Pentaho vs. Qlik Sense

Pentaho is ranked 19th in Business Intelligence Tools with 4 reviews vs Qlik Sense which is ranked 7th in Business Intelligence Tools with 38 reviews. The top reviewer of Pentaho writes "Helps us build decision supported systems". The top reviewer of Qlik Sense writes "Has proven to be flexible, powerful, and friendly to both developers and end users". Pentaho is most compared with Knowage, Tableau and Microsoft BI. Qlik Sense is most compared with Tableau, ELK Kibana and Microsoft BI. See our Pentaho vs. Qlik Sense report.
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Easy to use components to create the job.I use the BI Server, CDE Dashboards, Saiku, and Kettle, because these tools are very good and highly experienced.

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Placing buttons on my sheets creates a unique user experience and clears up clutter at the same time.It has improved our organization by providing data to decision-makers in a safe visual environment.The ETL component allows us to pull from many different sources, making pulling data in easy.Set analysis is a powerful scripting functionality which calculates complex queries into simple terms.Qlik Sense helps us increase our organization's customer relationships and brings in more projects.Qlik Sense has helped us in getting all inventory details in real-time ready for our sales reps to order and fulfill our inventory based on demand.Faster time to delivery utilizing useful charts and graphs, which allows for on-demand generation of analytical data in tables, graphs, and charts.End users can adjust their analysis with a few simple clicks.

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Logging capability is needed.Version control would be a good addition.Pentaho, at the general level, should greatly improve the easy construction of its dashboards and easy integration of information from different sources without technical user intervention.

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I am not really a fan of the set analysis. It's its own language that doesn't quite make a whole lot of sense to me at this point. I wish it were more intuitive.The management console appearance needs improvement to its look.The navigation is quite clunky and outdated.Qlik Sense should have a conversion tool which automatically converts QlikView to Qlik Sense, so customers can easily migrate between the products of Qlik.Needs more bookmarking and a data load screen.I would like to see more types of visual elements and better configuration options for additional flexibility when developing charts.It needs continued improvement on its visualizations and content customization.I would like to more easily themed environments.

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Free and commercial versions are available.

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Costs are a little high on the license/token side. However, if you look at the TCO, it is not too bad, particularly against Power BI.Know your needs when going into the purchasing decision.The costs can initially become quite high. Make sure you have a clear understanding of who will truly use the product as opposed to someone that will simply receive the end report.The new licensing model is much better.Qlik Sense pricing and licensing is like that of QlikView. It's on the high side for a small company, but it’s competitive among its peers. Use of licenses (referred to as tokens) is a bit confusing. There is a login access pass for infrequent or anonymous access.For personal use, the desktop version of Qlik Sense is absolutely free, and you can share visualizations with others and to a personal cloud space, though limited with storage space.I believe pricing is similar to other products in the same category, if you have it on-premise.Currently, our ROI is clear and concise decision-making. This timely addition will easily add $15 million to our bottom line in 2017.

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Also Known As
Pentaho Business Analytics, KettleQlikSense

Pentaho is an open source business intelligence company that provides a wide range of tools to help their customers better manage their businesses. These tools include data integration software, mining tools, dashboard applications, online analytical processing options, and more.

Pentaho has two product categories: There is the standard enterprise version. This is the product that comes directly from Pentaho itself with all of the benefits, features, and programs that come along with a paid application such us analysis services, dashboard design, and interactive reporting.

The alternative is an open source version, which the public is permitted to add to and tweak the product. This solution has its advantages, aside from the fact that it is free, in that there are many more people working on the project to improve its quality and breadth of functionality.

Drive insight discovery with the data visualization app that anyone can use. With Qlik Sense, everyone in your organization can easily create flexible, interactive visualizations and make meaningful decisions. With Qlik Sense, everyone in your organization can easily create flexible, interactive visualizations and make meaningful decisions.
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Sample Customers
Cargo 2000 Lufthansa, Marketo, ModCloth, Cardiac Science, Telefonica, ExactTarget, Active Broadband Networks, and Brussels Airport.Deloitte, Cisco, Drexel University, Andersen, Aon, Big Brothers
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm15%
Software R&D Company15%
K 12 Educational Company Or School8%
Financial Services Firm12%
Manufacturing Company7%
Transportation Company6%
Financial Services Firm27%
Healthcare Company11%
Insurance Company5%
Software R&D Company16%
Financial Services Firm13%
Healthcare Company11%
Company Size
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise33%
Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise51%
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise57%
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise54%
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