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Likelihood to Recommend

QlikView

I can't recommend QlikView enough for a small shop on a shoestring budget--with one technical user administering things, all your users can have a really nice, super useful data exploration tool. The burden is certainly on that one user, but the payback is immense considering the price (free!). Solutions like Tableau and Qlik's new product, Qlik Sense, are certainly prettier and less demanding in terms of UI design, but they can't touch QlikView in terms of value.
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Tableau Desktop

If you have large data sets that you need to aggregate or process, where does the computation occur? On the local machine where the installation sits or remotely on a server? What is the maximum sized data set that you can comfortably work with in Tableau Desktop?
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

QlikView
7.1
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
QlikView
6.3
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Customizable dashboards
QlikView
8.1
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Report Formatting Templates
QlikView
7.0
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

QlikView
7.5
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Drill-down analysis
QlikView
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Formatting capabilities
QlikView
7.6
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
QlikView
7.4
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
QlikView
7.1
Tableau Desktop
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

QlikView
6.9
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Publish to Web
QlikView
7.2
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Publish to PDF
QlikView
6.8
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Report Versioning
QlikView
7.1
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Report Delivery Scheduling
QlikView
6.7
Tableau Desktop
7.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
QlikView
Tableau Desktop
7.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

QlikView
6.6
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
QlikView
7.9
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
QlikView
5.3
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Predictive Analytics
QlikView
6.8
Tableau Desktop
6.8

Access Control and Security

QlikView
7.6
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
QlikView
7.8
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
QlikView
7.6
Tableau Desktop
7.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
QlikView
7.4
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
QlikView
Tableau Desktop
7.3

Mobile Capabilities

QlikView
6.7
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
QlikView
7.0
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
QlikView
5.4
Tableau Desktop
7.2
Dedicated Android Application
QlikView
7.5
Tableau Desktop
7.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
QlikView
7.0
Tableau Desktop
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

QlikView
Tableau Desktop
7.1
REST API
QlikView
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Javascript API
QlikView
Tableau Desktop
7.1
iFrames
QlikView
Tableau Desktop
6.7
Java API
QlikView
Tableau Desktop
6.9
Themeable User Interface (UI)
QlikView
Tableau Desktop
7.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
QlikView
Tableau Desktop
7.0

Pros

  • 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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  • Ease of use. It is extremely easy to drag and drop fields and create a quick dashboard in minutes. After loading data, you can quickly adjust fields to figure out which formats offer the best insights into your data.
  • Powerful mapping and charting abilities. There are a wide variety of options available for displaying data, from geographic maps, heat maps, word bubbles, line graphs, bar charts, histogram, bubble chart, scatter plots, area chart, pie charts, etc.
  • Customization. With the simple click of a button, you can adjust the colors, sizes, text, and formats of your worksheets. This is especially useful when comparing information on multiple levels of detail, from geographic region, to company type, etc. Its also a great way to customize your reports for you customer, and utilize their specific color scheme.
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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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  • We did have some challenges setting up an instance of each workbook to sit upon different environments. We were running 2 instances of Tableau sever; 1 for QA 1 for PROD. We needed an automated deployment process that modified the table connections to point to 1 of 4 different QA environments. We eventually found a custom solution with individual projects for each environment on a single server that met our needs – but the code behind it was very custom.
  • I also noticed that generating an extract, to which you can then place upon the server and set on a schedule to refresh, forces the user to generate the full extract local on their machine prior to publication. These extracts, depending on the size of the dataset and origin of the data, can take hours upon hours to finish, when simply setting up the extract on the server and letting the more powerful machine shoulder the processing load is unfortunately not an option during setup.
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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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Tableau Desktop8.9
Based on 39 answers
Tableau is an exceptionally useful tool when you want to know what's happening inside of your data. It is extremely powerful and intuitive. We will definitely renew this tool.
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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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Tableau Desktop8.6
Based on 23 answers
Tableau's main selling points are the fact that you can connect to almost any data source within a couple of clicks and the fact that you can slice-and-dice your data with just a few drags. Tableau also has the ability to grow with the user's comfort level. The most advanced you get, the more you can utilize Tableau's advance features, such as table calculations, to create truly amazing analyses.
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Reliability and Availability

