Compare Qlik Sense vs. SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform

Qlik Sense is ranked 3rd in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 37 reviews while SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform is ranked 8th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 9 reviews. Qlik Sense is rated 9.0, while SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Qlik Sense writes "Easy to use for sales and margin reporting in a retail setting". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform writes "Once you are stable on a BusinessObjects release, it is worth staying there for a while". Qlik Sense is most compared with Tableau, Microsoft BI and ELK Kibana, whereas SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform is most compared with SAP Analytics Cloud, Microsoft BI and Oracle OBIEE. See our Qlik Sense vs. SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform report.
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The most valuable feature is flexibility.The most valuable feature is the user experience.The most valuable feature is the interface for the end-user.Qlik Sense makes it very easy to build interactive presentations for meetings.The most valuable feature is the drag-and-drop reporting.Allowing the users to be able to take snapshots and create their own story without ever leaving the application is a very good feature.The integration with R & Python for predictive modeling, and possibly machine learning in the future, is very valuable.The most valuable feature of QlikSense is that you can capture the data without modifying it and then perform the ETL (extract, transform, and load) process.

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The common metadata environment means that the entire organisation has the same definition of core measures rather than these being derived in spreadsheets or specific reports.It is solid and stable.It gives you a lot of flexibility in designing your dashboards.We use it to identify critical KPIs to senior management.It has been extremely valuable, to combine data from various data sources.It can process big volumes of data fast.Through the use of Business Intelligence reporting and scheduling features, reports are generated and automatically sent according to a schedule. This has freed up countless hours spent performing the same tasks, month over month.Enables us to present data with Smart Objects that can be embedded within presentations and which automatically update when the presentations are run.

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Performing data transformations required a lot of programming, which is something that should be made easier.I would like to have the ability to better customize the visuals including changing fonts, sizing, colors, axes, and titles.We want the next version of this solution to be cloud-based so that each user can access it from anywhere in the world with their phone, tablet, or computer without a VPN connection.It would be nice to have more native features from QlikView built into Qlik Sense.Report generation without the need for NPrinting, which has limited capabilities anyway, would be an improvement.Some of the charts are still a bit basic and screen rendering on different sized monitors can be an issue.As we are a very process-oriented company, we would like to see more extensions maintained from Qlik, because it's a huge budget problem to choose the right one.Currently, we are not very happy with the iPad or iPhone app because it is not working as we want.

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This solution is complex to configure and administer.Over the years, the product tends to rename and rebrand itself and change its direction. This is a deficit of the solution.The combination of Lumira along with Design Studio merger last year still needs development from a visualization standpoint.SAP BusinessObjects is actually losing popularity within our company because people find the user interface and the way things are set up not to be as easy as many other tools that are on the market, like Qlik and things like that.The admin features for disk space management need work. It's very difficult to manage the disk space by the application; good admin features and not included to allow you to do that. I don't believe that is in the latest version of the product either.Currently, we can use Explore to do data discovering, but cannot generate charts.The biggest area for improvement would be the dashboarding capabilities due to the recent change from Xcelsius to Dashboard Designer. This has created a gigantic ripple in many companies because the skill sets required are drastically different.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Qlik Sense and its pricing model can follow any scalability.QlikSense offers a Hybrid environment architecture, which is very cost effective based on where the enterprise data resides.Licensing can start to get expensive, but compared to other tools in this space it is about average.Licensing is quite good, easy, but slightly expensive.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.

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Depending on your size, try to stick with SAP BusinessObjects BI Edge. Most people tend to overthink the licensing. Remember that one concurrent user means that one person can be performing a task at a given time. That does not mean that only one user can be on the system at a time, it means that only one person can be refreshing a report or designing a dashboard. There are tons of ways you can access your data or reports without consuming a license. I've seen cases where five concurrent licenses support thousands of users.There's no additional charge for a Development environment license, so build an additional development server.

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Also Known As
QlikSenseSAP BusinessObjects BI Platform, SAP BusinessObjects, Business Objects
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Overview

Qlik Sense is a business intelligence (BI) and visual analytics platform that supports a range of analytic use cases. Built on Qlik’s unique Associative Engine, it supports a full range of users and use-cases across the life-cycle from data to insight – with self-service analytics, interactive dashboards, conversational analytics, custom and embedded analytics, mobile analytics, and reporting. The solution comes in three different editions - Qlik Sense Enterprise, Business, and Team. Qlik Sense can be deployed in the cloud or on-premises.

Qlik Sense sets the benchmark for third-generation analytics platforms, empowering everyone in organizations to make data-driven decisions. People of all skill levels get unmatched analytical power, with unique associative exploration and search, AI-powered insight suggestions, AI-accelerated creation and data prep, advanced analytics integration, and natural-language, conversational interaction. They can easily share and communicate the insights they discover and get answers anywhere they work – with fully interactive and secure online and offline mobility. And for the enterprise, you get a true platform with open and standard APIs for customization and extension, powerful data integration and connectivity, centralized management and governance, and a Kubernetes based SaaS / multi-cloud architecture driving scalability across combinations of on-premise, private, and public cloud environments.

The Qlik Sense system offers data visualization and discovery for individuals and teams. The software's data discovery tool helps businesses of all sizes explore simple and complex data and find all possible associations in their datasets. With the drag and drop interface, users can create interactive data visualizations to present the outcome in a story form.

Qlik Sense offers a centralized hub from where every user can share and find relevant data analyses. The solution is capable of unifying data from multiple databases including Cloudera Impala, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase and Teradata. The Open API also allows developers to embed Qlik Sense into new applications and automate data capturing.

The SAP® BusinessObjects™ Business Intelligence (BI) platform is a flexible, scalable information infrastructure that helps you more easily discover and share insights for better business decisions. The integrated, unified infrastructure enables scalability from one to many tools and interfaces on premise, in the cloud, or as a hybrid approach.

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Sample Customers
Abbvie, Airbus, Barclays, BT Openreach, BMW, Daimler AG, HSBC, IKEA, Nationwide Building Society, Royal Mail Group, Sanofi, Siemens, Wendy'', Vodafone, Volvo SRAM, Kennametal, Fairfax Water, British American Tobacco, Velux, and FedEx.
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm23%
Healthcare Company15%
Manufacturing Company9%
University6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company30%
Comms Service Provider11%
Financial Services Firm7%
Manufacturing Company7%
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Energy/Utilities Company13%
Manufacturing Company13%
Healthcare Company13%
Consumer Goods10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company31%
Comms Service Provider13%
Government10%
Manufacturing Company9%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise52%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise70%
REVIEWERS
Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise51%
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