Executive Summary

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MUFI Rating & Risk for QlikTech QlikView

MUFI: Maintainability, Usability, Functionality, Implement ability

Vendor: QlikTech (Select For Vendor Profile)


QlikView is a very similar application to Tableau, although broader in scope, and a bit more heavy functionality. Along with Tableau, it has the highest buyer satisfaction level in the BI software category and one of the clear future leaders in the BI space.

Application Detail

QlikView like Tableau has the fastest implementation timelines in the BI arena, and in fact, these implementation timelines are so fast that it is curious why this is not more obvious and more embarrassing to many of the old-line BI companies. Media outlets are doing a bad job of getting the word out, and of course, the primary consulting companies are all aligned with the most extended implementing applications as shorter implementation times mean less revenue for them. Interestingly we reviewed the very popular and widely read Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, completely missed out on the fact. However, Gartner never prints all the information available to it, only the data that helps it maximize revenue, and publishing the fact that the most significant financial contributors to them also have the most extended implementation timelines, will not maximize Gartner’s revenues.

Although QlikView is not entirely as self-service at Tableau as it requires some database skills that business users do not possess. However, QlikView’s IT load is still light at least relative to what it can do. The fact this story has not gotten out more is we have to assume that the significant consulting companies have a hand in keeping their clients from knowing about QlikView and Tableau as they would seriously cut into their BI consulting margins. We assume that IBM, Oracle, SAP have intensively analyzed QlikView for acquisition, and if any of these companies acquire QlikView, QlikView’s implementation timelines will drastically increase as they will be part of the ecosystem of these large an inefficient vendors. None of these software vendors can compete with QlikView, but they can stop customers from access this value by purchasing QlikView and changing the implementation approach and terms of sale.

Because of both the self-service aspect and the high-quality reports that can be generated by QlikView, it has a higher implementation success probability than other tools. Both QlikView and Tableau fall into the “pleasure to use” category. This is an entirely new category within BI as one of the significant underestimated areas of all enterprise software as the overall industry has tended to focus on technical specifications and integration aspects rather than usability and the user experience. QlikView can be implemented with fewer IT resources than most other BI solutions. QlikView also has outstanding performance, superior to most other BI solutions.

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QlikView stands out for its highly detailed reports. Having many data elements is a hallmark of many QlikView reports.


This QlikView report beings by showing the overall view of all countries.


This type of detail is evident from this report as well. This is just one layer; to the left one can see multiple sections of the story, which bring up different data all related to the topic of population and statistics per country.

QlickView Income Inequality

Many may want to restrict QlikView to only reporting on non-political topics such as sales per region. However, the analytical capabilities of QlikView can also be used for reports like the one above. Certain elite members of society would not want much of the population to see the report above. It would, of course, be unfortunate if analytics lead to any real social change. It may be necessary to make it illegal to use BI products for specific topics; the software is just becoming too good.

One feature about QlikView is that it does not use real-time data. It pulls from other data sources, and having data already in the application is how it is so fast. This is also why QlikView tends to have an expensive hardware setup and must be architected carefully. Another thing about QlikView that surprising people is that the application is not delivered via SaaS, although there are plans to move to this delivery method.

QlikView is a powerful application that most buyers should be looking very carefully at. Buyers can expect to bring up QlikView quickly, and attain one of the fastest ROIs of any application in the BI space.

MUFI Scores

All scores out of a possible 10.

