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Highlights

Microsoft Power BI and Qlik Sense are both Business Intelligence platforms. They are both prominent names in the BI space, although Microsoft is more well known. However, both Power BI and Sense are newer developments from Microsoft and Qlik, respectively. 

Microsoft Power BI is the giant’s newest BI offering, which focuses on making BI more accessible to smaller organizations in the SMB space as well as enterprises. Qlik Sense, on the other hand, is more focused on delivering data analytics to enterprises. It also has users across company sizes, but is more common in larger organizations. 

Features

Microsoft Power BI and Qlik Sense have different focuses on feature areas that differentiate their ideal use cases.

Power BI is designed to be more accessible and lighter weight for smaller organizations. It also maximizes on benefits from integrating smoothly with other Microsoft products, streamlining data importing and management for companies that already live in the Microsoft ecosystem. This also makes management and training easier for companies that are Microsoft-first. It is also more price-competitive than Qlik Sense. 

However, Qlik Sense brings more enterprise-scale firepower along with the higher price tag. It provides more in-depth enterprise dashboarding and advanced visualizations. These dashboards and visualization are also more customizable than what Power BI can easily allow. Outside of Microsoft-first environments, Qlik Sense is also a leader in collaborative data reporting. 

Limitations

There are also limitations to Microsoft Power BI and Qlik Sense worth considering. 

Power BI’s greater accessibility comes at the cost of more advanced capabilities. For instance, it has more limited advanced visualization capabilities, and more specialized data management and modelling are more difficult, particularly at larger scales. This leads to a lower cap of what can be accomplished with Power BI, and adds a steeper learning curve for midlevel and higher modelling and visualizations. 

On the other hand, Qlik’s higher range of capabilities comes with higher resource costs. For instance, once data is loaded into models any modifications to the data or the model becomes a much more intensive task, which makes Qlik require more active management from users or administrators. It is also not as user-friendly around certain customizations and visual aspects, such as color and font customization. 

Pricing

Microsoft Power BI offers two pricing packages. Power BI Pro is a self-service BI offering managed by Microsoft, which costs $9.99/user/month. The Power BI Premium adds more big data analytics, cloud and on-premises reporting, and unlimited users. Premium costs $4,995/month per resource. 

Qlik Sense also offers two pricing packages. Qlik Sense Business, at $30/user/month, offers the core Qlik Sense platform and can be trialed for free for 30 days. Qlik Sense Enterprise SaaS, priced at $70/Professional/month, $40/Analyzer/month, or $100/Analyzer Capacity/month, adds additional governance capabilities, managed spaces, and multiple user types. 

Community Pulse

Reviewers Who Considered Both Products

Microsoft Power BI

Chose Microsoft Power BI

Qlik and Tableau

Chose Microsoft Power BI

Both Qlik and Microsoft Power BI both stack up very well next to each other. I personally liked Qlik just a little bit more but the price difference for us is what really changed our minds.

Chose Microsoft Power BI

Organization tool is the same

Chose Microsoft Power BI

Power BI does not have the feel of a fully independent and robust BI Solution. It tackles smaller functional or department-level analytic needs and can operate in a small or solo roll-out environment. But scaling up to enterprise would be better suited for Qlik or Tableau. Same …

Chose Microsoft Power BI

Tableau and Spotfire are all around better tools, but Power BI can be useful especially because of its cheap price.

Chose Microsoft Power BI

Based on the latest reviews from Magic Quadrant, Tableau is rated high among all the applications in this category with its rich features in terms of connectivity, visualizations, and various other features. But the cost of using the application is bit high from my personal …

Chose Microsoft Power BI

Power BI performs quite well in comparison to it's competitor's products. We compared it mainly to GoodData and Tableau. Power BI has a great pricing. It's affordable and efficient with mid-sized datasets. Hence many companies go for it. Competitive products like Tableau are …

Chose Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is a lot easier to use. The designs are also much nicer. Costs to implement Power BI (minus the existing data infrastructure) is much lower than other tools commercially available. However, the tool is still relatively new and still lacks many common features that …

Chose Microsoft Power BI

As mentioned earlier it is free of cost and easy to learn as it is part of the Microsoft suite product. It blends well with ETL package tools such as SSRS and SSIS. It is also easy to distribute the dashboard to users of Office 365. It is a a complete Microsoft product which …

Qlik Sense

Chose Qlik Sense

We looked at both Microsoft Power BI and Tableau. They both have similar functionality and can get to the end results of Qlik Sense. The big determining factor was how much time that we would have to develop reports and stories. We found that Qlik Sense allowed us to develop …

Chose Qlik Sense

Easy to use!

