Release 100: Saturday March 22, 2014

Thanks for checking in to see what’s new for Release 100! Check back in next week for several additional updates you won't want to miss!

In conjunction with Microsoft’s stated End of Life timeline, GoodData will no longer support Internet Explorer 8 as of April 8, 2014. Customers are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer and to remain current with the latest release in the future. See http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/.

New updates since release 100:

Release 100.1

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Release 100.2

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Release 100.3

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Release 100.4

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Release 100.5

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Tuesday April 29, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014

What's New: Release 100

Introducing GoodData Help

GoodData Help documentation is now available in online format. Through a single interface, users and developers can find answers to their most pressing questions and explore the documentation for individual features. Use segmented search to pinpoint answers.

NOTE: GoodData Help is updated on a regular basis. Please bookmark the following location and check in frequently.

GoodData Predictive Statistical Package

GoodData’s MAQL Predictive Package includes powerful functions that allow users to create complex, re-usable expressions with ease. These include:

MAQL is context-aware. A metric used in multiple reports will inherit the associated attributes and filters, greatly reducing complexity and effort. For examples of how to leverage the Predictive Statistical Package in your GoodData projects, refer to the following articles:

Introducing the GoodData Ruby SDK

The GoodData Ruby SDK enables developers to leverage their preferred Ruby tools to build and deploy into the GoodData platform. This wrapper to the GoodData APIs supports all key platform functionality.

Centralized Infrastructure

GoodData organizations and projects are now hosted in a single cloud-based infrastructure. All content is now accessible through the following domain:

https://secure.gooddata.com

Users who have been accessing content via the following URL may continue to do so, as well:

https://na1.secure.gooddata.com

NOTE: As part of this change, the GoodData Private Cloud Deployment Guide is no longer necessary and has been deprecated.

What's New: Release 100.1

Filters can now remember selected values

GoodData dashboards now remember the dashboard filters that you have selected. This feature can be toggled off/on in a dashboard's Settings dialog.

  • This feature can be applied to any attribute, variable, or date filter on a dashboard.
  • For more information, see the GoodData Reference Guide.

What's New: Release 100.2

Dynamic frame height event for embedded dashboard tabs

When GoodData is embedded in a third-party application, the GoodData Portal now delivers a new event to enable the parent application to dynamically change the frame height of the embedded dashboard, which is useful for limiting the display of scrollbars and unnecessary whitespace. 

Display labels for dashboard filters inherit attribute names

The display name of the dashboard filter inherits the name of the attribute that is used to populate the filter. Now, if the name of the attribute changes, the name of the dashboard filter also changes.

GoodData Help now accessible from CloudConnect Designer

Beginning in Release 100.2, CloudConnect Designer users can access GoodData Help from the CloudConnect Designer application.

What's New: Release 100.3

This Release features various fixes and improvements to the GoodData platform and its applications, including the infrastructure to support the release of several new features in the coming weeks.

What's New: Release 100.4

Coming in next week's release! The GoodData Portal will enable project Administrators to lock permissions to edit dashboards, reports, and metrics for Editors. For details, see Feature - Permission to Edit Project Objects.

Calendar Day Filters in dashboards

Editors can now configure a dashboard date filter to become a picker for a single date. Users of the Calendar Day Filters are able to select a single date only for display in the dashboard.

  • Editors may configure the default date to be Today or any date relative to Today. For example, the default date can be 2 days ago or 10 days in the future.
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Figure: Click “single day” to configure the Calendar Day Filter

For dashboard users, a Calendar Day Filter looks like the following. This feature enhances snapshotting of dashboards for daily delivery to stakeholders.

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Figure: Calendar Day Filter enables users to select a single date to apply as a dashboard filter

Date pickers now reflect project time zone

Recently, GoodData introduced the capability of configuring the time zone for individual projects. Beginning with this release, dates in date pickers reflect the project time zone.

NOTE: Reports have and will continue to be executed using the project time zone..

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Figure: Project time zone notification in a dashboard filter

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Figure: Project time zone notification in a report filter

Custom headers and footers in PDF reports

Developers may now define custom headers and footers for exported PDF reports and dashboards using the GoodData APIs. Insert custom text for the left, center, and right areas of headers and footers, or apply the available macros to insert project, report, and date parameters into your custom header or footer.

What's New: Release 100.5

Permission to Edit Project Objects

Beginning in this release, project Administrators can lock for editing for Editors to edit individual dashboard, reports, and metrics, which is useful in preventing unwanted changes in production environments.

Trendlines in line charts

To your line charts, you can now add trendlines to show tendency and projection. Trendlines can be used to illustrate the trending values for linear regression, maximum, minimum, average, and median functions on a series of data.

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Figure: Trendlines configuration

In the Advanced Configuration section of the report Configuration panel, you may add trendlines for each series of data in the chart. Trendlines appear as dashed, slightly fainter lines of the same color as the series line and are noted in the chart legend.

