- User Interface - Easy to navigate and play across the dashboard, its charts and objects are like floating things like a bubble which is well suited for an official purpose
- Connect Different Data Sources - with the help of various connectors QlikSense connects Database like Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, etc
- Security - It provides security in application level as well as data level
- Cons - Qlik has two development tools Sense and View, the company can merge two products into one as new Customers finds difficult to choose between the products.
- Visualizations available natively. Account and pre-sales team can build their own visualizations and analytics with data.
- The amazing UI - provides a great experience while trying to organize data using dashboards. Having been a regular user for over a year now, the kind of things you can learn just by yourself on the fly is simply amazing. The dashboards also provide great flexibility with a lot of options.
- Qliksense provides a quick and efficient way to scan data immediately and helps businesses make better decisions. Definitely, a must-have tool for all kind of Analysts dealing with millions of rows of data as it provides a simple yet powerful way to get business insights.
- Advanced features need to be built as extensions, can be made available out of the box
- Email Alerts can be made out of the box
Qlik Sense Review: "A handy and powerful self service data ingestion and self service analytics tool, makes your life easy ingesting and processing very large datasets"
- Ingesting and processing large data sets containing hundreds of millions to billions of rows
- Intelligent association of disparate data sets. providing early visibility of the connections in the underlying data
- Ability to embed statistical programming code like R for advanced analytical processing and visualisation
- Offers both Self Service Data Integration and Self Service BI and Analytics capabilities
- Flexible deployment architecture
- Licensing was expensive compared to other market players
- Qlik Sense plays a lot around memory management. An average user, unless they understand the data modeling, cannot optimise Qlik Sense usage properly which could lead to poor implementation. Qlik Sense should offer training in this space.
Data Modeling that influences Memory management is the crux for this tool. Suitable training is necessary for optimal exploitation of the tool.
- Great out-of-the-box self-service analytical capabilities. Very intuitive to use and short learning curve even for a non-tech person (for basic usage). For more experienced tech/BI user, this tool can give "quick wins" (in hours!) for implementing reports that on other tools can take days.
- The desktop version is free and includes all the features of the Enterprise version.
- Qlik Sense includes a robust ETL capability (guided wizard and elaborated script language)
- Qlik provides great training materials (webinar, help guide, forum and community) but those lack with re to the advanced features - i.e. how to develop widgets.
- The cloud solution provided by Qlik, is currently not available for enterprises but only for small companies. You can still implement in the cloud, but it will need to be your private cloud.
- A rapid development of initial dashboards and reports, yet with advanced features to go beyond to quick and easy.
- Qlik connects to many different disparate data sources and offers a Big Data cloud subscription to compare against global trends.
- There is a self-service component that allows end users to modify existing or create new data visualizations as needed.
- There is a learning curve to effectively use their proprietary scripting language. Would be great to be able to use more commonly known development languages such as SQL more interchangeably.
- Would be nice for Qlik to bundle more visualization extension in their Out of Box experience.
- Makes it very easy to dive in and get started with an intuitive drag-and-drop interface
- There are some great built in geo tools that can help you do things like heat maps without too much effort - a nice improvement from there other main product QlikView
- Great attention has been paid to the user interface to make it fast, easy and flexible to use and helps to give you confidence when using the product
- Provides self generating code - for example creating calendar fields based on any date fields in your data sources automatically
- If like me you were previously using there other product QlikView for years before dabbling with the newer QlikSense it has a very different feel to it that can make switching a little uneasy - the interface for example is completely different
- It can be a bit fiddly to get some of the geoanalytics maps up and running with the need for sourcing external kml files from other websites for example
- Some of the auto generated code is not as efficient as it could be and can lead to you needing to potentially want to rewrite it
- The amazing UI - provides a great experience while trying to organize data using dashboards. Having been a regular user for over a year now, the kind of things you can learn just by yourself on the fly is simply amazing.
- Qlik Sense provides a quick and efficient way to scan data immediately and helps businesses make better decisions.
- The dashboards also provide great flexibility with a lot of options. Instead of having to pore over millions of data.
- The trial version of the product limits user space to a limited amount.
- Set analysis is strong but takes time to learn.
- NPrinting could use some enhancements to make it easier to admin (e.g., .xls spreadsheet for both input & output for all items).