Chose Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense offers a broad variety of functions that are not easily achievable using PowerBi. However, I was not involved with the selection.

Chose Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense is a fast tool to implement; you can have a functional dashboard in a few days, and the ETL processes are quite easy to build it. You can have the ROI in a short period of time.

Chose Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense has a unique Qlik exchange platform, which in combination with ML capabilities, gives Qlik an edge over its competitors. Although the integration support of Microsoft or IBM in their native platforms is better, Qlik, due to its strong integration backend, allows easy …

Chose Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense is relatively cheaper and more futuristic

Chose Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense is one of the best reporting systems. It is stronger than PBI and Tableau when speaking about complex KPIs. It is really similar to MicroStrategy Analytics when you speak about obtained results, but it is easier to use, especially as it is more code-based. But is it …

Chose Qlik Sense

We originally went with Qlik Sense because the desktop version used to be free for single users and was a very good proposition for us (we are a non-profit with a limited budget). However, from what I see, the functionality is comparable, and Qlik Sense stacks up well.

Chose Qlik Sense

As soon as you want to pull data from two or more separate tables, Qlik Sense leaves the rest in the dust, since it does not require joins or complex transformations. Zoho CRM analytics are limited to the data located in the product itself. No external tables can be combined.

Chose Qlik Sense

Other tools were not able to handle complex business requirements and performance was not too good with very huge volume data. we were required to maintain history, time-based data backups, and snapshots. Also, some of the tools were too costly compare to Qlik [Sense] solutions.

Chose Qlik Sense

When it comes to working with large datasets out of the box, Qlik in my opinion is unrivaled amongst the competitor. However, the overall user experience and customization options available to developers require a lot of work. When compared to other options on the market, …

Chose Qlik Sense

BI has some amazing features, but it requires a good understanding of DAX. It's not as user-friendly as Qlik Sense.

Chose Qlik Sense

I prefer Qlik due to its ability to combine multiple data sources and flexibility offer by the data load editor, other tools lack this capability or they don't do as good of a job as Qlik

Chose Qlik Sense

I have only used Qlik Sense and Nprinting feature as of now.

Chose Qlik Sense

Previously, we used QlikView and it was difficult to modify something in a dashboard that was originally created by other colleagues. I think that QlikView it's a legacy and it will be decommissioned soon. Versus Power BI, I would say that Qlik Sense does a very nice figure in …

Chose Qlik Sense

I have used SSRS previously for reporting. One interesting feature of SSRS is its email scheduling process, which comes in the same package as SSRS, but in Qlik Sense, we need to get the NPrinting package to make this happen (email scheduling). Still, we decided to go with Qlik …

Chose Qlik Sense

Each product has its strengths/weaknesses, [but] Qlik Sense offered the best approach to leverage the investment in knowledge used in our earlier dashboards formed in Qlik View and transitioned many two step applications ie. extract/join data SQL and present in Microsoft …

Chose Qlik Sense

Other vendors products evaluated (in some cases used by other divisions within our corporation):
** SAP Analytics Cloud - stacks up quite well against Qlik Sense but the differences are subtle but important. Sometimes SAC has it over Qlik and sometimes Qlik has it over SAC so …

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Qlik Sense

  1. better support for multiple data sources
  2. more customizable security

Chose Qlik Sense

QlikView has many more options for styling within charts and objects - this hurts our ability to style things to our needs within Qlik Sense. Qlik Sense looks more modern, responsive for browser size and visually more appealing.

Chose Qlik Sense

We have used different BI Reporting tools, but overall, Qlik Sense [has been used longer]. Customers are really happy with the dashboards we made through Qlik Sense.

Chose Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense has the ability to handle huge data and the data loading and performing analytics on huge data [is] a plus as compared to other tools in the market. Qlik Sense ability to integrate open-source tools is the best compared to other tools in market.

Chose Qlik Sense

Qlik was selected before I arrived and I would not select it again in comparison to any of the alternatives I've worked with, unless that was the enterprise mandate.

