A handy and powerful self service data ingestion and self service analytics tool, makes your life easy ingesting and processing very large datasets
March 18, 2018

A handy and powerful self service data ingestion and self service analytics tool, makes your life easy ingesting and processing very large datasets

Mohan Suswaram | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Qlik Sense Enterprise

Overall Satisfaction with Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense was deployed across the organisation that has 1000+ user base. The organisation is a leading insurer in the UK. The pricing team needed advanced analytical capability and technology that not only does analytics but should be able to ingest large data sets for analysis. After careful consideration (of using QlikView for sometime and evaluating others in the market), Qlik Sense was chosen. Qlik Sense helped in processing large data sets containing billions of rows across hundreds of rating factors. Qlik Sense did eventually empower the power users with self service analytical capabilities.
  • 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.
While Tableau then was better at self service visualisation and analytics than self service, Qlik View was its direct competitor. With Qlik Sense coming into play, the equations changed and Qlik Sense had upper hand with its excellent self service data integration capabilities that a power user with access to data sources can ingest data on their own without relying on the IT. Also, the data sets were compressed by Qlik Sense (to the factor of 10 at times) that enabled it to consume lesser memory, thereby leaving a lot of memory for in-memory processing. These and a few other features really made Qlik Sense stand apart from the competition.
Qlik Sense is an excellent choice for self service data integration and self service BI and Analytics, capable of ingesting and processing large data sets. It has a flexible deployment architecture that should ease the infrastructure spend.
Data Modeling that influences Memory management is the crux for this tool. Suitable training is necessary for optimal exploitation of the tool.

Qlik Sense Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
Customizable dashboards
Report Formatting Templates
Drill-down analysis
Formatting capabilities
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Report sharing and collaboration
Publish to Web
Publish to PDF
Report Versioning
Report Delivery Scheduling
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Predictive Analytics
Multi-User Support (named login)
Role-Based Security Model
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Responsive Design for Web Access
Mobile Application
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

Using Qlik Sense

Actuarial Pricing, Finance
  • Street pricing of actuarial premiums
  • Financial forecasting

Evaluating Qlik Sense and Competitors

  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Existing Relationship with the Vendor
Existing relationship, in the sense that another product, QlikView, was in use already by around 500 users.
I think we did a proper evaluation so that there's no need to change.

Qlik Sense Implementation

Hire Qlik consultants. It's better done by them or with their aid.
Yes - Gradual deployment, with respect to infrastructure
Change management was a big part of the implementation and was well-handled
  • Deployment issues

Qlik Sense Support

Quick and responsive usually.
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
When I was working on the deployment architecture I was helped by their consultants, which eased my efforts to quite an extent.

Using Qlik Sense

It's very simple and easy to use, with minimal learning curve
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
  • Drag and Drop visualisation
  • Connecting to data sources including the Cloud sources
  • More than product feature, its the data architecture (that impacts memory management) that was cumbersome. Needs some help, but once you get it right, you are on an easy sail
  • Creating new user defined functions