Within the University of Miami healthcare system (UHealth), we wanted to see a high level view of our contracting performance. We are currently are utilizing multiple systems of truth. We utilize the Advisory Board's PIC (Payment Integrity Compass) system to model all of our hospital contracts. For professional services, we use Experian's modeling tool. We wanted to consolidate all of these different inputs of expected payment values into one view or report. There is a need to compare expected contractual values with actual over time. It helps our team get better at predicting the future if we continue to monitor and follow. Our hope was that actual values would materialize from our expected values.
In our own wheel house, we were able to identify easy things where a contract was loaded incorrectly. We also began to see how our processes and other team's processes were negatively affecting the bottom line. We were able to provide tips to other teams to help improve their processes.
Our Enterprise Business Intelligence group is implementing Qlik Sense alongside QlikView (6+ years) to provide self-service BI analytic and visualization capabilities to our more advanced users with specific requirements and a solid understanding of the underlying data model and KPIs. These users are also guided to our published internal guidelines for Qlik Sense development and solution department.
The other two business units are large departments with advanced analytics staff, fluctuating reporting requirements, and security considerations beyond the norm (even for a finance company). These business units often consult with the EBI group for assistance.
- Qlik Sense allows analysts to create their own polished dashboards, whether intended to stand on their alone or be presented alongside the more professional solutions produced in QlikView and Qlik Sense by our BI and visualization experts.
- Qlik's Associate Model, which leads users through the data selection and modeling process, is much easier for most analysts to use to develop and tune their data models. At the same time, the availability of SQL within the script allows power users to create their own extract statements when desired.
- Qlik Sense Enterprise and Qlik Sense Cloud both allow users to develop and share their analytic solutions while supporting a security frame that allows the architect and administrators full control over data availability.
- Qlik's visualization tools and options are awesome across the entire application suite.
- The Qlik Associate model is extremely powerful and very intuitive, especially for novice users. However, the restrictions inherent in the model (e.g., no more than one common field between joined tables) create extra steps for skilled data analysts and architect.
- Qlik Sense Cloud provides a subset of the features of the Enterprise Suite. While the Cloud offering is sufficient for many business needs and use cases, the differences make it difficult to present "Qlik Sense" as a single product with variant offerings. The Cloud platform could be expanded to provide more Qlik Sense 'Desktop' capabilities in the Cloud environment.
- Loading and display of Qlik solutions with extremely large data sets, often required to support dynamic filtering and comparative analysis, can lead to extremely slow performance from the user's perspective. Thankfully, Qlik has announced recent initiatives to ameliorate this issue.
Qlik Sense can also be used against standard data warehouses, lakes, typhoons, and mudslides (including "big data" platforms), but extract performance suffers. And, through no fault of the software, inconsistent results often appear from similarly-designed dashboards and expressions if developers do not collaborate on expression definitions.
- Interactive data delivery, research on the fly.
- Non-intimidating way to "play" with your data, you can't break it.
- The community provides lots of non-supported add-on items for the platform. They could review the amount of downloads from that environment and implement them as supported add-ons.
- Easy to use: As compared to most of other BI tools we found Qlik to be the most easy to learn. Our users hi from basic user to building advanced apps in very short span.
- Agile: with the current pace the business world is changing and moving we needed to be very agile. Qlik is very agile to work with.
- Performance: being in memory tool Qlik sense performance is at par with our business expectations. The data loads are very fast using the native connectors as well
- Report delivery: Printing is offered as a solution which is not user friendly and needs a lot of improvement.
- Extensions: need a certified extension process so that we can trust them before bringing into our Qlik environment
- Way to make a data model using 2 apps. Rather than creating a 3rd app, we should have a way to connect 2 apps
does very well
- The ETL layer within Qlik allows someone with no IT background and little knowledge of any programming languages to immediately fetch data and start using the tool.
- The Data Loading script gives power users the ability to model the data they bring in to be maximized for efficiency and speed.
- The Web interface allows us the ability to use custom URL’s to direct traffic into various different points of interest.
- The license structure is bizarre. The use of tokens is very confusing at first but does get easier to manage the longer you are operational. Knowing when to name tokens or keep them un-named is very tricky.
- More customization of color and layout/design aesthetics is much needed.
- Price is a factor as well. It’s hard to see the value proposition up to senior management when Other Tools have a lower entry price threshold.
- They make it easy to understand, you don't need to be very technical to use it.
- When you load your data into Qlik Sense you have a chance to make some tweaks to get it to match the model you are trying to achieve.
- Their section access is also a very nice addition and works to allow access to either whole apps or only certain parts of an app
- Something we have struggled with is getting Qlik Sense to load the apps into the web frame to be displayed on a regular HTML site.
- The drill-down capability is awesome.
