QlikView Valuable Features

Harlan Webber
Vice President, Business Continuity Manager / Information Security Officer / Project Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ability to capture data from multiple sources, quickly link by key fields and quickly analyse in a dashboard proved to be such powerful features that we reduced the use of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access almost entirely for any kind of reconciliations. I worked in a financial institution having most data in mainframes but also having extracts and datasets put into various places from highest quality Oracle and MS SQL server objects right down to MS Access/Excel and continuing to Text File output. Sometimes for either quality control purposes daily or some other kind of reconciliation or verification, QlikView was great for a basic end user with minimal skill to bring that data in and map it as necessary to achieve the desired result. (Often the datasets easily map via a couple of primary fields that the business users understand and outside developers may not understand without a business analyst specification) Most times making that ad hoc effort a template of some sort and making mundane roles like daily recons be easily achievable. Doing this same work in MS Excel or MS Access can be tricky and dangerous and not be as intuitive for non-technical people. Doing it other ways can end up being too much effort with hiring developers and building systems and paying for a lot of developer man-hours when a quick QV dashboard does the trick by the business end user. View full review »
Felipe Carrera
Solutions Manager Business Intelligence at a marketing services firm with 51-200 employees
* The in-memory engine is really powerful, making it possible to deal with huge data records on the fly (more than 400 million in a table). I have built data models with over 1 billion records and the performance is good. * With in-memory calculations at the UI (on the fly), it is possible to build charts, tables, etc. directly on the user interface (UI). * Cubes are built on the UI. No need to pre-aggregate data, but it is of course possible to do that in the script (which I would not recommend) or better deliver data as SQL-View. * Scripting possibilities to build complex applications and functionality. * Web integration capabilities, for ex. you can include JScript Objects or R for better visualization. View full review »
Christopher Darling
Business Intelligence Data Architect at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ability to provide drill down functionality quickly and easily into large data sets. Anyone working with a large amount of data in Microsoft Excel and then waiting ages for it to subtotal all that information, will certainly appreciate the speed and efficiency with which QlikView handles data. Users can get a lot more done, and a lot more data can be analysed in a shorter period of time. The fact that QlikView provides its own QVD structure, as well, removes all dependency on having a DBMS in place before implementing QlikView – so it is cost effective. The fact that QlikView can literally plug in to so many different types of data sources, as well, is a definite benefit. The facility to auto-reload at scheduled times is great too! View full review »
Roy Yung
Data Architect at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
QlikView’s associative model is a fantastic design that enabled the Green/White/Grey feature. This feature greatly helped us highlight the relationship between different kinds of data. To further explain the Green/White/Grey feature, let’s take a sales report of an electronics shop as an example. In this report, it may have dimensions (Product Category, Salesman) and expressions (Sales Qty, Sales Amount). Green means the values of dimension that you have selected. Under the Product Category dimension, it will have different values e.g. Smartphone, Laptop, Desktop. If we want to see the sales performance of Smartphone, we can click on Smartphone, then it will become green. We can also select multiple values e.g. Smartphone and Laptop in the dimension. White – shows the values of dimension which are related to the another dimension values that you have selected. Grey - shows the values of dimension which are NOT related to the another dimension values that you have selected. By following the previous example, we have selected Smartphone in Product Category dimension. In the Salesman dimension, Salesman e.g. Jeremy or Janice who have have sold Smartphone will be shown in white color. Another Salesman, e.g. Roy, who didn’t sell Smartphone will be shown as Grey. This is very useful for us to identify relationship between dimensions Its “Search Object” function is also very useful for us to search for the information we needed. “Section Access” is another great feature as we can identify user authority on accessing data in an easy way. Another feature "Set Analysis" which enabled us to configure different behavior for each dashboard. So that some dashboards (e.g. YTD) can be freezed and not affected by some of the filter selections. View full review »
it_user140223
Marketing Intelligence Analyst at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The in-memory technology allows you to easily manipulate and analyze vast amounts of data with simple clicks. It allows for real-time analysis of data via visual representations, as well as data tables. It supports using variables in calculations, as well as their proprietary SET analysis, which allows for calculations based on calculated dimensions, aggregations, and other logic against real-time selection of data. It is very flexible in terms of calculations and presentation of values and data. It makes very quick reporting and data analysis possible. View full review »
