Best QlikView Alternatives 2022

QlikView is Qlik’s older business analytics software that has an inference engine to combine relationships in the data. It was one of the first solutions in the market that provided guided analytics to users.

While current customers can continue using QlikView, it’s no longer available for new clients. Instead, new users can purchase Qlik’s next-generation analytics solution, Qlik Sense. Qlik Sense has several features that QlikView doesn’t, such as governed self-service data discovery, visual data prep, embedded analytics and the ability to deploy the solution in a multi-cloud environment.

Qlik Sense isn’t the only business intelligence software with robust functionality. If you’d like to compare different BI solutions, here are five other popular tools on the market.

Best QlikView Alternatives

About QlikView

QlikView distinguishes itself from other BI tools through its unique inference engine, which maintains data associations automatically. As opposed to query-based tools, Qlik’s interference engine (known as Qlik Associative engine) maintains associations in the data automatically.

QlikView implements a Google-like search that also works in an associative manner, conveying results for the phrase and also for things commonly related to that phrase.

Pros

Google-like search protocol for finding data, ability to combine data sources, no need to rely on IT.

Cons

Self-service difficulty for non-tech users, some filtering issues at the end user and developer levels.

Bottom Line

Qlik’s in-memory processor vastly speeds up the application and allows it to refresh in real-time, providing insights as data is added.

Pricing

The Personal edition, intended for individual use, is downloadable for free. Qlik doesn’t publicly release the pricing for the Enterprise edition.

QlikView Alternative #1: Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense is a dynamic self-service analytics and visualization tool that simplifies data exploration for a full spectrum of users (from the non-tech savvy to the data expert). With intuitive data prep, drag-and-drop abilities and drill-down features, organizations can easily spot and share data relationships and key insights quickly and efficiently.

Pros

Robust drill-down features, self-service with drag-and-drop capabilities, augmented analytics functionality.

Cons

Advanced customization options may require integration with a third-party application.

Bottom Line

A flexible and scalable data analysis and visualization tool for a full spectrum of users.

Pricing

Qlik Sense has two main editions. First, there’s the Qlik Sense Business edition that costs $30 per user, per month (billed annually). It includes many of Qlik Sense features in addition to up to 5 shared spaces and 1.25 GB in-memory app size limit.

Then, there’s Qlik Sense Enterprise, a multi-cloud edition, that includes unlimited shared and managed spaces and in-memory app size limit starting at 5 GB. Pricing isn’t available for Qlik Sense Enterprise, so contact the vendor directly for a quote.

QlikView Alternative #2: Tableau 

Tableau provides all types of users with intuitive business intelligence (BI) tools to enhance data discovery and understanding. With simple drag-and-drop features, a user is able to easily access and analyze key data, create innovative reports and visualizations, and share critical insights across the company.

Pros

Robust drill-down and visualization tools make data understandable for all types of users.

Cons

Customers have mentioned a steep learning curve for executives, and the system tends to be slow at times when dealing with large datasets.

Bottom Line

Tableau provides users with intuitive BI tools to enhance data discovery and understanding.

Pricing

Rather than offering pricing of each of its available products, Tableau’s subscription pricing strategy focuses on individual users and their data needs. Each subscription (billed annually) includes maintenance, product upgrades and support in one cost, so there’s no surprise fees.

  • Tableau Creator – Tableau Creator is designed for individual analysts and power users, and costs $70 per user, per month. Note that the Creator price is the same, regardless if Tableau is deployed in the cloud or on premise.
  • Tableau Explorer – Tableau Explorer, designed for users that want to explore governed self-service analytics, costs $35 per user, per month if deployed on-premise. If deployed in the cloud, this plan costs $42 per user, per month.
  • Tableau Viewer – Tableau Viewer is designed for users that just want to access dashboards and visualizations. When deployed on-premise, it costs $12 per user, per month. When deployed in the cloud, it costs $15 per user, per month. Note that Tableau requires a minimum of 100 Viewers for this plan.

QlikView Alternative #3: Sisense

Sisense is not your traditional analytics tool. It is designed to handle all sorts of data, from small data sets to big data. It is also scalable – it allows companies to accumulate more data as they go without the worries of crashing servers or slow computer memory. Its in-chip technology utilizes parallel processing and an in-memory columnar database so that it can crunch up terabytes of data on a single server and still serve multiple users. Therefore, companies will not need to spend resources on additional hardware or servers.

Pros

Fast implementation and time to insight, innovative in-chip technology processes volumes of data from many data sources, provides top-notch customer experience, and premier rankings in customer satisfaction.

