Qlik Sense vs. Tableau Desktop

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Qlik Sense
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Qlik Sense® is a self-service BI platform for data discovery and visualization. It supports a full range of analytics use cases—data governance, pixel-perfect reporting, and collaboration. Its Associative Engine indexes and connects relationships between data points for creating actionable insights.
$20
per month per user (10 user minimum)
Tableau Desktop
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Tableau Desktop is a data visualization product from Tableau. It connects to a variety of data sources for combining disparate data sources without coding. It provides tools for discovering patterns and insights, data calculations, forecasts, and statistical summaries and visual storytelling.
$70
per month
Pricing
Qlik SenseTableau Desktop
Editions & Modules
Standard
$20
per month per user (10 user minimum)
Premium
$2700
per month unlimited basic users & purchased full users
Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows
Contact Sales
Enterprise
Custom Quote
Tableau Creator
$70.00
Per User / Per Month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Qlik SenseTableau Desktop
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsAll pricing plans are billed annually.
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Community Pulse
Qlik SenseTableau Desktop
Considered Both Products
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
Qlik Sense
  1. better support for multiple data sources
  2. more customizable security
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
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
Qlik Sense can easily integrate multiple data models to visualize customer data. Tableau is easy to use—perhaps more manageable than Qlik—but expensive. Microsoft BI was chosen because it was similar to previously used
Chose Qlik Sense
The experience with View has certainly been a strong lever to help us in the choice, but what was proposed by this new product was certainly in line with the tool we were looking for.
Chose Qlik Sense
Both are good data visualisation platforms; with certain applications where one is better than the other
Chose Qlik Sense
Qlik Sense comes out as a superior product as well as more cost efficient than some of the other products we evaluated as a part of our Enterprise Business Intelligence stack. It offers unified view of our data and extensibility. Qlik Sense being the most interactive …
Chose Qlik Sense
Qlik Sense is relatively cheaper and more futuristic
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
We thought we were getting a good (financial) deal. We had internal resources who were already familiar with Qlik.
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 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
Qlik Sense offers the most flexible and deepest data modelling compared to many other competitors. The scripting language offers a ton of options which allow us to manipulate complex data scenarios. The scripting is robust and is something missing from many competitors. The …
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.
Chose Qlik Sense
Qlik Sense has its own set of features and capabilities and is a worthy replacement for all other B.I. tools that I have used.
Tableau Desktop
Chose Tableau Desktop
Tableau is strong at visualization but less strong at data discovery where I find Qlik Sense, SAS, SPSS are stronger.
Chose Tableau Desktop
Pentaho has fewer visualizations and they haven't been making a lot of improvements in their visualization space. You can't really add a lot of customized visualizations as well. If Tableau has 100 features then Pentaho Analyzer has 10 with no ray of hope for improvements. …
Chose Tableau Desktop
It has a better user interface compared to Microsoft Power BI. The Tableau integration process is quite simple and clear with the third-party application whereas Power BI is not easily integrated with other tools and requires a complex process to follow for integration. DAX …
Chose Tableau Desktop
Tableau can create visually attractive customizable dashboards than can quickly by drag-drop while in power bi we can create simple dashboard. Power bi support lesser data source while in Tableau there is a lot of options
When we talk about data handling tableau is a clear …
Chose Tableau Desktop
We have chosen Tableau [Desktop] for its ability to extract live information from any data source, for its simplicity and simplicity that it has a very short learning curve.
Chose Tableau Desktop
Tableau is much easier and more sophisticated and well though-out.
Chose Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop is the market leader when it comes to creating interactive and appealing graphs and charts. The beauty of the tool is that is can work with almost any kind of back-end source and in real-time take the data and present you with an amazing insight based on the …
Chose Tableau Desktop
It is very easy to use, we can create numbers of charts through it which I think other tools lack in. Lots of online communities are there which have provided solutions to the basic issues. Its ODS(output delivery system) is also very effective. We can use SQL in it for …
Chose Tableau Desktop
Excel has better-embedded coding functions, such as VBA developing environment, but cannot publish reports to an online portal and has limited visualization function. QlikView has fewer online resources and a small community to help you solve problems.
Chose Tableau Desktop
Definitely a lower functioning program, especially in terms of the user experience and GUI. The speed of Tableau was also much greater.
Chose Tableau Desktop
I moved to a Mac.. enough said!
Chose Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop is powerful in terms of data sources and dashboarding creation. You can customize and fine-tune your graphics (color, size, text, tooltips and so on). You can make calculations on measures and dimensions. It's also has a cool geocoding function and maps layers.
Chose Tableau Desktop
Qlick is a good tool too but when handling more than 5G of data you better have a strong machine. Tibco is good too, but the business model doesn't suit us.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Qlik SenseTableau Desktop
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Qlik Sense
8.4
312 Ratings
3% above category average
Tableau Desktop
8.5
167 Ratings
4% above category average
Pixel Perfect reports8.3213 Ratings8.5139 Ratings
Customizable dashboards8.9310 Ratings8.9166 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates8.1225 Ratings8.2145 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Qlik Sense
8.6
323 Ratings
6% above category average
Tableau Desktop
8.9
164 Ratings
10% above category average
Drill-down analysis8.8319 Ratings9.0159 Ratings
Formatting capabilities8.2312 Ratings9.0162 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages8.4152 Ratings8.1122 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration9.0296 Ratings9.3157 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Qlik Sense
8.7
275 Ratings
4% above category average
Tableau Desktop
8.6
158 Ratings
3% above category average
Publish to Web8.7207 Ratings8.7149 Ratings
Publish to PDF8.7254 Ratings8.3149 Ratings
Report Versioning8.7174 Ratings8.6116 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling8.7180 Ratings9.2123 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers8.8106 Ratings8.473 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Qlik Sense
8.6
311 Ratings
7% above category average
Tableau Desktop
8.6
156 Ratings
7% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)8.5304 Ratings9.0154 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization8.7281 Ratings8.7149 Ratings
Predictive Analytics8.6193 Ratings8.7126 Ratings
Pattern Recognition and Data Mining00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Qlik Sense
9.0
294 Ratings
5% above category average
Tableau Desktop
8.8
142 Ratings
3% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)9.2273 Ratings8.9139 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model9.0270 Ratings8.3119 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)8.8272 Ratings8.7129 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)8.9216 Ratings8.977 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Qlik Sense
7.5
220 Ratings
5% below category average
Tableau Desktop
8.4
135 Ratings
6% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access8.5214 Ratings8.5124 Ratings
Mobile Application8.2132 Ratings8.097 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile8.3184 Ratings8.8117 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
Qlik Sense
8.5
143 Ratings
7% above category average
Tableau Desktop
8.8
64 Ratings
11% above category average
REST API8.7123 Ratings8.856 Ratings
Javascript API8.392 Ratings8.651 Ratings
iFrames8.592 Ratings9.049 Ratings
Java API8.669 Ratings9.246 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)8.695 Ratings8.453 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)8.482 Ratings8.746 Ratings
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User Ratings
Qlik SenseTableau Desktop
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(327 ratings)
8.9
(194 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.4
(7 ratings)
8.9
(39 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(11 ratings)
8.6
(63 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(10 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
6.1
(9 ratings)
Support Rating
7.3
(8 ratings)
6.9
(56 ratings)
In-Person Training
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.4
(4 ratings)
Online Training
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.3
(5 ratings)
8.0
(34 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.1
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(3 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.1
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.1
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Qlik SenseTableau Desktop
Likelihood to Recommend
Qlik
Qlik Sense is a program whose purpose is to greatly improve all your operations and use of all data in an organic way. The mission will always be to increase the economic and commercial processes of the company in a short time. I recommended it for its high technology, which was Created for this area, the results are successful. We have noticed how it has increased relationships with our clients thanks to the credibility and security that we provide.
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Tableau
Tableau Desktop is one the finest tool available in the market with such a wide range of capabilities in its suite that makes it easy to generate insights. Further, if optimally designed, then its reports are fairly simple to understand, yet capable enough to make changes at the required levels. One can create a variety of visualizations as required by the business or the clients. The data pipelines in the backend are very robust. The tableau desktop also provides options to develop the reports in developer mode, which is one of the finest features to embed and execute even the most complex possible logic. It's easier to operate, simple to navigate, and fluent to understand by the users.
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Pros
Qlik
  • Flexibility in data recording, from the app, as well as in handling them. Allowing you to view reports quickly and effectively.
  • Easy to generate dynamic graphics according to our needs.
  • It is very easy to use, intuitive, so it does not generate costs in the learning process compared to the tool with collaborators
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Tableau
  • An excellent tool for data visualization, it presents information in an appealing visual format—an exceptional platform for storing and analyzing data in any size organization.
  • Through interactive parameters, it enables real-time interaction with the user and is easy to learn and get support from the community.
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Cons
Qlik
  • Scalability is RAM limited, all data is associative and in-memory so server's RAM is directly proportional to performance
  • Limitation on advanced analytics capabilities in the form of R integration to perform complex statistical and analytical calculations
  • Can have more intuitive interface
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Tableau
  • Formatting the data to work correctly in graphical presentations can be time consuming
  • Daily data extracts can run slowly depending on how much data is required and the source of the data
  • The desktop version is required for advanced functionality, editing on [the] Tableau server allows only limited features
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Likelihood to Renew
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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Tableau
Our use of Tableau Desktop is still fairly low, and will continue over time. The only real concern is around cost of the licenses, and I have mentioned this to Tableau and fully expect the development of more sensible models for our industry. This will remove any impediment to expansion of our use.
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Usability
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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Tableau
Tableau Desktop has proven to be a lifesaver in many situations. Once we've completed the initial setup, it's simple to use. It has all of the features we need to quickly and efficiently synthesize our data. Tableau Desktop has advanced capabilities to improve our company's data structure and enable self-service for our employees.
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Reliability and Availability
Qlik
No answers on this topic
Tableau
When used as a stand-alone tool, Tableau Desktop has unlimited uptime, which is always nice. When used in conjunction with Tableau Server, this tool has as much uptime as your server admins are willing to give it. All in all, I've never had an issue with Tableau's availability.
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Performance
Qlik
No answers on this topic
Tableau
Tableau Desktop's performance is solid. You can really dig into a large dataset in the form of a spreadsheet, and it exhibits similarly good performance when accessing a moderately sized Oracle database. I noticed that with Tableau Desktop 9.3, the performance using a spreadsheet started to slow around 75K rows by about 60 columns. This was easily remedied by creating an extract and pushing it to Tableau Server, where performance went to lightning fast
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Support Rating
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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Tableau
I have never really used support much, to be honest. I think the support is not as user-friendly to search and use it. I did have an encounter with them once and it required a bit of going back and forth for licensing before reaching a resolution. They did solve my issue though
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In-Person Training
Qlik
The instructor was very knowledgeable.
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Tableau
It is admittedly hard to train a group of people with disparate levels of ability coming in, but the software is so easy to use that this is not a huge problem; anyone who can follow simple instructions can catch up pretty quickly.
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Online Training
Qlik
The online instructor was very knowledgeable.
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Tableau
The training for new users are quite good because it covers topic wise training and the best part was that it also had video tutorials which are very helpful
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Implementation Rating
Qlik
Hire Qlik consultants. It's better done by them or with their aid.
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Tableau
Again, training is the key and the company provides a lot of example videos that will help users discover use cases that will greatly assist their creation of original visualizations. As with any new software tool, productivity will decline for a period. In the case of Tableau, the decline period is short and the later gains are well worth it.
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Alternatives Considered
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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Tableau
If we do not have legacy tools which have already been set up, I would switch the visualization method to open source software via PyCharm, Atom, and Visual Studio IDE. These IDEs cannot directly help you to visualize the data but you can use many python packages to do so through these IDEs.
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Scalability
Qlik
No answers on this topic
Tableau
Tableau Desktop's scaleability is really limited to the scale of your back-end data systems. If you want to pull down an extract and work quickly in-memory, in my application it scaled to a few tens of millions of rows using the in-memory engine. But it's really only limited by your back-end data store if you have or are willing to invest in an optimized SQL store or purpose-built query engine like Veritca or Netezza or something similar.
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Return on Investment
Qlik
  • Once an app is published and running good, we can quickly see the time we save to analyze data.
  • It's hard sometimes to realize the money we save by using this system.
  • People start understanding the power of data and asking more questions.
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Tableau
  • Tableau was acquired years ago, and has provided good value with the content created.
  • Ongoing maintenance costs for the platform, both to maintain desktop and server licensing has made the continuing value questionable when compared to other offerings in the marketplace.
  • Users have largely been satisfied with the content, but not with the overall performance. This is due to a combination of factors including the performance of the Tableau engines as well as development deficiencies.
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ScreenShots

Qlik Sense Screenshots

Screenshot of Qlik Sense Cash Flow DashboardScreenshot of Qlik Sense Global Smart SearchScreenshot of Qlik Sense Smart Data Compression - Get immediate insight on large dataScreenshot of Extend, mix and mash-up with our APIsScreenshot of Add "External data" with Qlik DataMarket - Data as a ServiceScreenshot of Visualization Bundle