NOTE:In Internet Explorer 9 and 10, trendlines are displayed as solid lines.

NOTE:Trendlines are available only for line charts. If you switch the chart to another type and then switch it back to a line chart, the trendline is not remembered.

Embedding a dashboard with custom navigation and UI controls

Using newly available parameters and methods for an embedded dashboard, you can embed a dashboard without tab navigation or print or edit icons. Now, you may create your own custom navigation and print and edit buttons and call the methods of the dashboard to perform the print and edit action and switch tabs.

CloudConnect Designer issues error message when process execution times out

To prevent excessive consumption of platform resources, CloudConnect processes time out after five hours of execution.

Previously, this timeout was performed silently, which was confusing for customers. With this release, CloudConnect Designer issues an error message.

CloudConnect LDM Modeler now supports defining a display and sorting label for attributes

When configuring an attribute in the LDM Modeler, you may now specify separate labels to use for display and for sorting.

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Figure: Selecting display and sort labels of an attribute

  • Display by: This label is as the default when an attribute is used in a report. Users may explicitly select a different label in the report.
  • Sort by: Values for the attribute are sorted according to this label, based on the selected ordering method.

For more information, see CloudConnect LDM Modeler Guide.

CloudConnect LDM Modeler displays all references per dataset

In the LDM Modeler, references that are external to the dataset are now separate in the dataset display by a horizontal bar, which is patterned after how they have been displayed under the Referenced by panel in the Details sidebar.

      • Previously, these columns were not listed in the dataset graphical object, which caused some confusion.
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Figure: Foreign key references in target datasets of a relation

      • References that are not connection points are identified by a blue key (R100.5-MSF-icon-extreference.png) icon, and date columns are listed, as well.
      • Connection points (R100.5-MSF-icon-connectionpoint.png) are listed as the first item in the dataset for easy identification.
      • For more information, see CloudConnect LDM Modeler Guide.

Table cell text may wrap when cell spans multiple rows

When a table cell spans multiple rows, the text is wrapped automatically across multiple rows for some reports.

NOTE: Cell text wrapping occurs only if the cell spans multiple rows and the column to the right of the cell contains another attribute. In this second column are multiple values for each value in the first column.

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Figure: Example table cell text wrapping

What's New: Release 100.6

This release contains numerous fixes and improvements to the underlying platform. Customer-visible features and updates have been rolled into Release 100.7.

What's New: Release 100.7

New menu bar for GoodData Portal

The GoodData Portal now features a new menu bar.

NOTE: This menu bar applies to non-whitelabeled domains only. Whitelabled customers are not affected at this time. Whitelabeled customers will be provided advance notice and a demo environment to review this feature.

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Figure: New GoodData Portal menu bar

Key features:

  • Projects menu is on the left side of the screen. Begin typing in the Search bar to help locate your desired project.
  • The Support menu is now the Help menu.
  • Documentation is now directly accessible from the Help menu. Select Documentation to begin exploring GoodData Help, a searchable, browsable destination for Portal and platform documentation.

Report export to MS-Office Excel 2007 and later (XLSX)

Dashboards and reports can now be exported to Excel 2007 and later format (*.XLSX).

NOTE: In conjunction with Microsoft's End of Life policy, GoodData will deprecate support for Excel 2003 (XLS) report export later this year. Issues that users may have experienced in XLS report export have been addressed in the new report export for XLSX. Microsoft does provide a plugin for Excel 2007 to read and write XLSX files. For more information on Excel 2003 support, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd873564(v=office.12).aspx.

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Figure: Report exports

Other Recent Updates

Since the last major release several new features have been added to the platform:

  • Redesign of login and authentication pages. New login and authentication pages
  • New Demo Project Available in the Platform. A new demo project can be accessed from the GoodData Portal.
  • Introducing Interactive Data Explorers. The Scatter Explorer, the first one, enables users to perform narrower analyses on data sets in a displayed chart.

For more information, see Release 99 Notes.

What's New: Release 100.8

Ownership of schedules for redeployed processes are assigned to the user who deployed them

When a process is redeployed from CloudConnect Designer, the Data Loading Administration Console, or the gray pages, ownership of the schedules associated with the process is updated to be the user who performed the redeployment. Depending on your environment, this change may have impacts on your deployment methods.

Introducing Interactive Reports

Beginning in Release 100.8, you can insert Interactive reports, a new kind of data discovery widget, into your dashboards. Interactive reports enable users to interact with a bar, line, or area chart by selecting chart values to display underlying data in a table beneath the chart. You may break down underlying data further by adding attributes to your table to identify patterns you hadn't previously considered. 

