L2022.5 Release Notes
  • 16 Jun 2022
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L2022.5 Release Notes

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For a list of release dates and Sisense's end of support schedule, see Sisense Life Cycle.

You can download the latest Sisense version from here.

Note:
  • If you need to upgrade to an older version, see that version’s Release Notes and contact your Sisense Customer Success Manager for the version package.
  • To upgrade to this version of Sisense, follow the upgrade procedure in Upgrading Sisense in a Linux Environment.

BREAKING CHANGES - WARNING!

  • L2021.12: Server side add-ons break following L2021.12 installation.
  • Sisense recommends running a system backup before upgrading. See Backing up and Restoring Sisense.
  • Grafana Dashboards: When performing a Sisense Provisioner or RKE installation, the installation supports Kubernetes 1.22. Therefore, the Prometheus stack was changed from prometheus-operator to kube-prometheus-stack. This means that any private customizations done on Grafana need to be manually migrated (see Upgrading Sisense on Linux). Out of the box, Grafana dashboards will be created on the new stack.
    The RKE upgrade from Kubernetes 1.21 to 1.22 is only supported for RKE or RKE Provisioner installations and occurs if update_k8s_version is set to true in the YAML configuration file. Customizations affected are Grafana dashboards, alerts, notifications, etc., revert to the default state.
  • The Google Adwords native connector is no longer supported because it uses Google APIs that Google deprecated. New installations from 2022.5 and up will no longer contain the Google Adwords native connector. Customers with older versions of Sisense, or who upgrade to 2022.5 or higher can use this workaround: Using Google Ads connector for EC models with CDATA Driver.

Release Overview

Release L2022.5 provides a number of new features and significant improvements to Sisense for Linux.

What's New

This release includes the following new features:

Advanced Build Analytics

Advanced Build Analytics provides data admins with the ability to monitor their build behaviors and identify potential issues proactively. 

Usage Analytics Model

The Usage Analytics model has been expanded to include more build events, such as connectors, summarized build, cubes and query information. The model provides all the raw data about the builds required for monitoring the build behavior.

Usage Analytics Dashboard for Advanced Build Analytics

Two new dashboards have been added for Usage Analytics for monitoring usage and performance. These dashboards focus on Build usage and failures, such as stability of the system, if there are any problems, how frequently, where etc:

  • Build Usage Overview - Provides insights for data admins into the build usage at a high-level and identifies usage and/or performance anomalies - Daily average build, success rate, how many cubes are built daily, performance.
  • Build Usage Failures - Targeted to investigate build failures and help you detect the cause of the failures quickly, such as specific cubes not working, overload to system or errors in the system

See Overview of Usage Analytics.

Build to Destination (B2D) - Limited Availability

  • Build to Destination (B2D) lets the Data Modeler build the logic directly into a CDWH. 
  • Data Modelers can change their designated destination from one CDWH to another, or to Elasticubes. See Preparing the Destination and Storage.
  • B2D is another useful tool for Data management, providing more agility when switching between data strategies. 
  • Requirements for using B2D can be found here.
  • B2D includes existing build features with these additional capabilities:
    • Build with Upsert.
    • Extended JDBC data types support.
    • Read here to see the full list.

Control to Stop Idle ElastiCubes

Until now, configuring ElastiCubes to stop on idle required setting instances to 0. This method prevented having multiple ElastiCube instances and having the ability of stopping them on idle. Now, the Edit Data Group dialog box shows a new toggle to stop Elasticubes when they are idle. When enabled, ElastiCubes that form part of a data group are stopped when idle, in other words they do not receive queries for a predefined amount of time (30 minutes by default, adjustable in the Configuration settings). In the Admin page under Data Groups, edit data group settings, click More, and scroll down to Stop when idle.


Data Models in List View by Default

  • This version of Sisense presents data models in the Data page in a List view by default.
  • List view enables viewing and affecting data models and centralizes the same functionalities and capabilities supported in the Tile view, with added benefits like showing extra properties, such as Size On Disk.
  • The List view provides information about your system adoption, such as the number of Viewers of each dashboard, and the last time a dashboard was modified.
  • Toggle between views in a click. See Viewing Data Models.

Databricks Connector

There is a new connector for Databricks, powered by Analytical Engine. 

Sisense enables easy and quick access to databases, tables and views contained within Databricks. To connect to your Databricks cluster, you need to provide a connection string that identifies the Databricks cluster you are connecting to, and that database’s credentials. You can then import your data into a Sisense ElastiCube or connect your data to a Sisense Live model.

See  Connecting to Databricks.

Notebooks

Adding SQL Charts from Notebooks to Dashboards

Notebook users can now share their insights and analysis with business users by adding charts as a widget to a dashboard. Business users can view the data and make changes, such as editing the chart type or filtering the dashboard, which affect the widget on the dashboard only, and not the source chart in the Notebook. See Adding SQL Charts from Notebooks to Dashboards.

Filtering Charts

  • Notebooks users can now add filters to charts from the Notebook editor so that they can narrow and expand chart outputs for specific analysis, as required.
  • The different type of filters that can be added are Numeric, Text, and Date
  • Filters can only be added from the Notebook editor by data designers. All other users with view access to the notebook can interact with the filters from the view-only mode.
  • See Working with Notebooks.

Addition of R

  • The addition of R in Notebooks gives Notebooks users access to R’s powerful libraries for the most advanced statistical capabilities within Sisense. See Using Notebooks.

Visualizing with Python and R Plotting Libraries

  • In addition to creating Sisense provided charts with the SisenseHelper.save_dataframe() function, Notebooks users can now take advantage of the plotting libraries available to Python and R by using a 3rd Sisense Helper function that will output a static image of the custom plot. See Using Python and R in Notebooks.

Web Access Token

Apply Filters From "flt" Claim Limited to Dashboard Level

  • Sisense enhances the experience for utilizing filters in the Web Access Token flow; from now on, filters included in a token's “flt“ claim are applied to the dashboard level only
  • Widget filters are inherited from the native Sisense application (when existent). 
  • This enhancement enables achieving more complex use cases and enhanced flexibility in delivering analytics to end users. See Using Web Access Tokens.
    ATTENTION!
    Be sure to review and perform any necessary changes to the filters in your Web Access Token-based assets.

What's Improved

Defining ElastiCube Build Settings

What's Fixed

Blox

  • Export/import for the BloX add-on.

Data Security

  • Admin can define scope limitations for tables with columns that are all dates.

Web Access Token

  • Activating Web Access Token via the admin feature toggle.

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