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Executive Summary

We performed a comparison between Qlik Sense and Tableau based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Data Visualization solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Qlik Sense vs. Tableau Report (Updated: March 2024).
768,246 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Q&A Highlights
Question: Which BI tool has the best reporting capabilities?
Answer: What do you want for reporting reasons must be the starting point? And if you wish to have data analytics tools, BI Solutions have a variety of different analytics options available. You must now think about your data sources, which should be accurate and clean. Do you need to prepare or transform your data, or not? You now need to consider your finances and compare both subscription-based and free open source business intelligence. The market is filled with BI systems, and while many of their primary features are comparable, there are differences in each one's cost and level of capability. Some solutions start out inexpensively, but if you require more functionality, you must pay more or even purchase a third-party product. Some solutions appear to be more expensive, yet they come with all the tools you might not need going forward. Finally, whichever option you select will require some time commitment because your core company is unrelated to IT and you require tools for data analytics. In any case, I use Sisense, but you can start with any solution and compare the characteristics of each to see which is easier.
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Quotes From Members
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Showing a miniature version of the chart if the case chart is bigger than the screen resolution allows us to have full context at all times.""There are a lot of features available in this solution, it has been very easy to use. We have found it to be less complex and user-friendly compared to other solutions we have used.""Qlik has a powerful load script that uses an enhanced SQL language which is excellent for loading and transforming the data.""It is extremely clean to view, easy to use, and intuitive to develop with. There are a host of online resources to provide assistance to new users.""All the visualizations have been so valuable.""End users can adjust their analysis with a few simple clicks.""Qlik Sense is essentially a web-based tool even though it's on-prem – you're working off an HTML page – so it's pretty quick. Your processing speed does not matter because you're using a lot of stuff through the web. That's great because it brings down the cost in regards to hardware.""The associative searching and filtering capability is a unique feature among other BI tools, and one does not need to deeply understand the underlying data."

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"The most valuable features are data discovery and fine visualizations.""Tableau is easy to use.""The most valuable feature is that we can integrate with our own database, and it will displays the KPIs. This is highly required from the business side.""It is so easy to do a lot of things. There is a lot of flexibility and creativity in this product. In other products, you don't have this flexibility.""You are able to see and follow trends.""The solution is easy to use, flexible, our clients enjoy seeing the data on maps, and you do not need to be an expert in SQL to use it.""I work for clients. That is my business model. Business people really like to see Tableau. They love Tableau because it is very user-friendly. The platform provides an easy to use interface, which is what most people like about it.""It is very good for data visualization. It has very powerful visualizations and is easy to use."

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"Advanced graphs or visualizations must be in the built-in product, instead of building with open API extensions or mashups.""Areas for improvement include user-friendliness, self-service, and some of the visualization options for generating reports.""The management console appearance needs improvement to its look.""There is room for improvement in the storytelling mode and the report sharing. Qlik Sense also does not have a subscription base like Power BI. So a lot of the analysis is housed in community pages that are managed by either the author or a database administrator, or whoever the Qlik Sense manager is there.""My advice to others is to make sure they have a good technical team. We have found that a lot of the consultants go in and out of the business and sometimes you are left alone without assistance.""I'd like to see more end-user-friendly UI designs.""They should generally focus more on the evolution of current capabilities rather than doing everything but only at 50% effectiveness.""The current visualization features feel incomplete compared to what's available with scripting tools."

