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

Find out in this report how the two Reporting Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed QlikView vs. Tableau Report (Updated: November 2022).
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"We can scale it if we need to.""It is useful to use a tool like this to have a view of data at a point in time. You can extract and create little data sets that you can store, and then over time, you can have a view for tracking changes. Especially when you work with a relational database or a database that's a production database, the data is dynamic, but if you use QlikView, you can take a snapshot of different datasets. In your own time, you can then get insights and report, build, analyze, and draw whatever you need from the data, which is quite useful.""On the positive side, QlikView's scripting is a great asset as it functions as an ETL.""The scalability is there.""You can switch views easily.""Once you open it up, you see everything that you can do."

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"I like the visualization component.""There is a lot of APIs available, which means that Tableau can be customized to a large extent.""Since Tableau is on the cloud, we haven't faced any challenges around scalability.""It is definitely easy to use. It is intuitive, and more or less, everything can be done from the front end. As such, there is no concept of metadata. You can just take data from a database and start building your own stuff, such as OLAP data warehouse. You don't need extensive metadata modeling like Oracle BI.""A valuable feature of Tableau is that it is a useful tool for small setups. I shuffle between Tableau and MicroStrategy, so I use Tableau for personal purposes more than enterprise. I like the light version of Tableau for personal usage and doing some use cases on my own. When it comes to something small, I use Tableau for setups, rather than any other tool.""Tableau's visualization features let you present information insights quickly and practically. So it's something which I prefer with Tableau. In terms of reporting, I have to point out the sheer quality and function of the Tableau server, but the first impression is that it's a great visualization tool.""The data visualization piece is most valuable. We do ad-hoc analysis or one-time shot things, but there are things that we have to track every single day. When our management and our customers want to see how things are changing, the dashboarding provides that information. Tableau is key in providing that data on a refresh basis. We use a data blending tool that pumps the data into Tableau, and we just schedule it to run every single day. So, the automation of the data and being able to present it to people who are interested are the most valuable features.""One of the most valuable features of Tableau is that it's a visual analytics solution, not just a dashboarding solution. Compared to Power BI, which is a dashboarding solution, there are no limitations with Tableau. For example, when you add a chart or a map to Power BI, it has a 3,000-point limitation. When you try to track your whole vehicle on the map, you only see the first 3,000 rows on the map, and Power BI doesn't tell you which part of the data is shown on the map. But Tableau doesn't have any limitations, which means that you can see five million data points on a map. It starts the project by creating the visuals that directly converts to SQLs. In that way, all the components have no limitations. When we compared Tableau to Power BI, we also found Tableau to be more fancy. Fancy means you can create more visual graphics and more visual dashboards. With Power BI, this isn't so—it's just some tables and some simple charts together. Tableau is more for business users who want to analyze data. Tableau can directly connect the analytics systems, like R or Titan, and get the results in screen, so it's a good solution for analytics scientists. It has some predefined capabilities to understand the data."

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"It is really old. We are moving towards converting everything into a Power BI environment. We want to have a self-service type of BI environment where different levels of users in organizations can log onto a portal and retrieve the data they need or get the necessary insights for decision-making that's important for them or their business unit. They have built a new version of QlikView called QlikSense, which probably competes with newer BI tools, such as Power BI, but they are far behind. That's why we are moving towards a newer tool that's easier to use and has more visualizations to represent the data.""They could improve the update time.""They could improve the speed.""Sometimes the filters are disappearing, and I'm not sure why this is happening.""If a user wanted to see something not included in the application the new object had to be created by a power user or developer because Qlik view's scripting has somewhat of a learning curve.""The only thing I would improve about it is the fact that it refreshes all the time, and when it does that, it just deletes all the options you had, all the filters that you had selected, so you need to select them from the beginning."