Configuration benefits:

  • Create and configure interactive reports directly from the dashboard
  • Save time by configuring interactive reports with built-in drilling functionality

Data analysis benefits:

  • "Drill" into multiple chart values simultaneously by selecting multiple data points at once – tabular data updates instantly in a linked table beneath
  • Enjoy the benefits of drilling without leaving the existing view of your data. With interactive reports, drilling data appears in a table adjacent to the original chart.

NOTE: This feature is currently a beta release. Currently, Interactive reports support inclusion of one metric and one attribute into one of the supported chart types. New capabilities will be added soon.

With interactive reports, a VP of Sales can gain insight into the performance of his teams across a number of states. Selecting certain states' bars in the chart automatically filters the table for those values, excluding the rest. Next, the VP might decide to add more related attributes to his table, such as number of reps and number of sales activities carried out in each county. This could help him discern what teams in successful counties and states have in common.
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Figure: Example Interactive report

Data Loading Administration supports batch data loading

You can now configure your scheduled processes in the Data Loading Administration console to batch load a series of data files. If you have specified your multi-load manifest file and deployed multiple files to the GoodData platform, you can configure a parameter in the schedule to enable batch loading when the process executes.

NOTE: In the Data Loading Administration console, batch loading can be applied to any supported data type, including CSV, Facebook, and other enterprise data feeds.

NOTE: You may also use the GoodData APIs to batch load a series of data files.

JMS and Hadoop components no longer available in CloudConnect Designer

Due to security issues, the following components have been removed from CloudConnect Designer:

  • JMSReader
  • JMSWriter
  • JMS Connection
  • Hadoop Reader
  • Hadoop Connection

NOTE: Documentation for these items may be available for a short period of time due to caching. The objects are no longer available in the software.

For more information, see https://developer.gooddata.com/blog/new-cloudconnect-security-enhancements.

On the Horizon

GoodData is committed to rolling out new, innovative features. Here's what we've been hard at work on:

Thanks for reading up on the latest updates to the GoodData platform. Check back soon for new features to be unveiled in the weeks ahead!

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    Lisa Rousseau

    We've got the Zendesk integration and as of this morning we are missing data that shows up in Zendesk (any of yesterday's tickets solved/assigned, etc.) but are not showing up in Gooddata. Will the data come over with tonight's sync?

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    Winston

    Hi Lisa, let's get you in touch with an expert. Can you submit your question to Support by opening a ticket through this site or emailing support@gooddata.com? Thanks!

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    Holly Szkoropad

    Hi Lisa, 

    I'll follow up shortly so we can look into this for you. No need to create a ticket! Thanks!

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    Graeme

    Is there any chance that the project  time zone settings can be used when scheduling reports? At the moment they still use PT as the default.

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    Tomáš Jirotka

    Hi Graeme,

    It's possible to schedule your emails to any day time, so you can compute the correct value to PST, and get the desired result. But agree, this is annoying.

    We are now designing new version of scheduling report / dashboard exports, and we want to integrate time zone support in the new system. It will offer much more features than just this one, so we believe it will be a big step for our users. It will be released incrementally during this year, please stay tuned.

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    Tina Yates

    can someone advise where in the guide there a reference to cell text wrapping, I can't seem to find it and it doesn't seem to work on any of my reports. thanks

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    Steve Olson

    Hi, Tina--

    Cell text wrapping is not a user-configurable feature; as stated in the NOTE, it works automatically when the specified conditions are met. 

    If you have additional questions about applying it to your specific reports, someone in Support can help you. 

     

     

     

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    Graeme

    When you discontinue support for the old version of Excel, what will happen to scheduled reports that are using this format? Will they automatically be set to XLSX or do we have to update each schedule?

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    Tomáš Jirotka

    Hi Graeme, you're right. Former Excel version will be smoothly replaced, so the customers who receive XLS now, will be receiving XLSX. We suppose they don't mention the change.

     

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    Marek Vokac

    I get the "This graph has too many data points. It may freeze or crash your browser" more often than I would like; and the mouse-over -> series highlighting and tooltip features also tends to slow down when there are more than a hundred points or so in total. Since web charting is fundamental to what you do, I think you should spend some effort on optimizing this.

    Sometimes it's really useful (or even necessary) to see a large number of points at the same time, to visualize trends - one example for us is response times collected from IIS logs; even though we do filtering and aggregation we still have perhaps a few thousand points that need to be shown.

    This is also a problem when creating reports for dashboards, where the dashboard will contain a filter that reduces the data set to something smaller, but the report cannot; and so the report design and dashboard design processes suffer badly from either overflow messages or very bad performance.

    Any plans?

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    Martin Cacky

    Hello Marek,

    thanks for the feedback. We are aware of this problem and we are planning to increasde the data point limits for modern browsers. However as we have not investigated the possibilities how to solve this, we don't have a date when this could be done. 

     

    Martin Čacký | Product Manager, Dashboards & Reporting

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