Ronald Schlageter
IT Admin at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees
We appreciate the different methods how data can be provided to a developer, designer and end users. Develop new reports from production databases to final reports without additional tools and the high-performance loading data from database without any performance issues on the database environment. The loading performance of QlikView data container. View full review »
Vyacheslav Koval
Board of Management with 501-1,000 employees
Its ability to build, very quickly, very complicated models. In our case, we use for this modeling for the calculation of cost allocation and transfer price and the like. It is very helpful. It's a really powerful tool in modeling creation. View full review »
it_user181071
Information System & Business Enterprise Manager at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Usability, usability, usability: It is easy for developers and for end users. View full review »
BIDeveloper896
Developer with 501-1,000 employees
* ETL functionality is hugely important, as data rarely are provided smooth and clean, even when the assumption is it has been cleaned beforehand. Plus, usually in BI, we need to create custom groupings, and being able to do that in script ad-hoc is very helpful * Scripting for loads, with lots of functions, and insert script possibilities all provide extremely good flexibility for development.- Overall flexibility and ease of development is great for ad-hoc quick fixes, quick workarounds, which happen in BI * Set-analysis function, unique for QV, is an awesome way to create subsets, literally under any chart/table/text box needed in a smart, fast way (replaces long expressions such as “if...then...“). It also allows you to control results, taking into consideration user clicking and selecting data. * Associative model is super handy to just take an overview of data quality through visual associations (power of grey). * Data governance is an extremely usable feature; there is no need for BI to build its own app, and it helps with licence monitoring. View full review »
Irshaad Doolarkhan
Information Publishing Portfolio Manager at a comms service provider
The traditional BI tools are extremely limiting in the fact that they require very strict controls on the sources of data. This is understandable in very large corporates, but in a small- to medium-size business, where most supporting data sources are nothing more than an Excel spreadsheet, this is a pain. Therefore, my most valuable asset in QlikView is the ease with which any datasource can be integrated into the QlikView model for reporting. View full review »
Analyst3184
Enterprise Architecture & Business Analyst - Analytics at a paper AND forest products with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
it_user381693
FSI IT Consulting Manager at Deloitte Portugal
The strongest characteristics of the product are its ease of use and its data discovery and exploration capabilities: * Ease of use, as it is very intuitive, as long as its back end data model is well designed, providing its end users with a high level of autonomy and the developers with a very intuitive and complete set of tools. * Data discovery and exploration, thanks to its in-memory data association capabilities that provide a fast and easy way to relate and explore data. View full review »
it_user198027
Director, Business Analytics at a recruiting/HR firm with 51-200 employees
It allows you to establish business data models on an associative basis, and to do on-the-fly analysis on associated data for deep understanding / insight. For complex analysis, its scripting capabilities enable one to do complex calculation to present required information much easier than traditional / other BI software. View full review »
Bernard Barnard
Head of Qlikview IT at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
QlikView’s Associative Data Model allow business users to easily create data models. QlikView’s in-memory technology offers lightning-fast drill-down and drill-through capabilities. The ability to apply row-based security provides the flexibility to deploy a single application and restrict access to sensitive data according to role. View full review »
Ashutosh Paliwal
Consultant at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It works as a complete BI software solution for us. We can do complex scripting to build data models. We can make somewhat complex reports, even though it does not have the best capabilities as an ETL tool. It is not the best tool for complex reports. It also does not have the best visualizations, but it has a lot of features in one package, and that is its biggest selling point for us. Performance is very fast. You can create dashboards for large sets of data and the dashboards are still quite responsive. Creating dashboards takes a lot less time compared to other big vendor solutions. View full review »
it_user257343
Business Intelligence Latin America Leader at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Once you select any data on the dashboard, QlikView highlights the unavailable data in grey in order to show to users that those combinations don’t exist or aren’t possible. Filters are not local. Once you filter something, the standard is to apply the filter to all tabs available in the dashboard. View full review »
it_user225840
