User Review of QlikView
Updated July 08, 2015

User Review of QlikView

Debbie Pyykkonen, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review

Software Version

version 11 R7

Overall Satisfaction with QlikView

We are a small consulting firm with remote workers. I run the QlikView Practice and focus on the consulting area. I use Qlikview internal for delivery analytics such as utilization and resource planning.
  • ETL! QlikView is the simplest product that not only provides great visuals for UI but it also handles complex ETL.
  • Easy to implement. We have successfully installed QlikView server and desktop within one week with a fully functional dashboard published for end users.
  • DATA DISCOVERY! The green/white/grey is such a powerful tool. The first thing I do when II arrive onsite with a client is connect to their data and jump right into the data. The grey is the most valuable. I can see what is NOT relating to my selections. This is not possible, so far, in any other business discovery tool.
  • Set Analysis! Qlikview's set analysis allows me to calculate from the very basic to the super complex expressions. It does not take long to learn either.
  • QLIK COMMUNITY! The community consists of master users and Qlik employees and basic to new users. It is a huge resource for all users and allows you to get answers quickly then copy script and/or dashboards so no need to recreate the wheel.
  • ITS FREE forever and fully functional. You just cannot open licensed applications. What a great marketing tool. QlikSense will be free forever with the ability to share your applications! Just gets better.
  • Licensing model could be easier to understand. It is not bad, but takes a while for the clients to understand it. QlikSense will have a greatly improved licensing model from what I hear.
  • QlikSense is covering for all the requested Qlik11 improvements. I think the 2 products will compliment each other.
  • Tableau Desktop,Birst,SAP Business Objects,Crystal Reports,Microsoft Access,MicroStrategy Analytics
Tableau was the closest I came to a competing product but their limited on the ETL side and the associative experience. I like Tableau but for a simpler purpose. QlikSense will be strong competitor with Tableau but they are both good products.
Ease of use, ability to load from pretty much any data source. today I created an application that loaded time sheets from excel that are not in a table format. With Qlik's "enable transformation steps" I was able to automate loads of multiple spreadsheets and multiple tabs easily. Could not do that with any other tool.
First and foremost: DO I UNDERSTAND MY DATA? if the answer is NO, QlikView is your best option. QlikView allows you to jump right into your data using the green/white/grey you can quickly begin to see the relationships amongst the various tables. There is no other tool that allows for this deep dive so quickly. You will have answers in minutes. I have worked with clients from varying industries and many which I do not have industry experience. Because of QlikView I was able to create a data model for them in a very short time.

QlikView Feature Ratings

Customizable dashboards
Drill-down analysis
Formatting capabilities
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Report sharing and collaboration
Publish to PDF
Report Delivery Scheduling
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 QlikView

I work as consultant across many industries and functional areas and have used QlikView in each
1 - QlikView developers need to understand business in general in addition to having enough data modeling skills to get a start, SQL is a plus and excel skills helpful . But too much reliance on SQL and excel skills without understanding how QlikView is different from these two will lead the user to develop poor performing dashboards . It is important to at least watch the beginner. Keeps and understand set analysis
  • Sales trending .
  • Data blending
  • Data discovery

Evaluating QlikView and Competitors

  • Price
  • Product Usability
  • Positive Sales Experience with the Vendor
  • Third-party Reviews
It was very quick to produce insights into the data, we were able to understand and discover problems with the data sources related to input processes

QlikView Implementation

Change management was a big part of the implementation and was well-handled - End user training is key before giving access
Start slow do t force users to move from email reports to self service they will eventually gravitate to it as they learn the power now in their hands to drill into the detail especially

QlikView Support

Qlik does have a tendency to push back sometimes stating that the issue is not related to QlikView but the system it is hosted on
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
Support understands my problem
Quick Initial Response
Escalation required
Support doesn't seem to care

Using QlikView

Like to use
Easy to use
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
Requires technical support
  • Data load wizards
  • Table linking
  • Chart wizards
  • Data discovery via list boxes
  • Layout on sheets
  • Gauge wizard
  • Scripting for those who are not skilled
Yes - Works nicely but with QlikView you need to develop layout specific for mobile
With qliksense it is automatic for any size mobile device