Compare Qlik Sense® vs Power BI

Not sure if you should choose Power BI or Qlik Sense? Find out how Qlik’s flexible, platform-agnostic architecture and one-of-a-kind data analytics experience can take your organization and users beyond the limits of Power BI.

Qlik or Power BI: Which should you choose?

At a quick glance, it appears that both Qlik and Power BI allow you to scale insights by exploring data from multiple sources, but there are fundamental differences that set Qlik firmly apart. Read on to find out how Qlik outperforms Power BI or compare total cost of ownership (TCO).

Compare Power BI and Qlik

1. Keep your cloud strategy flexible

Your BI and analytics solution should help you gain insights, not force you to build new infrastructure or limit your options. From on-premise to cloud hybrid, Qlik’s platform-agnostic, multi-cloud architecture enables you to deploy in any environment with unparalleled performance and scalability. Compare Qlik Sense vs Power BI for deployment:

  • Qlik – Your cloud strategy

    Qlik’s hybrid platform is built to work with any cloud strategy. You’ll have the same experience and capabilities, no matter where you are or what device you’re working on. That’s variety where you want it (and not where you don’t).
  • Power BI – Their cloud strategy

    With Power BI, you’ll be stuck with Azure – and only Azure. It simply won’t work with other cloud providers. But you will get some (unwelcome) variety: Power BI's on-premise functionality is different from their cloud experience.

2. Look beyond Power BI pricing and get more value for less with Qlik.

There's more to making a BI platform investment than just the initial purchase. The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) factors in all the costs associated with using a BI solution for 3 to 5 years, such as infrastructure, systems setup and app development, and systems admin and support. So, how do Qlik Sense and Power BI Compare on TCO:

  • Qlik – Total transparency

    With Qlik, your total cost of ownership is lower – and you’ll know exactly what it is from the get-go. No getting hit with extra data or compute costs down the road. (The only surprises we like are the ones you can find in your data.)
    • Power BI – Surprise costs

      Power BI may seem low-cost on the surface. But if you’re expecting to work at enterprise scale, guess what – you'll have to pay a lot for that upgrade. Not to mention all the add-ons you’ll need to buy.

      3. Set your data free. And keep the insights coming.

      You need high-performance data analytics no matter which infrastructure you have. You also need an agnostic, independent web-based platform if you want to move, manage, integrate, and analyze data across multiple sources, at enterprise scale and speed. See how Qlik and PowerBI let you control your data:

      • Qlik – Total data freedom

        Qlik is independent and agnostic, so you can deploy your data as you see fit – on premise, in any cloud, or both. Qlik gives you full control, so your data can create value for you. Period.
        • Power BI – Data lock-in

          Microsoft wants you to rely on everything Microsoft (namely Azure). Because buying more of their products means more market value for them. Do you really want your data locked into that?

          4. Easily scale data and data-driven insight.

          Uncovering insights works best when users have a complete, up-to-date view of all relevant data. This requires the ability to integrate and combine data from any source, as close to real-time as possible. To do that successfully, you need an analytics platform that’s built to handle data at any scale without compromising performance or driving up costs. Compare Qlik Sense vs Power BI for scalability below.

          • Qlik – Super scalable

            Qlik has no auto-imposed data storage restrictions. That means you can pull usable data from multiple sources, at enterprise speed – and grow seamlessly and easily.
          • Power BI – Spendy scale

            Once you hit the cheaper Power BI Pro’s shockingly low data limits (1GB per data set), you’ll need to switch to Premium (for a “whopping” 9 more GBs). Or live query, which will slow your work (and everyone else’s) to a crawl.

            5. Stay in control of your data with enterprise-grade governance.

            Keep your data in command without limiting discovery. Qlik’s centralized management capability uses rules-based governance to control publishing, sharing and user access to apps and data. The result? Data, analytics and insights everyone can trust. Find out which is better for governance: Power BI or Qlik Sense.
            • Qlik – Full-featured governance

              Thanks to Qlik’s web-based platform, your data is centralized, ready to go at all times, and easily managed. You have full oversight – and control – over your data.
            • Power BI – Decentralized chaos

              With Power BI, your data is spread across people’s desktops and the cloud. How can you manage everything properly when it’s all over the place?

              6. Go further faster with end-to-end data integration and analytics.

              A flexible and scalable data integration and analytics solution can put the power of insight into the hands of any user, faster than ever. With a single platform that brings these capabilities together as an integrated solution means you can quickly focus on maximizing the value of your data and analytics, not managing a complex technology stack. See how Power BI and Qilk compare.

              • Qlik – Grow more

                Qlik is built from the ground up on modern architecture designed to help you be more profitable. Our end-to-end web-based platform is ahead of the curve with its robust analytics and data integration offerings.
              • Power BI – Pay more

                Power BI is built on a patchwork platform designed to get you to keep adding stack products – and, you guessed it – spend more money.

