Qlik has one of the most advanced Application Programming Interface (API) command sets in the analytics industry and has continually been improving its functionality over the last several years. QlikView’s API provides seamless integration with other tools and the data housed within them. With many enterprises requesting API support, Qlik has also provided APIs to control functions previously accessible only through the user interface. The result has been rapid adoption of the Qlik Analytics Platform (QAP), which is being used today by developers to embed analytics queries into reporting and analytics apps. QlikView has the ability to extract data from standard open database connectivity (ODBC) and OLE connections and non-standard, unstructured sources like text files and XML files. Integration with web services, security tools, legacy systems and metadata is offered through QlikView as well. The software advertises coordination with Excel, Salesforce, SAP Netweaver and Microsoft SharePoint.
Microsoft Power BI possesses the advantage of Microsoft’s familiarity and connections to assorted applications. Users of Microsoft Power BI can mine data from programs such as Microsoft Excel, Google Analytics, MySQL, Oracle, Salesforce, MailChimp, Facebook and Zendesk, with new data sources added every month. The Microsoft foundation of this analytic tool ensures a smooth meshing of Power BI with the existing work base of a business. One of the more innovative features of Microsoft Power BI is the ability to use browser- and desktop-based authoring with apps and platforms that are both on-premise and in the cloud. This hybrid integration strategy is based on the Microsoft Azure Cloud APIs.
The Microsoft backing of the Power BI platform ensures simple integration with a number of external applications. Nearly every program that works with Microsoft can integrate with Power BI, offering an expansive library of possible collaboration options.