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.

QlikView is a dashboard and ’associative’ analysis product based on in-memory technology, and was the first product in the “data discovery” product category. The product is positioned as a solution for building guided analytic apps targeted at business users, enabling them to analyze data without going to an expert for a new report or dashboard.

User & Use Cases

QlikView – Qlik’s flagship product – has been on the market for several years now. It offers very good support for the creation of individual guided applications.

These apps can be used for a broad number of scenarios and serve different purposes. Customers use QlikView for dashboard and enterprise report creation as well as for basic data analysis and ad hoc querying of data. Qlik acquired NPrinting in 2015, which extends QlikView’s printing capabilities for enterprise reporting.

Most users view, navigate and perform data analysis using QlikView applications. This ties in with Qlik’s strategy for QlikView and Qlik Sense – its main front ends.

Current vs. planned use

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5 products most often evaluated in competition with QlikView

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Percentage of employees using QlikView

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Licensing models

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Number of users using QlikView

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Tasks carried out with QlikView by business users

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Company size (number of employees)

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Summary of QlikView highlights

BI Survey feedback shows that Qlik has done a first-rate marketing job with its solution. Customers see QlikView as one of the most competitive solutions on the market and the product receives top ranks in all of its peer groups. Results for query and overall performance are especially strong.

From its very beginnings QlikView has been equipped with integrated in-memory data storage. Over the years Qlik has invested heavily in tuning the system, finally introducing the next generation of its in-memory engine – the QIX engine – in 2015 with the launch of QlikView version 12. In this year’s BI Survey, 85 percent of QlikView customers say they are still using version 11 so any resulting change in performance will not show up in our results until next year.

Considered for purchase - Top ranked

Peer group: large international BI vendors

Considered for purchase - Top ranked

Peer group: visual discovery-focused products

Considered for purchase - Top ranked

Peer group: dashboarding-focused products

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Peer Groups Dashboarding-focused products, Large international BI vendors, Visual data discovery-focused products
Number of responses239
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 supports decision-makers across customer organizations with its easy-to-use, flexible solution. It can be used to create individual applications as well as to visualize data and find insights in it.
The BI Survey 16
Customers report relatively few issues with QlikView, rating it above average in the large international BI vendors peer group. QlikView is a mature product that has excelled in this category in each of the last five years.
The BI Survey 16
Customers see Qlik as one of the most competitive vendors in the BI space, and give it good ratings in the ‘Considered for purchase’, ‘Competitive win rate’ and ‘Chosen as standard’ KPIs.
The BI Survey 16
QlikView ranks highly in all of its peer groups in the combined ‘Performance’ KPI, following up on consistently good rankings over the last four years…Qlik’s in-memory engine is clearly capable of providing a good level of performance to users.
The BI Survey 16
QlikView’s orientation towards business users means that developing applications takes less time than it would with products from other large international BI vendors.
The BI Survey 16