Amazon QuickSight vs Qlik Sense comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on Nov 8, 2022

We performed a comparison between Amazon QuickSight and Qlik Sense based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both solutions tell us they are easy and straightforward to deploy.
  • Features: Amazon QuickSight users tell us the solution can provide insights from the available data and that it supports various rule types. Users have the options of machine learning and insights, which are not available in many other BI tools. Some users tell us Amazon QuickSight has limited visualizations and doesn't support the dynamic refresh that other solutions provide.

    Users say Qlik Sense is super fast and has a powerful load script that uses an enhanced SQL language, which makes it easy for loading and transforming data. The solution can handle large volumes of data and has a very strong ATL available. Qlik Sense is great for smaller organizations, but some users feel the enterprise additions are lacking in product offerings.
  • Pricing: Users of both solutions consider the pricing to be expensive.

  • Service and Support: Users of both solutions are satisfied with the service and support they have received.

Comparison Results: Qlik Sense is robust, flexible, and has more capabilities than most solutions in the marketplace today. In contrast, many users feel Amazon QuickSight is a simple tool with limited features. Its visualization offering is very basic and it also has minimal functionality and lacks a solid security protocol.

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"The most valuable feature I have found is the low-level securities are very easy to use.""The solution is very quick to turn around and integrate.""The solution is simple to implement.""The integration is very seamless. We stored our result CSV files in S3 and connected directly from there.""It is fine for basic reporting.""Compared to other reporting tools, it is very effective but does require an understanding of certain concepts in QuickSight. This understanding is crucial for creating dimensions, changing metrics, and visualizing reports.""From an analytics perspective, it's really good for self-service analytics.""Amazon QuickSight has introduced a new functionality called Q bar, which allows the user to do natural language queries and get additional insights using some built-in generative capabilities."

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"Quick reporting.""Set analysis is great for its power user capabilities such as performing an IF on an aggregated column. The ability to create custom coloring expressions based on values is also a good idea although not as easy as I wished it was.""We have had an easy time supplying content to our customers.""The solution is scalable.""All the visualizations have been so valuable.""The time it takes to deliver a dashboard is real quick.""The most valuable feature is the user experience.""It allows you to create a new column using split on a current column, which we find very useful."

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"It should support integration with Python or R.""Right now, you can't use Amazon QuickSight on other cloud providers, so I'd like it to have availability on other cloud providers. This is an area for improvement in the product. What I'd like to see in Amazon QuickSight in the future is a distributed centralized system where I can manage all reports in one place, and for Amazon QuickSight to become reporting as a service.""There is room for improvement in terms of the number of visualizations and dashboards that are available.""Amazon QuickSight has minimal features. The feature set can be improved to allow you to create good production-ready dashboards. This does not happen with QuickSite, it needs to mature to be used in production.""You can't tell a data story as well in QuickSight as you can on others, especially in TIBCO Spotfire.""It is a simple tool with limited features. Its visualization set is very limited, and it also has limited functionality. An intelligence tool should not be only for creating reports. Currently, we have to do all computational and mathematical operations outside. We should be able to do such operations in an intelligence tool like this. As an intelligence tool, it should support dynamic refresh. QuickSight currently supports the refresh at a minimum of one hour, and it is not suitable for dynamic dashboards that require frequent refreshes.""I just want a few more features to be added.""One area where Amazon QuickSight could improve is its formatting features for dashboards."

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"Mostly when it comes to the loading of the data and reload times of the reports, it could be better.""The navigation is quite clunky and outdated.""I'd like to see more end-user-friendly UI designs.""The scripts available in the solution are not great.""Branding is not the product's strongest point. More control over the presentation colors would be great. A basic printing function would also be good. Easy connection to external tools like R Server would be nice.""The only thing I would say that comes up is that sometimes it can be a bit buggy.""Qlik Sense could include additional features for data preparation and integration, making it easier for users to clean, transform, and integrate data from various sources.""We need more types of visualizations."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I wouldn't say that it is an expensive product, but to stay competitive they would need to bring down the prices."
  • "It is simpler and cheaper than other solutions."
  • "Amazon QuickSight you subscribe and you use the service."
  • "The standard edition is free to use for exploration purposes while the enterprise edition needs to be paid for. The pricing for this solution is very reasonable."
  • "The Amazon QuickSight licensing model my company's on is pay-as-you-go, but I wouldn't be able to give the figures because that's handled by the finance department."
  • "I'm using a paid version of Amazon QuickSight, paying about $22 monthly. As I have yet to learn about the pricing for other tools, such as Power BI, I won't be able to compare."
  • "The pricing is cost-effective with a good plan."
  • "A highly affordable cost structure with fixed membership and timeframe basis options."
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  • "The solution is worth it."
  • "Understand the break over price point for switching to the Enterprise license."
  • "Licensing could be cheaper."
  • "Licensing: Review the named model and move towards a usage model (e.g., cores, memory, computers, API calls, etc.)."
  • "The cost is not bad considering the flexibility and support you receive from Qlik. I believe it is worth the cost."
  • "Start small with tokens. You can always buy more."
  • "Currently, our ROI is clear and concise decision-making. This timely addition will easily add $15 million to our bottom line in 2017."
  • "You will spend more time on educating your staff than licensing the product."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The integration is very seamless. We stored our result CSV files in S3 and connected directly from there.
    Top Answer:My company had a corporate discount and other arrangements, so I'm not familiar with the standard pricing.
    Top Answer:Compared to Power BI, I felt QuickSight lacks some features, like delayed drill-downs. Drill-downs were the main area where we found QuickSight lacking. Especially for root cause analysis, the ability… more »
    Top Answer:It depends on the Data architecture and the complexity of your requirement Some great tools in the market are Qlik Sense, Power BI, OBIEE, Tableau, etc. I have recently started using Cognos… more »
    Top Answer:There are many...It would rather depend what System BI architecture or Enterprise legacy you have at your end...I would recommend as follows:  1) If you have legacies of SAP, Oracle  - look for SAP… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of Qlik Sense are its speed and seamless development of web technologies.
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    Amazon QuickSight is a fast, cloud-powered business analytics service that makes it easy to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from your data. Using our cloud-based service you can easily connect to your data, perform advanced analysis, and create stunning visualizations and rich dashboards that can be accessed from any browser or mobile device.

