QlikSense Desktop (free) discontinues in June 2020
Today I read that QlikSense desktop will no longer available for download and use (as well as existing installations) from June 2020.
Rumour or fact ?
Why do this ? Besides profiteering ? Surely there are other ways to encourage early adopters ? Forcing people to Qlik SaaS offering is not a great option as it does not support much in the way of extensions and of course locks out 3rd party extension provides such as VizLib which I use when prototyping before migrating to a server.
Thank you for the suggestion. If using a Business level licence gave us access to Desktop, that might be a workable solution. But from what I am reading (in linked annoucement and FAQs), Enterprise level is required. Which brings me to my concerns about complexity (and cost).
I am still waiting to hear from Qlik Sense themselves. I am finding information hard to come by.
Edited to add... I do see this statement as well. Anyone know what "prioritized" means"? Will this be accomplished before the June 30 deadline?
"We have prioritized enabling Qlik Sense Desktop to authenticate via Qlik Cloud Services which would enable Qlik Sense Business users to also use Qlik Sense Desktop. This will enable paid and trial users to keep their data local if they choose."
For individual users it seems to make sure sense (unintended pun) to licence QS Business but per the below doesn't seem to be possible for now. Great news if it will be in the future but hope it can be before June...
Can I use Qlik Sense Business to unlock Qlik Sense Desktop?
No, currently the only option is to authenticate Qlik Sense Desktop against Qlik Sense Enterprise on Windows. We are working to provide authentication via Qlik Cloud Services including Qlik Cloud Business.
Or do you have any additional insight?
Edit - Just noticed the same comment from walkasia - but good to hear if anyone has any update...
Adding my story of how QSD being free has helped me into a role as a BI Architect in QlikSense environment.
In 2015 I first used QlikSense in a job where they had Enterprise and we used Desktop for development (I was working as an Analyst with some unrelated development history - so really I was just playing with QlikSense for the most part).
At the start of 2017 I left that job and went to a role where I didn't use QlikSense at all, but at home I continued to use it.
Mid-2018 I started my first QlikSense dev role (without having the free QSD there is no way I could have landed that role).
Late-2019 I started a role which included Architecture in a QS environment (whole ETL process & front end handled by QlikSense). Unfortunately due to strong firewalls & security policies, I cannot authenticate from out of office, meaning that my personal usage will stop in June 😞
Now I'm learning Power BI for my personal usage... perhaps in a few years I will be working in that area.