- Verified User in InsuranceEnterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Easy and powerfull tool to deploy complex data models when you have multiple data sources and you have to consolidate and integrate in a single data model and get insights. Qlik Sense is a very suitable analytics platform for SMB companies who have several business units or many different data sources and they have needs to consolidate information and getting quick insights. The associative model lets you to join heterogenous data tables and simplifies data modeling. Rigid pricing, it's too expensive to scale to hundred-thousands users, when only they have need to report or basic consume. It would be great to have a lowest license to massively report. Lack of out-of-the-box advanced analytics. In September release seems to be included some basic as a cluster, but still miss some common machine learning methods like regression trees would be available in script. We miss governance capabilites: business glossary, data governance profiles for users, metadata management, master data, quality tools Qlik Sense is the best choice when you have to consolidate various data sources with significative volumes. I think Qlik Sense is useful for directives, intermediate managers and business analysts. With Qlik Sense deployment, we solve problems we had with our datawarehouse based in OLAP and MS Integration Services ETLs: - Reduce long reload times. We couldn't get daily data refresh until we deploy Qlik Sense. - Reduce development times. Every evolutive (including new measures and dimensiones) meant a really painfull task, because the complexity of the architecture: business logic distributed across the different tools of the MS Stack (views in SQL Server, projects Integration Services in Visual Studio, MDX, etc.) versus the simplicity of the Qlik Load Script. - Reduce maintenance. We have reduces significatively the number of issues, and achieve a better performance.
- John M.BI Manager
Having used Qlik for past 7 years, 2 Qlikview, 4 Qlik Sense Enterprise, 1 Qlik Sense Saas, i find the product amazing. Over the years they have been at the forefront of development and truely take on board their customers thoughts, opionons and feedback. Qlik Automations has been a game changer and we are moving more and more of our MS Automations over to Qlik. The new Qlik Authouring experience is fantastic and brings the overall feel of the product to a standard simialr to PowerBI but goes beyond. Qlik Mobile/Table App Whilst usable i do feel is behind that of Power BI - more investment in terms of time and development here would go a long way. Access apps on the go is the way forward but i find when using it via the mobile/tablet, having to wait for it to render, to then expand a chart or table for it to re-render takes time, then you need to close that expansion to navigate elsewhere and in my opinion will put alot of users off using it. Qlik Automations A fantastic addition to their product offering and i use it ALOT. One of the drawbacks is whilst data can be read using blocks, Sharepoint, Dropbox, and OneDrive, i feel Qlik is missing a trick, they havent allowed or built yet the ability to read existing or store out to QVDs on the tenant MS Dynamics 365 Business Central Connector, we are currently one of many users of this financial system but Qlik hasn't yet developed a connector to thie system, the lines of PowerBI, Powerautomate and i think Zapier all have connectors. We have overcome the issue with use of the REST API connector and Qlik i believe are developing a connector but i think they need to do more in this space.
- Lisa R.Office Coordinator
There are many things I like about Qlik Sense, among them is the ease when we want to portray the information we must provide to other users and customers, as well as the ability to make customizations according to our needs. It is intuitive and easy to understand, the adaptation is really fast, it takes little time to start taking advantage of its capabilities. I also like that it has good filters and its function to export information with several format options. At the beginning, many functions become a bit complex to use and its user interface could be updated. It is excellent and extremely useful for all environments where the need arises to analyze data on a limited budget. It has features that help users save time and make smarter decisions. Qlik Sense has played an important role in information flow, data analysis and creation of useful reports to promote better business decision making. It is a favorable resource for locating and addressing problems that can be solved by looking at and studying data. The representation of data in the dashboards is excellent, as is the ability to customize dashboards. It is amazing how much time, energy and resources are saved using this tool.