Business Analyst ( Marketing BI Analytics) at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The server load, the QVD load, ease of variable declaration, and the different dynamic charts are very valuable to me. View full review »
Shabaz Shaikh
Software Developer at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
Extraction from almost all data sources provides a lot of value to me. Ease of operation, data modelling and creating dashboards with simple objects and the abundance of visualizations are also valuable. We extract our data from SAP BW as well as Update 7 data source. Extracting and associating these data to form Main Data Model is quite simple. The objects that QlikView provides can be used to make complex KPIs for visualization. Apart from these for visualization, we also implemented many extension objects of Maps with our QlikView applications. View full review »
it_user120957
Business Information Expert Performance Measurement at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Combination of ETL with powerful scripting options and a fast, flexible front end makes it like a Swiss army knife * Powerful front end, which allows us to make very user-friendly interfaces * The associative model, which allows for truly integral reporting View full review »
Allen473
Senior Business Analyst at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Intuitive data insights and standard reporting. * It runs in-memory so you can increase the speed by increasing RAM, depending on your budget. * It has its own ETL tool, QlikView Connector. View full review »
BIAnalyst133
BI Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* In-memory performance – It allows slicing and dicing of a huge volume of data in the dashboard very fast if designed optimally. * Scripting – It provides a flexible data-preparation layer, along with the ability for data integration from multiple data sources. This enables creating a reporting data model inside QlikView from a transactional system without impacting the performance of the transactional system, if designed correctly. View full review »
Axel Vera
IT Admin at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The best features of QlikView are: * The fast and easy process of extracting data from multiple sources (DB), although having duplicate data in the source files creates a mess. * The intuitive way of creating dashboards for finance, sales, BPM, etc. * The display and drill-down access to detailed information, graphic interfaces are easy to create and dynamic using just one pivot table. * The easy way to grant access to all the data or just bits of it to specific users. * The capability of QV to handle .pdf files. View full review »
Marcus Malinow
Consultant at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Qlik's data modelling is very powerful and allows for easy integration of data from multiple sources. The in-memory associative engine is very powerful and provides quick answers to questions that arise when a user is exploring their data. View full review »
AyodeleMakun
Qlik Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
E-T-L, The Extract, Transform, and Loading capabilities of QlikView make it a highly sophisticated self-service business intelligence tool for developers and analysts who desire much more advanced handling of dirty or unconsolidated data. QlikView scripting language has numerous transformation functions. View full review »
Angel Monjarás
Product Specialist and Education Services at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
* The associative indexing engine that does away with the need to design and build OLAP cubes. Instead, it can integrate information from multiple sources in one data model that is easy to maintain, expand, and completely flexible to navigate (no pre-defined query paths). * The out-of-the-box ETL capability that takes care of the necessary data transformations without having to rely on a separate product. View full review »
BIConsultant345
Business Intelligence Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
* Integration capabilities * Speed * Amount of data that can be accessed within in a few clicks Working in the IT environment gets challenging especially when you have multiple sources of data that you need to combine. QlikView makes this really easy and simple to do, because QlikView has its own ETL modeler built into it. Having an all-in-one tool is quite an advantage. View full review »
it_user416430
Business Intelligence Consultant at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
The data model and the visualization are the most valuable features of the product. The data model helps my organization to recognize and identify the problem of our clients’ data. The visualization helps us to deploy an easy-to-understand solution to the client and they are able to explore the data by themselves. View full review »
Kevin Sheridan
Senior IT Project Manager at a financial services firm
SQL scripting, as it provides me the fastest way to pull data into the system, since I’m more on the technical side. View full review »
it_user342081
Information Systems Development Manager(Senior) – Divisional Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
QlikView’s associative ability. The AQL that QlikView uses to associate and ‘bring together’ similar data types (based on name) is extremely powerful and useful. One click causes a whole ripple effect though the whole dashboard, because everything is associated to one another. View full review »
Steve Cornett
Solution Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The associative/relationship engine and fast performance are the most valuable features of the product for me. It is excellent for number crunching with basic visualizations and known questions. View full review »
