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QlikView is #2 ranked solution in top Embedded BI Tools and #6 ranked solution in top Reporting Tools. PeerSpot users give QlikView an average rating of 7.8 out of 10. QlikView is most commonly compared to Tableau: QlikView vs Tableau. QlikView is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 71% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 19% of all views.
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What is QlikView?

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.

QlikView Customers

Canon, Gatorade, Amcor, Panasonic, Fila, Cambridge University Hospitals, Global Retail Bank, North Yorkshire Police department, Lanoo Group Publishers, and AonGroep Nederland.

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What users are saying about QlikView pricing:
"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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Jason Heunis - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Manager: Diversified Operations at Pharmacy Direct
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Top 20
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
Pros and Cons
  • "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."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

We've got a third-party provider that consumes our data, and they have QlikView experts or QlikSense experts who visualize and create business-type reporting and insights for our other business users to use.

We do operations and monthly reporting via QlikView. We usually have various types of business use cases for different business units, and it is used for all those reports. We create reports for each of the business units based on their requirements. Our users can log onto the portal and prepare all their reports in one place.

QlikView is old, and we are now moving towards a Power BI environment. We are moving all our reporting over to Power BI.

What is most valuable?

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. So, it is easy to create a data set of specific fields or variables that you need. You create the snapshot, and it then basically stores that into its own little file that you can build over time. 

What needs improvement?

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. QlikView is very old, and there are more modern tools that work.

It is expensive. Its licensing can be improved because the tool is old. If they still want people to use it a lot, they should substitute it for a newer, better BI tool. The price should change for what you get. They can have a cloud version for it, but I guess they have created QlikSense to have a cloud version or platform available so that people basically go from QlikView to QlikSense.

There is a learning curve. It is not for first-time users working with data. It has got its own little syntax to create usable datasets, codes, schedules, etc. So, there is quite a learning curve to learn the syntax to use the tool, but if you build expertise in it, it is nice to use.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for about 10 years.

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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable. It is resource-intensive, but it works. It is not bad; it is just old in terms of functionality.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is resource-intensive. So, it is not easy to scale. In my organization, we have about 50 to 100 users who are using the actual QlikView portal to draw reports. We have 5 to 10 users who are building and creating reports.

How are customer service and support?

I have not really used their support. We have experts in QlikView. If we struggle with something, we've got QlikView consultants, and they have expertise. Every now and then, we do contact them if we're having issues with QlikView.

How was the initial setup?

It is of medium complexity. It is not easy, and it is also not difficult. It takes a little bit of time to get the hang of it. If you have some kind of experience in working with these types of setups, it is quite easy to learn.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend QlikView for a small business with very specific data needs. QlikView makes sense for small businesses with a very specific data environment where data is controlled, and there are one or two people requiring the data or reports. For anything bigger than that, there are other more modern tools that you can use at a lesser cost.

I would rate it a five out of ten because there is quite a learning curve for using the tool, and it has been falling behind other tools.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Head Of Business Intelligence at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
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User-friendly, easy to understand, and reliable
Pros and Cons
  • "The scalability is there."
  • "They could improve the update time."

What is our primary use case?

We're using the solution to make reports, follow up, check our numbers, and basically manage the data.

What is most valuable?

It's user-friendly and easy to use, even for new users. The solution is simple to understand. It's easy to explain it to the new members of the team; they don't need much training, and it's really straightforward.

We don't have to export the data and make the pivots and everything else in Excel. We can manage our tables over there for what you want to see.

The initial setup is simple. 

It is stable.

The scalability is there. 

What needs improvement?

They could improve the update time. Sometimes it takes longer to update, so we see numbers of maybe half an hour ago or one hour ago. If it could be updated faster. That would be something that would help us a lot.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution for five years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. It's reliable. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I don't see a limit in terms of scalability. I can see the users, I can see a lot of numbers there since we have individual entries. We've never had trouble with expanding. 

In the company, in my team, almost everyone is using it and we're about 20 people. You could say above 50 people for sure using it in our organization. 

Now we don't have a lot of agents. In the past, we had more agents working with us and it was more than that. 

Mostly the BI department and managers are using it. Whoever deals with the entries and the numbers basically deals with it. All of us use it daily.

How are customer service and support?

I've never spoken to technical support. If there is anything wrong, we speak with our tech team and then they speak with QlikView.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also use QlikSense. QlikSense is much faster than QlikView, however, on QlikView, we go to a view that we call dynamic. We have two columns that we can choose from for what kinds of entries we want to see and then it makes them show a pivot and a lot of filters above. You can make your own table on the spot without having to spend much time on it. It's something we don't have in QlikSense. This is why we still use QlikView at the moment. Everything we need, basically, we can see on both QlikView and QlikSense.

How was the initial setup?

The solution is easy to set up. It's straightforward. It's not overly complex. 

While our tech team is large, there are two or three people dealing with opening users in general, not just in the software. They take the tickets when we need to add someone. 

What about the implementation team?

We have a tech team that is doing the implementation. We just send the request to the tech team. That said, it doesn't take long until they reply back to us and give us the user. I'm not sure for how long they need to install, however, my request is usually solved within an hour or two.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I don't directly deal with the pricing of the solution. 

