QlikView

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Score 7.7 out of 101

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QlikView

It is well suited for creating simple dashboards. Larger data models will require significant back-end development to make up for QlikView's lack of front end caching. QlikView is a much better alternative than creating Excel pivot tables powered by macros. Its security settings, scalability, and stability surpass anything that can be built in Excel
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

It's well suited if you have a smaller team who are looking to develop more collaboratively and enable easy sharing, scheduling etc. of reports and documentation. It can also be expanded to a wider organization but there are complexities (such as security - where we decided to just leverage the database security and open everything up at BI file/folder level). For a larger organization, it certainly isn't quick to implement and with SAP changing their strategy so much, you will soon be out of date. Analytics cloud is certainly something you should look at first.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

QlikView
7.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.7
Pixel Perfect reports
QlikView
7.1
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.8
Customizable dashboards
QlikView
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.2
Report Formatting Templates
QlikView
6.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

QlikView
7.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.5
Drill-down analysis
QlikView
6.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4
Formatting capabilities
QlikView
6.9
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
5.7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
QlikView
8.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
5.6
Report sharing and collaboration
QlikView
6.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4

Report Output and Scheduling

QlikView
6.9
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Publish to Web
QlikView
6.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.7
Publish to PDF
QlikView
7.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Report Versioning
QlikView
6.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
QlikView
7.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9
Delivery to Remote Servers
QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.8

Data Discovery and Visualization

QlikView
5.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
QlikView
6.1
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
QlikView
3.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.8
Predictive Analytics
QlikView
6.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.0

Access Control and Security

QlikView
7.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
QlikView
7.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Role-Based Security Model
QlikView
7.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
QlikView
7.9
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.8

Mobile Capabilities

QlikView
6.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.6
Responsive Design for Web Access
QlikView
8.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
5.9
Dedicated iOS Application
QlikView
5.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
QlikView
6.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
QlikView
7.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
5.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.0
REST API
QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.2
Javascript API
QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.0
iFrames
QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.0
Java API
QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
5.4
Themeable User Interface (UI)
QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.4
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
QlikView
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
5.8

Pros

  • Qlikview has an excellent online community support. This was probably the best part of buying the project. I had never worked in BI before purchasing Qlikview but after a short one-week class, I was up and running. Whenever I got stuck, I reviewed previous posts or posted a question myself. The questions were almost always answered within a couple of hours. The fantastic community really helped me learn the product.
  • Qlikview is a great product and very powerful. It is not always easy learning all the formulas but for those who know it, it can do almost anything you want a BI tool to do. It is fantastic at integrating multiple sources of information.
  • Qlikview provides a lot of free demo dashboards which are fantastic to learn from. They are open so you can see exactly how they were designed behind the scene. The variety of boards are a great strawman or baseline to use for almost any BI initiative that people take on.
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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

  • The formula for harder BI analytics is neither intuitive or easy to learn. It really helps if you have some kind of SQL background. I really wish there were more out-of-the-box options that we can customize.
  • It may be more of a server issue but it can take hours to run a single query.
  • You have to define a lot of parameters for almost anything you create so the tool forces you to spend a lot of time selecting different options. I wish they had good pre-defined templates for layouts for us to choose from.
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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
No longer with the company. I think the product usage died after I left. Personally, I would definitely support renewing the product if I were still with the company. I do wish they would get off the annual subscription model though and allow for a more straight purchase of the product
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform8.4
Based on 22 answers
The institution has decided to move in a different direction, and will be using MSBI for reporting. I have been very happy with the Business Objects suite of tools, and will continue to use them heavily until we make the transition.
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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
I have been creating SAP software solutions successfully since past 10 years and SAP BO's popularity and demand is still strong in the market.
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Reliability and Availability

QlikView9.8
Based on 4 answers
It is not a SAAS product.
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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
When it is deployed properly the system is very stable and consistent in its response times. The way the product is designed the data sources it connects to and the bandwidth of the network its on can be the main performance inhibitors. Addressing these two factors can greatly increase performance overall. Integration with third party tools requires strict adherence to SAP specifications. When they are followed there is no performance degradation.
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Support

QlikView2.1
Based on 7 answers
They are still building it out. Just recently I received a contact for an escalation manager. I used to just call my sales guy.

Response times vary
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform7.4
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

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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
QlikView were here for a few days, and it was up and running. It was very fast.

Where it fell short, is they did the implementation in demo mode, and didn't initially work with us to help us scale. For example, should we consider a load balancer and multiple servers?. How much capacity can this environment handle from a data and user perspective. We had to learn on own by trial and error. We are bringing them in to do an architectural assessment, but we have to pay for this.

We are now bringing them back in for architectural assessment. It is a fee based engagement.
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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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Breadth of Deployment

Not applicable to our firm as we are small consulting firm.
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SAP Business Objects is used across our entire organization. I believe the Finance Department, alone, is making a transition to the new tool, but Business Objects will continue to be used in many other operational areas here at Mayo.
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Alternatives Considered

I have used Eloqua instead or alongside with Qlikview. It allows me to see things like heatmaps and compare data in email campaigns or newsletters. Generally they pull similar information. I do like the layout of Qlikview and find it more user friendly. In Eloqua it is a more navigated and detailed system so you have to know what you're looking for or you could get lost in a folder
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SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform has deeper analysis, better version control, and a more superior web dashboard access over Oracle API Manager. We were using Oracle product due to our data being in several different applications with different databases where it was not possible to use SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform. Oracle was also slow in releasing feature enhancements where SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform is much more consistent with updates and releases that are better tested with fewer bugs.
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Collaboration and Sharing

QlikView6.3
Based on 21 answers
Our implementation of QlikView didn't use the sharing and collaboration capabilities.
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform6.4
Based on 28 answers
This is where most of my lower review with SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform where the ability to connect to non-SAP sources of data is scarce, custom, or difficult to do vs Oracle product. However, once we made a business decision to put everything as much as possible in SAP, SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform becomes an invaluable tool across the organization and within the tool the sharing and collaboration capabilities are well designed and implemented with logical roles.
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Data Integration

QlikView8.9
Based on 21 answers
I connected QlikView with several data sources: SQL Server, Oracle, SQL Server Express, Excel file, Access File, text files, Sharepoint Lists and QVD files. Never faced a problem with any of them.
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform7.9
Based on 28 answers
BO 4.1 now allows a universe to have multiple types of sources in one universe. Since BO is really meant to be used and developed by the business, the universe layer is a critical part of the structure. It allows you to ensure your business data rules are in one place so all report developers get the same answer. We have universes built over Teradata, SQL Server, Oracle and DB2.
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Return on Investment

  • When I implemented QlikView as a customer, we generated huge ROI with Excess and Obsolete Inventory analysis. QlikView enabled the kind of analysis and the kind of visibility that was never possible before.
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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