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"With Tableau, when you're dealing with very large datasets, it can be slow so the performance is an area that can be improved.""The solution does have scalability issues.""It's already using 32 gigabytes of memory, but the performance is not so good. It's very heavy.""It would be nice if we could export more raw data. Currently, there is a limit as to how much data you can export.""Maybe the price could be a bit cheaper, especially if you're a personal developer that uses Tableau just to explore smaller data sets and you're not a company or something like that.""We did have issues with Tableau 10.1 server with the brokers failing on heavy load but since moving to 10.2, then to 10.3, this issue seems to have been resolved and the environment is now quite stable.""The user story model is the most deceptive part of Tableau. It is a big marketing option, however, the reality is that it is not enough.""The data processing in Tableau is pathetic compared to Qlik."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "For big business, Tableau could be expensive as having a lot of Tableau server users (entering with a browser to reports) could be a bit expensive."
  • "Best advice on pricing is to anticipate the desire for more licenses once the results of this product are acknowledged in other parts of your company."
  • "Paying for users you never setup or buying expensive desktop licenses for users who can solve their users with web editing on the server are the two biggest expenses."
  • "Buy 50 at a time. Project your use base every three months, and project your requirements forward."
  • "Tableau can be costly (but this can be indefinable, such as user experience vs. cheaper etc.)"
  • "I wish there was more of a subscription model with the pricing when it comes to Tableau, so you can get all the latest version upgrades/features if you pay monthly/annually."
  • "The cost is high."
  • "Deployment of dashboards to viewers and unit supervisors can be prohibitively expensive."
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    Comparison Review
    Anonymous User
    After a recent presentation, several attendees asked me about the applications of Visual Insights and Tableau. Many companies are investing in both tools and are trying to figure out the right tool for specific applications Tableau has found its sweet-spot as an agile discovery tool that analysts use to create and share insights. It is also the tool of choice for rapid prototyping of dashboards. Tableau is very flexible with its data import. Tableau's data blending capability is very intuitive. This capability is useful when you have data spread across several different sources that has not gone through ETL processes. This is a problem analysts deal with routinely. They are unable to wait for the data warehouse team to develop ETL processes to provide the physical models they need to build an analysis. The Tableau interface is Excel-like and has a low barrier to entry for analysts that are used to working in Excel. Building a dashboard by mashing up visualizations in a Tableau worksheet is extremely simple. Users are able to build good presentation-quality dashboards in a very short amount time. Tableau's annotations capabilities and its time and geographical intelligence are key differentiators. Tableau has overcome limitations in data sharing with the introduction of a Data Server in Tableau 7.0. The Data server allows Data sources and extracts to be shared securely and opens up interesting new possibilities. If your application can take advantage of the above… Read more →
    Answers from the Community
    Dawn Fenstermacher
    Mogle - PeerSpot reviewerMogle

     I have been impressed by Northcraft Analytics. Their technology is based on MS Power BI. I would check them out.


    ESS India - PeerSpot reviewerESS India

    Hi Dawn,

    I'm happy to help you with your search for a BI solution.

    Qlik Sense is a powerful BI platform that offers a wide range of features, including near real-time operational reporting, ad-hoc reporting, analytics, and insights. It is a good choice for businesses that need to make data-driven decisions.

    However, it is true that Qlik Sense does not come with a built-in reporting and deployment suite. You will need to add on a third-party product such as Mail & Deploy if you want to create and deploy reports.

    Domo, Tableau, and Orbit Analytics are also popular BI platforms that offer reporting capabilities. However, they each have their own strengths and weaknesses.

    Domo is known for its ease of use and its ability to connect to a wide range of data sources. However, it can be expensive and it does not offer as many advanced analytics features as some of the other BI platforms.

    Tableau is known for its data visualization capabilities. It offers a wide range of pre-built visualizations and templates, making it easy to create professional-looking reports. However, it can be difficult to use for complex data analysis.

    Orbit Analytics is a cloud-based BI platform that offers a good balance of features and pricing. It is easy to use and it offers a wide range of data connectors. However, it does not have as many advanced analytics features as some of the other BI platforms.

    The best BI platform for you will depend on your specific needs and requirements. If you are looking for a platform that offers near real-time operational reporting, ad-hoc reporting, analytics, and insights, then Qlik Sense is a good choice. However, if you need a platform with a built-in reporting and deployment suite, then you may want to consider Domo, Tableau, or Orbit Analytics.

    Here are some additional things to consider when choosing a BI platform:

    • The size of your organization: If you have a small or medium-sized organization, then a cloud-based BI platform may be a good choice. Cloud-based platforms are typically more affordable and easier to manage than on-premises platforms.

    • The level of technical expertise of your users: If your users are not very technical, then you will want to choose a BI platform that is easy to use.

    • The type of data you need to analyze: Some BI platforms are better suited for certain types of data than others. For example, Qlik Sense is a good choice for analyzing complex data sets.

    • Your budget: BI platforms can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars per year.

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    Real User

    I  think you should first decide which budget you can allocate for it.
    You can find "free' tools like Google Looker Studio, which have limited reporting and email capabilities. 
    I assume other cloud vendors have similar "free" tools.
    Other reporting tools can cost from 10's $ per user per month to 100K$ for a year and more.
    There is also an open-source tool named Superset

    Bryan Marks - PeerSpot reviewerBryan Marks

    TIBCO Spotfire is the best solution for you. Go to https://syncsite.net/business-... to learn more and I'll be happy to help you further if interested - Bryan Marks with Syncsite.

