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Adaptive Insights

Top Rated
204 Ratings

Sisense

Top Rated
87 Ratings

Adaptive Insights

Top Rated
204 Ratings
Score 8.7 out of 101

Sisense

Top Rated
87 Ratings
Score 8.7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adaptive Insights

It is well suited for mid-size companies to have a budgeting, forecasting, and reporting platform. The system needs data and someone to maintain it so it would not be well suited for a small company or one without a dedicated finance team.
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Sisense

I believe Sisense is perfectly suited for any organization of any size that have access to the proper resources, as the tool is very expensive. The data connectors come in all shapes and sizes out of the box, which allows a great deal of data control within the ElastiCubes. Additionally, while the platform only runs on Windows platforms, the web application can be accessed on any client: mobile, Apple, Windows, etc. This allows a much more flexible user experience, resulting in data and dashboards reaching further than any other tool.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Adaptive Insights
8.7
Sisense
Long-term financial planning
Adaptive Insights
8.9
Sisense
Financial budgeting
Adaptive Insights
8.9
Sisense
Forecasting
Adaptive Insights
9.1
Sisense
Scenario modeling
Adaptive Insights
8.3
Sisense
Management reporting
Adaptive Insights
8.2
Sisense

Consolidation and Close

Adaptive Insights
7.5
Sisense
Financial data consolidation
Adaptive Insights
7.9
Sisense
Journal entries and reports
Adaptive Insights
5.5
Sisense
Multi-currency management
Adaptive Insights
7.7
Sisense
Intercompany Eliminations
Adaptive Insights
7.5
Sisense
Minority Ownership
Adaptive Insights
7.0
Sisense
Local and consolidated reporting
Adaptive Insights
8.3
Sisense
Detailed Audit Trails
Adaptive Insights
8.6
Sisense

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Adaptive Insights
8.3
Sisense
Financial Statement Reporting
Adaptive Insights
9.0
Sisense
Management Reporting
Adaptive Insights
8.6
Sisense
Excel-based Reporting
Adaptive Insights
8.5
Sisense
Automated board and financial reporting
Adaptive Insights
8.5
Sisense
XBRL support for regulatory filing
Adaptive Insights
6.9
Sisense

Analytics

Adaptive Insights
7.6
Sisense
Personalized dashboards
Adaptive Insights
7.3
Sisense
Color-coded scorecards
Adaptive Insights
6.8
Sisense
KPIs
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Sisense
Cost and profitability analysis
Adaptive Insights
8.1
Sisense
Key Performance Indicator setting
Adaptive Insights
8.1
Sisense
Benchmarking with external data
Adaptive Insights
7.3
Sisense

Integration

Adaptive Insights
8.6
Sisense
Flat file integration
Adaptive Insights
8.4
Sisense
Excel data integration
Adaptive Insights
8.8
Sisense
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Adaptive Insights
8.7
Sisense

BI Standard Reporting

Adaptive Insights
Sisense
8.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
8.0
Customizable dashboards
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
9.1
Report Formatting Templates
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Adaptive Insights
Sisense
8.2
Drill-down analysis
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
8.8
Formatting capabilities
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
8.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
8.6
Report sharing and collaboration
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
7.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Adaptive Insights
Sisense
8.6
Publish to Web
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
9.0
Publish to PDF
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
9.0
Report Versioning
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
8.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

Adaptive Insights
Sisense
9.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
9.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
8.9
Predictive Analytics
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
8.8

Access Control and Security

Adaptive Insights
Sisense
9.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
9.0
Role-Based Security Model
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
9.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
9.0

Mobile Capabilities

Adaptive Insights
Sisense
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
8.7
Dedicated iOS Application
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
8.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Adaptive Insights
Sisense
7.8

