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QlikView vs. Qlik Sense: Is it time to switch?

QlikView vs. Qlik Sense: Is it time to switch?

In the realm of data visualization, where actionable insights are forged and decisions shape business destinies, there stand two titans of BI: QlikView and Qlik Sense. 

On one side, QlikView is an unyielding pioneer. Renowned for its expert features and powerful guided analytics, it has forever changed the face of Business Intelligence. 

On the other side, the younger yet well-established QlikSense steps forward. It wields an intuitive interface and a promise of empowering the masses. 

Let’s explore the big question– how do QlikView and Qlik Sense measure up in 2023? 

Introducing QlikView

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QlikView was the first product introduced by Qlik, in 1994. Widely used for many years, it’s known for its robustness and mature capabilities. 

QlikView is primarily a developer-driven BI tool, requiring skilled IT professionals to build and design data models and applications. It offers a rich set of features for data extraction, transformation, and loading, as well as complex data associations and scripting capabilities. This makes it suitable for handling large and complex datasets.

It was intended to allow developers to create a guided analytics experience. Essentially, it enabled devs to move away from stacks, and was the start of the data analytics revolution. 

Today, QlikView still supports the development of highly interactive guided analytics apps. And it generally appeals to power users who have the high-level technical skills to take full advantage of the software to  build custom applications, and play with their data.

Introducing Qlik Sense

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Qlik Sense is the newcomer on the block, introduced in 2014 as a next-generation platform. 

Unlike Qlik View’s emphasis on guided analytics, all users in Qlik Sense can create their own interactive visualizations and dashboards, even those without extensive technical expertise. The interface is modern and intuitive. Additionally, the responsive design ensures that visualizations look great on any device, from desktop computers to mobile phones.

In short, Qlik Sense is a powerful data analytics platform that is designed to make it easy for users to explore and interact with data. Whether you’re a seasoned data analyst or a business user with little technical expertise, Qlik Sense has the tools and features you need to get the most out of your data.

Many organisations have moved from QlikView to Qlik Sense. Let’s explore some of the reasons why. 

QlikView vs Qlik Sense: Comparing features

Is there anything more fun than a table? Don’t answer that. 

Table showing QlikView features and Qlik Sense features

Table from Qlik 

Is now the time to switch?

The emergence of Qlik Sense as a next-generation platform introduces some key questions. What impact would a move from QlikView to Qlik Sense have on your Business Intelligence, and broader organisation? Is it time to switch? 

More users, working together more effectively

The traditional model of a discrete Data Command Centre as the primary driver  of data analytics across a business is no longer the default. We’ve previously discussed how empowering business users can create a more data-driven culture defined by informed decision-making, at every level of the organisation. You can read more about this hot topic here.

Qlik Sense, with its user-friendly, self-service approach to analytics, is the right partner for accelerating the democratisation of your data. Its intuitive interface, familiar drag-and-drop functionality, and responsive design empower your team to create interactive visualizations and dashboards effortlessly.

Moreover, Qlik Sense’s emphasis on real-time collaboration propels teamwork to new heights. Users can collaborate, share insights, and ultimately work together more efficiently.

Powerful new features 

Why switch to a new platform if you’re not unlocking new functionalities? Qlik Sense comes with a range of powerful, intuitive features, such as AutoML and Application Automation

Qlik Sense’s AutoML capabilities enhance your data analytics with the power of Machine Learning. It identifies key drivers in your data and algorithmically generates machine learning models for the best predictive analytics and what-if planning.

Application Automation is another way to streamline and enhance your data analytics. Dynamic processes automatically respond to business events and trigger actions in your applications, driving instant and informed action. For example, you could automate that whenever web traffic drops, Google Analytics is triggered to send an alert to the relevant parties.

These, along with other new features and functionalities, represents Qlik’s continued commitment to innovation. Choosing Qlik Sense keeps you on the cutting edge of what data analytics can help you achieve. 

The most modern and secure data analytics platform

With significant ongoing development and support, Qlik Sense is a future-proof platform that doesn’t face discontinuation concerns. Its modern architecture and continuous updates evolve with and exceed industry standards, ensuring longevity and adaptability.

In terms of security, Qlik Sense’s advanced governance and security features provide robust data protection and user access controls. It offers enhanced data encryption, authentication methods, and fine-grained authorization settings. This empowers you to maintain stringent data security, while enabling more flexible data access for authorised users. 

For organisations that prioritise data privacy and compliance, Qlik Sense’s modern security framework sets it apart from the pack, ensuring a safe environment for valuable insights and informed decision-making.

Vizlib is the value-added extension for Qlik Sense

Vizlib offers a comprehensive set of solutions specifically created to enhance every aspect of your Qlik Sense experience. 

While native Qlik Sense already represents a move to a more open and collaborative BI platform, Vizlib takes things to the next level. Explore features like Vizlib Writeback Table for editing data from within your dashboard and Vizlib Teamwork for knowledge sharing directly in Qlik. 

Vizlib includes deep advanced customisation abilities, so you can create dashboards and charts that meet your aesthetic and functional requirements. 

From encouraging individual data exploration with Vizlib Self-Service to unlocking dozens of charts, tables, navigation and UX elements with Vizlib Library, you’re empowered to create a bespoke stack that infuses data into every aspect of your operations. 

Trusted partner in your move from QlikView to Qlik Sense 

As with any platform change, there is a period of adjustment. Some features or workflows may no longer be supported. Vizlib can help to ease the transition through recreating and enhancing functionalities you loved in QlikView. 

We’ve previously spoken to Nick McGuigan, Analytics Design Manager at CONTEXT, about their journey from QlikView to Qlik Sense. We discussed how Vizlib helped to bridge the functionality gap between the two. 

We used QlikView for a very long time, and lots of the things that we were doing with QlikView were no longer possible in Qlik Sense. So it was quite difficult to transition customers over from QlikView to Qlik Sense.

Through partnering with Vizlib, CONTEXT were able to replicate the functionalities they loved, while benefiting from all the added capabilities that Qlik Sense has to offer. 

Read more about CONTEXT’s journey with Qlik Sense + Vizlib in their success story here

Ready to get started? 

QlikView and Qlik Sense both remain titans of BI, and both can be part of an effective Business Intelligence approach. 

If your organisation is ready for a new platform, a move to Qlik Sense is a move towards more cutting-edge, flexible and democratised BI. Vizlib is the ally you want on your side as you enhance your organisation’s data analytics.  

Getting started with Qlik Sense + Vizlib is simple. Once you have a Qlik account set up, Vizlib is just three steps away:

Want to see more of Qlik + Vizlib in action? View and download examples on our Demo Apps page. You can also book a demo here. 


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