Qlik, originally founded in 1993 in Lund, Sweden, moved its headquarters to the United States in 2005 after raising funds from several venture capital firms. Until the general availability of Qlik Sense in 2014, Qlik was a one-product company offering QlikView.
Today, the vendor provides a portfolio of visual analytics offerings. With these, Qlik focuses on integrating different data sources and empowering data governance (data), supporting people with its platform (people) and supporting analysis using its associative model (ideas).
Qlik’s platform consists of several components including Qlik Sense Enterprise, Qlik Sense Cloud, Qlik Analytics Platform for developers, QlikView and Qlik NPrinting. Qlik DataMarket provides external data for analyses such as weather and currency information.
In 2017, Qlik acquired its Swedish partner Idevio to provide advanced features in the area of spatial analysis. This solution is now being marketed as Qlik GeoAnalytics.
Qlik Sense is positioned as a self-service data visualization solution providing immediate analysis results instead of building applications, and has been furnished with enterprise features such as a central library for common metadata.
Qlik NPrinting is a report generation, distribution and scheduling application which can be used to create reports based on Qlik Sense or QlikView content. It enables organizations to create reports in a variety of popular formats including Office and pixel-perfect PDF files.
User & Use Cases
Qlik Sense was introduced in 2014 and attracted an impressive total of 61 responses in this year’s BI Survey. Even more surprisingly, survey responses indicate that a median of 150 users (and a mean of over 2000 users) use the solution within customer organizations.
These numbers are very high for such a young product and point to quick adoption of the software. Qlik has invested a lot of time in Qlik Sense’s support for QlikView data stores and in providing a single QIX engine and data storage for both solutions. This has undoubtedly greased the wheels of Qlik Sense’s rapid rise to prominence.
The product is mostly used for dashboard creation, basic data analysis and standard/enterprise reporting. The latter use case has risen from 58 percent last year to 64 percent this year. Recent versions of NPrinting, Qlik’s reporting solution, now support Qlik Sense as well as QlikView. This development is likely to drive the percentage of users using Qlik Sense for enterprise reporting even higher in the future.
Only 59 percent of respondents use Qlik Sense for ad hoc query, the original focus of the solution. Customers now seem to be using the software for a broader set of use cases.
Current vs. planned use
N = 61
5 products most often evaluated in competition with Qlik Sense
N = 59
Percentage of employees using Qlik Sense
N = 59
Number of users using Qlik Sense
N = 59
Tasks carried out with Qlik Sense by business users
N = 58
Company size (number of employees)
N = 60