Overall Qlik Sense is a great tool with powerful data modeling and visualization capabilities
April 21, 2021

Overall Qlik Sense is a great tool with powerful data modeling and visualization capabilities

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Qlik Sense Enterprise

Overall Satisfaction with Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense is being used company-wide to do reporting for various business units, as well as centrally. Depending on the department, it can be used for management level only reporting, or all the way down to an individual-contributor level view of a certain persons metrics or coverage. The biggest problem it helps address is in visualizing and transforming data, then putting it in a format and tool that can be easily accessed by various people/groups/etc.
  • It has a very robust back end, which allows for very complex data transformation.
  • The system of filtering within the app is extremely powerful.
  • The data model editor and viewer is very user friendly for those not experienced in scripting.
  • The system by which the various streams and apps is very rigid; they need to introduce the ability to move things around, add sub-folders, etc. It gets cluttered very quickly when you have a lot of apps.
  • There are often seemingly basic functionality on charts and tables etc. that just can't be done; an example would be having multiple measures on a chart with multiple dimensions. Right now you can only have one measure if you have more than one dimension. There are lots of other examples like this..
  • Sometimes basic things are very inflexible and needlessly complicated; an example being changing the colors of a dimension in a chart. Right now you either have to use the color scheme the system sets, or write a formula to define the color explicitly for every dimension value. There should be some middle ground where you can have them apply a color scheme, then chose to edit the scheme they apply visually.
  • One big limitation is using custom measures and dimensions within other measures and dimensions. The ability create a custom (master) dimension is great, but you can only use that as an explicit field, you can't reference that master dimension in a formula anywhere.
  • Very positive from a Corporate level, provides insights that were previous done ad hoc and not nearly as in depth.
  • Single source of truth for the organization - reduces the number of reports with different methodologies.
  • Easy to track status of projects and ensure everyone is on the same page.
I'm not a backend developer, but I can say as a power user I've been able to combine data sets seamlessly. The front end can sometimes be incredibly fast, and sometimes can be very slow, but that may be a factor of our internal security, etc. as well. I've been told by our developers that the QVD format makes things much faster and easier to load.
Qlik is very useful for us to design reports and templates centrally and grant access selectively across the company. Very helpful in ensuring a common source of truth. There is also a relatively good ability to structure so that the user can modify the report in certain ways as well. Sometimes there is functionality lacking in making it fully customizable at a user level, though.
The only other one I've experienced is Tableau, and I've used that very sparingly. There's nothing that stands out to me about Tableau that is so much stronger that it would make me consider pushing for our organization to switch.
Generally I would recommend using this for anyone who needs to do large data reporting or visualization. The learning curve for basic use is very low, and especially for end-users that experience is very good. The scenarios I wouldn't recommend it are if someone has a VERY specific vision for what they want and need really fine-level customization on their visualizations. In that case, I've definitely run into some limitations with getting EXACTLY the view I wanted.

Qlik Sense Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
Not Rated
Customizable dashboards
9
Report Formatting Templates
Not Rated
Drill-down analysis
9
Formatting capabilities
4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
7
Publish to Web
Not Rated
Publish to PDF
Not Rated
Report Versioning
Not Rated
Report Delivery Scheduling
Not Rated
Delivery to Remote Servers
Not Rated
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
3
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Not Rated
Predictive Analytics
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
9
Role-Based Security Model
Not Rated
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Not Rated
Responsive Design for Web Access
Not Rated
Dedicated iOS Application
Not Rated
Dedicated Android Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Not Rated
REST API
Not Rated
Javascript API
Not Rated
iFrames
Not Rated
Java API
Not Rated
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Not Rated
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Not Rated