QlikView vs. Tableau Desktop

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
QlikView
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
QlikView® is Qlik®’s original BI offering designed primarily for shared business intelligence reports and data visualizations. It offers guided exploration and discovery, collaborative analytics for sharing insight, and agile development and deployment.N/A
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
QlikViewTableau Desktop
Editions & Modules
QlikView
Custom
per user
Tableau Creator
$70.00
Per User / Per Month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
QlikViewTableau Desktop
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional DetailsOn an perpetual license basis, based on server plus number of users. Contact vendor for pricing.All pricing plans are billed annually.
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Community Pulse
QlikViewTableau Desktop
Considered Both Products
QlikView
Chose QlikView
We like Tableau over QlikView. QlikView has depth, but we do not necessarily have the time or man power to become full fledged experts in QlikView. Tableau is far quicker to pick up and generates reports that are neat and clean as well. Just check their stock symbols QLIK vs …
Chose QlikView
Tableau was the closest I came to a competing product but their limited on the ETL side and the associative experience. I like Tableau but for a simpler purpose. QlikSense will be strong competitor with Tableau but they are both good products.
Chose QlikView
The only other vendor product that I have worked with that provides a similar experience to Qlikview is Tableau. I would recommend Tableau if your use case is to build a fixed dashboard. You can share reports for free without needing to buy additional licenses. I would …
Chose QlikView
Its strength lies in the data connectivity, data extraction and data exploration. But it is no way near to the user experience that Tableau provides.
Chose QlikView
Simpler than Tableau and offers some more features for free. While Tableau offers more data connection options, QlikView has satisfied my needs pretty well.
Chose QlikView
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.
Chose QlikView
QlikView has a great capability of handling complicated, heterogeneous and raw data and convert them into consumable form by performing basic ETL operations in comparison to Tableau and Power BI.
Chose QlikView
Tableau and Qlik Sense are a lot prettier and easier to use than QlikView. They also cost a LOT more. If you've got the budget, I'd consider going with one of those solutions. However, departments that don't have the budget to support tools like those need usable solutions as …
Chose QlikView
QlikView vs Tableau
  • The Tableau solution implementation is pretty slow when compared to that of QlikView.
  • The data interpretation from multiple data sources is a pain point in Tableau as it increases complexity.
Chose QlikView
The first thing we liked about QlikView was the price. For a small amount per user, I can have a very useful software to manage the whole data set our company uses. The Tableau Desktop has very high pricing for the software, and for just one user, not the whole organization. …
Chose QlikView
QlikView is very similar to Tableau. However, I believe it is a cheaper solution, and that is why our company has chosen QlikView. It has been able to handle large, large amounts of data sets, and has been pretty agile for our business needs.
Chose QlikView
I think it all comes down to personal preference and integration compatibility with the existing systems in the organization. However, I would argue that Qlik and PowerBI are the top-tier available solutions due to robust features and capabilities, and I would put solutions …
Chose QlikView
MS Power BI and other BI tools have similar functions to QlikView and some of them also have much cheaper price. However, the strength of QlikView is that it is much easier to use and to learn. If you need to train a new person to learn the tool, it costs around 1-2 days.
Chose QlikView
QlikView has its own data warehouse, which is the most important reason why would I choose QlikView over any other tools. Apart from that, the feature options are good for the ones who know the tool well but created a steeper learning curve in the beginning. Once you went …
Chose QlikView
It is inexpensive and cost prohibited software. Has alot of canned reports that you would need and doesn't request much development work. Widely adopted as an industry leader and works well with many of the top data source applications. Very easy to use and intuitive in the …
Chose QlikView
QlikView is cost-efficient and has a free desktop version to try out the different functions of it before you make the purchase decision.
Chose QlikView
QlikView was already chosen and implemented before I started [to work here], but it is very easy to learn (for me) and I started to solve problems within a day or two.
Chose QlikView
I worked and played with several BI tools in my careers. Some were easier to learn than others. With QlikView, I instantly fell in love, and I'm still in love after 12 years of using the product. The most common feedback that I get from my users is: "This is the best thing I've …
Chose QlikView
We evaluated a lot of other products in the magic quadrant but primarily compared QV against Tableau. We initially wanted to go with Tableau because it was cheaper and a simpler product to learn and use but frankly, their sales person was horrible and was not willing to work …
Tableau Desktop
Chose Tableau Desktop
Much easier to pick up. No programming experience necessary. QlikView was difficult to get started with since it looked more like a blank canvas without clear indications. Tableau gives you more direct drag and drop, and creates visuals much quicker.
Chose Tableau Desktop
Excel is almost as good as Tableau. If you have a few thousand floating around just spring for the Tableau. QlikView is an abomination. Not much else to say there. SAS and friends are like ye olde-timey versions of Tableau in terms of their visualization abilities. Python, R, …
Chose Tableau Desktop
Cass evaluated Domo, QlikView and Birst prior to selecting Tableau. It came down to cost (and by a significant margin); the others have relatively high implementation, hosting and other costs. Additionally, based on a recent Gartner "Magic Quadrant", Tableau exceeds all others …
Chose Tableau Desktop
QlikView is more customizable and has more depth, but is much harder to learn and much slower to develop. Tableau Desktop is much quicker to put together and if you have questions the community of support is much better. It doesn't handle as much data as QlikView does.