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"The solution does have scalability issues.""If you wanted to create something without making it an extra column in the data set, you can't just rename it to a more user-friendly short name.""It's not an aesthetic platform at the moment.""There are more than a powerful tool in the market, such as Microsoft BI.""In the cloud sometimes the performance is a little bit slow.""The product needs to allow for better ways to drill down more effectively on the information at hand.""It should have more integration with different tools and technologies. Its licensing cost should also be improved.""Tableau is an end-to-end analytics platform, and it is doing a pretty good job in terms of connecting to the data and analyzing it. It can, however, do better in terms of data management and the ETL features, which are not on the advanced analytics or machine learning side. Tableau Prep is where users would want to see more advancements. They can improve Tableau Prep, which is an analytic platform tool for data cleansing. People who work with data spend most of their time curating the data. Cleaning up the data and getting it ready for analysis is what takes the most time. If Tableau can invest more time in improving the Tableau Prep platform, it would be great. Previously, Tableau didn't have the functionality for writing to a database. So, you couldn't really alter the database tables and write to your database, but they fixed that in one of the very recent releases. However, it isn't really advanced and should be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It has an annual license. It is expensive as compared to other competitive tools that do more for less. In South African rands, we pay about 100,000 to 200,000 a year."
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  • "At $70 per month, I think the price is a bit scary. I have a small consulting firm in Ghana, working in about 15 different African countries, and when it comes to our part of the world, $70 a month is a lot of money for software."
  • "The professional version of Tableau is quite expensive."
  • "It is a bit difficult for some people when they hear $70.00 per month, as some solutions are available for less than $10.00 or for free."
  • "The solution is very expensive. If you have many users then it is going to cost your company a lot of money."
  • "The price of Tableau is high, although there are different types of licenses available."
  • "It's an annual fee with everything included but it's quite expensive."
  • "The solution is expensive but it depends on the customer's needs which will determine the cost of the licensing."
  • "If they want to be competitive in the market, the price must be improved."
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    Comparison Review
    Guillermo (Bill) Cabiro
    I do use both Tableau and QlikView. Although very different, I really like both solutions. They belong to the new BI generation known as Interactive Visual Analytics. In my opinion, QlikView has a more intuitive interface for regular users or executives that are not technical experts but the development side is a little more complex. Up to version 12 QlikView did not provide drag & drop features. If a user wanted to see something not included in the application the new object had to be created by a power user or developer because Qlikview's scripting has somewhat of a learning curve. On the positive side, QlikView's scripting is a great asset as it functions as an ETL allowing the integration of hundreds of different data sources into the same visual app. Another feature that’s extremely useful is Qlik’s proprietary Associative Model that allows the users to visualize data relationships that exist as well as those that do not. Tableau on the other hand is a lot easier to use for developers, analysts or power users who need to connect, manipulate and visualize data rather quickly. While this makes Tableau a better fit for the more analytical crowd, it may not be as appealing or intuitive to the regular or casual business users as QlikView is. Tableau has full pivot, drag & drop and drill down capabilities that are great for developers or power users. They can rotate measures and dimensions and graph them instantly using visualization best practices as suggested by… Read more →
    Answers from the Community
    Michael Roytman, MBA Global Management
    Ed Dallal - PeerSpot reviewerEd Dallal

    I kinda agree with the below assessment with the following additions:
    Graphics: Qliksense: Good, Tableau Excellent
    Ease of use: QlikSense: Good, Tableau: Good

    Hope this helps!

    it_user155820 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user155820 (User)


    1.)Implementation Speed-- High (Qlikview) Good (Tableau)
    2.)Scalability-- Limited by RAM (Qlikview) Very Good (Tableau)
    3.)Drill Down-- Excellent(Associative Search) (Qlikview) Good (Tableau)
    4.)Dashboard Support-- Good (Qlikview) Excellent (Tableau)
    5.)Big Data Support-- Good (Qlikview) Above Average (Tableau)

    Michael Roytman, MBA Global Management - PeerSpot reviewerMichael Roytman, MBA Global Management (Vertex Inc.)

    Thank you, Everyone. All of your point are valid and well taken.
    Greatly appreciate your time and insight!

    it_user78465 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user78465 (CEO at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees)

    We thought Tibco's Spotfire was the best of the three BI tools you've asked about in terms of:

    1) its end user experience,
    2) their engineering receptivity to questions and suggestions, and
    3) its' overall functionality for the money.

    As previously mentioned by another reviewer, scale (in terms of the size of your company/IT department/budget) and leadership buy-in are critical factors to consider in making such a decision. In other words, you can't/shouldn't buy what you can't afford, ... and if your company's leaders aren't interested/won't listen once you stand up whatever BI.data visualization solution you choose, what's the point?

    With those considerations in mind, it may be best to clarify that our company wasn't willing to settle for the functionality that such traditional BI vendors as those three had to offer.

    Here's why ...

    To suggest that any of those three business intelligence tools actually accomplishes true 'data visualization,' or even more interestingly its most intriguing cousin, data animation (a la Edward Tufte and Hans Rosling) would be a real stretch.



    Alternatively, we would highly recommend Information Builders' (IBI's) solution, and especially the newly emerging data visualization/animation functionality that is being offered by IBI through their new and improved InfoDiscovery tool this Spring (2015).

    Watch out for it :)

    We believe that IBI's solution is head and shoulders above those three other BI tools, as well as all of the other myriad of BI tools we evaluated in terms of:

    1) end user experience/intuitiveness of design and handling,
    2) drag and drop capabilities, and in essence
    3) cutting IT out of the BI hand holding/red headed step child syndrome that has plagued the IT industry for far too long.

    We were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to preview what the IBI engineers have been able to accomplish in this regard so far, and quite honestly, they knocked our socks off!

