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Introduction to SaaS editions of Qlik Sense

Qlik’s products let you work with apps and visualizations to get an overview of your data. You can make informed decisions and new discoveries by seeing the relationships in your data.

As you can see on Qlik Demos, our products serve many different purposes. You can map a supply chain, track medical equipment costs, or manage your fantasy sports draft.

Qlik Sense is a data analytics platform that lets users of all skill levels explore data and make discoveries. There two main areas of interaction in Qlik Sense: the cloud hub and apps. Your user role determines what you can and cannot do in Qlik Sense.

User roles

All members of a Qlik Sense tenant have a user role. Qlik Sense has two user roles that can be assigned to Qlik Sense cloud hub users: analyzer and professional.


Analyzers are app consumers. You can use the cloud hub to access and explore apps shared by other users, but you cannot create your own apps.

You can explore and make data discoveries in apps. In some apps, you can add your own private sheets and stories, but you cannot share these with other users.

As an analyzer, you can collaborate with other users in shared spaces. You can view the apps in the shared space.


Professionals are users who need access to all the features in a Qlik Sense deployment. A professional user can create, edit, and share apps. Professional users can also create shared spaces.

If you are a professional, you can have many different roles within the cloud hub. You might be an app creator, creating apps by yourself or collaborating with other members. You might be an administrator of shared or managed spaces, coordinating access to content in the spaces.

Tenant administrators

Tenant administrators are users who manage and administer Qlik Sense deployments. Tenant administrators have similar permissions to professional users in the cloud hub. They also have additional administrative abilities. Tenant administrators are the only users with access to the Management Console.

To learn more about administering Qlik Sense Enterprise SaaS, see Owners and administrators of SaaS deployments.


The core of Qlik Sense data analysis is the app. Apps let you make data discoveries using the visualizations in the apps. Apps are made from data sources, sheets, and stories:

Data sources

Qlik Sense apps have two tools for adding data sources and loading data: 

  • Data manager: Offers a visual experience for adding data to your app. You can drag and drop data tables to associate and transform your data.
  • Data load editor: Lets you edit the load script directly.

App creators can use a combination of these tools to create their data load script. Data sources can also be added directly to personal and shared spaces.

App creators can define relationships between data sources in an app, building a relationship between different data sources. When you load data, it is loaded into your app using the parameters defined in the load script. The data is available as fields for analysis in your app. For more information about data sources, see Options for loading analytics data.


Sheets are the primary area for exploration, analysis, and discovery in a Qlik Sense app.

The sheet view

Qlik Sense sheet view

Sheets are where app creators add visualizations containing app data. Visualizations can take the forms of charts, such as bar charts, pie charts, and tables. Visualizations in Qlik Sense are interactive. To learn more about creating visualizations, see Qlik Sense visualizations.

You can monitor visualizations from apps in the cloud hub. This enables you to view visualizations without opening apps. For more information, see Monitoring visualizations

App consumers can make selections within visualizations. As selections are made, other visualizations will update to reflect these selections. For more information about exploring sheets, see Using apps.


Stories are a tool for sharing your data insights. Stories enable users to combine reporting, presentation, and exploratory analytics.

The story view

Story view of an app

Stories are presented in a timeline of slides. Slides contain snapshots users have taken during data analysis. Snapshots are a graphical representation of the state of a data object at a certain point in time. The state of the snapshot does not change when the state of the source visualization is updated. As stories are part of the app, users can return to the live data in the story.

Stories can also contain live data sheets, which function in the same way as sheets outside the story view, enabling users to explore the data as part of their story. For more information about stories, see Sharing insights with data storytelling.

Insight Advisor

Qlik Sense includes Insight Advisor to assist users in creating apps and making discoveries in their data. Insight Advisor comprises the following features to help you create apps and explore app data:

  • Recommended associations: In Data manager, Qlik Sense can recommend associations for your data tables. This helps quickly build data models and enable you to move on to analyzing your data.

    Associating tables using the Recommended associations panel

  • Insight Advisor search-based analysis: In Insights, Insight Advisor creates visualizations based on user queries. These visualizations can be added to app sheets, helping you build relevant analysis in your app.

    Creating visualizations with Insight Advisor

  • Insight Advisor Chat: Insight Advisor Chat provides a chat-based interface in the hub for exploring insights from app. This enables you to access Insight Advisor searched-based analysis without opening an app.

  • Chart suggestions: Chart suggestions enables you to add data fields to your sheets and let Qlik Sense recommend dimensions, measures, and visualization types.

    Creating visualizations using chart suggestions

  • Associative insights: Associative insights reveals relationships in your data. The Qlik cognitive engine searches your data model for excluded values in a subset of fields. It then highlights those values, so you can explore them.

    Discovering your data with associative insights

The Qlik Sense cloud hub

The cloud hub is the central point for accessing content created by yourself and other members of your tenants. In the cloud hub, you can create, share, and interact with analytic apps. You can also add and interact with other content such as links, charts, and data sources. The cloud hub is divided into four sections:

  • Home
  • Explore
  • Collections
  • Settings

To learn more about the different sections of the cloud hub, see The cloud hub.

The Home section of the cloud hub

The Home page of the cloud hub


Spaces are work areas within the cloud hub that enable different degrees of collaboration and sharing of apps. There are three kinds of spaces:

  • Personal: Only you can see the content in your personal space. You can share content from your personal space with other members of the cloud hub.
  • Shared: Shared spaces are for collaborating with other members of the cloud hub. In a shared space, members have different roles that control what they can do in the shared space. Some members might be able to create and edit apps in the space while other members can only view the apps in the space. Shared spaces are private to members.
  • Managed: Managed spaces are for controlled access to apps. If apps contain sensitive data and access must be carefully controlled. Like shared spaces, managed spaces, where they have strict controls for governed access to content within that space.

For more information about spaces, see Working in spaces.

Management Console

SaaS editions of Qlik Sense are administered from the Management Console. Tenant administrators can manage license, user assignments, spaces, themes, and extensions.

The Management Console is divided into four sections:

  • Governance: Manage users, licenses, spaces, schedules, events, and links.
  • Content: Manage custom content, such as themes and extensions.
  • Integration: Manage security aspects for integration.
  • Configuration: Enable feature settings and configure identity providers.

For information on the Management Console with Qlik Sense Enterprise SaaS, see Management Console.