Feature Set Ratings

  • Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 6 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Report Output and Scheduling, Data Discovery and Visualization, Access Control and Security, Mobile Capabilities
  • Qlik Sense ranks higher in 1 feature set: Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

BI Standard Reporting

8.4

Microsoft Power BI

84%
8.0

Qlik Sense

80%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

8.1
81%
121 Ratings
8.0
80%
220 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

9.0
90%
140 Ratings
8.3
83%
318 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.2
82%
128 Ratings
7.8
78%
234 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.3

Microsoft Power BI

83%
7.9

Qlik Sense

79%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 4/4 features

Drill-down analysis

8.6
86%
140 Ratings
8.3
83%
327 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

7.9
79%
139 Ratings
7.6
76%
320 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

8.1
81%
105 Ratings
7.6
76%
160 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.5
85%
136 Ratings
8.1
81%
305 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.4

Microsoft Power BI

84%
7.9

Qlik Sense

79%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 4/5 features

Publish to Web

9.0
90%
130 Ratings
7.9
79%
216 Ratings

Publish to PDF

8.9
89%
122 Ratings
7.8
78%
263 Ratings

Report Versioning

7.8
78%
102 Ratings
7.5
75%
183 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

8.5
85%
105 Ratings
8.1
81%
188 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

7.6
76%
76 Ratings
8.2
82%
115 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

8.3

Microsoft Power BI

83%
7.9

Qlik Sense

79%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

8.4
84%
132 Ratings
8.0
80%
312 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.5
85%
123 Ratings
8.0
80%
289 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.9
79%
103 Ratings
7.6
76%
202 Ratings

Access Control and Security

8.7

Microsoft Power BI

87%
8.6

Qlik Sense

86%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 4/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

8.8
88%
121 Ratings
8.7
87%
281 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

8.7
87%
104 Ratings
8.5
85%
278 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

8.5
85%
112 Ratings
8.4
84%
280 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

9.0
90%
96 Ratings
8.7
87%
223 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

8.3

Microsoft Power BI

83%
7.0

Qlik Sense

70%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

8.5
85%
114 Ratings
8.0
80%
221 Ratings

Mobile Application

8.2
82%
101 Ratings
7.5
75%
146 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

8.1
81%
115 Ratings
7.5
75%
191 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

8.0

Microsoft Power BI

80%
8.1

Qlik Sense

81%
Qlik Sense ranks higher in 5/6 features

REST API

8.4
84%
73 Ratings
8.6
86%
132 Ratings

Javascript API

8.1
81%
57 Ratings
8.1
81%
100 Ratings

iFrames

8.0
80%
56 Ratings
7.9
79%
99 Ratings

Java API

7.8
78%
47 Ratings
7.9
79%
76 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

8.0
80%
64 Ratings
8.2
82%
102 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

8.0
80%
46 Ratings
8.3
83%
89 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Microsoft Power BI is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

Microsoft Power BI

87%
142 Ratings
8.0

Qlik Sense

80%
335 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Microsoft Power BI

100%
1 Rating
8.6

Qlik Sense

86%
7 Ratings

Usability

8.6

Microsoft Power BI

86%
57 Ratings
8.0

Qlik Sense

80%
11 Ratings

Support Rating

8.5

Microsoft Power BI

85%
53 Ratings
7.4

Qlik Sense

74%
13 Ratings

In-Person Training

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Qlik Sense

91%
1 Rating

Online Training

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Qlik Sense

91%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3

Qlik Sense

73%
9 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Qlik Sense

91%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

Microsoft Power BI

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Qlik Sense

91%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft

In operations we use the tool for many different topics, from factory quality systems to high level reviews. We have created kind of an internal "App Store" based on Power BI where you have a lot of different dashboards for different solutions (cost, cash, health and safety, sales, factories, distribution centers...) and you as an user just need to get in that "App Store" and enter in whatever tool can be useful for you. It is open to all the operations employees and can use on demand. Also it has raised the imagination of our colleagues, as they are not only working by themselves creating new reports, but also raising fantastic ideas that can be extended for the usage of all the community.
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Qlik

For example, you can make detailed sales analyzes of a product group on the basis of countries and years. As I wrote before, specifically; I'm analyzing the market sale information of household products depending on region and country. In Qlik Sense we developed a dashboard that helps us to reach more trend information and product needs country by country. And then we reshape our product specifications and futures for specific regions. Thus, we can increase our market share. I also use a dashboard that tracks projects' resources, critical milestones, and timelines. All projects can be viewed by everyone at the same time.
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Pros

Microsoft

  • Quickly filter and view granular data sets with easily configurable reporting figures.
  • The ability to quickly switch between tabs allows for historical data comparisons and progress tracking.
  • It's helpful to dive into the data and break it down from high levels to small.
  • Achieve actionable insights faster by using real-time data. It's incredible to have online access to reports.
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Qlik

  • The intelligent technology of Qlik Sense educates us to be much more accurate in each of the processes that we build, that is to say that this program is an accomplice to manipulate our data.
  • One of the greatest virtues that this program offers us is that it considerably increases the speed with which we can act and the efficiency of our operations.
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Cons