Chose Tableau Desktop
If any changes had to be made to existing visualizations when we used QlikView, a lot of security constraints existed and I had to run to the IT team for every change I had to implement. Tableau gives easy security change rights to the developer environment.
Chose Tableau Desktop
1. As compared to SAP Business Objects, Tableau is very easy to use and quick in terms of implementation. Although SAP BO is reporting tool but both tool servers different purposes. SAP BO is a huge enterprises tool used mainly for creating large tabular reports while Tableau …
Chose Tableau Desktop
It offers superior capabilities of visualizing information. Tableau's ability to convert unstructured statistical information into fully functional, interactive and appealing dashboards is pretty amazing.
QlikView and Power BI do not offer that level of dashboarding capability. …
Chose Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop has many more features than other competitors. Comparing Birst, the layout is much more efficient. Power BI and QlikView are as easy as Tableau Desktop. The price for Tableau is a disadvantage when compared to Birst and QlikView, but not against Power BI. …
Chose Tableau Desktop
I have had the good fortune to use a lot of BI tools such as QlikView and Power BI but Tableau according to me provides the bang for the buck. Having said that, the other tools are continually improving and the market would be crowded with a lot of tools providing matching …
Chose Tableau Desktop
  • It's easy to use and has a great selection of color palettes and templates.
  • Easy to learn.
  • Easy to share reports.
Chose Tableau Desktop
Because of the product's capability, user interaction, and available free online training, Tableau Desktop has become leader in the data visualization segment. The reason we selected Tableau Desktop is our large data sets and need for a tool that is flexible enough to suit this …
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
In tableau you can achieve things really quickly and it has the power to show you insight data very easily. Tableau is also economical in comparison to what these tools cost. It's a full value tool.
Chose Tableau Desktop
  • Good drill down capabilities
  • Intuitive and friendly GUI
  • Less dependency on IT
Chose Tableau Desktop
Tableau is clearly the most intuitive and best looking product out of the box. Whereas other competitors appear to be playing catch up with Tableau.

It also has the biggest online community which enables new users to become proficient in this application very quickly. It also …
Chose Tableau Desktop
Ease of use, user friendly. The user finds it easy to work with and started creating things from day 1.
Chose Tableau Desktop
It is easier to start with Tableau. The out of the box ready feel is more with Tableau than any of the other BI products. Product scalability is at a steep cost with Tableau but it gives the possibility to begin small and then grow as it proves its capability as compared to all …
Chose Tableau Desktop
I have used SSRS, Crystal Reports, Microsoft Excel, and Business Objects. Tableau offers more functionality than the rest and is pretty intuitive. I think SSRS is the easiest to use. Query speed is excellent with SSRS (at least when you are connected to SQL Server). Microsoft …
Chose Tableau Desktop
Tableau is so much better for data visualization and analysis than Microsoft Reporting Services, but lacks the other functionalities that are included on Microsoft BI (MBI). That's why we use MBI to extract and consolidate our data and Tableau to create some advanced reports.
Chose Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop needs no to minimal coding experience. It easily integrates with various data sources. It is very easy to create usable smart reports.
Chose Tableau Desktop
We evaluated QlikView and Tableau for a Fortune 500 corporation 15 months ago in full disclosure. To be all too brief we found QlikView to be a very good tool but more IT dependent than Tableau. Newer features and functions may offset some this one significance.

