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We performed a comparison between Qlik Sense and TIBCO Spotfire 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.
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Pros
"The extensibility of the Platform with either internally created extensions or the use of third-party provided items really opens the platform up.""The most valuable features of Qlik Sense are the integration and panel for reports. The integration is very fast even though we process a lot of information.""The data is incredibly easy to share with colleagues.""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.""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.""Time-saving efficiencies have translated into genuine bottom-line improvements via the reduction in FTE.""My organization now has data from disparate systems at their fingertips in a way that lets them get the answers they need when they want it.""The changes in a dashboard are very easy."

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"The out-of-the-box features are simple and easy to use across the board.""Spotfire is excellent for scientific applications, especially because of its integration with RNG.""It’s stable and straightforward.""It's scalable.""The ability to create a real-time data mark, using just one piece of software, is the best feature of this product.""The most valuable features of TIBCO Spotfire are visualization. It's very nice, clear, and, flexible. You can analyze many data types and the user interface is very good.""This solution allows us to integrate data from across all client departments, for effective reporting via a single dashboard."

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Cons
"The one thing I would probably try to add is some kind of tutorial since the tool has a lot of options to work with, and for someone who is just starting and does not have any prior experience, it can be a little overwhelming.""Error handling is an area that needs to be improved.""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.""More pivot table options, like the ability to have the totals row at the bottom of the table, would be helpful.""They should generally focus more on the evolution of current capabilities rather than doing everything but only at 50% effectiveness.""I am starting to work with Qlik Sense SaaS these days. This environment has its own reporting service, however, one of the things that could be better for the people that are already using Nprinting, is to have a Nprinting in SaaS.""The SaaS offering is being enriched quickly in order to attract new customers to that space and encouraging existing customers to make the switch. The Enterprise solution is therefore lagging behind SaaS in features.""The scripts available in the solution are not great."

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"The handling and consumption of realtime data could be improved.""I would like to see the visualization library in this solution expanded, so that I can increase what I can offer to our clients.""The initial setup can be difficult.""Personalising Spotfire, as a whole, is painful and is something that could be made easier.""The initial setup of TIBCO Spotfire is in the middle range of difficulty. The initial setup of Power BI is easier.""When you do the data loading, it is slow.""We would like to see some improvement in the default properties of the solution, so that there is less need for us to spend our time coding."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "For on-premise enterprise users, a number of additional features come at a premium cost."
  • "I would rate Qlik's pricing four out of five."
  • "We have 20 licenses for Qlik Sense, and it is a special license that allows people in the whole company to use it over time. You buy this license and there are some minutes that can be used. For example, for the users that used only a few minutes in a month, we use this license. All the people have the ability to work with Qlik Sense. However, the number of licenses is not the number of users. The number of users that uses Qlik Sense is approximately 35 people."
  • "I'm not able to reveal the licensing cost for Qlik Sense, but because it was a huge deal, the cost was less than the usual cost. The license wasn't that costly. It was the infrastructure that was very costly."
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  • "The cost is a few hundred dollars per user per year."
  • "The cost of TIBCO Spotfire could improve. It should be less expensive. It's the most expensive visualization tool in our company."
  • "The price-point for this solution is negotiable depending on usage levels."
  • "This product carries a monthly licensing charge, with the amount depending on the features that are to be included. This costs also covers the use of technical support."
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    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 feature is the mobile platform.
    Top Answer:The ability to create a real-time data mark, using just one piece of software, is the best feature of this product.
    Top Answer:I would like to see the visualization library in this solution expanded, so that I can increase what I can offer to our clients. I would also like an option for dashboard creation on mobile and tablet… more »
    Top Answer:I use this solution to handle business intelligence issues.
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    Overview

    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.”

    TIBCO Spotfire is your secret weapon. You can create beautiful, interactive visualizations that will help you find the critical insights hiding in your data - fast. Spotfire gives you the tools to quickly and easily examine, organize, analyze and comprehend your data to see connections, patterns, and opportunities.

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    Sample Customers
    Abbvie, Airbus, Barclays, BT Openreach, BMW, Daimler AG, HSBC, IKEA, Nationwide Building Society, Royal Mail Group, Sanofi, Siemens, Wendy'', Vodafone, Volvo
    Allergan, ASSS de Montreal, Avantium, Blue River, Bank of Montreal, Citibank, FrieslandCampina, Hellmann Logistics, Merck, Novartis
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Retailer11%
    Healthcare Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government7%
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    Energy/Utilities Company26%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company15%
    Energy/Utilities Company14%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Pharma/Biotech Company8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise53%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise73%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise60%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Buyer's Guide
    Qlik Sense vs. TIBCO Spotfire
    March 2020
    Find out what your peers are saying about Qlik Sense vs. TIBCO Spotfire and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
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    Qlik Sense is ranked 3rd in Data Visualization with 26 reviews while TIBCO Spotfire is ranked 9th in BI (Business Intelligence) Tools with 7 reviews. Qlik Sense is rated 8.6, while TIBCO Spotfire is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Qlik Sense writes "Robust solution, but could use a PowerPoint integration". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TIBCO Spotfire writes "Excellent for scientific applications with a good ability to customize". Qlik Sense is most compared with Tableau, Amazon QuickSight, Alteryx, Microsoft BI and Oracle Analytics Cloud, whereas TIBCO Spotfire is most compared with Microsoft BI, Tableau, QlikView, Palantir Foundry and Alteryx. See our Qlik Sense vs. TIBCO Spotfire report.

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