- Peter K.Director of Analytics
Associative engine is great, the end user interface is great, well-trained users can conduct lots of investigative and simple analyses using the globally applicable selections tools. Good god where to begin. App development is tremendously difficult/expensive. Qlik uses its own proprietary scripting language to design load scripts which is a tremendous pain to learn and use. The data manager is a colossal waste of time as you basically need to run your full reload script to open it and make changes. In order to do simple calculations that are out of the box in many other tools, Qlik requires that you use "set expressions", a nightmarish scripting system We recently transferred from an enterprise deployment to a cloud deployment. Users considering this transition should be aware of a few major limitations which are not advertised and not mentioned in documentation: 1) apps cannot be larger than 5Gb 2) there is a hard timeout limit of 2 hours on the back end which cannot be changed by the user 3) the management console is a pale shadow of the functionality available in Qlik Sense Enterprise; where before we had rule-based security, the ability to create roles, full management of published apps, etc, we now have basically no security policies, no roles, and a confusing amalgam of app management features which are scattered between the management console and the front end so you have to keep switching back and forth to do basic tasks. As a particularly egregious example, when I have a new person onboarded now, I instruct them to sign in via SSO, and then I have to wait for them to sign in for the first time, at which point they have no access rights to any of our shared dashboards, and then I have to *one by one* go through all our shared spaces and add users individually to each of them in turn. 4) You can only use one identity provider at a time, so if you have external stakeholders you're going to have to create identities for them on your own IdP system. 5) There is zero ability to track usage by individual users or with individual apps. There's no way to audit which apps can be deprecated for lack of use, and if you're using capacity licenses, you have no ability to audit which of your users are expending the most minutes. Qlik support is awful: it takes multiple days if not weeks to respond to any simple request, you have to constantly hound them for updates, the support staff is not knowledgeable about the product, and, perhaps most infuriatingly, you have to get into the habit of providing a ton of additional information which you'd *think* they would definitely already have every single time which is not requested in the ticket submission form, because if you don't, the first reply from the rep (usually about a week after you submit) is "could you please provide your license number and tell us which instance you're running on" etc. I can only assume they really don't *want* to be providing support and have created a system which is hostile enough to users that they hope it will discourage its use. We use Qlik as a visualization and exploratory analytics solution. When it works, it does that. We can have most end users answer most of their own questions once we've built an app whose data model supports answering that question.
- Verified User in Information Technology and ServicesEnterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Data is exploding and this company has the best data analytics platform in the industry - Qlik's solutions are available online & offline, in the cloud, on the desktop and right on your mobile devices. - People are top notch, Qlik does a minimum of 5 interviews with coding assignments (for R&D positions) and ensures both technical and culture fit before hiring - Since going private a few years ago Qlik are a global company (which is a good thing) and you need to be flexible with working hours to adapt to different time zones - Hard to think of any cons . . . keeping up with the many changes in technology and roadmap, but this is what an Agile company is all about roducts: Gartner Magic Quadrant leader - Very solid performance/growth in 2018 - Core values are front and center - Doing the right thing - strong Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program - Recent acquisition of Crunch Data/CrunchBot AI has major upside - Smart, creative, hungry employee base
- Aaron B.Software Developer
Qlik gives me the ability to manipulate my data fairly easily. Once you learn the ins and outs of the load script, scripting is very powerful. Qlik also has a really helpful and responsive support community. You can post questions and the community usually answers within a few hours. Qlik Sense feels like it's still a work in progress because bugs are frequent and rather annoying. Every month or two, something that was previously working just stops, and I assume that this is due to inadequately-tested code pushes. We use Qlik Sense for data analytics. (Go figure!) Before we adopted Qlik a few years ago, our primary source for generating data insights was Excel, so Qlik was a huge step up for us. Qlik has given us the ability to connect our reports directly to our database and refresh them on regular intervals. It's super easy to create a wide variety of charts to generate insights.
- Sebastian v.Management Consulting
- Anonymous ReviewerComputer Software
- Jos F.Oil & Energy
For a large corporation that could be a good system.
- Anonymous ReviewerInformation Technology and Services
We didn't have a very good experience and ended up switching to PowerBI
- Ravi M.
- Holdrin D.Information Technology and Services
- Mitch SpeerSr Business Intelligence Analyst
Qlik Sense, from a developer side, is way easier to pick up quickly while still holding the most functionality. Tableau is nice and has similar features to Qlik, but having to create each visualization/chart on its own sheet before building a dashboard is very much living 5 years ago. The ability to create master items in Qlik is parallel to this, but Qlik has the added feature of editing the charts/visualizations at the data level within the dashboard itself. I just finished a graduate program in Data Science, at the end of which we were all asked how we felt about Tableau. The overwhelming response was that, as you dig deeper into Tableau, you realize that it is not as easy and fun as it seems on the surface. With Qlik, I have had the opposite experience. The farther I dig into its full functionality, the more I find it to be useful at every level.
