Qlik Sense Review

It provides ETL and associative search functions. They should add more chart options. You have to use a lot of APIs to make up for the limitations.

Valuable Features

  • Connect to multiple sources of data without needing ETL prior to load
  • Ability to create complex data joins within the script
  • ETL features
  • Ability to do complex data representation (set analysis)
  • Ease of opening documents and connecting to data sources
  • Ease of creating dashboard objects
  • Smart search
  • Associative search
  • Storyboarding
  • Scalability
  • Responsive design

Room for Improvement

It needs to allow for customization of the dashboard objects and tabs. They should add more chart options, which are still very limited. You have to use a lot of APIs to make up for the limitations. Also, I’d like to see live connections.

Use of Solution

I have been using it for six months.

Deployment Issues

Chart legends as well as the axis titles disappear when charts are not full size.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer service and technical support are very good.

Initial Setup

Initial setup simplicity or complexity depends on the project and the systems already in place. As for the tool itself, initial setup is straightforward.

Implementation Team

I have implemented it in-house and with a vendor team. Business needs need to be fully understood and documented. Most of the issues have always been data related. The development team and the business HAVE to get a full understanding of what the data is, where it is stored, and how it is stored. BUSINESS RULES and a DATA DICTIONARY are a must.

Other Solutions Considered

Among Tableau, QlikView, and Qlik Sense, I prefer QlikView, due to its higher customization capabilities, its associative nature, and its ETL features.

Other Advice

Standardization in design/development is crucial. FULL communication and documentation with EVERYONE is needed. I don’t know how much time has been lost or efforts duplicated because of a lack of all this.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: My company has an alliance with the vendor.
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