Hi all Qlik Techies,
There are lot of material on the community and web for the comparison of these two different products from the Qlik Family but I am confused that when a new client who is in need of a Business Intelligence Solutions, what should we pitch first now? and on the basis of what factors or criteria?
Thanks and regards,
Sense is Enterprise ready, the QMC is more user friendly in Sense and the spreading services across different nodes is simpler in Sense. Given it is also going to be getting the lion's share of the development there is no reason to go for QlikView on this basis - unless you have a prospect that will only go for technology that has been tried and tested for many years.
I have blogged on Sense a few times, any my opinions can be found there:
Just to add to those posts, I do consultancy on both products, and Qlik Sense is really starting to grow on me. It is nice to work with, and you can engage with people as you are building things and it all feels simple. You just need to be aware of the limitations of Sense though. When working with QlikView I know how to achieve most of what anyone can throw at me, with Sense there are things that it just can not do. That said, I have come up with some innovative work arounds in Sense (like a field picker for a chart using a data island of field names).
Personally, I still recommend people to use QlikView in most cases - for some things it is quicker and it makes some things possible that are not in Sense. However, when I have a new data set and I just want to explore it a bit I will tend to use Sense now - often Qlik Cloud - it just feels nicer to use.
Hope that answers your question?
Thanks for the quick response and to share your experiences with us.
Thanks in Advance
In the main we don't get to chose what we pitch. People come to us asking for advice or help on either Sense or QlikView.
When we do promote one solution or the other it is generally that someone is looking to get a job done, to solve a problem of some kind, and they want us to do that job. I know that we can solve problems quicker (and therefore be better value) when working with QlikView.
I know that when companies are going out knocking on doors offering BI solutions they will tend to lead with Qlik Sense as it looks shiny and from that point of view is an easier sell.
There is an argument that if you can afford it, go for both. Have a single QVD repository and include files and two different delivery mechanisms. Sense does have the enterprise functionalities - such as publishing across different nodes - but I still think the ability to get under the bonnet gives QlikView the edge if you have to pick one product in that environment.
Hopefully this post will seem woefully outdated soon though, as some of the features that have been added since Sense first appeared (Variables, KPI, Pivot Tables) have some of the missing features added to them (TrendLines, Font Options (without CSS), Conditional Show, Buttons/Actions).
I would echo Steve comments and add that QlikView is a much more mature product, while QlikSense is less mature. The lines are blurring, but I still think this holds true.
I've shown a small group of users both. There was a big preference for Sense. It was a no contest.
My view. Go for Sense unless there is a sound reason not too. It offers a lot more
Sense offers a lot more than View. Like screen adapts to screen sizes and form factors, self service, grids, masters metrics etc, better looking visuals, more modern product, easier to use, story telling, much quicker to set up great looking sheets, sharing Apps for private edition, better drill around, improved pivot tables etc. and that's before seeing version 3
In my opinion it's a no contest now. I would recommend changing View to Sense it's so superior. But starting from scratch definitely Sense. And unless you have a sound reason to buy View too just get Sense
Another question to ask could be: what is the future of the product?
Qlik does invest a lot in Sense, as you can see with the latest updates.
I currently don't see that QlikView gets an even comparable amount of development / maintenance effort.
The latest QV12 upgrade version mostly shows a change in the underlying engine. No new charts, almost no new features (except structured parameter? some bar chart options?), at least nothing really big for 4,5 years (ok, add direct discovery in 11.20).
Maybe there will be some kind of merging of both product branches, so that QlikView users will participate e.g. on the new server APIs, which could lead to QV and QS being mostly different front ends to the same engine.
(and I as a developer still like the capabilities of the QV front end ...)
People grow attached to products. I did this with View. I found it hard to move on until I showed new users both options. The response for Sense was excellent. Not so for View
But after using just Sense for 6 months and moving back to View. I couldn't see why I ever rated View so high. I found it old and dated. Whereas moving from View to Sense was a joy
I think Qlik have done an outstanding job with Sense. Still a few minor annoying bugs though but that's understandable.