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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. 

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI

I would definately recommend [Microsoft] Power BI, its an amazing product, despite of the cons, the product is still remarkable and unique in the values that it provides.If you have scattered data left undiscovered, or need solid reporting and analytics, or even just simply want to impress your management with detailed, beautiful and organized reports that are automatically refreshed with fresh content, Power BI is absolutely the tool to go for.It can import data from an overwhelming amount of sources, such as Excel, SQL Server, Adobe Analytics, Google Analytics, Sales Force, MySQL, Amazon Redshift and many others, and it allows you to quickly and easily build and publish beautiful reports that always impresses the executives and management.[Microsoft] Power BI is one of a few products that I would recommend to literally anyone who uses a computer, there is always a use case for Power BI, especially the desktop version, the moment you create your first report you realize how much time and effort it saves and how much insights it gives on your data, personally, Power BI is an essential part of my work and I truly enjoy building reports and gathering/transforming data using it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense Enterprise is an ideal BI solution for mid- to large-scale organizations, especially those with many on-premises data sources. The overhead of administration would make Qlik Sense Cloud the better platform for small organizations or those who have already moved much of their data infrastructure into the cloud. The robust data modelling allows many wildly different data sources to be cleansed and organized with robust flexibility.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Qlik Sense
7.7
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Qlik Sense
7.6
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
Qlik Sense
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Qlik Sense
7.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Qlik Sense
7.9
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Qlik Sense
8.8
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Qlik Sense
7.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Qlik Sense
7.6
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Qlik Sense
7.6

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Qlik Sense
7.7
Publish to Web
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
Qlik Sense
8.5
Publish to PDF
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Qlik Sense
7.7
Report Versioning
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Qlik Sense
7.4
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Qlik Sense
7.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft Power BI
7.5
Qlik Sense
8.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Qlik Sense
7.7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Qlik Sense
7.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Qlik Sense
7.7
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Qlik Sense
7.4

Access Control and Security

Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Qlik Sense
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Qlik Sense
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Qlik Sense
8.5
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Qlik Sense
8.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft Power BI
9.0
Qlik Sense
8.7

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Qlik Sense
7.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Qlik Sense
8.1
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Qlik Sense
7.2
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Qlik Sense
7.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Qlik Sense
7.7

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Qlik Sense
7.3
REST API
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Qlik Sense
8.6
Javascript API
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Qlik Sense
7.2
iFrames
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Qlik Sense
7.5
Java API
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Qlik Sense
7.3
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Qlik Sense
7.8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Qlik Sense
5.4

Pros

Microsoft Power BI

  • Using features like Power Query, which is in itself like a tool like Excel, you can clean and preview data before using it for analysis purposes. If you have used Excel in the past, Power Query will, for the most part, be a cakewalk for you.
  • The predominant feature one comes to Power BI is the ability to create automated formidable dashboards that everyone refers to before or during meetings to encourage and substantiate decision-making.
  • If required, based on specific data points, reports are triggered automatically to certain people as well.
Tanish Pruthi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Qlik Sense

  • Qlik Sense reports the data from the QVD files really well so the end-user experience is always optimum. Hardly any wait time is ever noticed at all which is magnificent compared to some other products in this space.
  • The fact that Qlik Sense is also already fully mobile device-ready is a big bonus. Other applications have to have different variations either declared upfront or at least tested but Qlik Sense works really well whether via the designated proprietary Qlik Sense Mobile App (from the App store) or just in a standard browser like Safari.
  • Data ingestion times are really optimum too since millions of records can be added to a QVD file in only a few minutes. This helps our organization with optimizing the overnight loading window.
  • The background loading tasks scheduling is also user-friendly and robust with good error logging and failure/success monitoring available.
  • We use SAP for transactions and SAP BI for data warehousing so it is very useful to also use Qlik Sense along with the proprietary Qlik Sense SAP Connector so that data can be retrieved as datasets from BW Query results. This helps leverage all our investment in the BW modeling including the full SAP BW query catalog when ingesting data into the QVD files. At the same time, the SQL connector can retrieve data from our SAP HANA database with ease too.
  • The ability to develop on the iPad is also a bonus that is often not available in other tools in this domain.
  • The security modeling is relatively easy to maintain and integrates well with our Azure identity management system. This all makes user management tasks very seamless and robust, ensuring that only those that really need access to the Qlik Sense system are granted hat access and if they leave their access is quickly revoked.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Microsoft Power BI