- We love being able to effortlessly combine data from multiple places.
- There is a sense of feature overload. And classes to learn about all the features can get expensive for the average user.
- Ease of use for the end user.
- Stable platform.
- Speed of results.
- Development of data staging can be difficult for the novice user.
- Stability of the Qlik Sales teams. High turnover rates for our account.
- Filters can very easily be applied and removed. This allows the user to narrow in on the specific data they are after.
- The ability for Qlik Sense to work with NPrinting to schedule reports for distribution is a significant benefit for our organization.
- Qlik Sense is very intuitive. With very minimal training a user can quickly navigate through apps.
- Predictive analytics are improving but are still not quite there.
- No tech expertise required
- Enables users to very quickly create custom visuals of any data set
- Helps users to be able to present data in an engaging format
- With the use case of this tool being for non-tech users, it does have its limitations and in comparison to similar tools like Tableau might be considered a bit basic.
- The way setting up a dashboard is done on the graph with resizing limits (can be annoying and does limit user ability to creatively show everything they would want on one screen, for example).
- I would say one thing missing is the breadth of graph types that a user could use (think complex bubble scatter plots, charts trying to illustrate multiple dimensions).
Worst Scenario: Tech users, data scientists, mission critical pursuits, visualizations
- Easy to use drag and drop platform for creating visual graphs. Additionally, the videos/guided prompts work nicely when first starting out.
- Importing semi-sophisticated Excel data files. It was an easy to find area, upload time was quick, and organization of the tables imported cleanly.
- The cloud hub is easy to access especially with mobile devices. This is especially important with travelling sales managers.
- The cloud platform tends to load slowly if you're not in a good wifi area. That is, LTE/4G data takes too long to move from sheet to sheet and it causes delays during remote meetings.
- Security is a lingering concern. Qlik is moderately supported in this area however I feel there should be more data surrounding this area. It feels that the platform has too much usability content, which is nice, but not enough focus on the practical sense. Businesses need to feel secure that their data won't be leaked.
- The structure is nice and works well enough, but in comparison to similar platforms such as Tableau, this lacks in effective mass-data management, speed, and graphic quality.
- Associative technology to provide a "complete" discovery and view to information.
- Support integration from many common enterprise data sources.
- Bundled story board that integrates presentation and analysis all in one.
- Provides third party extensions to create more attractive visuals.
- More bundled attractive visualization objects.
- Incorporate some form of decision workflow/path-ing capability into the software to enable more organised discovery-path to surfacing relevant analysis as users interact with data/information.
- Further improve the ease of software use.
Not suited for an organisation where users are not proactive to data analysis, exploration and/or don't understand data.
- Updating Daily - It helps making sure you are getting credit for the sales you make. Also, it makes sure your accounts are set up properly
- Providing insight to your territory - You can see all aspects of the sales metric for your territory. It helps going after certain accounts and where there is room to grow in certain accounts
- Interface - Sometimes the interface can be tricky to maneuver, but it is not hindering the information QLIK provides
- Qlik sense has a great associative index which helps us gain immediate insights.
- The biggest advantage is it can be used on any device and explored.
- You can easily create visualizations, zoom it and pinpoint and make selections.
- The functionality of subscribing and sending customized emails is something not currently available in Qlik sense which is available in Tableau. Qlik has some improvement room on that front.
Summary of my understanding of Qlik Sense:
This is a graphical tool for managers. It is based on the same platform as QlikView (serious Data Discovery, analytical tool, see my review of QlikView). Everything is stripped out of Qlik Sense (that the end user does not see). It is easier for a developer to do actual data modeling, ETL in Qlikview, and final visualization in Qliksense. Each and every functional capability (in scripting, processing, number of options in basic charts, rendering for desktops with large screens) - is weaker (vs Qlikview 11). The graphs are more powerful (vs. QlikView). The "story telling" features (canned presentations) are powerful (although not interactive). Reports could be shown on multiple client platforms.
- Graphic controls are nice, more interactive (than in Qlikview).
- Story telling is good (although it is not a "drag and drop" functionality). It took me 2 hours of "drag and drop with teeth screeching" to create a first story.
- Qlik Sense uses the same scripting as QlikView, can consume the same QVD files as QlikView (compatibility is one way, certainly).
- Rendering for multiple Mobile platforms is provided.
- NO horizontal and/or vertical scrollbars. Period. Not implemented. This means very little data could be shown on a single sheet.
- NO adjustment of the SIZE of the fonts and controls. Functionality never implemented in Qliksense (out of the box as of v. 3.1). This means very little data could be shown on a single sheet.