Ludwig Augiron
BI Consultant at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable features of the product are its in-memory and ETL capabilities, especially the set analysis function. View full review »
Pedro Cunha
Senior BI Consultant (Qlikview) at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
* The way data is loaded, transformed and stored in one single file with a high compression rate * The development flexibility allowing almost any type of relationship between data from disparate sources View full review »
it_user213993
Analyst Control and Monitoring at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
I think the most valuable feature is the possibility of working with all types of data and sources. View full review »
Carlosedubarreto
Analista de inteligencia de mercado at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is possible to work with a large amount of data without affecting the performance. View full review »
it_user305934
Business Intelligence Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
* In-memory analysis * Associative database query * Easy to use * Easy to install * Easy to maintain View full review »
it_user401796
IT Manager at a Consumer Goods with 501-1,000 employees
It allows our company to view all of our data in a single solution. It is easy to use, even for novice users. View full review »
Rania Samra
Database Expert at a university with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this product is quick and easy access to data by top management, in an elegant and colorful display that make is easy to visualize numbers. View full review »
it_user238098
Reporting Analyst at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
QlikView enables fast visualisation, analysis and navigation through data. It is very flexible, and offers easy-to-develop, quick-value tools for navigating and understanding data. View full review »
Leander du Plessis
Data Analyst at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
* Load script engine (or "ETL" ability) * Connectivity integration options * Data visualizations / dashboarding View full review »
it_user363234
Managing Partner at PBS
Data exploration and in-memory capabilities: It has an associative data exploration feature and can handle one hundred million lines of data and provide good performance. View full review »
BIConsultant870
Business Intelligence Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
* Ease of use for end user * Analytical reporting * Easy-to-build dashboards * Self-service reporting * Speedy deployment View full review »
it_user176133
Consultant at a tech services company
Because it provides data discovery along with BI solution design, it has a distinct advantage for data analysts. Associative Experience is also valuable. View full review »
it_user235527
IT Manager / Specialist at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature is its flexibility to develop dynamic analysis, gathering information from different sources, such as spreadsheet, database and internet. View full review »
it_user225189
BI Project Leader with 1,001-5,000 employees
Data Discovery has allowed us to enrich the analysis of data and discover new ways to generate new KPIs. It has also helped us to discover some critical points in our processes. View full review »
it_user356589
Managing Director at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
QlikView's associative data model is the key feature of this application, which makes it superior amongst other competitors. It eliminates left, right, inner joins, and takes care of creating links between different tables. Other valuable features are the Power of Gray, on-the-fly data cloud creation, and its ease of use and deployment. View full review »
Jop Moekotte
Business Analyst at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Strong visual capabilities, drill down function and data browsing. No need for any other tools, ETL/ scripting and visualisation built right into one tool. View full review »
Mindy Kay
Solution Engineer - QlikView/Qlik Sense at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
* 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 customization in the design and data representation (set analysis) * Associative search capabilities View full review »
BIAnalyst643
BI Expert at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
* Instant loading of huge amount of data and immediate display of relationship (both correlation and absence of correlation) between data * RAD development methodology adoption for QlikView projects * Set analysis function for simultaneous display of alternative aggregation sets View full review »
it_user299343
Service Delivery Manager - EABL at a Consumer Goods with 501-1,000 employees
Data mining and consolidation are the products most valuable features to me. View full review »
it_user408444
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Loading data is the most valuable feature of this product to me, because we don’t have a data warehouse yet. View full review »
Partner523
Partner at a tech company with 51-200 employees
The ability to build models that allow business users to do their own what-if analysis on the correct data. View full review »
Juan Vidal Gil
Project Manager - Business Intelligence at www.datademy.es
* Flexibility * Agile development * Intuitive * Very good performance * Excellent user groups View full review »
datamana711624
Data Manager at a health, wellness and fitness company with 10,001+ employees