  • Since it's a complex system, need a technical team or administrator to manage.
  • I don't like being locked out. Make it easier to stay log[ged] in and not fill in password.
  • SSO login would be huge! This would save a lot of time and improve security.
Greg Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Qlik Sense

  • Limited options when adjusting colors of graphs and charts
  • Limited options for adjust[ing] how graphs and charts look or [how] users interact with them
  • If QlikView has 1000 knobs to turn, Qlik Sense has 100. This hurts developers ability to build robust reports and applications
  • Many new features are cloud only
  • No unified hub for View and Sense for on premise solutions
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
jim paroly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 8.6
Based on 4 answers
We have only just started our Qlik Sense journey , the product has so much to offer and being embedded with an excellent partner is unlocking the potential of the product
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.5
Based on 59 answers
I think using Microsoft Power BI can be somewhat intimidating as you kind of get everything in one go and with lack of good tutorials or trainings within the system it could be difficult to navigate and that is probably a big limitations that doesn't allow more people to adopt the platform and thus improve their decision making.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 7.4
Based on 10 answers
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
Christer Andersson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Qlik is available when we need it. The only issue we experience is memory on the server, Qlik is very memory hungry and if you loads lots of data having enough memory to support the dataset is important. This needs to be taken into consideration as performance issue occur if you don't
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Qlik is Qlik if the sever has enough memory report delivery is quick , It does become evident in the end user experience if this is not the case .
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.4
Based on 55 answers
Microsoft's support is great most times, they will respond fast and make everything to come to a solution. Also, the software is very well documented, so many times there is no need to contact the support because the documentation may have a solution right away
Nadyan Pscheidt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 7.7
Based on 13 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 9.1
Based on 1 answer
The instructor was very knowledgeable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 9.1
Based on 1 answer
The online instructor was very knowledgeable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 8.8
Based on 9 answers
Qlik delivered on its promises and has been key to supporting the new world we live in . If we hadn't chosen Qlik sense when we did life would have been harder and our organisation wouldn't have been able to mange the CoVid-19 pandemic the way we have . We live in a data led world and Qlik does that for us.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Power BI

[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 .
Dustin Ghia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Qlik Sense

We evaluated Domo, Tableau, and Qlik Sense. We chose Qlik because of it's ability to better work with multiple and large data sets. Qlik Sense has the ability to concatenate all measurable (fact) data into a single table instead of needing to create multiple fact tables. This keeps the data model streamlined and everything related.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Qlik is a web app , This enables it to be wherever/whenever you are . No client software required
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Microsoft Power BI

  • 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.
christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Qlik Sense

  • Very positive from a Corporate level, provides insights that were previous done ad hoc and not nearly as in depth.
  • Single source of truth for the organization - reduces the number of reports with different methodologies.
  • Easy to track status of projects and ensure everyone is on the same page.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Microsoft Power BI

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Microsoft Power BI Editions & Modules

Edition
Power BI Pro$9.991
Power BI Premium$20.001
Power BI Premium$4,995.002
  1. Per User/Per Month
  2. Per Capacity/Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Qlik Sense

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Qlik Sense Editions & Modules

Edition
Qlik Sense Business$30.001
Qlik Sense Enterprise SaaSContact sales
  1. Per User/Per Month
Additional Pricing 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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Qlik Sense
7.7

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Power BI
10.0
Qlik Sense
8.6

Usability

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Qlik Sense
7.4

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft Power BI
Qlik Sense
7.3

Performance

Microsoft Power BI
Qlik Sense
9.1

Support Rating

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Qlik Sense
7.7

In-Person Training

Microsoft Power BI
Qlik Sense
9.1

Online Training

Microsoft Power BI
Qlik Sense
9.1

Implementation Rating

Microsoft Power BI
Qlik Sense
8.8

Scalability

Microsoft Power BI
Qlik Sense
9.1

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