QlikView9.8
Based on 4 answers
We have not had any downtime issues with the product nor uncovered any significant bugs
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Tableau Desktop8.0
Based on 10 answers
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

QlikView8.6
Based on 4 answers
It is not a SAAS product.
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Tableau Desktop6.6
Based on 9 answers
Tableau's connections to third-party sources can be somewhat slow due to the time required to speak to a source over a network. However, if you properly utilize Tableau's Data Source Extracts, then the speed is incredible. On the other hand, Tableau makes it very easy for the user to put too much data into one dashboard, which can impact performance. All in all, if you use the tool properly, speed should not be a concern.
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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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Tableau Desktop9.0
Based on 16 answers
Support has been excellent we have no complaints we kept fully up-to-date with the status of any other issues and all of our issues have been resolved quickly. They have been proactive and came to us to find out whether there was anything we wanted them to do which is amazing.
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In-Person Training

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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 Desktop9.4
Based on 4 answers
Extensive and beneficial - users have shown great benefit of training and put it to practical use.
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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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Tableau Desktop8.0
Based on 4 answers
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

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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Tableau Desktop8.1
Based on 34 answers
There is a Server installation training video on Tableau's website. I highly recommend that everyone watch it. It only takes a few minutes and could save you quite a bit of time.
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Alternatives Considered

Our shortlist included Tableau, a newer version of Microsoft's SSRS and Qlikview.

We also knew what Micro Strategies and Business Objects had to offer from our experiences with them at other companies, and knew what we could afford. We eliminated them on price and the complexity of set-up.

We liked QlikView's in memory, associative model, and self-service capability.

With "in-memory", everything that gets consumed from a dashboard is loaded in memory so it is incredibly fast. Although Qlik touts its mobile distribution capabilities, that was not a huge differentiator for us, but is something we are now exploring. Microsoft and and BO do have in-memory capabilities now.

The associative model is patented by QlikView. Basically it starts to understand the associations in your data, e.g. if A=B and B=C, then A=C. It means you can build a Qlikview model very quickly. In traditional data warehousing, you work with users and understand their requirements, refine the data model, start to physicalize it, tune it, build ETLs. It's a 3 month at best delivery cycle. That doesn’t work here at this company. Our business users will not wait for you. Our business is dynamic, we are launching new products all the time. Instead of going through an arduous process, you just load data into QlikView and build an associative model. It link things up. If it doesn’t work, you can change things very quickly. You don’t have to write data definitional language. Where you get into trouble, is if you load very large data sets into QlikView, memory not as abundant. They are releasing a tool called data explorer which allows you to do a hybrid approach – load some in memory and some in database. If data is going into frequently used dashboards it goes into memory. If infrequent access is required and the data set is very large, it makes sense to leave it in the database.

We also have a company called DataRoket that builds connectors for us, e.g. load this relational data into QlikView. They have built adapters for QlikView-Hadoop integration
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Tableau is strong at visualization but less strong at data discovery where I find Qlik Sense, SAS, SPSS are stronger.
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Scalability

QlikView8.9
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.
Tableau Desktop7.0
Based on 3 answers
Although tableau is highly interactive and fast but with very large dataset its performance degrades heavily. So up to certain extent its really good but after that we have to take care of its performance issues.
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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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  • It is very difficult to quantify the effect that using Tableau has had on our clients. The one major benefit I can think of is the reduction of operational expenses. Tableau allows them to keep one person who maintains ten dashboards instead of the twenty people it took when they were using Excel.
  • Having a series of relevant, automatically refreshing dashboards allows for "quick response" to business problems, which could save tremendous amounts of money. If a problem is occurring, you would see it on your dashboard the next day, instead of an analyst finding it a month later.
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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.

Tableau Desktop

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Tableau Desktop Editions & Modules
Tableau Desktop
Edition
Personal
$9991
Professional
$1,9991
1. per user
Additional Pricing Details
Free trials are available for both editions.