                7. Deliver nearly any data analytics use case – all from one interface.

                Business users shouldn’t have to switch between multiple systems to find answers to their data questions. With Qlik, you won’t have to. One interface is all you need to explore data, discover insights, create dashboards and share interactive reports no matter which device you’re using. Find out what use cases business users can accomplish with Qlik Sense vs Power BI.

                • Qlik – Flexible, single interface

                  With Qlik, business authors can create dashboards, full-featured apps, interactive reports, custom and embedded analytics, and more. All with one interface that even novices can use on any device.
                  • Power BI – Multiple products required

                    Need to deliver on a range of use cases? You’ll need a range of Microsoft products for that. (We’d list them all here, but we respect your time.)

                    8. Set your curiosity free with data-driven insight, anytime, anywhere.

                    Curiosity can strike at any time. It doesn’t wait for you to be at your desk, computer on. That can make desktop-based data analytics software frustrating. You need a platform that lets you freely explore data and uncover hidden insights whenever inspiration (or curiosity) strikes, no matter where you or what device is closest to you. That describes Qlik Sense perfectly. Power BI? Not so much. Find out why.

                    • Qlik – Curiosity required

                      Because Qlik is a web-based platform, users can do anything they need to, wherever they are, in real time, on any device. All they need to bring to the table is a healthy helping of curiosity.
                      • Power BI – Desktops (plural) required

                        On the Power BI platform, desktops reign supreme – and you’ll need different desktop software for different tasks. Power BI’s cloud is mainly used for uploading reports which, by the way, have fewer editing capabilities.

                        Popular resources to help you compare Qlik vs Power BI

                        • Analyst Report

                          2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics

                        • E-Book

                          Built for Transformation: How Qlik Gets You Farther, Faster in the Digital Era

                        • Whitepaper

                          3rd Generation BI – Accelerating Data Literacy in the Analytics Economy

                        • Whitepaper

                          Qlik Sense Architecture & Scalability Whitepaper

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                        Bonus! Three more ways Qlik outperforms Power BI

                        Here are a few more important ways Qlik delivers more value than Power BI when it comes to transforming your business with data.
                        • Qlik – Data democracy

                          Qlik believes in true self-service. Our platform lets anyone, at any skill level, explore their data. Qlik Sense lets users create reports with drag-and-drop ease. And, end users aren’t restricted to simple dashboards with filters.
                        • Power BI – Data dictatorship

                          With Power BI, only authors have self-service access. And once they’ve published content, it’s available only with very limited interactivity. If users want to explore deeper, they have to go back to the author for a new report.
                        • Privacy and Compliance

                        • Qlik – Compliance you can count on

                          Qlik Sense lets you fully deploy in local/private clouds/data centers, so your data is safe from the US Cloud Act. Plus, Qlik is GDPR compliant across all of Europe.
                        • Power BI – Spotty compliance

                          Power BI stores data in Azure data centers. Because the government doesn’t consider this “private,” Microsoft could be forced to make your data available under the US Cloud Act. And by the way, Power BI isn’t GDPR compliant in some countries.
                        • Data Discovery

                        • Qlik – Giant leaps of discovery

                          Qlik’s Associative Engine lets users explore data freely, on the fly, and from any angle. Plus, machine learning allows Qlik’s cognitive engine to get smarter over time – giving you exponentially more brainpower. With access to all possible connections in your data, expect business to proceed full steam ahead.
                        • Power BI – Baby steps forward(ish)

                          Power BI works on a SQL database that restricts users to linear, predetermined query paths. Plus, AI is only available in the cloud, with data that’s uploaded to the cloud (that’s not very “I”). Expect business to proceed S.L.O.W.L.Y.

                        Should you compare Power BI vs QlikView®?

                        It is still common to see comparisons between QlikView and Power BI, and while our classic analytics solution continues to provide more value than Power BI in many fronts, context is critical. QlikView was built on a “develop and publish” paradigm, enabling highly sophisticated BI apps still used by many large enterprises. Since Power BI is a self-service analytics tool, it's misleading to compare QlikView vs Power BI in a modern self-service context.
                        That’s where Qlik Sense comes in. It offers the incredible simplicity critical for self-service with all the capabilities that let QlikView consistently outperform Power BI – the Associative Engine’s one-of-a-kind analytics experience and complete platform capabilities to tackle even the most complex multi-source analytical challenges – not to mention all the other advantages we’ve already covered.

                        Qlik Sense or Power BI — Which is best for your organization?

                        Take data visualization to a whole new level with Qlik Sense.

                        So which data analytics vendor should you choose, Qlik or the competition? Before you decide, evaluate all the potential BI use cases you want to enable in your business beyond the narrow focus offered by the competition. Then consider all that makes Qlik Sense® the leader for next-generation data analytics technologies. Our one-of-a-kind associative analytics engine engine and sophisticated AI empowers people at all skill levels to freely explore data, make bigger discoveries and uncover bolder insights they can’t find using other analytics tools. And combined with Qlik’s data integration platform you get an end-to-end solution that outperforms the competition every time.

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