QlikView Pricing: Understanding the Costs of Ownership

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 Pricing

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.

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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:

  1. QlikView publisher: QlikView publisher is a data reload and distribution service. The license is priced on a per-server basis.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Business edition: The Cloud Business package is an extended version of the Cloud Basic edition. With Cloud Business, you can create and share apps with an unlimited number of users and can access the Qlik DataMarket essentials package.

  • Price: $15/user per month
Qlik DataMarket

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.
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.

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.

Creator: Intended for an individual user, this plan costs $70/user/month (billed annually) and includes access to Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep. It also includes licenses to either Tableau Server or Tableau Online.

Explorer: This plan is designed for users that want self-service analytics without the data prepping and cleaning. There are two options:

  • On-premise: $35/user/month (billed annually)
  • Cloud: $42/user/month (billed annually)

Viewer: This plan is intended for users that want to access already-created visualizations. There are two deployment options:

  • On-premise: $12/user/month (billed annually)
  • Cloud: $15/user/month (billed annually)

Note that Tableau Viewer requires at least 100 viewers in order for companies to purchase this plan.

Additional Resources

If you’re entirely new to BI solutions, take a look at our BI Definitive Guide. It offers a full overview of market trends, must-have features and insights from over 50 experts.

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