QlikView Review

In-memory feature gives us better insights, and drill-down is easy


What is our primary use case?

We use it for analytics and for insight as well, what we call our standard reports, tabular reports. But mainly, to create a dashboard and analytic views.

What is most valuable?

The in-memory feature gives us better insight. It's also easy to drill down into the information and select information. Of course, it has the typical functionalities. For example, when I select something I can know its opposite.

What needs improvement?

For me, it is important to have a mix, what is the "view" and what is the "sense", Qlik Sense. They have two tools, but for me it is important to have only one tool that combines the functions we have from one side and the other side. One application.

Also, they have not come out with new functions for QlikView. Qlik Sense has evolved but not QlikView.

Another problem is the printing. It is not a solution that comes with QlikView. I believe we had to buy it. It is not integrated. It is not the easiest to manage. It is not as easy as it could be.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Right now, we are facing a challenge concerning the capacity, or balancing the use of the servers. In the end, we expect to have a good resolution.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were using a different solution and we still use a part of that solution, SAP. SAP Business Warehouse and SAP BusinessObjects. We faced a lot of problems in the migration between BusinessObjects and BW. In the past, BusinessObjects was a separate company that was bought by SAP, so we had a lot of problems in terms of integration. It was not possible to pursue these solutions with so many problems. We could not deliver solutions with that platform, so we went to the market to see which other solutions there were for creating the output: the reporting, the analytic views, the dashboard creation. 

The most important criteria when it comes to selecting a vendor are the vendor's position in the market, and the solution itself. If we are going to change from one supplier to another supplier, we must have confidence in that new supplier. Other factors are the functionality of the solution and the cost of implementing the solution.

How was the initial setup?

It's not complex.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did a comparison between Microsoft Power BI and QlikView, and we decided on Qlik. That was five years ago.

What other advice do I have?

I rate QlikView at eight out of 10. Compared with the SAP portfolio, in terms of administration, I think it lacks features.

My advice, today, is you must look at the others, like Tableau or Microsoft, to compare. Everyone has their own objectives, what they want to get from a tool, so compare and see which ones respond to the requirements.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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