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 two main products: QlikView and Qlik Sense. Each of these are priced differently.


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. As Qlik encourages new and current users to switch to the Qlik Sense platform, it no longer publishes pricing information. In the past, QlikView had two editions: Personal and Enterprise. The Personal edition was intended for individual use and was free to download. The pricing for the Enterprise edition was on a per-user basis, and it was available as a customized quote.

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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.

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 the 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 is no longer available for Qlik Sense Enterprise, so please contact the vendor directly for a quote.

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 (based on annual billing):

  • Small Business – $89/month for 10 users
  • Standard – $179/month for 30 users
  • Client Reporting – $539/month for 80 users
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. Its Cloud platform has four pricing editions:

  • Analyst ($125 a month or $1,250 a year): This edition includes 250 GB data storage for each analyst.
  • Business Author ($65 a month or $650 a year): 100 GB of data storage is included for each Business Author seat.
  • Consumer ($25 a month or $250 a year): Companies that want to purchase this edition must include one Analyst or one Business Author seat. It’s intended for users that want viewer-only access to the software.
  • Library Storage ($25 a month or $250 a year for 25 GB of storage): Additional storage is sold in 25 GB increments.

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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