What other advice do I have?

We are end-users. 

It's my understanding that we're using the updated version, however, I'm not a hundred percent sure of that.

I'd advise new users to basically know the timeframes, whenever they're doing reports. There are different ways to choose the timeframe and it could be a bit confusing if you don't know how to use it. Apart from that, it's super user-friendly and you don't need much training in order to use it. Just to know your values and your timeframe.

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

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Martin Zwarthoed - PeerSpot reviewer
Freelance Database Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
Provides good functionality and a range of reporting to customers
Pros and Cons
  • "Easy to analyze data by click-through."
  • "The user interface is old."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case of this solution is to provide reporting to our customers. The company works with online solutions for marketing so the customer gets insights about the response to email components and things like that. I'm a freelance database specialist and the company is a customer of QlikView. 

How has it helped my organization?

This is a tool with a lot of functionality to provide any kind of reporting to customers, it has a range of solutions. Although some customers would like to use different tools QlikView is what they're used to using. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for me is probably the ease with which you can analyze data by click-through. 

What needs improvement?

The user interface of QlikView is old. The provider built a new tool called Qlik Sense. So Qlik Sense is basically the offspring of QlikView. Somehow both are still supported and they've developed new versions for both of these tools but Qlik Sense is basically the restyled version of QlikView. There's a lot of discussion about some features which are difficult to use including the user interface, all look and feel aspects, but I think that will be in the new version. What they could provide is a migration path to Qlik Sense. It's very difficult to do that automatically because it always requires you to check and change some new port. I haven't researched it but I believe that's the case. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for around six years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable but you need to tweak it once you set it up. The big issue with it is that it's a BI tool, so it's memory intensive and for some calculations also CPU intensive. It means that when it hits its maximum in terms of the resources available it starts to shut down. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable but you really have to keep in mind that it's configurable in application so that if you reach the maximum, you know you need to act on that. Otherwise strange things will start to happen. We had that issue one time, we added more memory and since then we haven't had any issues. 

How are customer service and technical support?

We have an intermediate company which we bought a license from and it provides us with support. Usually they're not very helpful. Either we find the answer more quickly ourselves, or if we can't find the answer, they usually also can't find the answer. So they have to forward it to the QlikView support. I think it's a waste of money. 

How was the initial setup?

The deployment on premises is quite complicated. I did it myself but my predecessor neglected to make proper documentation about installation and the solution requires a lot of components on different servers that talk to each other and you need to set firewall settings and things like that. It's quite a big application. They could improve on that and they probably did that with Qlik Sense. There's a lot of manual stuff required which is not really necessary.

We have about 30 users in the company who are really customers. They access the reporting through a web console which sees it in the mail and some of them are external users who developed on the application. My role is more the maintenance of the application itself. I'm the one who installed it and updates the system. It's difficult to know whether our usage will  be increased. This is a difficult year for everyone. If a company has to cut its budget, one of the first things to go is usually marketing.

What other advice do I have?

It's a very good product but I would recommend going for Qlik Sense because it has a better future, given that it's basically the new version of QlikView.

I would rate this solution an eight out of 10. 

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On-premises
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Operations Officer Team Leader at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
Easy to use, simple to navigate, and reliable
Pros and Cons
  • "Once you open it up, you see everything that you can do."
  • "Sometimes the filters are disappearing, and I'm not sure why this is happening."

What is our primary use case?

I'm using the product for traffic purposes, leads, and some users. It's about the approval ratio. I'm using data to see what I want to see and based on this, I'm creating some reports for myself and management. Whatever I want to see, whenever I want to look something up, I can do so with this product.  

What is most valuable?

If we have an FTD, we can see when this FTD came in. This is very, very important for me and for our team to see how the actual FTD came in and when, as, for our department, we are building campaigns for traffic. If we have an FTD that registers today and deposits today, this is different than another scenario where we have when leads from last year that are deposited today. The faster I can see this, the more helpful it is. This is a key feature for me.

It's easy to use in terms of navigation. Once you open it up, you see everything that you can do. You can see what filters you have to choose from right at the beginning, on the first page.

What needs improvement?

Sometimes the filters are disappearing, and I'm not sure why this is happening. It might be when it's refreshing or updating. I'm not sure. For example, maybe when I'm doing a report and it's refreshing, I can see that all my filters are gone and I need to start again from the beginning. This is the main issue for me.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution for one year and six months. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

For the past year and six months, it has been very stable. The numbers are correct as far as I can see. Based on this, reports are created. We haven't had an issue. It's reliable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have 30 or 40 people using the solution currently.

I'm not sure of total scalability, however, based on the scalability of the data, of course, it has a lot of scalability available since we have thousands of FTD leads. We need scalability. So far, we haven't had a problem achieving it. 

That said, if the solution can scale according to the number of users, I'm unsure.

As of now, project coordinators and the business intelligence team are using it. 

How are customer service and support?

I don't have any communication with technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I'm using Qlik Sense as well. It's something very similar. It's just some different places that you're going to have. You're going to find some different filters, however, at the end of the day, it's very similar.