Spotfire is …
Chose Tableau Desktop
Qlikview, SiSense - I find Tableau to be more intuitive. I found the others to have a steeper learner curve.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
QlikViewTableau Desktop
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
QlikView
8.3
63 Ratings
1% above category average
Tableau Desktop
8.5
166 Ratings
4% above category average
Pixel Perfect reports8.847 Ratings8.3138 Ratings
Customizable dashboards8.562 Ratings8.9165 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates7.557 Ratings8.2144 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
QlikView
8.0
63 Ratings
1% below category average
Tableau Desktop
8.9
163 Ratings
9% above category average
Drill-down analysis8.162 Ratings9.1158 Ratings
Formatting capabilities7.563 Ratings8.8161 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages8.336 Ratings8.2121 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration8.159 Ratings9.2156 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
QlikView
7.9
58 Ratings
6% below category average
Tableau Desktop
8.8
157 Ratings
5% above category average
Publish to Web8.447 Ratings9.2148 Ratings
Publish to PDF8.254 Ratings8.4148 Ratings
Report Versioning7.840 Ratings8.6115 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling7.347 Ratings9.1122 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers00 Ratings8.572 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
QlikView
7.6
54 Ratings
6% below category average
Tableau Desktop
8.6
155 Ratings
6% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)8.151 Ratings8.9153 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization8.044 Ratings8.8148 Ratings
Predictive Analytics6.85 Ratings8.7125 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
QlikView
7.8
56 Ratings
10% below category average
Tableau Desktop
8.7
141 Ratings
1% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)7.256 Ratings8.7138 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model8.252 Ratings8.4118 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)8.151 Ratings8.6128 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)00 Ratings8.976 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
QlikView
7.4
45 Ratings
8% below category average
Tableau Desktop
8.4
134 Ratings
5% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access7.942 Ratings8.5123 Ratings
Mobile Application7.627 Ratings8.396 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile7.336 Ratings8.7116 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
QlikView
-
Ratings
Tableau Desktop
8.5
63 Ratings
7% above category average
REST API00 Ratings8.455 Ratings
Javascript API00 Ratings8.250 Ratings
iFrames00 Ratings8.748 Ratings
Java API00 Ratings8.645 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)00 Ratings8.452 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)00 Ratings8.745 Ratings
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User Ratings
QlikViewTableau Desktop
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(83 ratings)
8.8
(193 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.8
(29 ratings)
8.9
(39 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(14 ratings)
8.6
(63 ratings)
Availability
9.8
(4 ratings)
8.0
(10 ratings)
Performance
8.6
(4 ratings)
6.1
(9 ratings)
Support Rating
3.4
(15 ratings)
6.9
(56 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.4
(4 ratings)
Online Training
8.0
(3 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.4
(13 ratings)
8.0
(34 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.1
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.9
(2 ratings)
7.0
(3 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
QlikViewTableau Desktop
Likelihood to Recommend
Qlik
Sales data validations have helped manage our justifications in the past, especially with regard to new product development and new business introduction. It has also been helpful in identifying trends with business impact and direction specific to quarter and monthly sales from ERP data as well as decisions to purchase equipment of staffing based on run rates and product demand.
One thing that can get out of hand is data output - if you aren't careful in your query, you may be overloaded with data dumps and drown in the amount of info you have to filter through. This is a user caution, not a comment on the software itself.
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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
  • QlikView has a simple, relational data model that's REALLY fast. Filtering and changing data is dead simple results are almost immediately available.
  • The free version of Qlikview is almost completely featured, so you roll a pro-level product out to an entire department for really cheap.
  • QlikView is really flexible--if you can imagine it, you can build it.
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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
  • We found that QlikView can be a bit slow in supporting some forms of encryption. It is web-based and we needed to upgrade all of our server to not support the older SSL and TLS 1 protocols, only support TLS 1.2 and TLS 1.3. However, QlikView could not run with TLS 1.2 and TLS 1.3. We had to wait over six months to get a version that would handle the newer TLS versions.
  • There are so many options with QlikView that you can get lost when developing a visualization. There are still items I have not yet figured out, such as labeling a graph with the name of a selected detail item.
  • QlikView works by pulling the data it is going to use for visualization into its database. I am a security reviewer and I need to make certain that PII and PHI is not pulled by QlikView for a visualization, otherwise this could become a reportable indecent.
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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
Ease of use, ability to load from pretty much any data source. today I created an application that loaded time sheets from excel that are not in a table format. With Qlik's "enable transformation steps" I was able to automate loads of multiple spreadsheets and multiple tabs easily. Could not do that with any other tool.
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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
QlikView is very easy to implement. The installation is very straight forward. QlikView has several different data connectors that can connect to different data sources very smoothly. The user interface to build the reports is very easy to understand. This helps to have a smaller learning curve. Something very helpful is that QlikView is a browser application for the end users. So, you don't need to install any applications on the user's computer.
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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
We have not had any downtime issues with the product nor uncovered any significant bugs
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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
It is not a SAAS product.
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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
My experience with the Qlik support team has been somewhat limited, but every interaction I have had with them has been very professional and I received a response quickly. Typically if there is a technical issue, our IT team will follow up. My inquiries are specific to product functionality, and Qlik has been very helpful in clarifying any questions I might have.
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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
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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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
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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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
"Implementation" can mean a few things... so I'm not sure that this is the answer you want.... but here it goes: To me, implementation means: "Is the user interface intuitive and can I produce meaningful reports with ease?" On that score, I'd say YES. The amount of training required was minimal and the results were powerful. The desktop implementation is a simple, "blank" interface just waiting for your creativity. The pre-populated templates give you a reasonable start to any project -- and a good set of objects to "play around with" if you're just getting started. Finally, note that the "implementation" I used was baked into QuickBooks 2016 Enterprise -- called "Advanced Reporting"..... That integration makes it ultra useful and simple.
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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 only other vendor product that I have worked with that provides a similar experience to Qlikview is Tableau. I would recommend Tableau if your use case is to build a fixed dashboard. You can share reports for free without needing to buy additional licenses. I would recommend Qlikview if your users are looking for a more interactive experience. They can create new objects to represent the data which can't be accomplished as easily in Tableau
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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
  • Generate quick reports for requirements that don't require complex calculations. ROI was fine, but Tableau software was much more intuitive for non-technical users on our team
  • When putting Qlikview reports side by side with Tableau, we ended up delivering Tableau reports since they were quicker to generate and required no technical expertise
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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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