It can be a little daunting and even occasionally frustrating trying to understand the licensing structure for an on-premise QlikView software deployment. Here is a brief, high level overview to help get you started at least. However, the best recommendation would be to talk to a QlikView partner, such as Professional Advantage, to be sure of the right software mix for you.

For the sake of brevity we will be skipping the Local Client (desktop) edition as that is self-explanatory. To get features including centralised management, scheduled reloads and a broader reach (such as via mobile devices) you should be thinking about a server deployment. If you’re a small / medium-sized business you can start and scale with QlikView Small Business Edition (SBE) server. (Note: even large enterprises can choose to start with the SBE server, for example as the initial software footprint catering for a group or department of <100 users.)

In addition to the base SBE server purchase you are required to purchase five (5) Named User CALs (client access licence) as part of the initial order. These Named User CALs licenses include the designer/developer functionality to create, edit and amend QlikView applications and they also allow the licensed user to access/open an unlimited number of QlikView applications on that server. Therefore, the Named User CAL is suitable for the organisation’s nominated QlikView designers and developers, but this CAL should also be considered for managers or power users that need access to multiple QlikView applications. The Named User CALs are assigned to unique and identified users and those users can then access as many QlikView documents stored on the QlikView server to which the Named User CALs are assigned.

The other user license type available with the SBE server is called a Document CAL, minimum 10 Document CALs per purchase. These CALs are also assigned to unique and identified users but these users may only access the one QlikView document to which the Document CAL is assigned. Multiple Document CALs can be assigned per user, for example if a user connects to two QlikView documents, the user will have been assigned two Document CALs.

An example configuration might be:

  • 1 x QlikView Small Business Edition server
  • 15 x Named User CALs
  • 50 x Document CALs

In addition to the Small Business Edition and Enterprise Edition, there are other server types available to fulfil different requirements, including but not limited to extranet or internet (public facing) deployments or for fixed-format PDF report distribution. There are also out of the box connectors (e.g. for SalesForce, SAP, etc), pre-built web parts for Microsoft SharePoint  and a Workbench module to facilitate web mash-ups, making use of Microsoft’s Visual Studio  development environment for custom interfaces.

There are other user CAL types available with the different server environments. To guide you along the right path, one of our senior QlikView consultants would be happy to discuss your specific requirements to determine the most appropriate starting point. They will also be able to provide more detail around other options to make the best use of the QlikView platform.

Professional Advantage understands QlikView software and we certainly understand QlikView licensing. Let us make it simple for you.

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