How was the initial setup?

I didn't handle the initial setup and I'm just the one user. 

What other advice do I have?

I'm an end-user of the product.

I'm not sure which version of the solution we're using at this time. 

My advice to everyone that is using QlikView that's a beginner is to check every page that it has. When I started using it, after one or two months, I found a lot of pages that were very important for the company. If I knew they were there from the beginning, I would have checked those pages instead of using only one or two things. Every page has very important info.

I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

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Guillermo (Bill) Cabiro - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Development at Strat-Wise Consulting
Consultant
Top 5Leaderboard
Very intuitive to business users and executives

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 the "show-me" feature.

Tableau’s provides a forecasting function and the capability to connect with the open source statistical program R to include predictive modeling.

Tableau includes a Data Interpreter that makes data cleansing, column splitting and crosstab pivoting very intuitive. Tableau’s latest versions allow joining tables from different data bases and have included the hyper data engine that provides 5 times faster query speeds.

The latest version includes "relationships" with an algorithm that makes
the necessary data connections automatically with no need to perform joins or add Level of Detail scripts (LOD) to eliminate duplicates. However one can still create joins to override relationships if for some reason it was necessary.

Also when opening older files containing joins they are kept under a
"migrated data base" or the migrated joins can be deleted to be replaced with simpler automatic relationships.  Tableau releases updated versions once a quarter.

Both Tableau and Qlik continue to be excellent. They are positioned at the top of the leader's quadrant in Gartner's 2022 Magic Quadrant report for BI and Analytics platforms. 

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/...

In my experience the choice depends on the fit with the company culture and the users' profile.

Qlik introduction of their new platform called “Qlik Sense” provides intuitive drag & drop functionality to create visualizations. At this point Qlik Sense Desktop is free for personal and small group of cloud business users that need to easily develop analytic applications on their own - with virtually no IT intervention.

Recently Tableau has moved to a subscription based model but still offers free products: Tableau Public and Tableau Reader to ease the user entry process.

It certainly seems like Qlik Sense is an attempt to regain some of the impressive growth Tableau has enjoyed during the last few years playing in the truly self-service visual BI segment.

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Project Coordinator Manager at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Real User
User-friendly, informative, and customizable
Pros and Cons
  • "You can switch views easily."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

The product is mostly for reports and analyzing the data of the company, basically. We aren't using it as a CRM right now. 

What is most valuable?

It's helpful. It's informative. It's good. Since we're doing analysis all the time and it has to do with numbers, it's pretty good.

It's user-friendly. The fact that you have everything accumulated in one place. You can switch views easily. You can also incorporate things if you want to. It's customizable and personalizable. 

What needs improvement?

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. If it could refresh without it taking away all your filters, it would be amazing. It doesn't take a long time to refresh. It's every 20 minutes or so. Still, if it kept your options where you wanted them, it would have been much better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is pretty stable. There are no bugs or glitches. It is reliable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

While we do add users every now and then, I can't speak to the real scalability. I haven't attempted to scale. 

We have around 50 people using the solution. 

How are customer service and support?

I haven't spoken to technical support directly. I've spoken with our tech team that was taking care of any issues, however, when dealing with them, everything was resolved pretty fast, pretty easily.

How was the initial setup?

I'm not sure about how the setup is, as I'm not the one that does that part. We do request it from our tech people, and it's done fairly quickly, however, I don't know if it's easy or hard. That's their part to know.

What about the implementation team?

We have a tech team that handles the setup.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I don't deal with the licensing aspect. I don't handle that part of the solution. 

What other advice do I have?

I'm not sure which version of the solution we're using. I'm not sure which deployment version we're using. 

I'd advise new users that it's a pretty straightforward product. It's easy. They should be a bit patient once it refreshes and takes away all your filters.

I'd rate the solution an eight out of ten.

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Top 5Leaderboard
User-friendly, easy to set up, and reliable
Pros and Cons
  • "We can scale it if we need to."
  • "They could improve the speed."

What is our primary use case?

I was using the solution for data exporting for the organization I was working for. I use it just for the data most of the time.

What is most valuable?

The product is very user-friendly and easy to operate. 

The initial setup was very easy.

It's pretty stable.

We can scale it if we need to. 

What needs improvement?

It works properly most of the time. I can't speak of any areas that need improvement in terms of features. 

It would be ideal if it was a little bit faster. They could improve the speed. It's not slow per se, however, sometimes it just takes some time to give you the results you want. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution over the last 12 months at least.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable and we haven't had any downtime. There are no bugs or glitches. it doesn't crash or freeze. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution can scale as needed.

We have at least ten people on the solution currently.

How are customer service and support?

I've never directly dealt with technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty simple and straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We had an IT person that installed the program. We mostly dealt with it, however, he helped explain the features to us. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I don't handle the licensing aspect and therefore can't speak to the exact costs. 

What other advice do I have?

I am just a customer and an end-user.

I'm not sure which version of the solution I'm using. 

I'd recommend the solution as it is pretty user-friendly in general. 

Overall, I'd rate the solution an eight out of ten.

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