Microsoft Power BI vs Qlik Sense – Best Comparison for 2019

Qlik Sense and Microsoft Power BI are both quite popular tools in the space of business intelligence. In this lesson, we will see a comparison of Power BI vs Qlik Sense. Also, we will analyze these two tools based on several criteria. We hope it helps you in selecting the tool best suited for your requirements.

So, let’s start Power BI vs Qlik Sense comparison.

 Microsoft Power BI vs Qlik Sense

Microsoft Power BI vs Qlik Sense

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1. Microsoft Power BI vs Qlik Sense 

Before we start comparing Qlik Sense and Power BI, let us get a basic understanding of both the technologies. Both Qlik Sense and Power BI are powerful business intelligence technologies. However, they are distinct from one another in certain ways.

Microsoft Power BI is a suit of business analytics tools for data analytics and reporting. It is good in ad-hoc reporting and data integration. Whereas Qlik Sense is one of the best self-service analytics tools. It is a user-friendly and interactive tool which allows users to create reports and dynamic dashboards using the data imported from different sources. Also, it is a development-based tool and provides a lot of freedom to users to create different data analytics objects. Microsoft Power BI is not very good at dashboarding and developing reporting objects. Rather, it works best with the complete stack of Microsoft products.

2. Qlik Sense vs Power BI: Features

Features of Qlik Sense:

  • Drag-and-drop visualizations
  • Smart search capability
  • Fast and secure connections to multiple data sources
  • Capable of real-time analytics
  • Data storytelling
  • Self-service analytics
  • Shared object library
  • Manageable data connections
  • Rapid development environment
  • Open and standard APIs
  • Good scalability
  • Enterprise-level security
  • Big Data integration (ABDI and ODAG)

Features of Microsoft Power BI:

  • Customizable visualisation and dashboards
  • Datasets
  • Reporting capability
  • Navigation pane
  • Q&A question box
  • Ad Hoc reporting
  • Ad Hoc analysis
  • Online Analytical Processing (OLAP)
  • Trend indicators
  • Interactive reports authoring
  • Complete reporting and data visualization toolset
  • Help & feedback capabilities

3. Power BI vs Qlik Sense: Comparison

i. Deployment

Both Qlik Sense and Power BI can be deployed on-premise and on-cloud.

ii. Devices Supported

Qlik Sense is compatible on devices such as Windows, Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, and web-based platforms. Whereas, Power BI is supported on Windows devices (Windows mobile devices as well), Android, iPhone, iPad, and web-based devices.

iii. Language Support

Both Qlik Sense and Power BI support English language.

iv. Pricing

Qlik Sense offers a free trial as well as a free version to the users. It has a quote-based pricing model where the customer needs to purchase a license for use. Its subscription starts from $ 30 per month.

Microsoft Power BI also offers a free trial for its users. Also, it has a monthly pricing model which costs around 9.99 $ per month.

v. Data Integration

In Qlik Sense, you can virtually integrate too many data sources such as Carto, Limelight, Como, DataTap and many more.

On the other hand, Power BI can integrate with data source applications like Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, Google Analytics, Microsoft Excel, GitHub, comScore, Adobe Analytics, MailChimp, Azure, Acumatica etc.

vi. Company Size

Qlik Sense is generally used in small, large, medium enterprises and freelancing companies.

Power BI is majorly used in medium-scale and large-scale enterprises.

vii. Technical Customer Support

Qlik Sense provides technical help and support to its customer round the clock via e-mail, phone, training, live support and tickets. Whereas, Power BI extents all kinds of customer support except for e-mail and live support options.

viii. Usability

Qlik Sense has better usability than Microsoft Power BI as it is a very simple, easy to use tool. All the functionalities and controls are simplified so much so that a user of any skill set can work on it.

Power BI, on the other hand is also an easy-to-use tool but is more so for those users who are experienced in Microsoft tools like Excel and Power Pivot. To use Power BI to its full potential one must know the DAX language very well.

ix. Reporting

Qlik Sense is better than Power BI in all kinds of reporting such as Ad Hoc reporting, BI standard reporting, report scheduling and outputting.

x. Data Discovery and Visualization

Power BI is slightly better in data discovery and visualizations than Qlik Sense. However, there are no major differences between the two.

xi. Mobile Capabilities

Qlik Sense provides better mobile device support or capabilities to work with data anytime, anywhere than Power BI.

xii. Application Program Interface (APIs) and Embedding

Qlik Sense has a better API (open-source) and embedding capabilities than Power BI.

xiii. Return of Investment

Both the tools are worth investing in as customers are highly satisfied from them. Qlik Sense is known for its self-service capabilities and fills the gap between Excel’s ad hoc reporting and QlikView’s scheduled type reporting very well.

Power BI is good as a starting tool for working with customizable dashboards. However, it does not offer much in-depth customization in reports and visualizations.

So, this was all in Power BI vs Qlik Sense. Hope you liked our explanation.

4. Summary

Thus, this was our attempt at comparing Qlik Sense with Microsoft’s Power BI software. Coming at a conclusion would be unfair to both the tools as they are much similar in potential and capabilities with some minor differences here and there. Do leave a comment if you have any queries or suggestions for us.

5 Responses

  1. Kadir Şahin says:

    Thank you

    • DataFlair Team says:

      Thanks for commenting. You must check tutorials on all the business intelligence (BI) technologies at our blog home.

  2. Ravi M says:

    Can you clarify if the Qlik Sense license cost is 1390 per user per year and Power BI Pro online version is 9.99 per user per year ?

  3. Jerry Kuo says:

    Power BI Pro online version is 9.99 per user per “Month”. Not per year as you said, but it’s also cheap at all.

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