Ability to connect and transform data from a variety of sources into the same application. From an analytical development perspective, there is a wide scope to create complex calculations within chart expressions, (including recursive expressions), which, combined with the trellis functionality, means more output with less setup effort. A well designed app brings freedom of inquiry to meetings, allowing me to answer questions in real time and this has transformed progress and outputs of our monthly group meeting. Finally, it really is a case of data instantly updating upon selection. No more watching an egg timer as a server churns away. View full review »
DecisionSupMgr214
Decision Support Manager at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
I use QlikView to combine data from different sources in the absence of an EDW and build our analytical dashboards. View full review »
it_user374679
IT Admin at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Data visualization and the data modeler are the most valuable features of this product to me. I noticed that Qlik takes less time to set up data sources and enables us to integrate multiple tables. It is easier to manage variables with Qlik's data management. View full review »
Alexis Hadjisoteriou
Partner with 51-200 employees
Speed of in-memory processing Associative model - no more cubes Speed of development View full review »
Owner986
Owner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I do like the richness of details you can set up. It really allows you to set up a dashboard with pinpoint accuracy. View full review »
it_user354570
Consultor QlikView at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Fast development, support for QVD format files, and business discovery are the most valuable features of this product to me. View full review »
Per Hemström
Partner at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Completeness in functionality and user friendliness are the product’s most valuable features. View full review »
Heath Lord
Sales Engineer at a tech consulting company with 11-50 employees
I would say the most valuable part was the ease of use. View full review »
it_user130470
Technical Associate at a real estate/law firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The dynamic interactive dashboard is the most valuable feature of the product to me. View full review »
it_user357312
Manager Analytics at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Data integration and visual drill-downs are excellent. View full review »
projectm203682
Project Manager, Global Business Intelligence & Analytics at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features of this product are: its data modeling capabilities, the associated search function, various charting, the flexibility of doing sales in object, section access, and drag & drop storytelling. View full review »
Patricio Honore, M.S.
Analyst - Business Applications at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
* The search feature: ability to see the related data View full review »
assistan867504
Assistant Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
* Datamining * Fast data loading of million of rows * Incremental load * Scripting as per a customer's need, which is a pretty cool feature and not available in other tools. View full review »
Jordi Xirgo
IT Specialist at a local government with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Ease of use * High custom development potential * Adaptability View full review »
MISGeneralMgr875
MIS General Manager at a engineering company with 501-1,000 employees
The in-memory architecture and ETL function are the most valuable features of this product to us. View full review »
it_user167547
COO at a Consumer Goods with 1,001-5,000 employees
QlikView Desktop Enterprise allows us to build dashboard visualizations in a fashionable way and allows us to make quick business decisions all over the enterprise. View full review »
it_user114843
Senior Manager at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
The associative engine and feature-rich expression scripts are the most valuable features of this product. View full review »
it_user231753
Profesional Management Database and Server, Networking, Virtualization Server. at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
It is very simple to use. When I use QlikView, I just install it and then connect it to MS SQL Server. After I make a successful connection, I can, for example: * Create a simple procedure in MS SQL Server. * Execute the procedure to get the information I need in a column. * Design a QlikView report that includes the column from the procedure to preview it in QlikView. View full review »
Manager254
Manager at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
In-memory processing and ETL function are the most valuable features of the product to me. View full review »
reviewer667746
Beslutstödsutvecklare
Data transforming with scripting, and the associative model that lets users browse data in an easy way, are the most valuable features. View full review »
Mgr457
Assistant Manager - Solution Consulting at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real-time reporting is this product’s most valuable feature to me. View full review »
reviewer78468
Senior IT Business Partner at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
The dynamic way in which you can analyse data. View full review »
it_user93783
Master Data at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
Easy to implement. View full review »

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