MUFI Scores

Search for the vendor in this table using the search bar in the upper right of the table. Shortening Key: 
  • Ma. = Maintainability
  • Us. = Usability
  • Fu. = Functionality
  • Im. = Implementability
Average Score for Big ERP5. ERP
Average Score for CRM6.
Average Score for Small and Medium ERP8.386.78.5Small and Medium ERP
Average Score for Finance8.88.888.8Finance
Average Score for Demand Planning7.67.277.1Demand Planning
Average Score for Supply Planning6.76.976.8Supply Planning
Average Score for Production Planning6.86.976.9Production Planning
Average Score for BI Heavy5. Heavy
Average Score for PLM77.26.87.3PLM
Average Score for BI Light7.78.798.3BI Light
Arena Solutions Arena PLM 10101010PLM
AspenTech AspenOne48107Production Planning
Birst 88.5108BI Light
ERPNext10107.510Small and Medium ERP
Delfoi Planner866.57Production Planning
Demand Works Smoothie SP910710Supply Planning
Hamilton Grant RM1098.59PLM
IBM Cognos2.731.53BI Heavy
Infor Epiphany7865CRM
Infor Lawson8767Big ERP
Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions9959Finance
JDA DM97.588Demand Planning
Microsoft Dynamics CRM2322CRM
NetSuite CRM6433CRM
Netsuite OneWorld7788Big ERP
Oracle BI4436BI Heavy
Oracle CRM On Demand4535CRM
Oracle Demantra533.54.5Demand Planning
Oracle JD Edwards World4136Big ERP
Oracle RightNow6745CRM
PlanetTogether Galaxy APS10101010Production Planning
Preactor8737Production Planning
QlikTech QlikView99109BI Light
Rootstock9899Small and Medium ERP
Sage X38878Big ERP
Salesforce Enterprise88.597.5CRM
SAP APO DP3432Demand Planning
SAP APO PP/DS2243Production Planning
SAP APO SNP3484Supply Planning
SAP BI/BW1.5242BI Heavy
SAP Business Objects32.573BI Heavy
SAP ECC336.53Big ERP
SAP SmartOps4475.5Supply Planning
SAS BI6.5796BI Heavy
SAS Demand Driven Forecasting7897Demand Planning
Tableau (BI)9101010BI Light
Tableau (Forecasting)10859Demand Planning
Teradata86.39.76BI Heavy
ToolsGroup SO99 (Forecasting)7897Demand Planning
ToolsGroup SO99 (Supply)56107Supply Planning

Vendor and Application Risk

QlikView is such an intriguing option because they offer one of the best front ends in reporting, but they have more backend than Tableau. Because of this, they have the potential to deliver one of the highest ROIs of any BI implementation. But because of their powerful front end, as with Tableau, it can be easy to underestimate how much work is required to develop their reports. QlikView does not have much in the way of partnerships with the major consulting companies, so the consulting is a much better value than software vendors that do have these partnerships. The advice offered by QlikView will also tend to better making for a more efficient implementation.

Likelihood of Implementation Success

This accounts for both the application and vendor-specific risk. In our formula, the total implementation risk is application + vendor + buyer risk. The buyer specific risk could increase or decrease this overall likelihood and adjust the values that you see below.

Likelihood of Application Implementation Success and Failure

Estimates are for a typical project. A specific implementation requires details from the project to make a project-specific estimate.

Search for the application in this table using the search bar in the upper right of the table.
ApplicationProb of Implementation SuccessProb of Implementation Failure
SAP Smartops0.390.61
NetSuite CRM0.460.54
Sugar CRM0.620.48
Base CRM0.910.09
SAP CRM0.350.65
Salesforce Enterprise0.720.28
QlikTech QlikView0.820.18
Tableau (BI)0.980.02
SAP Crystal Reports0.460.54
SAS BI0.760.24
Oracle BI0.350.65
IBM Cognos0.230.77
Infor Epiphany0.580.42
Microsoft Dynamics CRM0.260.74
Oracle RightNow CRM0.410.59
Oracle CRM On Demand0.360.64
SAP Business Objects0.320.68
SAP BI/BW0.250.75
SAP PLM0.290.71
Hamilton Grant RM0.890.11
Arena Solutions0.960.04
Delfoi Planner0.70.3
PlanetTogether Galaxy APS0.960.04
AspenTech AspenOne0.550.45
SAP APO PP/DS0.270.73
Demand Works Smoothie SP0.930.07
ToolsGroup SO99 (Supply)0.820.18
Demand Works Smoothie0.960.04
Tableau (Forecasting)0.90.1
SAS Demand Driven Forecasting0.820.18
ToolsGroup SO99 (Forecasting)0.860.14
JDA DM0.570.43
Oracle Demantra0.330.67
SAP APO DP0.280.72
Intuit QB Enterprise0.80.2
Microsoft Dynamics AX0.40.6
SAP Business One0.490.51
Sage X30.620.38
Infor Lawson0.580.42
Epicor ERP0.40.6
Oracle JD Edwards World0.310.69
Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne0.360.64
SAP ERP ECC/R/30.320.68
NetSuite OneWorld0.650.35

Risk Definition

See this link for more on our categorizations of risk. We also offer a Buyer Specific Risk Estimation as a service for those that want a comprehensive analysis.

Risk Management Approach

Buyers are in a good position to have a successful implementation after a QlikView purchase. The implementation is low risk, and there are not unusual gotchas.

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Schlegel, Kurt. Sallam L. Rita. Yuen, Daniel. Tapadinhas, Joao. Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms. Gartner. 2013