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paul_scotchford
Specialist
Specialist

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.

 

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morenoju
Partner
Partner

Hi guys,

Some time ago I created a thread aboutthe "you have no access pass" error I'm getting when trying to authenticate in Qlik Sense Desktop against Server Enterprise. I also reported the issue to Qlik Support but it's been two weeks of questions back and forth they are not being able to help.

https://community.qlik.com/t5/Qlik-Sense-Deployment-Management/Qlik-Sense-Desktop-Authenticating-aga...

I'm starting to be concerned because June 30th is no longer that far away. Have you guys tried to authenticate against Qlik Sense Enterprise? Does it work for you?

Thanks

KL1
Contributor II
Contributor II

I have another option: I am migrating all my apps to power BI, which is free and comes with great integration of Python and R - BTW I have always thought QlikSense was a failed and unfinished product. 

felipe87
Contributor II
Contributor II

Power Bi was my first idea when thinking about that... Just sucks that it is a new learning curve all again...

From the little that I saw from Power BI, I thought that the final application is more fluid in Qliksense and the selections are easier to make ( maybe it is because I am just more use to ).  But the transformation Wizard (Power Query) seeds more friendly ...  

I  though QlikSense is great and will continue to use in my work( just bought licenses)... But personal use: Power BI.
And how knows? Maybe I end up linking Power BI more.

 

elvis_schwarz
Contributor III
Contributor III

 
 
Convert to . csv
elvis_schwarz
Contributor III
Contributor III

Microsoft loved

KL1
Contributor II
Contributor II

@Felipe  I think jumping over to PowerBI from QS is an easy jump. B'se many of us here must have learnt and understood relational Database concepts and probably are adept in using MSAccess and Excel formulas etc. PowerBI is nothing far from it to start with. Also, switching from one visualisation to another is seamless. ex: you might have made a column chart but you could switch it to  another chart just by a click - without having to redo it all over again. Also, anyone who is happy with QS scripting is definitely going to be happy with Python & R as these are integrated into Power BI. 

All those who have grown up using Microsoft products I am sure have experienced that all MS products follow same sort of soul if you know what I mean.

I think QS desktop gives a bad name to QS Enterprise, cos I am sure we all know desktop visualisations are a bit clunky and look unfinished. May be this is why Qlik is discontinuing QSD. Good for them, I can enjoy Power BI with Python & R. Give it a week you'd be surprised why you didn't look at Power BI earlier. 

KL1
Contributor II
Contributor II

@alejandrow  QVDs are just xml documents with data in them, surely someone can write a VBA program to read the data and write into .CSVs.

Try exploring QVDs using a free Open source tool called Notepad ++. I have managed to edit some QVDs a year ago. If I manage to find some time, I will probably write a snippet of code in VBA  that extracts data from QVD to .CSV and will post here.

KL1
Contributor II
Contributor II

@pjaredchurch  if you like scripting I am sure you'd enjoy Power BI, cos you can play with Python & R both, this could open the doors of  Data science & AI for you.

PS: it is surprising that Qlik are going down this route when every other major software vendors are coming down the route of free versions for developers eg:microsoft Visual Studio and many others. It is a shame though - here comes the downfall of Qlik. B'se the success of Qlik has gathered momentum because of all of those intelligent, free thinkers  in Qlik community who have learnt, worked and shared their experiences with new comers in Qlik community  thus making more Qlik users - amongst these users a considerable majority must have convinced their employers to buy Qlik enterprise.

NicolasMartin
Contributor
Contributor

I'm a Qlik user since QlikView 8. In 2005 / 2010, QlikView was way ahead of all others BI products.
Since, there is no more major improvement this product is just an average BI tool.
As QlikView development stagnated, I began to use QlikSense.

Both tools were nice because we can do POC and prove future users it's the tool to own.

In 15 years, thanks to this business model, I convinced maybe 50 companies and hundreds of persons to use Qlik products.

Now, with this decision, I understand it's time for me to migrate to another tool.

 

Farewell Qlik.

paulyeo11
Master
Master

Hi Martin

I think your feedback is contructive and positive . I agree with you though.