Well suited: Historical Analysis.Tracking pools of products across an organization.Real-time data analysis.Prediction. Less Appropriate: Printing a PDF.Simple report regurgitation (it has so much more power that would not be utilized if you were just using it for this).
CUSTOMIZATION and CLEANING of your data: Within a specific chart, as a Master Item throughout an app, or in the Data Load Editor, you have full power to clean your data and make it work for your need. Bringing together data from multiple sources: We have multiple servers that each house many databases along with secure file share folders. Qlik makes it so easy to connect to all of these sources and choose which data I want to bring in to the app within the snap of a finger! The online community and available help. When I started using Qlik, I did a ton of self-learning, as our company had only one or two developers that were also relatively new to the platform. Thanks to browsing the web and finding the online community of how-to questions and the help.qlik.com resources, I haven't found a use case within our company that hasn't already been solved or answered in the online forums.
If you do not have NPrinting, exporting a sheet/reporting is not very neat. The PDFs are clunky and you cannot see any information that is cut off by a chart's space restrictions on the app sheet. While this is an improvement point already, the amount of unsupported extensions out there that do not function perfectly with each new upgrade is a bit "Wild West"y... Again, there is already something being done about this and it really is more of a user problem than a Qlik problem, but something we are somewhat irked by every once in a while. The ability to really customize a chart (in terms of formatting, color scheme, etc.) is just not quite there yet. And by "there" I mean perfect. Only limited color schemes out of the box and some of the formatting and options are not very complete. For instance, if I want to resize a chart or visualization, I am limited by the square-grid that is available. Granted, you can reduce or enlarge the size of the grid to help, but being able to only have rectangles makes real-estate an issue in many application dashboards.
- Verified User
Power BI and Tableau were also considered. I was not included in the decision process.
Simplifying large and complex data sets.Identifying trends.Exception management.Drilling down from high-level summaries to the gritty details.Presentations answering the questions what and why.
Processing information too large to handle in traditional reports. Our managers were asking for a report that could not be efficiently created in Crystal Reports because of the size and number of the ERP data tables. With Qlik, I was able to meet their requirements. The end result exceeded their expectations due to its web access and dynamic visualizations. Dynamic Visualizations. Qlik's standard visualizations are easy to use and have rarely left me looking for a customized option. In addition, the chart's responsiveness with large data sets has allowed us to analyze our business in ways impractical to static reporting. What used to take 5 separate reports spread across the conference table can now be done on 1 screen. Exception Management. Using the scatter plot and other charts we've been able to catch exceptions in our job costing procedures that were being hidden in a sea of numbers. Then we were able to quickly select those exceptions and drill down into the problem. The identified trends provided the information necessary to update procedures and re-train associates.
Formatting restrictions. I guess it is the nature of being so mobile. While the OOB visualizations have covered all my needs, getting the colors, sizes and placement of those have taken longer than I'd like. Part of it is learning the program. Others, like the size of the grids and getting consistent colors for a dimension used in multiple charts, have often left me looking for a workaround. Learning curve (example: set analysis). When we first began messing with Qlik, I was doing so while juggling many other responsibilities so this may just be a perception thing. Most of the basic stuff was pretty easy, but others still require looking on the net for help. Set analysis is a prime example. It's a very powerful tool that has provided good solutions, but the syntax is not exactly intuitive.
- Verified User
--Advantages-- Qlik Sense offers much more powerful data preparation capabilities. Qlik Sense offers the licensing model to support external users. Qlik Sense often offers faster and more performant dashboards so allows you to scale to enterprise (or web-scale) use. Qlik Sense allows API access to the core engine so you can use it as a data API provider. --Competitor strengths-- Tableau can do more beautiful dashboards. Power Bi enterprise can integrate faster with Microsoft 365 products (but your data needs to be in the cloud) SAP Lumira has some funky inbuilt data quality tests upon loading data but not many strengths overall.
