L2021.3 Release Notes
  • 21 Aug 2022
  • 6 Minutes to read
  • Dark
    Light

L2021.3 Release Notes

  • Dark
    Light

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

L2021.3.2

Released on 18 May 2021

Release Overview

Release L2021.3.2 provides a new feature to help you secure files associated with your Sisense deployment, improved Health Monitoring API functionality, and a number of fixes to JTD add-ons, dashboards and widgets, and the backup process.

Highlights

What's New

Security

Security Feature for Sisense File Management

Admins can now decide whether to show or hide the File Management button on the System Management page. This new option gives Admins more control over who has access to the Sisense configuration files and so it improves security. The best practice is to disable access to File Management. (Read More.)

What's Improved

Monitoring

Set health monitoring API configurations for ad-hoc use

You can now run an API call for health monitoring tests and specify the inline test configurations instead of the global preset tests. This improvement enables you to configure health monitoring tests for ad-hoc use. For more information, see Monitoring Sisense on Linux. For technical API information, see https://sisense.dev/.

What's Fixed

Add-ons

  • In some scenarios, using Jump-to-Dashboard (JTD), Measured Value filters were inconsistently passed to the target dashboards when jumping from Pivot Tables.
  • JTD sometimes passed the wrong filters to the destination dashboard when jumping from Pivot Tables.

Administration

  • When trying to backup with the -include-extra-paths parameter, the system returned an error code, despite the backup process working and producing a valid backup archive.

Dashboards and Widgets

L2021.3.1

Released on 29 April 2021

Release Overview

Release L2021.3.1 offers a number of exciting new and improved features covering security, deployment, dashboards and widgets, filtering, among others.

Highlights

What's New

Dashboards and Widgets

Text filters can be configured to be case insensitive

  • To improve text filtering results for Snowflake data sources, Administrators can configure text filters to be case insensitive by default.

    Read More
    A Dashboard Designer creates a new filter and then starts entering a search term to select a certain value. When this configuration is off, the search is case sensitive; when this configuration is on, the search is case insensitive, potentially returning different results.

Administration

Internal monitoring support for Grafana dashboards in offline environments

  • For offline environments, added directions for internal monitoring support so a Grafana dashboard on Prometheus can monitor a Sisense cluster and track its performance and pods usage across different namespaces

    Read More
    Administrators can gain visibility on how Sisense is performing in the cluster where it is operating.

More Sisense assets saved during backup/restore

  • The following modules were added to the backup/restore feature:
    • Data
    • Custom Certificates
    • Emails
    • Translations
    • External Plugins
    • ServerSide Plugins
    • Notebooks*
    • Build Plugins

See Backing up and Restoring Sisense

When you back up Sisense as part of regular maintenance or before making significant changes to your deployment, more Sisense assets are automatically included in the backup .tar file.

SSL certificates and private keys used to install Sisense are not automatically backed up when creating a tarball archive and must be backed up manually. So, it's recommended that these certificates are saved to a separate secure vault.

Deployment and Upgrading

Portworx integration

  • Deployment and upgrading Sisense can now work with the Portworx platform for storage and data management on Kubernetes cluster.

    Read More
    If your Kubernetes cluster uses Portworx, Sisense provides the required changes to the cluster_config.yaml file used for the Sisense on Linux installation

Sisense deployment in proxy, no proxy systems

  • New configuration information for deploying Sisense on Linux with proxy, no proxy systems.

    Read More

  • Sisense for Linux can be configured for single and multi-node deployments to work with systems that utilize a proxy server for external traffic and no proxy for the internal traffic

    Sisense must be configured before deployment, see the http_proxy parameter information in Initializing Sisense on Linux

Security

Updates and improvements to Sisense security features

  • Sisense updated several functions to increase the protection of sensitive data. The improved security improvements are automatically in place when you upgrade.

What's Fixed

Add-ons

  • After an update to an add-on, Sisense automatically restarts it without requiring manual intervention.

