QlikView - Not a Bad Visualization Tool
December 10, 2018

QlikView - Not a Bad Visualization Tool

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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QlikView Enterprise

Overall Satisfaction with QlikView

We use QlikView to visualize aggregated data for our projects. The last project that I worked on was an auditing system. I pull numbers of files accessed and number of database reads that the auditing system generated and graph these numbers on a daily basis. Once a day, I look the QlikView-generated graphs to determine if their is any spike in the numbers. If there is, then I look into the spike and attempt to determine why it happened. This is a very easy and quick way of looking at the content of about twenty emails to determine if there were any abnormal audit items.
  • QlikView allows you make data-backed visualization very easily. The format of these visualizations is completely up to you and your team.
  • QlikView can show your data in many type of graphs as well as show the actual numbers associated with graphical points.
  • We use QlikView to access data on Microsoft SQL Server, but other data sources are supported. Check out the QlikView documentation to determine if they can use data in formats that you need to perform analysis on.
  • We found that QlikView can be a bit slow in supporting some forms of encryption. It is web-based and we needed to upgrade all of our server to not support the older SSL and TLS 1 protocols, only support TLS 1.2 and TLS 1.3. However, QlikView could not run with TLS 1.2 and TLS 1.3. We had to wait over six months to get a version that would handle the newer TLS versions.
  • There are so many options with QlikView that you can get lost when developing a visualization. There are still items I have not yet figured out, such as labeling a graph with the name of a selected detail item.
  • QlikView works by pulling the data it is going to use for visualization into its database. I am a security reviewer and I need to make certain that PII and PHI is not pulled by QlikView for a visualization, otherwise this could become a reportable indecent.
QlikView was set as our company standard and I have not used nor evaluated any other visualizer.
QlikView can report from many data sources. It is also possible to report from data generated by a program that loads the information contained in the your non-standard data to a form it does handle, such as Microsoft SQL server. Although we have QlikView pull its data once a day, it is possible to have it collect the data more frequently. This could give it more real-time data collection.
QlikView allows you to give anyone who needs to access you data visualization permission to access it. It is also possible to have role-based access to the visualizations. We do this for our projects, where our company can view the data of all the input but our clients can only view the aggregate data and their own data. This works out well in this situation.
QlikView is a good tool for visualizing data as long as you are trying to visualize aggregated or anonymized data. It can generate most type of graphs and also show you the details of the data that are being graphed. However, you do need to be careful to not include sensitive data in you visualizations since the data is stored in the QlikView database and that could become an attack vector that you will need to watch.

QlikView Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
7
Customizable dashboards
8
Report Formatting Templates
8
Drill-down analysis
7
Formatting capabilities
8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
7
Publish to Web
8
Publish to PDF
Not Rated
Report Versioning
Not Rated
Report Delivery Scheduling
8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
8
Role-Based Security Model
8
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
8
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