    Qlik Sense is a visual analytics and business intelligence (BI) platform that gives users full control over their system’s data. From this platform they can control every aspect of their system data. It maximizes an organization’s ability to make decisions driven by their data.

    Benefits of Qlik Sense

    Some of the benefits of using Qlik Sense include:

    • Easily manipulate data: Qlik Sense allows users to easily combine and otherwise manipulate their system’s data. It allows them to create interactive visual representations of your datasets. The many different ways that the data can be represented offer many potential options for how to analyze the data. These choices enable users to easily gain critical insights.
    • Easily automate alerts and routine actions: Qlik Sense enables users to keep a close eye on their data. Automatic alerts that will notify them if their data changes in any way. Users don’t need expert knowledge of coding to create automated data-driven events. Users of all experience levels can take advantage of this benefit. Qlik Sense enables routine actions to be automated when necessary data insights will spur the system to take action. This combination of analytics and other tools empower users to take charge of their data.
    • Customize reporting: Users can set Qlik Sense to generate custom reports. These reports can also be customized to be shared by way of one of several methods, allowing users to control who sees their data and what they see.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Qlik Sense stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its associative analytics technology and its remote access capability. Qlik Sense employs an associative analytics engine that gives users the ability to take their data analytics to the next level. Users can create visual connections between different datasets spread across their network, creating deep insights that enable users to gain a full understanding of their data. This engine is easily scaled up to allow a large number of users to benefit from the deep insights that it provides. Users can access Qlik Sense from anywhere in the world. Qlik Sense has an online portal that can be used consistently from anywhere at all. Having the ability to remotely analyze data gives users flexibility when it comes to choosing how to deploy their manpower.

    Jarno L., the managing director of B2IT, writes, “The associative technology features are the solution's most valuable aspects. Qlik was the first company to implement an in-memory associative analytics engine. This basically means that all data is loaded into memory, but it also means that instead of joining data together, the data is associated together. From the front end, from the user interface point of view, data can be joined or included or excluded on the fly. It can be drilled down and drilled through and users can slice and dice it and that type of thing can be done from anywhere in the data to any other place in the data. It doesn't have to be predefined. It doesn't have to have hierarchies or anything like that.”

    Tami S., the senior business intelligence analyst at the La Jolla Group, writes, “With the changing business landscape, it is nice to access Qlik Sense through an external website. As an organization when we use QlikView Desktop, we need to connect to our internal network. We can access QlikView through the QlikView access point but the website has a little different look and feel than the desktop application. We appreciate that Qlik Sense is browser-based and the user experience is the same whether at home, in the office or on a boat. As long as the user has internet access, performance is the same.”

    Sample Customers
    MLB Advanced Media, Infor, HotelBeds, Gemini, Jivochat,
    Abbvie, Airbus, Barclays, BT Openreach, BMW, Daimler AG, HSBC, IKEA, Nationwide Building Society, Royal Mail Group, Sanofi, Siemens, Wendy'', Vodafone, Volvo
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company40%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Educational Organization7%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Educational Organization50%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Computer Software Company6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business9%
    Midsize Enterprise54%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Amazon QuickSight is ranked 4th in BI (Business Intelligence) Tools with 24 reviews while Qlik Sense is ranked 2nd in Data Visualization with 114 reviews. Amazon QuickSight is rated 6.8, while Qlik Sense is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Amazon QuickSight writes "Useful for developing dashboards for various lines of business". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Qlik Sense writes "Customizable with good ROI and a quick learning curve". Amazon QuickSight is most compared with Microsoft Power BI, Tableau, Looker, Google Data Studio and IBM Cognos, whereas Qlik Sense is most compared with Tableau, Microsoft Power BI, Apache Superset, Alteryx and IBM Cognos.

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