Microsoft

  • The desktop app is great but needs a lot of performance improvements
  • No MacOS Version for the Desktop app, this is a big limitation for business since executives prefer Macs
  • Premium Cloud Version of Power BI is awfully expensive
  • On-Premise Version of the Power BI Reports Server is bundled only with SQL Server Enterprise License and cannot be purchased separately and requires Software Assurance Subscription
  • On-Premise Power BI Report Server doesn't support ADFS, AzureAD or any Claims-Based authentication platform, a sad disadvantage for enterprises
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Qlik

  • Data analysis in data groups is of great help that allows us to visualize impressive results, however, these tools that are so useful and tremendous to us are not easy to use.
  • Windows are not very friendly or intuitive.
  • The support or customer service leaves a lot to be desired.
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Pricing Details

Microsoft Power BI

Starting Price

$9.99 per month

Editions & Modules

Microsoft Power BI editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Power BI Pro$9.991
Power BI Premium$20.002
Power BI Premium$4,995.003

Footnotes

  1. Per User/Per Month
  2. Per User/Per Month
  3. Per Capacity/Per Month

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Qlik Sense

Starting Price

$30 per month

Editions & Modules

Qlik Sense editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Qlik Sense Business$30.001
Qlik Sense Enterprise SaaSContact sales2

Footnotes

  1. Per User/Per Month
  2. none

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Qlik Sense Enterprise: Perpetual license basis, based on number of users Qlik Sense Enterprise: Subscription, based on number of users Qlik Sense Desktop: FREE Qlik Sense Cloud: FREE

Pricing

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft

I find it helpful and easy to use
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Qlik

Qlik Sense is a constantly improving it's software and working with its' users to make it better. They are great at keeping their users informed of progress and care about delivering a quality product
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Usability

Microsoft

At this point, I think we all know who has taken the lead in the business intelligence and analytics market worldwide. With fresh new updates every other day on top of an already robustly built product with all features that one can dream of is a no brainer, I feel. Microsoft will invariably be synonymous with quality and professionalism.
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Qlik

Standard user interface and powerful analytic functions is GREAT. As technical person working in the background there are more things to do to make this a completely great tool. Some functions that should be standard requires consult scripting and hours. Now we are using it quite advanced and with many servers and in combination with QlikView. So overall I love the tool. But it could be better and user friendly and powerful in the background
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Support Rating

Microsoft

I can't really speak to the support overall, [but] I will say that in the almost three years I have used the system, I have only needed to contact their support team once. I think the team was helpful, but it did take some time for us to resolve the issues/ request that they had. I guess the good news is that the system is pretty stable, and I personally have rarely needed to contact their technical support team.
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Qlik

Not only can you ask the support team for help, but you can also ask the community. Also with the community there is a vast amount of problems that have already been solved. The problem you are encountering has a likely chance of already being discussed and even solved in the community section saving you time from reaching out.
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In-Person Training

Microsoft

No answers on this topic

Qlik

The instructor was very knowledgeable.
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Online Training

Microsoft

No answers on this topic

Qlik

The online instructor was very knowledgeable.
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Implementation Rating

Microsoft

No answers on this topic

Qlik

Hire Qlik consultants. It's better done by them or with their aid.
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Alternatives Considered

Microsoft

[Microsoft] Power BI is practical and effective, like a hammer for a nail, it is easy to use and produces very quickly the results that in most cases are urgently required by clients (nice reports to share on the web). To start using [Microsoft] Power BI you need a business email address, with that you create an account in Power BI Service and in less than 1 hour you will have installed Power BI Desktop, a report will have been created and it will have been published on the web .
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Qlik

The customization of the platform opens up plenty of other options depending on the use cases. The API layer is incredibly rich and makes integration of Qlik based visualization into web pages a simple and effective pattern. It's been very easy to use with a great community made up of professionals. Qlik Sense has introduces artificial Intelligence into my data visualization and reporting activity.
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Return on Investment

Microsoft

  • It helps us track and achieve company goals.
  • It shows us [our] performance in areas we could not previously track and allows us to see and work on how to improve their performance.
  • Quick easy access for executives to use in helping teams and addressing issues.
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Qlik

  • The direct impact on revenue has not been attributable or measurable because every dashboard or data set on Qlik Sense is just a reflection of what has gone wrong or where we missed an opportunity
  • The subscription amount was a burn on our cash reserves as it was a year-long subscription
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