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QlikView is #2 ranked solution in top Embedded BI Tools and #7 ranked solution in top Reporting Tools. IT Central Station users give QlikView an average rating of 8 out of 10. QlikView is most commonly compared to Tableau:QlikView vs Tableau. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 26% of all views.
What is QlikView?

QlikView is a Business Intelligence tool that allows you to keep tabs on all of your business-related information in a clean, clear, and easy to access database that is intuitive to build and simple to navigate. It is ideal for business owners who wish to improve overall output by creating the most productive system possible.

QlikView Buyer's Guide

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QlikView Customers

Canon, Gatorade, Amcor, Panasonic, Fila, Cambridge University Hospitals, Global Retail Bank, North Yorkshire Police department, Lanoo Group Publishers, and AonGroep Nederland.

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What users are saying about QlikView pricing:
  • "The setup costs for QlikView are fair as are the yearly maintenance fees. The licensing becomes a bit more expensive and requires some planning for onboarding."

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Martin Zwarthoed
Freelance Database Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Provides good functionality and a range of reporting to customers

Pros and Cons

  • "Easy to analyze data by click-through."
  • "The user interface is old."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case of this solution is to provide reporting to our customers. The company works with online solutions for marketing so the customer gets insights about the response to email components and things like that. I'm a freelance database specialist and the company is a customer of QlikView. 

How has it helped my organization?

This is a tool with a lot of functionality to provide any kind of reporting to customers, it has a range of solutions. Although some customers would like to use different tools QlikView is what they're used to using. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for me is probably the ease with which you can analyze data by click-through. 

What needs improvement?

The user interface of QlikView is old. The provider built a new tool called Qlik Sense. So Qlik Sense is basically the offspring of QlikView. Somehow both are still supported and they've developed new versions for both of these tools but Qlik Sense is basically the restyled version of QlikView. There's a lot of discussion about some features which are difficult to use including the user interface, all look and feel aspects, but I think that will be in the new version. What they could provide is a migration path to Qlik Sense. It's very difficult to do that automatically because it always requires you to check and change some new port. I haven't researched it but I believe that's the case. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for around six years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable but you need to tweak it once you set it up. The big issue with it is that it's a BI tool, so it's memory intensive and for some calculations also CPU intensive. It means that when it hits its maximum in terms of the resources available it starts to shut down. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable but you really have to keep in mind that it's configurable in application so that if you reach the maximum, you know you need to act on that. Otherwise strange things will start to happen. We had that issue one time, we added more memory and since then we haven't had any issues. 

How are customer service and technical support?

We have an intermediate company which we bought a license from and it provides us with support. Usually they're not very helpful. Either we find the answer more quickly ourselves, or if we can't find the answer, they usually also can't find the answer. So they have to forward it to the QlikView support. I think it's a waste of money. 

How was the initial setup?

The deployment on premises is quite complicated. I did it myself but my predecessor neglected to make proper documentation about installation and the solution requires a lot of components on different servers that talk to each other and you need to set firewall settings and things like that. It's quite a big application. They could improve on that and they probably did that with Qlik Sense. There's a lot of manual stuff required which is not really necessary.

We have about 30 users in the company who are really customers. They access the reporting through a web console which sees it in the mail and some of them are external users who developed on the application. My role is more the maintenance of the application itself. I'm the one who installed it and updates the system. It's difficult to know whether our usage will  be increased. This is a difficult year for everyone. If a company has to cut its budget, one of the first things to go is usually marketing.

What other advice do I have?

It's a very good product but I would recommend going for Qlik Sense because it has a better future, given that it's basically the new version of QlikView.

I would rate this solution an eight out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Peter Eerdekens
Commercial Business Analyst at Asilia Africa
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Consolidates all the sales systems together onto one platform and enables ease of access throughout the whole company

Pros and Cons

  • "Our Qlikview applications help us to get a good idea of our Client Base Performance and assist us in the decision making for Seasonal Specials. On the other hand QlikView helps us to get a grasp on our Suppliers and helps us to negotiate pricing with them."
  • "It would be nice if QlikView could be plugged in into the company's website or an online portal such as QlikSense is capable of. There are ways around but it takes enormous time to develop."

What is our primary use case?