Well suited for rapidly building dashboards to cover a wide range of use cases across your enterprise. Allows companies to strip out big chunks of time previously spent manually consolidating, checking and publishing data and allow analysts to actually analyze and ask questions of data instead! Where an organization has ambitions to embed data content into their external as well as internal sites, Qlik Sense is the only product I see that provides licenses to do this. So if this is an ambition (even if at some point in the future), definitely consider Qlik Sense as it will then also save you chunks of time (and money) publishing data related content online too. Where an organization also has previously used QlikView then you will find using Qlik Sense easier and simpler.
Rapid data visualization. Powerful data modeling capabilities. Supports a wide range of output formats e.g. interactive dashboards, static reports, email triggers, API downloads of data, web embedded content. Adaptive visualizations to fit on any screen or device. Provides a licensing model for using the content within external-facing sites (with unlimited user numbers).
Some level of basic scripting knowledge is required. Some features are not always readily available in the UI, you need to dig a bit deeper into their APIs to use the features. Licencing model although starts basic gets very complicated with a number of add ons or user types.
- Verified User
We evaluated over a dozen vendors when we selected Qlik; among them I felt it had the best internal data model philosophy leading to much more powerful self-service analytics and apps which are easily extensible to include other visualizations. I think it was a reasonable choice at the time but as our analytics needs have changed over the last two years I've begun thinking about other options with a little more focus on rapid development and more visualization and customization options when creating dashboards, and if we must sacrifice some end-user versatility in exchange then we'd probably make that choice.
Qlik Sense Enterprise is best when: You have a highly data literate team of stakeholders who will benefit from being able to do their own analysis.You have an IT team familiar with Windows Server. (Not relevant to Cloud offering)You have ample analyst resources and training time. Qlik Sense Enterprise is problematic when: You have limited analyst resources. You have a broad array of data literacy among your end users, requiring more explicit graphs to be designed by your analysts. You want to take advantage of a powerful big data warehouse with good on-demand OLAP performance.I think there's a balance here that we've caught the wrong end of: Qlik is fine to serve as a BI tool to take you from relatively small firm to enterprise scale, but you need to be able to continually re-invest in analytics in order to make it work at larger scales, and if your org doesn't have the capacity to maintain a non-trivial team of experts to maintain the system, they may easily become overwhelmed. Training users in the tools they need to be really successful (Data Load scripting, set expressions, chart scripting) is time consuming and expensive.
End-user driven analysis Multi-table data structures
Data Manager is almost completely non-performant with large data volumes or complex queries, wasting large amounts of analyst time waiting around for the necessary synchronize tables step, which can take *actual hours* and doesn't even actually load the data! We elected not to utilize Qlik as our embedded BI tool for this reason: I couldn't imagine putting my own users through what I deal with on a regular basis. I also have several apps which appear to have developed some sort of bug which prevents me from Many common analytics questions are not really possible to perform in the front end and must be pre-calculated either in the load script or your data warehouse: rolling averages, period over period calculations, and several other common transformations are not really possible without (exceedingly complicated and unintuitive) "set analysis" scripts, and some are just best handled in Adding multiple event streams from different tables to a single graph is essentially impossible; you must instead redesign your data model to allow for a single data field to refer to all the relevant events. There is no internal feature to help you do this. Overall, Qlik is a system which serves end users reasonably well, and the data model combined with the selections feature *should* free up Analyst hours due to enabling end-user driven analytics, but that opportunity is lost due to how difficult it is to use and maintain apps in the back end. I don't know if this is a "room for improvement" but Qlik's model is to internalize all data to disk on your Qlik server, which means if you are looking for a tool to make best use of a high-powered big data warehouse with excellent OLAP processing times, Qlik is not the tool for you.
- Alexei AkimovETL, BI, DW, Data and Reporting Analyst
Qlik Sense uses the same ETL platform as Qlikview, allows to publish data to cloud. The process of publishing is easy. Cloud (file storage on the cloud, file upload etc) interface is simple for developer.
Qlik Sense is a "graphical tool for managers". It is quite different from a QlikView, which is a serious data discovery and analytic tool (with some reporting/GUI capabilities). In Qliksense: very little info could be shown on one screen. Navigation between sheets is problematic. The Bookmark "memorizes" the sheet that was used when bookmark was created. Probably that was an intended feature. As a result though, on a BM click, we lose the sheet, i.e. loosing the business context - that was just open (user has to select the sheet again from a combobox).
