Seventh: Features – Power BI > QlikView
While both Power BI and QlikView offer a number of features, those of Power BI can be utilized by everyone, even individuals who are in Marketing, Sales, and other associated functions. Here’s a helpful summary from FinancesOnline that summarises these features.
Eighth: Cost effectiveness – Power BI > QlikView
The fee structure of for Power BI is straightforward. The desktop version is free, while Power BI Pro comes under $10 per user per month. The latest version – Power BI Premium – offers capacity pricing that helps optimize cost. In the Redmond Magazine, Andrew Peterson explains: “Power BI Premium splits licensing between content creators and content users. Content creators still require a Power BI Pro license. Need to add a new content creator? Simply acquire a Power BI Pro license. And when an organization needs to scale up or scale out the number of apps supported under the Premium license, it can either upgrade the Capacity Node level, or add additional Capacity Nodes.”
The fee for QlikView, however, isn’t straightforward, making it difficult to figure out which is more cost effective. The QlikView website offers two editions – Enterprise and personal. While the personal version, meant to be used on a personal computer, is free, the price of the enterprise version can be accessed only after contacting their sales team. By the way, when you opt for QlikView, you also get the QlikView Publisher – a data reload and distribution service, license for extranet server, and the information access server. However, as per anecdotal evidence, no solution can beat the cost effectiveness of Power BI; not even QlikView.
Conclusion: Power BI wins (Unless you are a Data Scientist)
Every winner has an ace up its sleeve. For Power BI, that is the Microsoft suite of applications and platforms. The high level of platform workflow integrations and the advanced platform support for Cloud BI, give Power BI the edge over QlikView. If you already use Office 365 and SQL Server, adopting Power BI would be a no-brainer. Mobility provides an extra edge with the Power BI mobile app being connected to the rest of your software. This feature is priceless to Sales teams that require updated information and insights on the go.
Most importantly, the pace of innovation at Power BI is a welcome relief. The latest version offers improved Q&A, Quick Insights and Natural Language Queries. Andrew Peterson adds, “While charts and graphs tend to get most of the attention in Power BI, Microsoft has been continually working to improve the behind-the-scenes work on natural-language queries. The latest release promises to provide advancements in ways to query data. If you’ve been an analyst, or worked closely with one, you know that every dataset or report you give them pushes them to ask more questions. Both Q&A and Quick Insights have been part of Power BI for a while, but in this testing, they’ve continually improved.”
My Pick: Power BI
There’s no doubt that QlikView is a promising product. Bernard Marr, in an article in Forbes states, “The vendor has over 40,000 customer accounts across over 100 countries, and those that use it frequently cite its highly customizable setup and wide feature range as a key advantage. This however can mean that it takes more time to get to grips with and use it to its full potential.” That’s exactly my contention. Why complicate when you can simplify?
Power BI does that for me in a cost effective and user-friendly manner. Weekly updates, a familiar user interface, and a strong infrastructure network are just some of the benefits that are obvious with Power BI. For instance, now Power BI can make AI driven app recommendations. Microsoft has also made the Power BI desktop client available on the Windows Store app marketplace. Power BI General Manager Kamal Hathi in his blog post states, “Enterprises will now be able to easily push the latest version of Power BI Desktop to their end users, ensuring access to the latest and greatest features… any existing installations will automatically be updated, without the need for end user Windows administrator rights.” That sounds great to me! What do you think? Do you still feel QlikView has an edge over MS Power BI? Let me know why exactly by commenting below!