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Why switch from QlikView to Qlik Sense?

Does your QlikView need a generational change?


In the last 5 years, an incredible amount has happened in the Business Intelligence world. Today, for example, it is a norm with "Self-Service".

As the user of the BI solution constantly becomes wiser, it also requires more of that BI platform. It should be far more agile, scalable, fast and easier to maneuver around.

Maybe it would be high time to make a rating of QlikView against Qlik Sense.

Below we give our take on why you should switch from QlikView to Qlik Sense.

The first version of QlikView came in the 90's, and QlikView was at that time a revolutionary BI system - and is still one of the best products on the market. Qlik has continuously modernized QlikView, and this eventually resulted in a new, web-based product, Qlik Sense. QlikView and Qlik Sense have been side by side in the market since 2014. In the last few years, several of our customers have chosen to take the step from QlikView to Qlik Sense - below you can read the common reasons for this decision.

Why change product if you are happy with your QlikView solution?

  • Web-based, modern user interface

Qlik Sense's user interface not only looks better - it's also more intuitive. It is easier to use and therefore appeals to more users.

In QlikView, there was room for more dashboards in a sheet than in Qlik Sense, but this often led to cluttered solutions. Many users tried to include everything in one application and ended up with a solution that no one used.

With Qlik Sense, the starting point is a rethinking of the realistic usage context. Who is the user and what does he / she need to be able to see? The result is a solution that is easy to understand and easier to use, but where it is still possible for users to create their own dashboards and tables.

  • Self Service

Self Service works really well in Qlik Sense. Users can create new tables and dashboards themselves, making it easier for them to work with and analyze data.

In the dashboards below, the one on the left is created in QlikView, and the one on the right is created in Qlik Sense.

(Click on the image to read more about QlikView & Qlik Sense, respectively.)


At first glance, the two dashboards may not seem so different, but the one from QlikView takes a long time to create and is created by an advanced Qlik developer, whereas any user can easily create what is made in Qlik Sense.

  • Open system

One of the biggest benefits of Qlik Sense is that it is a web-based and open system. It makes it possible to develop extensions and mashups. In Capana, we have done this in the form of new objects in Qlik Sense, such as KPI dashboards and tables. We have also developed a report generator using mashup. The open system also makes it possible to integrate Qlik Sense with any website.   

  • Mobile devices

All Qlik Sense solutions can adapt to any type of mobile device. In QlikView, the developer had to develop a solution for each type of device - and then it was not even perfect.

  • GIS and Ad-hoc reports

In Qlik Sense, this functionality is included.

  • Same engine (QIX) and qvd layer

Qlik Sense is built on the same engine as QlikView, which means that the associative logic is the same. It also uses the same qvd layer, which means the backend is the same.

  • Support and further development

QlikView will still exist for several years to come, but new features and further development will primarily take place in Qlik Sense. Qlik stopped supporting QlikView 11 in March 2018. Therefore, all customers who need support must upgrade to QlikView 12 or switch to Qlik Sense.

Contact BI specialist
Anders Frost
Tlf. 5151 2271



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How to switch from Qlikview to Qlik Sense?

It is not necessary to rebuild all your QlikView applications, because as mentioned above, Qlik Sense has the same engine (QIX) and the same qvd layer. This means that the backend is the same and the only thing that needs to be changed is the appearance of the user application. Qlik has developed Qlik Converter, which converts QlikView applications to similar Qlik Sense applications. However, it is our experience that it is often just as quick to rebuild the design without the converter.

The migration can be done in several different ways, either one application at a time or all at once. In terms of licenses, your QlikView licenses will be converted to Qlik Sense licenses. If you have a complicated BI environment, it is also possible to run both versions simultaneously for a while without having to pay for dual licenses.

Contact us for more information on how the migration can be done with you and how your licenses can be converted.

> Read about Capana's unique Qlik extensions

> Read why you should choose Capana as your BI partner

"Having quick access to correct knowledge is of vital importance. That's what Qlik gives us."

- Thomas Hammelev-Wethje, IT manager