Graphic controls are nice, more interactive (than in Qlikview). Story telling is good (although it is not a "drag and drop" functionality). It took me 2 hours of "drag and drop with teeth screeching" to create a first story. Qlik Sense uses the same scripting as QlikView, can consume the same QVD files as QlikView (compatibility is one way, certainly). Rendering for multiple Mobile platforms is provided.
NO horizontal and/or vertical scrollbars. Period. Not implemented. This means very little data could be shown on a single sheet. NO adjustment of the SIZE of the fonts and controls. Functionality never implemented in Qliksense (out of the box as of v. 3.1). This means very little data could be shown on a single sheet. You can not rename a bookmark, you can not change the order of bookmarks. This is a functionality that the end user works directly.. Each and every control is "dumbed down" (vs the corresponding Qlikview implementation). This means that each anything is kept out of the product (to make product more maintainable and to provide rendering on mobile platforms). Example: List Box. You can not change the search mode (in qlikview you could make it a wild card search or expression driven search out of the box). "Current Selections" control removed. This is the main control in qlikview, that shows the context of the filtering for the user. The script is not 100% compatible vs. Qlikview. References to files, supported in Qlikview are different (have to be modified). Qliksense App V.3.1 freezes, then crashes on me 2-3 times a day (Win.7, 64 bit, SSD drive). It does not instill confidence in the product. Qliksense cloud based (accessed via browser) never crashed on me.
- Verified User
Tableau is too expensive. Microsoft BI is what we might switch to in terms of our department's skill set, available (free) training resources through forums and youtube, and pricepoint for a nonprofit.
Well suited for departments where teams have actual software development and computer programming formal training. We are an Evaluation team that has technical skills but we are self-taught coders and do not have the knowledge base to set up systems for complex data analysis and visualization. Training resources seem slim compared to more well-known visualization software (tableau) which puts our relatively non-technical department at a greater disadvantage in using the product. We have had a terrible time getting a response from the Qlik team re: expanding licenses and managing the switch from the Desktop to the cloud version of the software. Members of our leadership team and affiliate network members had to wait months before they were granted licenses and access to view their data and dashboards for decision making. This was after multiple calls and emails by our data analyst and our VP of Evaluation and Learning.
Interactive visualizations. Customization to add your own company branding (logo, color schemes, etc.). Allow for multiple cuts or filters of data depending on user needs (region, time frame, client type, etc.).
Use Standard SQL so that new staff can build sheets and apps quickly using existing knowledge need to be able to select specific dates for filtering data (i.e., show data for all clients served between 7/1/2019 and 6/30/2020) as this would address the majority of our data requests from contracts and development Provide a "user training" section of the site that allows end-users to have a guided training on how to navigate QilkSense and use Key features like the snapshot tool or how to apply multiple filters to a particular view using the organization's data, not a random dummy data set.
- Martin M.Consultant
Qlik Sense is a self-service analytical tool based on the same in-memory technology as QlikView. It's associative engine allows for snappy selections, filtering and prompt re-calculation of all charts and aggregations on the fly as the user navigates throughout the dashboard, even on datasets of over 100 million rows. Qlik Sense focuses more on the self-service aspects of BI, where users are encouraged to build their own Adhoc visualisations without the use of keyboards simply by drag & dropping various elements, making the technology utmost business friendly. Also, as the whole technology is fully web-based, it embeds the latest visualisation libraries (D3, Raphael etc.) and allows for a seamless integration of customised extended JS charts (so-called extensions). The latter enables for unlimited possibilities when it comes to visualisations (http://d3js.org/) and further integration with web-services (R servers, real-time analytics, Hadoop etc.). Also, the Qlik Sense Server deployment is tailored to facilitate a multi-node deployment, allowing for a very scalable enterprise solution, even cloud-based. The data security technology (Section Access) is the same one as in QlikView and is customisable, secure and robust. All in all, when it comes to deploying a scalable and business-friendly BI solution, which has very presentable dashboards, a fast and robust aggregation engine with extended self-service capabilities, Qlik Sense is currently the best product of its kind on the market.
