There’s no question that Qlik is one of the most notable business intelligence (BI) solutions in the market. However, many users have mentioned that deciphering its pricing model can be a bit of a headache. We tried our hand at clearing up the confusion.
How Much Does It Cost?
As an analytics and data visualization tool, Qlik offers various tiers of its two main products: QlikView and Qlik Sense. Each of these are priced differently.
Qlik charges up to $1,350 or $1,500 per user, depending on the product and the pricing tier chosen, and offers companies volume-discounts. Here are more details about Qlik’s flexible pricing model:
QlikView has been one of the top business intelligence solutions over the past decade and has paved the way toward self-service BI.
The solution is written for the data developer, offering more granular views and increased control over data management and building apps.
QlikView has two editions to choose from.
Enterprise edition: This package includes unlimited capabilities for data access and app development.
- Price: Qlik doesn’t publicly release the price per user for the Enterprise edition of QlikView. Qlik encourages interested businesses to contact its sales team.
Personal edition: This package is intended for individual use on a personal computer. There are no expiration periods or limitations, and it contains all the same features for app development and data manipulation as the enterprise version.
- Price: Free
QlikView offers three additional add-on services to its main solution:
- QlikView publisher: QlikView publisher is a data reload and distribution service. The license is priced on a per-server basis.
- Extranet server: The extranet server allows external use of apps via the web or third-party portal solutions. The price for this license is determined based on a combination of server and client access license (CAL) models.
- Information access server: The information access server offers the same external use abilities as the extranet server. The price is also based on a combination of server and CAL models.
Qlik Sense Pricing
Qlik Sense is a self-service BI tool that’s more approachable for non-tech savvy users. Open application program interfaces(API) offer data developers the ability to embed Qlik Sense into other existing applications.
There are four editions of Qlik Sense to choose from.
Enterprise Edition: This version is an on-premise installation of Qlik Sense that offers users collaborative capabilities to develop apps. Enterprise pricing is based on a token system that can be a little confusing.
Here’s a quick summary of the token model: Tokens can be allocated for a single user who needs frequent access to Qlik Sense or a small group of users who access Qlik Sense infrequently. One token equals 10 one-hour logins, or one Access Pass. An Access Pass is for a single, identified user who needs full access to Qlik Sense regularly (such as a data developer). When a token is used, it will replenish after 28 days.
Take a look at the Qlik Sense Token Licensing report for a helpful formula to determine how many tokens a business needs to purchase.
- Price: $1,500/token
Desktop edition: The Desktop package is similar to the enterprise edition. It includes all the Qlik features for app development and data visualization, and it offers unlimited access for users. Desktop can be downloaded and ready to use on your machine within minutes.
- Price: Free
Cloud Basic edition: With the Cloud package, there’s no need to install software to a local machine. Developing and sharing apps are limited to five users or less, and users have access to the Qlik DataMarket free package.
- Price: Free
Cloud Plus edition: The Cloud Plus package is an extended version of the Cloud Basic edition. With Cloud Plus, you can create and share apps with an unlimited number of users and can access the Qlik DataMarket essentials package.
- Price: $20/user per month
Qlik DataMarket is a supplementary add-on to Qlik’s two main BI solutions. It connects to external data sources and allows simple acquisition of data relevant to a business’s objective. There are two packages, a free version and a Topical Package (price varies by main solution package).
Are There Alternatives?
If Qlik’s BI solutions don’t meet your organization’s needs, we’ve highlighted some of the best alternatives:
For Small to Mid-Sized Businesses
Slemma: Slemma is best used by small businesses and start-up companies, although it can handle large company projects. Like Qlik, Slemma can connect to multiple data sources, and it’s user-friendly for creating and sharing dashboards and reports. Below is the pricing:
- Starter – $29/month (annual billing only) for three users.
- Small Business – $99/month for 10 users, includes 10% discount when paid annually.
- Custom – Includes all the same features as the Small Business plan; contact the Slemma team for pricing.
Pro: Slemma is a simple solution that can integrate with many third-party solutions to connect disparate data sets.
Con: Slemma requires someone well-versed in SQL to create table-joins and new views of data.
For Large and Enterprise Businesses
Tibco Spotfire: Tibco Spotfire’s abilities to prepare, integrate and blend data sets from multiple sources is similar to Qlik’s. It’s simple for a full spectrum of users to access and drill down into data and find hidden insights.
- Cloud – $200/month or $2,000/year subscription fee, allows one authoring user and 250 GB of cloud storage.
- Platform – An on-premise solution with a custom-made subscription plan from the sales team. Prices are based on customer’s needs.
Pro: Tibco Spotfire is able to run statistical analyses and reports in real-time.
Con: Users may have difficulty customizing visualizations and drilling down into data sets for more granular views with the self-service solution.
Tableau: Tableau is considered the “gold standard” of BI solutions, and it matches Qlik’s ability to maintain data governance while facilitating a collaborative environment of data discovery. We’ve summarized Tableau’s pricing below. For a full overview, check out Tableau Pricing: How Much is Tableau and What are the Costs?
Desktop: Tableau Desktop is intended for an individual user. All support and services are included in the pricing.
- Personal – $999/user per year, can connect up to six data sources
- Professional – $1999/user per year, can connect to 44 data sources
Online: The cloud-based platform is completely hosted by Tableau, with updates included in the price. A free alternative is Tableau Public, which is a community server that makes all published information public.
- Public – Free
- Online – $500/user per year.
Server: Tableau Server is intended for organizations that already have servers and an IT team, offering them full access and control over the BI system. However, there is an additional cost for support that’s proportional to the server used.
- Server – $10,000 for 10 users, with an additional 25% of the total cost per year (for support)
Pro: Tableau is easily accessible and adaptable to handle data projects of any size.
Con: Desktop is required for authoring and distributing any type of reports or dashboards. So if organizations purchase Online or Server, Desktop must be installed for every user who’s manipulating data.
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