Administration

  • Running an application health check with the async option didn’t return a proper response
  • The Monitoring menu option on the Admin tab under System Management no longer appears when the internal_monitoring parameter is set to “false” During installation

Dashboards and Widgets

  • Dashboards based on data from ElastiCubes where list filters have more than 1000 members performed slowly

L2021.3.0

L2021.3.0.144 - April 27, 2021 - Official Release

Highlights

Breaking Changes

  • Changes were made to the syncGroupsFromSamlToken configuration flag for SSO.

    When upgrading, if the syncGroupsFromSamlToken flag is set to true, during the upgrade Sisense will now automatically update the SSO configuration to use the “Set Roles from Groups > Defined by Group” option to maintain the previous behavior (instead of using the SAML “member-of” attribute). Therefore, new groups should be created in Sisense, either manually in the Admin tab, through API, or with the SSO Group/Role pairs configuration.

Important to Know

  • Sisense now calculates past period functions first when mixing past weeks aggregations and different time hierarchy filters
  • Sisense strongly recommends using Pivot 2.0 APIs in your scripts to take advantage of performance enhancements to the Pivot Table's HTML and to avoid any issues

What's New

Sisense Customization Enhancements

  • Sisense OEM Administrators can rebrand Sisense for each of their groups

    Read More

  • Sisense now offers light and dark themes. You can also create your own themes, which can be different for each of your customers

An OEM provider has multiple customers divided into different groups in Sisense. Each group of customers experience Sisense with unique colors and logos applicable to them.

What's Improved

Additional New Features and Improvements

AI Features

  • When entering field names in NLQ (Simply Ask), you can now click a field in the Available Fields section to apply it to your question.

    See Querying Your Data with Simply Ask (NLQ).

  • Busy Sisense users cut down on the time it takes to construct useful and meaningful NLQ queries.

simply-ask-apply-field-name

Improvements for Dashboard Designers

Dashboard Designers now have additional ways to filter their data:

  • Slice data by weeks.
  • Create and filter by Median measures

API

  • Sisense now enables you to add NLQ (Simply Ask) in your dashboards via the API. You can also use the API to configure NLQ
  • When using the REST API to trigger a build, you can select which version of the model to build, the active draft or the last successful build
  • The Sisense API now includes an endpoint for refreshing a schema

Data Management

  • Sisense for Linux supports Red Hat OpenShift V4.8
  • Sisense supports an AWS Load Balancer Controller to manage the Elastic Load Balancers for an existing Kubernetes cluster on Amazon EKS
  • To handle Sisense traffic in an existing Kubernetes cluster on Amazon EKS, you can invoke an AWS Load Balancer Controller for managing a cluster’s Elastic Load Balancers

Data Modeling

  • View statistics for your columns when previewing data

    Read More

  • Sisense displays a warning message when changing data types removes a relationship

  • Number of rows is now included in table tooltips in the Data page

    image.png

Data Sources and Connectors

  • You can now select the format for each date and time field in your data source when using the CSV, Excel, and Google Drive data connectors

Translation

  • View and understand optimized queries to Redshift with the new translation service (Read More)

User Management

What's Fixed

API

  • The /app/test command could expose URL information to unauthorized users

Dashboards and Widgets

  • Widgets displayed different results when connecting to Redshift with the new translation service
  • When changing the column width of Pivot tables, the rows were misaligned

Data Modeling

  • Adding a table query with duplicate column names prevented the Data page from loading

Deployment and Upgrading

  • Auto-scaling with the Sis GKE installation script did not work as expected

Exporting

  • In some scenarios, the wrong values for nulls were returned when exporting a Pivot table to CSV

Filtering

  • Cascaded filters caused errors when using the Accordion addon
  • In some cases, with data security rules applied, and when the resetDashFilterAfterJTD parameter equals true, the filters on the destination dashboard didn’t restore when the dashboard was opened directly

Functions

  • The way DDIFF was calculated in some Linux versions of Sisense was sometimes inconsistent

Was this article helpful?