Qlik Sense is still a new product and not very mature yet, as it has only been released a year and a half ago. The review is based on Qlik Sens version 2.1 which is important to emphasise, because QlikTech is constantly updating the software and publishing releases with enhancements and bugfixes. Qlik Sense is not the right tool, if you requirement is: 1. To have a guided analytics dashboard, where the user is constraint in the way he views his data. -> This can be overcome by creating mashup websites, however you will need a web developer to do this. 2. Standardised reporting via Qlik Sense and production of pdf files is not possible (yet). -> An integration with nPrinting, QlikTech's latest acquisition, could change this and it's on Qlik's roadmap for the next year. 3. Your BI solution needs to accommodate flexible data extraction capabilities (e.g. to Excel). General current disadvantages: 1. The story telling functionality is not mature yet - users have more benefit using PowerPoint directly. In my opinion it's missing a live connection of the snapshots used in the story to the underlying chart objects. 2. Security settings (NOT on data level) are governed centrally via the management console and are complicated to comprehend. 3. No guided analytics aspects, even navigation between sheets can't be controlled. 4. No supported data extraction capabilities. It's almost impossible to get comprehensive extract of it's underlying data, something that was possible with QlikView (Export functionality e.g.) 5. The vendor has little practical knowledge on how Qlik Sense is deployed enterprise wide within a business and is not really able to support. 6. The vendor is focusing more on the data story telling and collaboration aspects of the Qlik technologies and almost imposes those on the business. Personally, I would prefer if QlikTech listened to its customers a little bit more.
- Diego A.Freelancer
An easy and intuitive way to create storyboards for everyone to understand, parting from relative large and difficult to understand and analyze data. The main benefit was a simple way to create quick charts which served as main discussion point with co-workers to make better decisions. So basically a great way to display business information.
First its usability and design. Regarding the User Interface: the application is well designed and I felt like every button and function was where I would expect it to be. The program is responsive and fluid, you always know where you are and what you should do. Having said that, there is some learning curve to the many features, which are a good thing. The program is easy enough to create a histogram with a simple spreadsheet while also allowing for much more complicated statistics and good looking charts, e.g. plotting geo-data, heat-maps, box-plots and so on. I specially like the ability to write your own aggregation functions and even more the dashboard where you can put different charts and statstics and build an interactive and dynamic kind of storyboard. The interaction works seamless. If you select (in a bar chart) a specific bar or group of bars, the other charts will automatically adjust to show just the relevant/selected data. The program does not hesitate and performs really well, even with large quantities of data. Support is also pretty solid and there is a lot of information and questions already answered on the online forums. It supports many of the standard data sources.
The aforementioned ability to write your own functions has a somewhat steep learning curve. You do have to search online for the primary functions you need (though these are well documented). Unfortunately if your data has to much variables or data points, the charts prioritize the specific variable instead of the whole diagram. What I mean by that is that you can end up with a very large horizontal chart in which you have to scroll horizontally to find the other data instead of 'cramming' all variables into the visible space. This depends on taste, but I did not find any way to change that, which brings me to the next point. The charts are somewhat 'customizable' regarding color and design. However, I've used comparable software which allows for much more flexibility in the structure and formatting of charts. A few times it can get frustrating to use the program, mainly for two reasons. 1. The aforementioned displaying of information in a non-customizable way and 2. the lack of knowledge of how the program really works that hinders you from doing exactly what you want. But of these aspects become less of a problem, the more you use the program.
- Dave E.Solutions and Data Innovation Manager
We use Qlik Sense to deliver enterprise wide analytics covering various business units, including Commercial finance, demand planning, after market performance, ICT, eCommerce, procurement, master data management, sales forecasting and market share analysis. The flexibility of Qlik Sense and addition of 3rd party extensions allows us to extend the use of Qlik Sense beyond analytics and bring the platform to the core of our digital workplace, augmenting analytics with workflow, and team collaboration. The intuitive associative engine and powerful visualization capability within Qlik sense as provided a powerful platform which allows us to develop user engaging, intuitive and agile data analytics tools which drive informed, timely and impact business decision making. The flexibility of Qlik Sense and addition of 3rd party extensions allows us to extend the use of Qlik Sense beyond analytics and bring the platform to the core of our digital workplace, augmenting analytics with workflow, and team collaboration.