- You can not rename a bookmark, you can not change the order of bookmarks. This is a functionality that the end user works directly..
- Each and every control is "dumbed down" (vs the corresponding Qlikview implementation). This means that each anything is kept out of the product (to make product more maintainable and to provide rendering on mobile platforms). Example: List Box. You can not change the search mode (in qlikview you could make it a wild card search or expression driven search out of the box).
- "Current Selections" control removed. This is the main control in qlikview, that shows the context of the filtering for the user.
- The script is not 100% compatible vs. Qlikview. References to files, supported in Qlikview are different (have to be modified).
- Qliksense App V.3.1 freezes, then crashes on me 2-3 times a day (Win.7, 64 bit, SSD drive). It does not instill confidence in the product. Qliksense cloud based (accessed via browser) never crashed on me.
- Qlik Sense provides self-service capabilities to business users and analysts, and with its responsive web designing (RWD) capabilities, the look and feel of Qlik Sense dashboards have been very impressive.
- Qlik Branch provides some great visually beautiful Qlik Sense Extension charts which help display KPIs in a new perspective in regular line & bar charts.
- Some features like Qlik Mashups & Widgets help display the data by integrating Qlik charts with HTML/other scripting languages.
- Similar to QlikView, the Data Transformation layer (scripting) helps add more weight to Qlik Sense. We know that the data in the data layer is never aggregated or loaded per the requirement, and Qlik Sense scripting layer helps us transform the data in the way it performs better.
- Direct Discovery does provide Qlik Sense the real-time data connectivity features, but that restricts the ability to fetch some dimensions and measures, and not the whole database tables/data.
- Simple to start. Very quick first outcome - you can get first results in a couple of minutes after the start of using the product.
- Associative data model which works in the same way as a human's brain works. User just selects an item and sees all possible relationships of this item with other elements of a data model.
- High ratio of data compression and fast processing a huge amount of data (assuming you have a good data model).
- Easy integration with corporate portal.
- Huge amount of possibilities to create custom objects (Extended visualizations, Mashups, Widgets).
- Open API - you can automate a lot of maintenance processes if in-box functionality is not enough for you.
- Free Desktop version which has the same functionality for business user or developer.
- Truly in-memory technology and doesn't have real-time connection to data source (whether it database, file, web-page etc).
- Fast QIX engine which is responsible for calculations and a very effective method of storing data in memory using bit-stuffed pointers.
- Effective cache (calculations and RAM usage).
- Active community and huge amount of custom visualizations available.
- Powerful set analysis in expressions which helps to calculate very complicated things in a quite easy and understandable way.
- Very flexible security rules for access to various components of applications, sheets, visualizations, data stories etc.
- Requires huge amount of physical RAM memory for enterprise as soon as all data in applications are stored in RAM.
- Limited amount of default visualizations and possibilities to tune charts.
- Requires a lot of technical knowledge from different areas to create a complex solution - which is definitely not a self-service for the typical business user.
Qlik Sense Scorecard Summary
Feature Scorecard Summary
About Qlik Sense
Qlik Sense® is a visual analytics platform that is designed to empower users to see the whole story that lives within their data. It supports a full spectrum of BI use cases including self-service visualization for everyone, centrally deployed guided analytics apps and dashboards, and custom and embedded analytics, all within a governed framework that offers enterprise scalability and trust for IT. The vendor says this platform offers unmatched visualization and discovery for individuals, collaboration and mobility for groups and teams, and data integration, management and governance capabilities for large organizations.
Built on the QIX Associative Data Indexing engine, Qlik Sense is designed to allow people to probe all the possible associations that exist in their data, across all their data sources, to see the whole story instead of just the partial views offered by query based or hierarchical tools. According to the vendor, Qlik Sense offers a cutting edge experience in a smart, responsive, HTML5 client that allows everyone to quickly explore information and gain critical insights, so that users are more informed and capable of acting and reacting faster.
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Qlik Sense Competitors
Qlik Sense Enterprise: Perpetual license basis, based on number of users Qlik Sense Desktop: FREE Qlik Sense Cloud: FREE
Qlik Sense Support Options
|Free Version||Paid Version|
|Video Tutorials / Webinar|
Qlik Sense Technical Details
|Deployment Types:||On-premise, SaaS|
|Operating Systems:||Windows, Linux, Mac|
|Mobile Application:||Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Mobile Web|
|Supported Countries:||Americas, EMEA, LATAM, APAC|