics the QIX engine provides, the Qlik platform is highly agile as your company grows and evolves. As your organization transforms, Qlik will adapt with a wide array of functionalities that highlighted below.

 

Qlik Platform Agility

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Oct 20 17

SAP Screen Personas : Scripting for Automation

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SAP Screen Personas

Jonathan Andre is a lead ABAP developer at IT Partners. Jon is also the President of Andre Technical Consulting LLC located out of Centreville, Virginia. Jon has over 6 years experience with SAP, with a concentration on ECC SD, MM, and IS-OIL modules. Jon’s focus has been in the areas of ABAP OOP and ABAP Web Dynpro. He can be reached at jon.andre@itpsap.com

The last topic for this blog series will cover Screen Personas Scripting. This is by far the most powerful feature that Screen Personas offers. Scripting allows the automated execution of steps a user can perform, and can be used to populate fields and/or carry out actions.
To illustrate exactly how scripts are created and executed, we will revisit and complete the Sales Order – Quick Query control we mocked up in the blog SAP Screen Personas: Get Up and Running Quickly Using These Steps. This time, however, we will actually create a script to populate our text fields when we click the “Go” button.

Creating a SAP Screen Personas Script

Our first step will be to add a Script Button to our tool. The Script Button can be found on the Insert Tab near the Transactional Button we used extensively in past blogs.

SAP Screen Personas Script Button

Next, we will create a script to perform the actions of retrieving the data we wish to populate. To do this, we will have to exit the Flavor Editor and return the to main Persona Management screen, then click the Scripting button located in the bottom right corner

SAP Screen Personas Create Script

From here, we will hit the Create Script button, name our Script then Start Recording. The Start Recording feature will automatically record our actions in the scripting language. Any action performed, from navigating to a transaction to clicking a certain tab or field, is documented and repeatable by executing the recorded script.

SAP Screen Personas Create Script

Once the recording has begun, navigate to the transaction you wish to record. In this particular scenario, we will be navigating to VA03. As we do this, we will see the script populate with code that will navigate to the T-code.

 SAP Screen Personas Create Script

Once we arrive in the VA03 initial screen we will enter a sales order number (14642) to allow us to proceed to the next screen. Our ultimate goal, however, is that we can replace this sales static order String with any sales order the user enters into the tool. We will get around to making this possible by editing our script manually later, but for now, we will just take note of the point in the script the sales order number is entered.

SAP Screen Personas Scripting - Store SO Number

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Sep 22 17

SAP Screen Personas : Using Themes

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SAP Screen Personas

Jonathan Andre is a lead ABAP developer at IT Partners. Jon is also the President of Andre Technical Consulting LLC located out of Centreville, Virginia. Jon has over 6 years experience with SAP, with a concentration on ECC SD, MM, and IS-OIL modules. Jon’s focus has been in the areas of ABAP OOP and ABAP Web Dynpro. He can be reached at jon.andre@itpsap.com

As we described in last month’s blog; SAP Screen Personas : Customizing On-Screen Table Controls we outlined the steps necessary to customize just about every UI element that is part of any individual SAP transaction. However customizing every transaction in the system in this manner would be time consuming, and it’s very unlikely we would end with uniformity across transactions. To address both of these issues, SAP Screen Personas has another feature called Themes.

Using Themes, SAP Screen Personas admins can create general themes to be used across certain divisions or entire companies. These themes allow for the customization of UI element sizes, colors, fonts, and backgrounds that can give users a truly unique experience for their companies.

Creating Your Own SAP Screen Personas Theme

Themes can be created, shared within a company, or downloaded. Themes are generally more restrictive than creating Flavors, and its common for Theme editing and application to be limited to admin-level users only. SAP provides a multitude of themes to download as well. One of the most popular themes is the SAP Fiori UX theme, which provides a Fiori-like experience across all transactions:

SAP Fiori Themes

To create our own theme, we open the Personas toolbar and click the Theme button:

SAP Theme Creation

Next, we click the Create New Theme button, which will launch the theme editor:

SAP Theme Editor

Initially upon entering the Theme editor, you are presented with a small window with a few options. The first you will notice is the choice between General Theme and Control Specific Styles. General Themes allow you to customize categories of UI elements that will be used across all SAP transactions, so lets tart there.

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Aug 22 17

SAP Screen Personas : Customizing On-Screen Table Controls

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SAP Screen Personas

Jonathan Andre is a lead ABAP developer at IT Partners. Jon is also the President of Andre Technical Consulting LLC located out of Centreville, Virginia. Jon has over 6 years experience with SAP, with a concentration on ECC SD, MM, and IS-OIL modules. Jon’s focus has been in the areas of ABAP OOP and ABAP Web Dynpro. He can be reached at jon.andre@itpsap.com

As we described in last month’s blog; Sap Screen Personas Get Up And Running Quickly Using These Steps, we outlined the steps necessary to quickly convert a standard SAP transaction into a cursory Screen Persona. In this blog, we will take a deeper dive and examine how we can use Screen Personas to customize screen tables to simplify user interaction.

Using Screen Personas to Simply On-Screen Tables

Last month we covered how to hide fields, merge tabs, and customize the look and feel of standard SAP transactions. This allowed us to simplify many parts of the screen but noticeably left out on-screen tables, which are often the most complex parts of SAP transactions. SAP Screen Personas has an entire tab dedicated to table personalization within the editor. These features allow users to hide, rearrange, pin or rename any column. In addition, users can add stylistic improvements or add conditional formatting to highlight important scenarios about their data.

To illustrate the capabilities of SAP Screen Personas’ table personalizations, we will revisit customizing VA02. Initially, we see that the Item Overview tab has a huge number of fields, many of which an average user would never use (see below)

SAP VA02 Transaction

As an added pain, as the user scrolls to the right through these fields, they have no control over which fields are lost and which remain in focus.  The good news is by using Screen Personas we can address all of these issues for tables. We can even highlight certain scenarios we are particularly concerned with using conditional formatting.

Tool Tip.

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