QLIK SENSE: 5 reasons to select Qlik Sense instead of QlikView

By Nicolas Oury On August 24, 2015
QLIK SENSE: 5 reasons to select Qlik Sense instead of QlikView

Over the last months, Qlik has been putting in place many marketing actions around Qlik Sense, but it is still quite uncommon to find a clear message on the key advantages of selecting Qlik Sense instead of QlikView.

I would like here to answer this key question, and provide the top 5 reasons to select Qlik Sense instead of QlikView:


    • Ability to develop their own data visualizations: Over time, self-service reporting (ability for a user to create its own data visualizations) has always been a weak point of Business Intelligence solutions. By providing a simplified access to key functionalities, Qlik Sense is usable by almost any user allowing him to be totally autonomous in building new visualizations and thus be able to answer his business questions.
    • Ability to build dashboards on ad-hoc data sources: Having the end-users being autonomous, is not only related to their ability to develop new data visualizations, it is to have them autonomous during the entire value chain. By simplifying the accessibility to data sources, end-users can now themselves, import new ad-hoc data sources to their dashboard.
    • Ability to create data stories: time is now gone when all the analysis was done in a Business Intelligence solution and the restitution in Powerpoint (causing difficulties in terms of data consistency and traceability). Thanks to a new key feature provided by Qlik Sense and called “Story Telling”, the end-user can now easily, and directly in Qlik Sense, communicating the insights he has discovered thanks to his own data visualizations and build an abstract for his colleagues.
  • Qlik Sense #2: MOBILE-FRIENDLY

    • Responsive design (Laptop, IPad, iPhone): no need anymore to develop multiple user experiences based on the variety of devices in your end-user community. By being totally responsive, Qlik Sense user experience automatically adapts to the device of the end user.
    • Visualize & Build: not only Qlik Sense is responsive when viewing the data visualizations, but it is designed so that the creation of new data visualizations can be made on mobile devices such as iPad.

    • KPIs & Dimensions: by promoting a central access to all KPIs and Dimensions, it is now easier than ever to organize and reuse calculation or analytical axes across data visualizations
    • Data Visualizations: You can as well centralize and share your best data visualizations facilitating their reusability.
  • Qlik Sense #4: CUSTOMIZABLE & OPEN

    • Mashups: highly customizable user interface to ensure compliance with the most complex corporate identities.
    • Open APIs: Qlik Sense is totally open. Not only you can easily integrate any portion of your data visualization in another web application or portal, but you can easily develop a new data visualization to complement Qlik Sense with your business specific visualizations.
    • Improved connectivity: by providing new connectors directly available in Qlik Sense (such as web files or external data through Qlik Data Market) it now becomes easier to connect to a wide variety of sources.

    • Ability to reuse QlikView data models: by reusing the same Information framework as the one used in QlikView you can leverage more than 20 years of experience in data consolidation with great performance. All the data models you have been developing in QlikView are directly reusable within Qlik Sense, helping to leverage your past investment in data consolidations and business rules.
  • Qlik Sense #6 (bonus): LICENSING MODEL

    • Simplicity: In QlikView you need to buy both a server license and a user license. The server license has two variants (excluding Information Access Server and Extranet Server) Small Business and Enterprise. The user license has four variants Named, Document, Session and Usage Client Access License. In Qlik Sense you have only one basic type, a token.
    • Flexibility: A customer has two options on how to use those tokens, either assign them to a user or assign them to a session pool. There is also flexibility in how he sets up both his application architecture (unlimited applications) and his technical architecture (mix and match nodes, clusters either on premise of in the cloud). As there is no license cost for a server he can spin up some additional nodes in on AWS to help cope with peek hours.

In addition to those features, LinPack for Qlik Sense (developed by Lintao) is bringing new features to Qlik Sense, such as the ability to dynamically change the analytical axis in a data visualization (like it is the case today in QlikView with cycles). Not only this, but LinPack for Qlik Sense also equips the end-users by the ability to dynamically select the KPI they are analyzing in whatever data visualization they would have created.

Complementing QlikView, we believe at Lintao that Qlik Sense is creating fantastic new opportunities to help organizations better leveraging information for fact-based communication and evidence-based decision-making.