The adoption of Qlik Sense has provided the business with a solid platform to build upon, moving from a silo approach to reporting through a multitude of large, static, cumbersome spreadsheets to an accessible, intuitive, powerful analytics platform capable to dealing with large volumes of data. For the first time, providing the business with a single version of the truth, the ability to see everything in one place. In itself the efficiency gains of this has offset the adoption costs by a considerable amount.
There is a direction currently with feature releases within QLik Sense which are focused towards the SaaS or Cloud offerings of Qlik Sense. This leaves those who have invested heavily in on premise enterprise deployments in a difficult possitrion, to gain the benefits of some pwoerful new features they have to look to reinvest further towards these SaaS or Cloud deployments, or bring in a hybrid model. Qlik provide no real split between what features are available in each of the deployment options.
- Chirag S.CITO
Our goal was to have everyone reviewing business analytics in one spot and making decisions based on explainable data. We were Excel users for analytics at first. It was OK but we couldn't scale. We dabbled with Tableau. It was dreadfully slow and awkward. We demo'ed a couple more software and chose Qlik Sense due its speed, scalability and performance on mobile devices. Within days of using Qlik, our staff was able to convert 10 most used Excel dashboards into excellent dashboards that gave a much clearer perspective into business operations and finance. On modest server, we have been running Qlik Sense to provide enterprise-wide data analytics and our ability of decisioning has improved significantly due to Qlik.
Speed. Qlik Sense loads data quickly into memory and analysis is stunningly fast. It is very easy to get the information you need quickly and begin to make decisions. Slicing and dicing the data is very fast as well. Having used competing software like Tableau, Qlik Sense is a breath of fresh air. There's no waiting time during analysis and that keeps a person focused on the application and gets the person curious about information being presented.
The software's support model is horrific. Qlik uses value added resellers (aka VAR) for the most part. Most VARs I have talked to aren't exceptional and provide absolutely no valuable support after selling the software. They basically add zero value. Qlik has no idea what VARs are doing and VARs have no idea what Qlik is trying to tell them. Getting a license key correctly can take a few tries. Great software, horrific delivery. If I were the CEO of Qlik, I'd change the business model and remove VARs altogether and bring sales, marketing and support right into Qlik.
- Michael L.Senior Data Analyst
The first thing you'll notice with Qlik is how easy and quick it is to load some data and get insights. That's down to 3 aspects of the tool. The first is the data manager which allows you to drag and drop data to extract and transform data. The second is augmented intelligence (the cognitive engine) which can build a data model for you if you wish, or simply make recommendations on how to set up relationships in our data. The last is AI in the front end of the product which generates insight at the click of a button; suggesting charts and alternative ways of presenting your data. Within seconds you can load some data, build a model and present some insight. When you want to go further you've got the data load editor which allows you to write an ETL script and take advantage of compressed storage in the form of QVDs. In the front end, end users can see the whole story in their data because Qlik never leaves data behind, unlike linear ETL tools like SQL. End users can navigate data intuitively using green, white and grey colour coding. Qlik Sense makes makes data intuitive and available to everyone.
There is a steeper learning curve than some other tools if you want to use the script editor to write code. This is worth doing though as it gives you greater control over your data. The legends on the map objects do not always correctly describe the maps.
- Nahum B.IT Lead
From my experience, most of the though/completed how-to's I solved with the help of the community. Hence I strongly recommended, in any tool that you are checking validate how large and cooperative is the community.
- Rapid development and strong supportive community. - You can build a very nice dashboard and/or reports very fast. Simple reports can be built in matter of minutes! even if your data is scattered between different files or even different platforms (excels, DB, etc.). - You can extend the basic (out of the box) platform with Widgets and Extensions - 'QIik Branch' - open source community sharing Widgets and Extensions that you can embed into your installation.
- Running in memory DB is fine on the server but on the desktop edition might be a problem for large DB. - While "Associative Model" is what give Qlik the ease of rapid building dashboards and reports it might cause some odd results if you are not truly understand this and pay attention while building the data model. - While there is great training for how to use the basic features, there are not a lot for how to build Widgets and extensions.