Product Comparison: QlikView V/s Microsoft Business Intelligence


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This Article Covers the two important Data Visualization Tools and there differences

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Product Comparison: QlikView V/s Microsoft Business Intelligence

  1. 1. Product Comparison: QlikView V/s Microsoft BusinessIntelligenceThe use of databases has long been an art of managing information and creating informed practices inthe computing world. But in recent times, with the advent of Data Warehouses, new methods ofintelligence have been possible to embed into these erstwhile databases and make them extremelyproductive meeting a host of Business intelligence purposes both in the Government and CorporateInformation worlds.However, here it is important to go a little into the history of Database Management and how Databaseshave said to be have been evolving over the years. The first known databases, existed as i) File systemsthen came the ii) The Network Models then the iii) Hierarchical models and then the iv) The RelationalModels and so on v) Object oriented Databases and finally vi) Object Relational Database Systems.Database gurus, in the United States, now believe that Object Relational Systems are here to stayespecially with modern datasets that are very huge and or that which, are growing very fast! Can only orusually be best comprehended alone using Data Visualization (DV).Again, having an ability to interact with data through visual drill-down capabilities and dashboards makeit absolutely necessary for the latest Data Visualization systems to make ample use of Object RelationalDatabase Systems as their backbends.When it comes to assuming intelligence from a business warehouse, there are a multitude of intereststhat these Systems will have to cater to the business owner and or designated authorities in companiesas the business world increasingly moves into a transparent and hectic horizon of new age realties,where always intelligence is key.Some of the options that managers would want the BI systems to cater include new ways of drillingdown on keywords, Key Performance Indicators (KPI), metrics leading to better searches, be able toeasily comprehend data, preference on visual drill down capabilities, able to monitor Businesstransactions and being a highly interactive platform with all the right Data Visualization protocols set tomake them enabled for use over the Internet.However, in this document we are attempting a comparison between two of the very famous DataVisualization tools namely, QlikView and Microsoft BI mainly focusing on their salient features with briefcomments.There is a wide spread confusion amongst people in the DV markets in confidently answering as towhich tool is the best Data Visualization product?The below are 2 key factors for tool selection that are immediately obvious:• Which makes it easy to comprehend the data• Price-performance
  2. 2. Here it is important to remind ourselves that products only vary in their reasons for importance incomparison to other products, for e.g.a) A product may have the best web client and analytical functionality.b) The other may have the best ability to interact with the back end i.e. the data sets or the OLAP cubesetc.So, facts about the product comparison between QlikView and Microsoft BI tool go about highlightingthe features of both the products one after another as described below:To being with, QilkView is seen by many as the best visualization product for interactive drill-downcapabilities. But, QlikView is increasingly seen as expensive with a third of its customers according to asurvey feeling this as a hindrance to its wide spread use.There are serious flaws in the pricing model as also a larger deployment necessary to more users thatare not rendering it possible for the investment of RAM required to support the increasing numbers ofconcurrent users.Also, users find QlikViews strengths lie in its user-driven approach to BI and say that, its ease of use liesin its intuitive interface. However, critics feel that QlikView has no expansive product strategy beyond itscurrent offering.Though it has a roadmap for incremental improvements to the current product, many feel that QlikViewhas not laid out a clear vision elucidating how it will maintain a sustainable competitive advantage.Despite all this, analysts believe that QlikView still delivers one among the best performance in themarket.On the other hand, Microsoft BI platform provides better price-performance ratio and works good as abackend for DV (with release of SQL Server) or for people who wish to build own frontend DV. It alsoperforms excellently on Enterprise readiness and long-term viability.Since the Partners are key to SMB market it is always safe when it comes to Long-term viability withMicrosoft as they are 35+ years into the Global market which is a direct advantage over other tools.Microsoft is also the pioneer of the Visualization business in the IT industry, being the original inventorof Windows and so when it comes to business Interactive Visualization, they have an edge.Again, most users value Visualization over Modeling Development - therefore, the Visual environment ofconsulting excels in interest over their competitors, i.e. their UI & set of Visual Controls that integrateData Visualization components in toto.It also scores a point when it comes to interactive visualization to match standards and metrics set asnecessary by global delivery model along the above lines.References:
  3. 3. Table depicting the comparison of different DVs head-to-head FYIYou can find more of interesting technical articles on our Technical Blog at
  4. 4. To receive a free complementary 1 hour technical and business analysis consulting service,call us at 813-600-4060 ext 128 or email us at info@amzur.comAuthored by Anil K. Patnaik, Amzur Technologies, Inc.