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.

QlikView is Qlik’s original offering: a dashboard and analysis product based on in-memory technology and the first product in the “data discovery tools” product category. The solution is positioned as a self-service platform 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 original product – has been on the market for many years and offers very good support for the creation of individual guided applications.

Customers use the solution for dashboarding, standard reporting and basic data analysis. 79 percent of respondents to this year’s survey also say they use the solution for ad hoc queries. However, responses indicate that most users explore/analyze, view and navigate data with the product.

QlikView’s main competitor is actually its sister product Qlik Sense. Customers seem to see overlaps between the solutions and want to make sure they pick the right one to match their needs. The BI Survey uncovers some interesting differences between the two products: QlikView’s penetration rate in customer organizations is far broader than Qlik Sense with 15 percent of employees using QlikView compared to 10 percent for Qlik Sense

QlikView was also the first solution supported by Qlik NPrinting to provide enterprise reporting capabilities, which may be a factor in its broader usage. NPrinting now supports Qlik Sense too so this gap may close in the future. Finally, Qlik Sense seems to be more popular with larger companies, while QlikView is mostly used in mid-sized companies.

Current vs. planned use

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Business Intelligence Use Cases of QlikView

5 products most often evaluated in competition with QlikView

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5 products most often evaluated in competition with QlikView

Percentage of employees using QlikView

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Number of users using QlikView

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Number of users using QlikView

Tasks carried out with QlikView by business users

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Company size (number of employees)

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Company size of QlikView users

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Peer Groups Dashboarding-focused products, Data discovery-focused products, Large international BI vendors
Number of responses236
OfficesWorldwide (50 offices in 27 countries)
Revenues (2016)$706.6 million USD
Web sitewww.qlik.com