Qlik Sense

Qlik Technology (Qlik) was originally founded in 1993 in Lund, Sweden, and moved its headquarters to the United States in 2005 after raising funds from several venture capital firms. In 2010 Qlik went public on NASDAQ. On June 2, 2016, Qlik entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by leading private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo, LLC. which took Qlik private in 2016.

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Qlik was, until the general availability of Qlik Sense in 2014, a one product software company. Today, Qlik pursues a platform approach to visual analytics. Qlik’s products use a common ‘associative’ engine called QIX (Qlik Indexing Engine) including Qlik Sense and QlikView, which was upgraded to the second generation QIX engine in release 12 in the final quarter of 2015.

Today the vendor offers a portfolio of visual analytic products including Qlik Sense (Enterprise and Desktop), Qlik Analytics Platform, Qlik Sense Cloud, Qlik NPrinting, Qlik DataMarket and QlikView.

Qlik Sense is positioned as Qlik’s next-generation visual analytics offering. It addresses a mixture of use cases from self-service data visualization to building guided apps to reporting to embedded analytics. It has been supplied with some enterprise features such as centralized libraries for metadata (however currently tided to one application and has to be reused in others), policy-based security, and open APIs.

User & Use Cases

Qlik Sense was introduced in 2014 and attracted an impressive total of 43 responses in this year’s BI Survey.

The product is mostly used for dashboard creation, basic data analysis and ad hoc query. 58 percent of users use Qlik Sense for standard/enterprise reporting. This may change with version 3, in which printing and layout capabilities have been extended with the NPrinting component, enabling users to create print-oriented reports.

Qlik Sense is used by a median of 100 users, the same as the combined average of all products in The BI Survey 16. A much higher mean figure shows that Qlik Sense is also used in larger mid-sized scenarios with over 500 users.

Current vs. planned use

N = 43

5 products most often evaluated in competition with Qlik Sense

N = 323

Percentage of employees using Qlik Sense

N = 41

Licensing models

N = 42

Number of users using Qlik Sense

N = 38

Tasks carried out with Qlik Sense by business users

N = 39

Company size (number of employees)

N = 42

Summary of Qlik Sense highlights

Launched in 2014 and appearing in The BI Survey for the first time, Qlik Sense receives excellent customer feedback. Although the technology is still relatively young, the product convinces customers by yielding business benefits and delivering fast project implementation cycles. Qlik Sense customers see the solution as innovative and give it very good marks in ‘Innovation’ categories such as cloud BI, mobile BI and location intelligence.

Customers use the product mainly for ad hoc querying and data analysis, including data modeling and visualization using dashboards. The median number of users in a Qlik Sense environment is 100 – similar to the QlikView median – while the mean figure of 551 shows it is also capable of performing in mid-sized deployments with 500 or more users.

Business value – Top ranked

Peer group: large international BI vendors

Project success – Top ranked

Peer group: large international BI vendors

Customer experience – Top ranked

Peer group: large international BI vendors

Product satisfaction – Top ranked

Peer group: large international BI vendors

Performance – Top ranked

Peer group: visual discovery-focused products

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Qlik Sense

Peer Groups Large international BI vendors, Self-service reporting-focused products, Visual data discovery-focused products
Number of responses43
OfficesWorldwide (53 offices in 25 countries)
Employees2,454 at close of Q3, 2015
CustomersApproximately 40,000 customers – Q2 2016
Revenues (2015)$556.8 million USD
Web sitewww.qlik.com

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Quotes from the BI Survey 16

Qlik Sense is the top-ranked large international BI vendor and one of the leading visual discovery-focused products for project success.
The BI Survey 16
Data discovery is Qlik’s flagship functionality. With all its products, Qlik has focused from the start on providing interactive and intuitive solutions for navigating and analyzing data targeted at business users.
The BI Survey 16
Its customers rate Qlik Sense as a leader in the self-service reporting, visual discovery and large international BI vendors peer groups. These results show that although the product is young, it is already well established as a data discovery solution to support users in visualizing and navigating data to find new insights.
The BI Survey 16
Qlik Sense is rated as a leader in the visual design standards category among visual discovery and self-service reporting-focused products.
The BI Survey 16
Qlik is strongly focused on offering intuitive solutions capable of supporting business users in gaining insights into data. Qlik Sense’s good ad hoc capabilities support the analysis and discovery process with an interactive user interface.
The BI Survey 16