Cons

Visualizations don’t include 3-D graphics.

Bottom Line

BI solution that delivers radically innovative technology with machine learning and AI, instant insights and value, and top-notch customer support.

Pricing

Sisense offers an annual licensing model that’s uniquely based on a company’s specific needs. It doesn’t publicly release pricing information, so contact the vendor directly for a quote.

QlikView Alternative #4: BOARD

BOARD combines the features of BI and corporate performance management (CPM) into an all-in-one, programming-free solution. It provides a seamless solution for the support, control and management of core processes such as:

  • Reporting and analyses
  • Budgeting, planning and forecasting
  • Profitability modeling and optimization
  • Simulation and what-if analysis
  • Scorecarding
  • Financial consolidation
  • Statutory and financial reporting
  • Monitoring and auditing

Pros

Combines features of BI and corporate performance management in one platform, job-centric solutions available.

Cons

While BOARD does target small businesses, the software could be too robust for a very small business/team.

Bottom Line

BOARD combines the features of BI and corporate performance management (CPM) into an all-in-one, programming-free solution.

Pricing

BOARD doesn’t publicly release their pricing information. Contact the vendor directly for a price quote.

QlikView Alternative #5: Looker

Looker Data Platform is a data-discovery platform that helps companies make better business decisions through real-time access to data. Data, no matter the size, can be analyzed within Looker’s 100% in-database and 100% browser-based platform. Looker analytics integrate with any SQL database or data warehouse, such as Amazon Athena, Greenplum, and Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

Pros

SQL knowledge not required, LookML proprietary data modeling language, implementation done in hours rather than days or weeks.

Cons

Doesn’t support OLAP functionality, a learning curve for new users, limited customization of visualizations.

Bottom Line

Looker’s web-based platform allows users to explore data in a timely manner to help them make better business decisions.

Pricing

Looker doesn’t publicly release their pricing information. Contact the vendor directly for a price quote.

QlikView Alternative #6: Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI is a cloud-based business intelligence and analytics service that provides a full overview of your most critical data. Connecting to all of your data sources, Power BI simplifies data evaluation and sharing with scalable dashboards, interactive reports, embedded visuals and more.

Power BI works through two products that are available to download: Power BI Desktop and Power BI Mobile.

Desktop is an on-premise solution that connects to a cloud-based service to easily upload and share data and information across the company. Mobile has the same capabilities, but in an app, so you can have a 360 view of your company anytime, anywhere.

Power BI has two additional solutions with advanced features: Power BI Pro and Power BI Premium. Power BI Pro allows users to share insights with collaborators. They can analyze data by using conversational language (the Q&A feature) and get insights from pre-built visualization and reporting templates. Power BI Premium enables an organization’s internal or external users (e.g., clients) to view Power BI reports without a license.

Pros

Familiar, easy-to-use interface similar to Excel with the ability for users to create and import simple visuals.

Cons

Interface isn’t always user friendly, challenging for new users to learn at first.

Bottom Line

Cloud-based BI software that’s simple to use, correlates disparate data and gives full visibility of business performance.

Pricing

Power BI comes in three levels – Desktop, Pro, and Premium. The Desktop level is free for individual users.

Pro – The Pro plan costs $9.99 per user, per month and includes a mobile app, the ability to publish and share reports, a 1 GB model size limit, eight data refreshes daily, the ability to connect to over 100 data sources, embedded APIs and controls, AI visuals, data security and encryption, metrics for content creation and publishing and up to 10 GB per user maximum storage. Pro is available for free for companies that have the Microsoft 365 E5 solution.

Premium (per user) – Microsoft launched this pricing strategy that costs $20 per user, per month. It includes all of the features of the Pro plan, plus paginated reports, a 100 GB model size limit, 48 data refreshes daily, advanced AI features, XMLA endpoint read/write connectivity, data flows, the ability to analyze data stored in Azure Data Lake Storage, application lifecycle management and up to 100 TB of maximum storage.

Premium (per capacity) – This plan starts at $4,995 per month per dedicated cloud compute and storage resource. It includes all of the features of the Premium per-user plan, plus on-premise reporting, a 400 GB model limit, multi-location deployment management, Bring Your Own Key (BYOK) and autoscale add-on.

Conclusion

All of these solutions target both data analysts and end users. But there could be steep learning curves with each one, especially for users who aren’t familiar with BI software. If you’re looking to compare pricing for each solution, Looker, BOARD and Sisense prefer to give prospective clients a customized quote, while Qlik Sense, Tableau and Microsoft Power BI all have pricing listed on their sites.

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