Qlik Sense Review

Qlik Sense
Radnor, PA
Deployment Model:
Free Trial:
Cloud, On-Premise
Download Vendor Comparison Guide

Qlik Sense At A Glance

Good: Robust drill-down, search and storytelling features. The free editions have no limitations or expiration dates for users.
Bad: Complicated pricing model, sluggish performance when working with large data sets.
Bottom Line: A flexible and scalable data analysis and visualization tool for a full spectrum of users.

Product Overview

Qlik offers a number of business intelligence solutions for visualization analytics, including QlikView, Qlik Sense, Qlik nPrinting, Qlik Analytics Platform and Qlik DataMarket. For this review, we’ll focus on all the Qlik Sense editions.

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.

Open application program interfaces (APIs) allow developers to embed Qlik Sense into other applications so they can customize and extend Qlik’s features to meet an organization’s unique needs.


Qlik Sense has many dynamic features that are flexible enough for all types of users. Some of its best features are listed below:

  • Smart search – The search bar function allows you to type in keywords and phrases to quickly locate data sets, graphs/charts, reports and more.
  • Self-service creation – Drag-and-drop capabilities offer easy dashboard and report creation without the need for scripting, complex queries or joins.
  • Centralized management – Qlik Sense acts as one central location for users to develop and share apps, data stories and insights quickly and efficiently.
  • Data integration – Unify disparate data sources on a single platform. Also, Qlik Sense doesn’t “hide” any data. When manipulating views and dimensions, irrelevant data is “grayed out” instead of disregarded, so you’re still able to discover hidden trends.
  • Interactive visualizations – Qlik Sense offers users simple visualization creation that instantly responds to changes in dimensions and data context.
  • Data storytelling – Easily share multiple viewpoints at once while assigning context to data. Storytelling features can also access the original analysis so users can quickly drill down into data to answer questions and change viewpoints.
  • Responsive design – Whether on desktop, tablet or smartphone (or if you’re simply changing the size of your browser window), Qlik Sense automatically adjusts to give you the best view of its apps.

  • Ad Hoc Analysis?
  • Online Analytical Processing (OLAP)?
  • Predictive Analysis?
  • Profit Analysis?
  • Trend Indicators?
  • Ad Hoc Reporting?
  • Automatic Scheduled Reporting?
  • Customizable Dashboard?

Target Market

Qlik Sense is made for all kinds of users (from the least tech-savvy executive to the data expert) in all types of organizations. Qlik Sense has been used in finance, IT, engineering support services, HR and more.

We’ve listed 10 of Qlik’s customers below:

  • Sony
  • Cisco
  • Zurich
  • Sanofi
  • GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Best Buy
  • 7-Eleven
  • FDA
  • Crossrail
  • ING

Free Report: Selecting The Right BI Vendor

Choosing a BI vendor is all about finding the right fit. Our exclusive report will walk you through the process and help you select the perfect solution.Download Now


Qlik Sense has both cloud-hosted and on-premise solutions, depending on your company’s needs.

Qlik Sense’s SaaS solution is ready to use as you log into your account. There is no download or installation of software needed.

Customer Service & Support

Qlik offers users two levels of support:

Basic Support

Basic support is recommended for single-server installations for individual use. The support team is available during business hours. The Basic level includes:

  • Telephone support
  • Self-help resources
  • Product updates

Enterprise Support

Enterprise support is recommended for organizations that have numerous users or a complex data environment. It offers 24/7 support availability for critical issues. In addition to everything from the Basic level, the Enterprise support level includes:

  • Case handling with help from specialists or certified engineers.
  • Release management to offer advice on product release and upgrades
  • Qlik Proactive Support

Additional support resources provided by Qlik are:

  • Qoncierge Service
  • Technical product support
  • Assigned Customer Success Manager
  • Qlik Community


Qlik Sense has four editions available:

  1. Desktop – Desktop is a free downloadable solution with unlimited access to data sources and Qlik features.
  2. Enterprise – Enterprise has the same unlimited access as Desktop. Pricing for its server-, user- or subscription-based licenses is not publicly available, so you’ll need to contact Qlik directly for a quote.
  3. Cloud Basic – Cloud Basic is a free Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering that can be shared with up to five users.
  4. Cloud Business – An extended version of Cloud Basic, Cloud Business can be shared with an unlimited number of users ($15/user per month).


Some customers have said that Qlik’s token pricing model is complicated. Others have noticed the solution is sluggish when working with large data sets.

Although Qlik Sense does not offer automatic reporting, it does offer NPrinting as an add-on feature. NPrinting is Qlik’s reporting and distribution solution.


Qlik Screenshot 1
Qlik Screenshot 2
Qlik Screenshot 3

Qlik Sense Review Q&A

No questions posted yet

Sign in with Linkedin to leave a question

Thanks for submitting your question

We'll reach out to the vendor and will post their reply once we receive it

Thanks for submitting your answer

Your answer will be published after moderation


Qlik was founded in Sweden in 1993. Its original name derived from Quik, a marketing acronym standing for “Quality, Understanding, Interaction, Knowledge.”

Now based in Radnor, PA, Qlik has offices around the world, with over 1,700 partners in more than 100 countries.

Download Vendor Comparison Guide
Send feedback or corrections to feedback@betterbuys.com.

Related Solutions

User Reviews

  • User Rating
  • No Rating Yet!
  • 0%
  • (0) No reviews yet!

No Rating Yet!


  • Features
    User: 0%
  • Ease of Use
    User: 0%
  • Ease of Implementation
    User: 0%
  • Support
    User: 0%

No one has rated this yet, be the first! No one has rated this yet, be the first!

Write a Review