My Qlik Sense Review
July 30, 2019
My Qlik Sense Review
Score 10 out of 10
Qlik Sense Enterprise
Overall Satisfaction with Qlik Sense
Qlik is providing visibility of operational trends and exceptions to mid-level and upper management across the organization. For us, Qlik solves the problem of seeing our complex and voluminous data efficiently.
- Processing information too large to handle in traditional reports. Our managers were asking for a report that could not be efficiently created in Crystal Reports because of the size and number of the ERP data tables. With Qlik, I was able to meet their requirements. The end result exceeded their expectations due to its web access and dynamic visualizations.
- Dynamic Visualizations. Qlik's standard visualizations are easy to use and have rarely left me looking for a customized option. In addition, the chart's responsiveness with large data sets has allowed us to analyze our business in ways impractical to static reporting. What used to take 5 separate reports spread across the conference table can now be done on 1 screen.
- Exception Management. Using the scatter plot and other charts we've been able to catch exceptions in our job costing procedures that were being hidden in a sea of numbers. Then we were able to quickly select those exceptions and drill down into the problem. The identified trends provided the information necessary to update procedures and re-train associates.
- Formatting restrictions. I guess it is the nature of being so mobile. While the OOB visualizations have covered all my needs, getting the colors, sizes and placement of those have taken longer than I'd like. Part of it is learning the program. Others, like the size of the grids and getting consistent colors for a dimension used in multiple charts, have often left me looking for a workaround.
- Learning curve (example: set analysis). When we first began messing with Qlik, I was doing so while juggling many other responsibilities so this may just be a perception thing. Most of the basic stuff was pretty easy, but others still require looking on the net for help. Set analysis is a prime example. It's a very powerful tool that has provided good solutions, but the syntax is not exactly intuitive.
- Positive: Visibility to previously hidden data. Data that Qlik helps reveal continues to inform decisions.
- Positive: Process improvement. It is an important catalyst for improvement by providing actual data instead of relying solely on instincts and perceptions.
- Negative: Under-utilized. Some members of management are skeptical especially after early attempts had unreliable results. As a result, we have not been able to develop Qlik fully and maximize our investment. This is slowly changing though.
Power BI and Tableau were also considered. I was not included in the decision process.
- Simplifying large and complex data sets.
- Identifying trends.
- Exception management.
- Drilling down from high-level summaries to the gritty details.
- Presentations answering the questions what and why.