We are active in the Hospitality Industry in Africa and we use QlikView primarily, for the time being, in our sales and marketing environment. We are situated in multiple countries and in multiple locations within those countries running on multiple sales systems. Each sales system has got its own features and capabilities. 

QlikView permits us to consolidate all the sales systems together onto one platform and enables ease of access throughout the whole company anywhere in the world. Moreover, QlikView makes our complex data infrastructure understandable for everyone.

How has it helped my organization?

QlikView allowed us to determine the sales date which was missing in the biggest sales system. QlikView helps us with detecting shortcomings in data capturing and safeguard our margin. It also enables us to forecast our sales, our revenue, and our cash-flow. 

Our Qlikview applications help us to get a good idea of our Client Base Performance and assist us in the decision making for Seasonal Specials. On the other hand, QlikView helps us to get a grasp on our Suppliers and helps us to negotiate pricing with them.

What is most valuable?

It enables quick and easy access anywhere in the world in real-time. We have satellite offices on different continents with a different time zone which makes it quite a challenge to show real-time values.

QlikView is for the end-user easy to use; a few clicks suffice to answer the question at hand. 

QlikView has got a very intuitive approach of visualizations, both from a developer's point of view as well as the end-users. It makes complex data easy to understand with little prior knowledge of how reading graphs is required. 

What needs improvement?

QlikView lacks the development aspects that its sister product QlikSense has got. It would be nice to also get the new graphs that are available in QlikSense in QlikView. 

It would be nice if QlikView could be plugged in into the company's website or an online portal such as QlikSense is capable of. There are ways around but it takes enormous time to develop.

Certain features such as a cumulative result, as is possible in QlikSense, would be nice to have since it takes quite some time to get this right from a developer's point of view.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using QlikView for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very robust.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is quite good, QlikView is fairly versatile yet robust at the same time and can be applied on multiple levels

How are customer service and technical support?

Did not need any of this yet.

How was the initial setup?

Setup itself was fairly complex since our company battled with a legacy of dirty data and a lack of data literacy.

What about the implementation team?

Implementation happened through a vendor, and their expertise was/is top-notch.

What was our ROI?

No idea, I haven't made the calculations yet since there have been multiple system changes simultaneously and therefore difficult to determine what is the result of which improvement.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The setup costs for QlikView are fair as are the yearly maintenance fees. The licensing becomes a bit more expensive and requires some planning for onboarding.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I don't know, I was not part of that process and not active within the company.

What other advice do I have?

Since Qlik is focussing more on QlikSense, it is recommendable to look into that direction than into QlikView.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Guillermo (Bill) Cabiro
Director of Development at Strat-Wise Consulting
Consultant
Top 5Leaderboard
Very intuitive to business users and executives
I do use both Tableau and QlikView. Although very different, I really like both solutions. They belong to the new BI generation known as Interactive Visual Analytics. In my opinion, QlikView has a more intuitive interface for regular users or executives that are not technical experts but the development side is a little more complex. Up to version 12 QlikView did not provide drag & drop features. If a user wanted to see something not included in the application the new object had to be created by a power user or developer because Qlikview's scripting has somewhat of a learning curve. On the positive side, QlikView's scripting is a great asset as it functions as an ETL allowing the integration of hundreds of different data sources into the same visual app. Another feature that’s…

I do use both Tableau and QlikView. Although very different, I really like both solutions. They belong to the new BI generation known as Interactive Visual Analytics.

In my opinion, QlikView has a more intuitive interface for regular users or executives that are not technical experts but the development side is a little more complex. Up to version 12 QlikView did not provide drag & drop features.

If a user wanted to see something not included in the application the new object had to be created by a power user or developer because Qlikview's scripting has somewhat of a learning curve.

On the positive side, QlikView's scripting is a great asset as it functions as an ETL allowing the integration of hundreds of different data sources into the same visual app.

Another feature that’s extremely useful is Qlik’s proprietary Associative Model that allows the users to visualize data relationships that exist as well as those that do not.

Tableau on the other hand is a lot easier to use for developers, analysts or power users who need to connect, manipulate and visualize data rather quickly. While this makes Tableau a better fit for the more analytical crowd, it may not be as appealing or intuitive to the regular or casual business users as QlikView is.

