Qlik Sense FAQs

These Frequently Asked Questions for the launch of Qlik Sense Desktop aim to provide some insight into the differences between QlikView and Qlik Sense.

What is Qlik Sense?

Qlik Sense is a next-generation, self-service data visualization and analysis application. It is built using Qlik’s market-proven data indexing engine. Qlik Sense provides a very easy drag-and-drop technique for users who require personalised visuals, reports and dashboards.

What is Qlik Sense Desktop?

Qlik Sense Desktop is a free desktop version for personal or business use. It includes a range of capabilities such as data visualisation, exploration, drag-and-drop development and storytelling. Qlik Sense Desktop is a standalone, installed Windows client. It allows for the assembly and navigation of visualisation applications that can be saved as local files to be shared and opened by other users. There are no restrictions on the numbers of applications that can be created or files to be shared.

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What makes the Qlik approach unique?

Qlik’s approach is focused on people instead of on just the data. It is the user’s knowledge, experience and intuition that helps in providing good questions to be answered.

Does Qlik still define itself as Business Discovery?

Business Discovery is a term that Qlik created to refer to a new generation of Business Intelligence solutions, where the focus is moving BI from the backrooms of IT, to the frontlines of business. The emphasis is on self-service BI, empowering business analysts, leaders and information workers with the ability to quickly and easily analyse data from multiple sources. This helps in gaining understanding and insight into their business operations, and thus improve outcomes.

What are the major differences between Qlik Sense and QlikView?

Qlik Sense provides new capabilities in the area of true self-service visualisation and analytics. QlikView requires a build-and-publish approach but Qlik Sense uses a simple drag-and-drop technique to build visual analysis. Qlik View continues to provide customers with a flexible analytical application development platform, helping users with minimal technical expertise to still be able to build powerful analytical applications.

What are some of the new capabilities in Qlik Sense?

Qlik Sense is a next generation, self-service data visualization and analysis application that enables individuals, groups, and organizations to rapidly create and share visualizations and dashboards without specialized development skillsets. For example:

  • A simple drag-and-drop technique is used to build visual analysis.
  • Qlik Sense smart search lets users type words or numbers to begin their analysis of the data set.
  • Smart visualisations provide visual signals that help new users to understand visualisation patterns by updating and highlighting new information and associations based on selections.
  • Data Storytelling allows people to capture and share their insights at a point in time in presentation format. Users can add commentary and narrative and drill down directly from the presentation to Qlik Sense as needed.
  • The architecture of Qlik Sense allows new capabilities for governance and manageability to support workgroup and distributed enterprise environments.
  • Open, standard APIs support web app development for complex applications, allowing organizations to use Qlik Sense seamlessly with other technologies, in new ways.

What is Data Storytelling and what are the benefits?

Data Storytelling helps users capture and share insights at a certain point in time, in presentation format. Users can add comments and narrative, and dig into the presentation to seek answers. This facilitates group discovery and helps in driving communication of insight.

How is Qlik Sense more enterprise ready?

Qlik Sense is the first modern analytics product engineered for enterprise readiness. Its architecture was built bottom up using the latest standards and new capabilities for governance and manageability. Workgroups and distributed enterprise environments are thus supported. The open data APIs also allow organisations to use it seamlessly with other technologies.