WHY SWITCH FROM QLIKVIEW TO QLIK SENSE?
Is your QlikView solution in need of a generational shift?
Over the past 5 years, there have been tremendous advancements in the field of Business Intelligence. Today, "Self-Service" has become the norm.
As BI users continue to grow more knowledgeable, they demand more from their BI platform. It needs to be highly agile, scalable, fast, and easier to navigate.
Perhaps it's high time to assess QlikView against Qlik Sense.
Below, we provide our perspective on why you should transition from QlikView to Qlik Sense.
The first version of QlikView was introduced in the 1990s, and at that time, QlikView was a revolutionary BI system - and it still remains one of the best products in the market. Qlik has continuously modernized QlikView, which ultimately resulted in a new web-based product called Qlik Sense. QlikView and Qlik Sense have coexisted in the market since 2014. In recent years, many of our customers have chosen to make the transition from QlikView to Qlik Sense. Below, you can read about the common reasons behind this decision.
Why switch products if you're satisfied with your QlikView solution?
> Web-based, modern user interface
Qlik Sense not only has a visually appealing user interface but also a more intuitive one. It is easier to use and appeals to a broader range of users.
In QlikView, there was more room for multiple dashboards in a single sheet compared to Qlik Sense, but this often led to cluttered solutions. Many users attempted to include everything in one application and ended up with a solution that no one used.
With Qlik Sense, the focus is on thoughtful consideration of the realistic usage context. Who is the user, and what do they need to see? The result is a solution that is easy to understand and navigate, while still allowing users to create their own dashboards and tables.
Self-Service works exceptionally well in Qlik Sense. Users can create their own tables and dashboards, making it easier for them to work with and analyze data.
The dashboards below show an example created in QlikView on the left and in Qlik Sense on the right.
(Click on the image to learn more about QlikView & Qlik Sense respectively.)
At first glance, the two dashboards may not appear very different, but the one from QlikView takes a long time to create and is designed by an advanced Qlik developer, whereas anyone can easily create what is made in Qlik Sense.
> Open system
One of the biggest advantages of Qlik Sense is that it is a web-based and open system. This allows for the development of extensions and mashups. At Capana, we have done this by introducing new objects in Qlik Sense, such as KPI dashboards and tables. We have also developed a report generator using mashup. Moreover, the open system enables integration of 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 create a solution for each individual device, and even then, it wasn't perfect.
> GIS and Ad-hoc reporting
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 utilizes the same qvd layer, ensuring that 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 occur in Qlik Sense. Qlik stopped supporting QlikView 11 in March 2018. Therefore, all customers in need of support must upgrade to QlikView 12 or switch to Qlik Sense.
How to migrate from QlikView to Qlik Sense?
It is not necessary to rebuild all your QlikView applications because, as mentioned above, Qlik Sense uses the same engine (QIX) and the same qvd layer. This means that the backend remains 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 into equivalent Qlik Sense applications. However, in our experience, it is often just as fast to redesign the application without using the converter.
Migration can be done in several ways, either one application at a time or all at once. Regarding licenses, your QlikView licenses will be converted to Qlik Sense licenses. If you have a complex BI environment, it is also possible to run both versions side by side for a period of time without having to pay for duplicate licenses.
Contact us for more information on how the migration can be done in your organization and how your licenses can be converted.