    Questions from the Community
    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.
    Top Answer:Both tools have their positives and negatives. First, I should mention that I am relatively new to Tableau. I have been working on and off Tableau for about a year, but getting to work on it… more »
    Top Answer:Tableau is easy to set up and maintain. In about a day it is possible for the entire platform to be deployed for use. This relatively short amount of time can make all the difference for companies… more »
    Top Answer:The platform's most important feature is predictive analysis.
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    Also Known As
    Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server, Tableau Online
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    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.”

    Tableau is a tool for data visualization and business intelligence that allows businesses to report insights through easy-to-use, customizable visualizations and dashboards. Tableau makes it exceedingly simple for its customers to organize, manage, visualize, and comprehend data. It enables users to dig deep into the data so that they can see patterns and gain meaningful insights. 

    Make data-driven decisions with confidence thanks to Tableau’s assistance in providing faster answers to queries, solving harder problems more easily, and offering new insights more frequently. Tableau integrates directly to hundreds of data sources, both in the cloud and on premises, making it simpler to begin research. People of various skill levels can quickly find actionable information using Tableau’s natural language queries, interactive dashboards, and drag-and-drop capabilities. By quickly creating strong calculations, adding trend lines to examine statistical summaries, or clustering data to identify relationships, users can ask more in-depth inquiries.

    Tableau has many valuable key features:

    • Tableau dashboards provide a complete view of your data through visualizations, visual objects, text, and more.
    • Tableau provides convenient, real-time options to collaborate with other users and instantly share data in the form of visualizations, sheets, and dashboards. 
    • Tableau ensures connectivity to both live data sources and data extraction from external data sources as in-memory data. This gives users the flexibility to use data from more than one source without any restrictions. 
    • Tableau gives many data source option, ranging from spreadsheets, big data, on-premise files, relational databases, non-relational databases, data warehouses, and big data, to on-cloud data. 
    • Tableau has a lot of pre-installed information on maps, such as cities, postal codes, and administrative boundaries. 
    • Tableau has a foolproof security system based on authentication and permission systems for data connections and user access. Tableau also gives you the freedom to integrate with other security protocols.

    Tableau stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Some of these include its fast data access, easy creation of visualizations, and its stability. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    Romil S., Deputy General Manager of IT at Nayara Energy, notes, "Its visualizations are good, and its features make the development process a little less time-consuming. It has an in-memory extract feature that allows us to extract data and keep it on the server, and then our users can use it quickly.

    Ariful M., Consulting Practice Partner of Data, Analytics & AI at FH, writes, “Tableau is very flexible and easy to learn. It has drag-and-drop function analytics, and its design is very good.

    Sample Customers
    Abbvie, Airbus, Barclays, BT Openreach, BMW, Daimler AG, HSBC, IKEA, Nationwide Building Society, Royal Mail Group, Sanofi, Siemens, Wendy'', Vodafone, Volvo
    Accenture, Adobe, Amazon.com, Bank of America, Charles Schwab Corp, Citigroup, Coca-Cola Company, Cornell University, Dell, Deloitte, Duke University, eBay, Exxon Mobil, Fannie Mae, Ferrari, French Red Cross, Goldman Sachs, Google, Government of Canada, HP, Intel, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Macy's, Merck, The New York Times, PayPal, Pfizer, US Army, US Air Force, Skype, and Walmart.
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Educational Organization49%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Computer Software Company6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Educational Organization35%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Small Business9%
    Midsize Enterprise54%
    Large Enterprise37%
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise40%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Buyer's Guide
    Qlik Sense vs. Tableau
    March 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Qlik Sense vs. Tableau and other solutions. Updated: March 2024.
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    Qlik Sense is ranked 2nd in Data Visualization with 112 reviews while Tableau is ranked 1st in Data Visualization with 290 reviews. Qlik Sense is rated 8.6, while Tableau is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Qlik Sense writes "Customizable with good ROI and a quick learning curve". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tableau writes "Provides fast data access with in-memory extracts, makes it easy to create visualizations, and saves time". Qlik Sense is most compared with Amazon QuickSight, Microsoft Power BI, Apache Superset, Alteryx and IBM Cognos, whereas Tableau is most compared with Microsoft Power BI, Amazon QuickSight, Domo, SAS Visual Analytics and MicroStrategy. See our Qlik Sense vs. Tableau report.

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