    In our collective opinion, IBI's solution is the most complete BI tool out there (especially relative to its' data visualization/animation functionality) as far as we have seen.

    And the kicker is:

    1) they listened intently to our request for this sort of data visualization/animation functionality (voice of the customer),
    2) brought their programming whizzes to meet with us to best understand what we were after,
    3) engaged the leadership of their company in our ideas and recommendations,
    4) met with us periodically along the way to keep us abreast of their progress,
    5) built the program to in fact achieve that vision as we had requested,
    6) asked for and received our input recently to make the prototype even better prior to launch, and
    7) are in the process of demo'ing it now yet further to other IBI super-users to both show it off and to secure yet further improvement ideas.

    That's what makes IBI the sort of IT business partner/company we truly enjoy and appreciate doing business with!

    John Becker
    Chief Governance Officer
    Phenix Energy Group

    it_user199530 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user199530 (Decision Analytics Architect at a financial services firm)

    Love the site. We are doing a comparison with the same data set at the moment will give you my personal feedback once completed.


    it_user174663 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user174663 (Systems/Applications Specialist with 201-500 employees)

    This is a great question!

    I am not confident enough of answering it though I will be much interested to read if someone else manage to complete such a review.


    it_user4008 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user4008 (CEO with 1,001-5,000 employees)

    This is not a trivial question for anyone to tackle openly and objectively

    I would respond to the person requesting a free Gartner report on DV leaders with the following questions:

    · Is your firm committed to selecting one of these vendors?

    · Is the question based on 2 or 4 developer's licenses or an enterprise system?

    · Would this be a tactical decision or strategic?

    it_user176847 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user176847 (BI and Location Analytics Consultant at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees)

    Each product serves the purpose of aggregating data and providing visual display of the data depending on the enhancements configured for data visualization (i.e. geospatial map viewer). Tableau is the less costly and easy to use like Qlik of the three products with Spotfire being the most costly and complicated to configure and generally used by companies with larger IT budgets. There is a report comparing these BI products. https://apandre.wordpress.com/tools/comparison/

    Carolyn French

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It is useful to use a tool like this to have a view of data at a point in time. You can extract and create little data sets that you can store, and then over time, you can have a view for tracking… more »
    Top Answer:It has an annual license. It is expensive as compared to other competitive tools that do more for less. In South African rands, we pay about 100,000 to 200,000 a year.
    Top Answer:It is really old. We are moving towards converting everything into a Power BI environment. We want to have a self-service type of BI environment where different levels of users in organizations can… 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: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 »
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    Also Known As
    Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server, Tableau Online
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    QlikView is a Business Intelligence tool that allows you to keep tabs on all of your business-related information in a clean, clear, and easy to access database that is intuitive to build and simple to navigate. It is ideal for business owners who wish to improve overall output by creating the most productive system possible.

    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 Features

    Tableau has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Tableau dashboard: Tableau dashboards provide a complete view of your data through visualizations, visual objects, text, and more. 
    • Sharing and collaboration: Tableau provides convenient, real-time options to collaborate with other users and instantly share data in the form of visualizations, sheets, and dashboards. 
    • In-memory and live data: 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. 
    • Multiple data sources: 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. 
    • Advanced charts and visualizations: One of the key features of Tableau is its wide range of visualizations.
    • Maps: Tableau has a lot of pre-installed information on maps, such as cities, postal codes, and administrative boundaries. 
    • Robust security: 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 Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Tableau. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Data visualization
    • Create interactive visualizations quickly
    • Easy to implement
    • Ability to handle large amounts of data
    • Use varying scripting languages 
    • Responsive dashboard and mobile support 

    Reviews from Real Users

    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.

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    Sample Customers
    Canon, Gatorade, Amcor, Panasonic, Fila, Cambridge University Hospitals, Global Retail Bank, North Yorkshire Police department, Lanoo Group Publishers, and AonGroep Nederland.
    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 Firm16%
    Manufacturing Company15%
    Consumer Goods Company6%
    Insurance Company5%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Company Size
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise41%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    QlikView vs. Tableau
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about QlikView vs. Tableau and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    QlikView is ranked 6th in Reporting Tools with 6 reviews while Tableau is ranked 2nd in Reporting Tools with 95 reviews. QlikView is rated 7.6, while Tableau is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of QlikView writes "Snapshots are helpful for having a view of the data at a point in time and comparing changes, but it is expensive and far behind other modern tools". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tableau writes "Lets me train new users quickly, easily, and intuitively". QlikView is most compared with Microsoft BI, SQL Server, Oracle OBIEE, Google Data Studio and Alteryx, whereas Tableau is most compared with Microsoft BI, Amazon QuickSight, SAS Visual Analytics, SAP Analytics Cloud and Oracle Hyperion. See our QlikView vs. Tableau report.

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