Butler: Adding superpowers to Qlik Sense

Great looking alerts to Slack, Teams, email or New Relic when reloads fail, save all failed reload scripts, advanced task scheduling, task chaining with parameters, key-value store, start reload tasks from any system, extract app metadata, post to Slack/Teams, MQTT integration and more.

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Task failure notifications

Who should be the first to know that a reload has failed?
You or your users?
Who was it that stopped that important 3-hour reload 5 minutes before it was done?

Get notified when tasks fail or are stopped, with notifications sent to Slack, Microsoft Teams, email, InfluxDb, New Relic, Signl4 and other destinations.
Full support for HTML/Markdown formatting and 40+ template fields.

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Save logs from failed reloads

Finding the complete logs from failed reloads can be a pain.

Butler can save these for you, sorted by date.
Finding what caused a reload to fail is now easier than ever!

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Monitor Windows services

Make sure the Qlik Sense services are always running - and any other Windows services of interest. Maybe your IT department does this for you - if not Butler offers a pretty solid solution.

Start/stop alerts can be sent to email, Slack, Teams, InfluxDB, New Relic, MQTT and webhooks.
Service metrics are continuously sent to MQTT and InfluxDB.

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Advanced task scheduler

Set up advanced task scheduling, more flexible than the one built into Sense.

Cron for Qlik Sense, no more, no less.

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Task chaining with parameters

Need to pass parameters from one reload task to the next?

Create chained app reloads with any number of parameters passed from app to app.

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Generic key-value store

Keep state across any number of apps. Namespace support and optional Time To Live (TTL) for each key-value pair.

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Start tasks via REST API or MQTT

Data delays - no thanks!
Start reload tasks from within app load scripts or from upstream source systems that feed Sense with data.

Need parameters too? No problem - just add zero or more key-value pairs and they will be available to any Sense app!

Or maybe start all tasks having a certain tag or custom property set? Available via the REST API.

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Partial app reloads

Trigger full or partial app reloads using Butler’s REST API.

Useful when dealing with reload chains that only should update a subset of an app’s data.

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App metadata extract

Extract app metadata for a single or all apps in a Sense cluster. Great for backup purposes!

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Keep your users in the know

Tired of being asked “when is new data available”?

Automatically inform your users via Slack or Teams when new data is available.

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Observable

Butler can save data about its own memory usage for inclusion in operational monitoring tools.

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Runs anywhere

Run Butler on Windows server, Linux, Docker, Kubernetes or Mac OS.

Standalone binaries - no installation needed. Download, configure and run.

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Integrations

Send failed reload events to dedicated tools such as New Relic and Signl4.

Butler itself can be monitored in InfluxDB/Grafana and New Relic. Read more…

Latest release: 9.4

🥳 Info on both failed and successful reloads now stored in InfluxDb.

⚙️ Windows services checks now support multiple hosts and are much quicker than before.

⚡️ Conntect to Azure EventGrid MQTT broker from Butler.
Great for start-reloads-from-anywhere challenges!

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Contributions welcome!

We do a Pull Request contributions workflow on GitHub. New developers are always welcome!

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