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. QlikView, the company’s only product at the time, was very aggressively marketed after the VC investment. This created attention and traction, and in 2010 Qlik went public on NASDAQ. In 2016, Qlik was acquired by a private equity company and delisted from the stock exchange.
Qlik was a one-product company until the general availability of Qlik Sense in 2014. Today, the vendor provides a portfolio of data management and analytics offerings. With this stack, Qlik focuses on helping customers manage their data, providing analytics to analyze the data and features to transport insights to end users. This product review describes QlikView.
Qlik’s platform consists of several components including Qlik Sense, Qlik Core for developers, QlikView and Qlik NPrinting, for enhanced printing and page-based layout. Qlik DataMarket is a marketplace for sourcing external data for analyses such as weather and currency information. In 2017 Qlik acquired Idevio, now called Qlik GeoAnalytics, to provide enhanced spatial analysis. The vendor has also strengthened its data management offering. Qlik Data Catalyst, formerly Podium Data, was acquired to broaden its feature set for data preparation and data catalogs. This was followed in 2019 by the acquisition of Attunity, a real-time data integration specialist.
User & Use Cases
In this year’s survey, customers report using QlikView mainly for traditional BI topics such as dashboards and standard/enterprise reporting. In general, these usage scenarios are similar to those of Qlik’s other analytics front end, Qlik Sense. 45 percent of business users create reports and 24 percent perform model/enrich tasks. Both these figures are below the survey average.
QlikView is mostly used in mid-sized and large companies by a relatively high proportion of users. A median of 110 users per customer work with QlikView. However, the mean value of 905 users indicates that there are currently many much larger deployments in production.
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