Tableau has full pivot, drag & drop and drill down capabilities that are great for developers or power users. They can rotate measures and dimensions and graph them instantly using visualization best practices as suggested by the "show-me" feature.

Tableau’s provides a forecasting function and the capability to connect with the open source statistical program R to include predictive modeling.

Tableau includes a Data Interpreter that makes data cleansing, column splitting and crosstab pivoting very intuitive. Tableau’s latest versions allow joining tables from different data bases and have included the hyper data engine that provides 5 times faster query speeds.

The latest version includes "relationships" with an algorithm that makes
the necessary data connections automatically with no need to perform joins or add Level of Detail scripts (LOD) to eliminate duplicates. However one can still create joins to override relationships if for some reason it was necessary.

Also when opening older files containing joins they are kept under a
"migrated data base" or the migrated joins can be deleted to be replaced with simpler automatic relationships.  Tableau releases updated versions once a quarter.

Both Tableau and Qlik continue to be excellent. They are positioned at the top of the leader's quadrant in Gartner's 2020 Magic Quadrant report for BI and Analytics platforms. 

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In my experience the choice depends on the fit with the company culture and the users' profile.

Qlik introduction of their new platform called “Qlik Sense” provides intuitive drag & drop functionality to create visualizations. At this point Qlik Sense Desktop is free for personal and small group of cloud business users that need to easily develop analytic applications on their own - with virtually no IT intervention.

Recently Tableau has moved to a subscription based model but still offers free products: Tableau Public and Tableau Reader to ease the user entry process.

It certainly seems like Qlik Sense is an attempt to regain some of the impressive growth Tableau has enjoyed during the last few years playing in the truly self-service visual BI segment.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
MR
Manager - Revenue & Growth|Strategy & Planning | Market Intelligencee at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Good user interface and documentation but lacks features we need

Pros and Cons

  • "The user interface and dashboards are very good."
  • "The solution is quite costly."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution as a BI tool. We use it for data visualization.

What is most valuable?

Technical support is good.

The user interface and dashboards are very good. 

There are no issues with management monitoring. 

The solution offers good documentation.

What needs improvement?

We find Tableau to be a bit of a better solution. QlikView should try to be more like that.

The solution is quite costly.

For how long have I used the solution?

I'm not sure how long I've been using the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have our own engineers and support from our tech department, so we've never had any issues dealing with the technical aspects of the solution. That said, they're okay. We're satisfied with their level of service.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We're also currently using Tableau. We find it to be better and easier. It's also less costly.

We want a few things that just aren't available on this solution, so we're moving more towards Tableau as our product of choice.

How was the initial setup?

We have exceptional staff on hand that handled the implementation and deployment. They didn't have any issues with it. For them, it was straightforward. It wasn't complex for their level of expertise.

What about the implementation team?

We handled the initial setup ourselves. Our internal team is very knowledgeable and can handle the implementation of new technology. Adaptability to new solutions is very easy for us.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution is expensive to use.

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers. We don't have a business relationship with the solution.

We're actually thinking of moving off it and onto Tableau.

I'd rate the solution six out of ten. It just doesn't offer us what we need right now in terms of functionality. Tableau is a better fit for us.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
NK
Qlik Consultant at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
MSP
Good customization and language support

What is our primary use case?

We were using QlikView for reporting purposes.

What is most valuable?

The language support is very good. It understands more languages than other products. The customization features are good.

What needs improvement?

The performance can be improved. There is no automation or drag and drop functionality. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not been in contact with technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have heard of other reporting tools like Tableau but I do not have experience with them.

How was the initial setup?

When you are setting up QlikView, the first thing that you need to do is connect to the database. The length of time it takes depends on the size of the data. We…

What is our primary use case?

We were using QlikView for reporting purposes.

What is most valuable?

The language support is very good. It understands more languages than other products.

The customization features are good.

What needs improvement?

The performance can be improved.

There is no automation or drag and drop functionality. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not been in contact with technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have heard of other reporting tools like Tableau but I do not have experience with them.

How was the initial setup?

When you are setting up QlikView, the first thing that you need to do is connect to the database. The length of time it takes depends on the size of the data. We found that for a million records, it will take between two and three minutes.

What other advice do I have?

This is a product that I definitely recommend.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller