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QlikView

It's best suited for blending multiple data sources together. QlikView is best for large organizations with enough budget to spend on licenses.
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP Business Objects is well suited for mid to large enterprise environments. It can handle multiple data types from almost any different source. It can be overly complex and expensive for a small organization or an organization new to BI. Microsoft's Business Intelligence may be a more realistic option for some customers.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

QlikView
6.9
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Pixel Perfect reports
QlikView
6.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Customizable dashboards
QlikView
7.9
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.9
Report Formatting Templates
QlikView
6.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

QlikView
7.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Drill-down analysis
QlikView
7.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9
Formatting capabilities
QlikView
7.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
QlikView
7.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.2
Report sharing and collaboration
QlikView
7.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.8

Report Output and Scheduling

QlikView
6.9
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Publish to Web
QlikView
7.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.6
Publish to PDF
QlikView
6.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Report Versioning
QlikView
7.1
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
QlikView
6.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

QlikView
6.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
QlikView
7.9
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
QlikView
5.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Predictive Analytics
QlikView
6.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.5

Access Control and Security

QlikView
7.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
QlikView
7.9
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9
Role-Based Security Model
QlikView
7.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
QlikView
7.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2

Mobile Capabilities

QlikView
6.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
QlikView
6.9
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.8
Dedicated iOS Application
QlikView
5.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.6
Dedicated Android Application
QlikView
7.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.6
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
QlikView
7.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.8
REST API
QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.0
Javascript API
QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.0
iFrames
QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.6
Java API
QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.2
Themeable User Interface (UI)
QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.8

Pros

  • QlikView does an excellent job of evolving with an organization as it can move faster than an organization thinks. As clients work with their data, their business understanding grows.
  • QlikView ETL capability can be used to create a rapid-prototyping space to lower the risk associated with making changes to an ETL process by using it's native QVD file format as a temporary substitute for virtual data warhouse tables. When these stabilize, the client can integrate them into the ETL process without unnecessary time pressure.
  • Application development is highly flexible. This pairs well with an agile methodology allowing for requirements to necessarily flex as the client evolves. If done well, it generates high user acceptability levels.
  • QlikView provides excellent time to value in that dashboards can be created and deployed quickly. The product has a fully functional scripting language to support all ETL functionality in addition to a fully flexible interface design capability. The ETL piece can be used to quickly bridge gaps in the data.
  • Ideal state processes can be created by deploying mulitple QlikView files to work together.
  • Architecture is highly flexible allowing architects to design in constraints at appropriate points to control scope creep.
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  • The fact that you are able to work offline on creating reports and then, within the local client, be able to upload it to the BI Platform and continue editing from the local client, while connected to the BI Platform
  • Separation of end user (BI Launchpad) and management/administration (Central Management Console) access points
  • Interoperability with other SAP products (e.g. Lumira, FIORI, AA)
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Cons

  • Simulateous development is difficult as development goes on in one qvw file. There is no check-in/check-out functionality to protect against changes being overwritten. There are third party products that can bridge this gap.
  • It can be too flexible in that an inexperienced team can fall victim to user whims. This happens when developers implement changes without an appropriate methodolology.
  • It's not a true platform solution. Integrating with single sign-on solutions as an example, is unnecessarily difficult.
  • QlikView's achilles heel is RAM. Handling "big data" requires complex, multi-tiered architectures spanning across several applications to maintain performance.
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  • The "FIORI-fied" BI Launchpad still has limited functionality which causes us not to leverage it. It is important to have a consistent UI look and feel for our users but we cannot sacrifice functionality. Therefore we don't have users access the BI Launchpad, we just link them from FIORI, directly to the reports.
  • We've found it very hard to find answers to very simple questions (e.g. what is the best approach for security model, bearing in mind the size of our organization). Both directly with SAP and via third-party contractors, we have struggled to find answers quickly, and sometimes at all...
  • As with all SAP products, they constantly change their recommendation. One minute, the BI Platform is the way forward and we should invest everything into this, and then the next it is SAP Analytics Cloud, and BI Platform will become obsolete.
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Likelihood to Renew

QlikView8.8
Based on 29 answers
Qlikview is a solid tool for any organization looking for a in-memory dashboard tool.
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform8.4
Based on 22 answers
After the initial investment, the renewal for support and new releases is extremely reasonable. Our entire reporting platform is built around SAP BO, all of our data leads to those servers, our clients are happy and we are looking to upgrade in the next six months to take advantage of its mobile reporting platform, so of course we are going to renew!
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Usability

QlikView9.8
Based on 6 answers
Once the data is loaded (which can range from simple to complex depending on the data set), it is relatively easy to create new charts/dashboards
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform9.5
Based on 4 answers
We use this tool everyday to generate 100's of reports over different modules.
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Reliability and Availability

QlikView9.8
Based on 4 answers
QlikView server is very stable, with minimal errors and rare outages.
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform1.0
Based on 3 answers
Its available anytime. Depends on the server configuration.
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Performance

QlikView8.6
Based on 4 answers
It is not a SAAS product.
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform7.2
Based on 8 answers
Overall, the tool (Web Intelligence 4.2) is fast and solid. One issue is a dependability on JAVA for a full feature report creation/edit capabilities (as opposed to limited HTML option). Second, planned end of JAVA support by major browsers (Chrome is already not supporting JAVA applet).
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Support

QlikView2.1
Based on 7 answers
Qlik does have a tendency to push back sometimes stating that the issue is not related to QlikView but the system it is hosted on
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform7.5
Based on 6 answers
Very difficult website to use that is not very intuitive. It's hard to reach a good support person that can actually help with the issue. We usually end up solving the issue ourselves.
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In-Person Training

No score
No answers yet
My team attended, but I cannot myself rate, but I think it was good as they've successfully launched a training program at our company themselves for users. It was 3-4 day training.
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform9.5
Based on 2 answers
Great training with hand-on labs.
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Online Training

QlikView8.0
Based on 3 answers
Training was as expected. The demo environments tend to be more fully featured that our own environment, but the training was clear and well delivered.
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform8.0
Based on 1 answer
SAP's training is excellent, though it is expensive.
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Implementation

QlikView7.4
Based on 13 answers
It has taken some time to get used to Qlikview and the backend team behind it. From understanding the new regulations on using less images and also pushing for more tools (such as full compatibility on desktop, laptop, ipad, phone). We were given training on this and have helpful tips to find analytics behind Qlikview but it is very much also a learn as you implement system.
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform8.4
Based on 7 answers
Hire specialists and experienced staff. Mix some beginners so that everyone is not a leader but a learner too. Plan well; architect well; break down implementation in small steps and move towards larger steps. Create a centralized and authorized SAP Business Objects implementation team.
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Alternatives Considered

Power BI is cheaper, but more basic. Tableau is more expensive, but with greater capabilities. I feel like the other two are a little more intuitive. My company had Qlikview when I arrived.
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We recently evaluated Oracle's OBIEE solution. Strengths: very good dashboard creating tool and two separate ad hoc modules: one for simple reporting ("Analysis") and one for more advanced, "Pixel Perfect" reports ("BI Publisher). All available from the same place and web based (no client needed). Also, there is no separate license needed.BO has a separate module (additional license) to create dashboards and only one reporting tool, that does have certain limitations when it comes to advanced report creation.Weaknesses: hard to administer, as OBIEE is part of the entire Oracle deployment, so you would have to use multiple tools: EM and Web Logic consoles.BO is administered via single console CMC (Central Management Console)OBIEE's GUI looks like from the late 90's. Very congested and not very user friendly. BO Webi is just the opposite.
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Return on Investment

  • Faster Lead conversion
  • Business Users being very satisfied
  • High level executives love the way data is being presented through QlikView.
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  • By generating and distributing reports in a timely manner, we were able to save millions of dollars for the company which otherwise would not have been visible.
  • Almost realtime dashboard, saved the company a huge amount by showing the outages and kept the company from buying a tool to do just that.
  • It showed the customers who were not paying the bills and were missing in the system due to some loophole. This was visible by doing reporting on the theft usage of electricity.
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Pricing Details

QlikView

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
QlikView Editions & Modules
QlikView
Edition
QlikView Desktop
Free1
QlikView
Custom2
1. Personal Edition
2. Per License
Additional Pricing Details
On an perpetual license basis, based on server plus number of users. Contact vendor for pricing.

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform Editions & Modules
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Additional Pricing Details