Pros

  • Discovery - monitoring KPIs. The new Discovery interface is the easiest dashboard I've ever used. I can have a new report on a Dashboard in under a minute.
  • Reporting - the click and drag graphical user interface makes it easy to design reports to answer almost any financial question. It also makes it easy to adapt a single report for 100 different users.
  • Planning - having multiple versions and multiple levels allows us to compare, contrast, monitor and manage with ease.
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  • The biggest pro I found with Sisense is that you do not need a DBA in order to manage the system. This makes the learning curve really easy, which helps lots when thinking of implementation across a whole organization. This reflects well for the tool, since it is powerful, but easy to use.
  • ALL-IN-ONE! Sisense answered all of my customers and our company's requirements, to include data modelling and complex calculations.
  • Sisense is as accurate as your data, and best of all, it is real time. After using other visualization tools, I learned that when using multiple sources, errors occur. Sisense prevents this risk by allowing all of the resources to be managed at their engine, maintains connections, and as a developer, the EliastiCube allows you to source large volumes of data with an easy click.
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Cons

  • The in-house consultants who originally set up Adaptive were poor listeners - and as a result built a model that didn't work for my organization. I had to hire an outside consulting firm with more experience with nonprofits to redo my model. I lost about 1 year of usefulness as a result.
  • Mastering attributes for reporting takes time. The system can do many things, but not without lots of time and effort. I ended up hiring a consultant to build initial reports I needed. I'm comfortable enough now to edit and update, but still have some hesitancy building new reports. One difficulty I have is not knowing the impact a single change, such as the name of a field, can have on everything else associated with that named field or dimension or attribute. It would be nice to have a map showing the links between everything.
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  • The usability of the application on mobile devices needs some improvement, especially navigation and filtering.
  • Dashboards that are created by multiple users can be a bit of a hassle to share by Admins.
  • If you need to embed dashboards into your website, you are require to buy a license separate from the user and platform license. This is a norm on most BI visualization tools, but Sisense can seem a bit on the high side, cost-wide.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adaptive Insights8.5
Based on 32 answers
We have renewed this a number of times. It fits our business model and it is now an integral part of our organization.
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Sisense8.9
Based on 14 answers
I think the business and myself as a user has come to rely on SiSense as a dashboarding and quick ad-hoc reporting tool. I am hoping to integrate SiSense dashboards into more parts of the business in the future. We have reduced our report turn-around time for the most part from hours/days to minutes and in some cases almost the speed of thought. Reports are also easier on the eye and more easily distributed.I would also like to say that the support and professionalism from the SiSense team has been excellent.
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Usability

Adaptive Insights7.7
Based on 75 answers
Adaptive is very easy to use, but it requires some training to get comfortable with it.
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Sisense7.3
Based on 4 answers
For at least 80% of our business requirements Sisense works perfectly.
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Reliability and Availability

Adaptive Insights9.1
Based on 9 answers
Cloud-based allows for access anywhere. Very little downtime.
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Sisense8.2
Based on 1 answer
There are very few situations when there is unexpected downtime. Mostly during development, new dashboard implementation and during upgrades. other then that there were very few crashes.
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Performance

Adaptive Insights9.1
Based on 4 answers
Product performs well when making and saving changes and navigating between pages within the application
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Sisense8.2
Based on 1 answer
SiSense is usually performing better then other solutions even if going for complex reports/dashboards(of course within reasonable frames). I haven't noticed any bad influence on other systems, usually if something happens it stays within SiSense.
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Support

Adaptive Insights6.8
Based on 11 answers
Support requests are always handled promptly and resolved favourably.Many user support requests arise during initial deployment and use and often represent questions relating to best methods or how to approach their particular situation, which we gladly assist with as we provide the appropriate skills transfer training and assistance.As clients become more knowledgeable in working with the product suite then they tend not to ask many questions.
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Sisense10.0
Based on 5 answers
Been nothing but impressed by the professionalism of the SiSense support team
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In-Person Training

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Sisense7.3
Based on 1 answer
Easy and free training that allowed us quickly understand basics in SiSense and start using them. More advanced features requires some browsing through SiSense forums, but there is always support to help, and SiSense support is one of the best whith which I worked so far.
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Online Training

Adaptive Insights8.2
Based on 6 answers
Training receives the highest rating due to the availability of Webex training from an expert at Adaptive, with several sessions tailored to specific features including personnel, capital, formulas, reporting, etc
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Sisense8.2
Based on 1 answer
Many examples, videos and scenarios which you try on your own right away. This combined with in-person training gives you enough to utilize most of SiSense's power.
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Implementation

Adaptive Insights8.2
Based on 13 answers
Although having a set of spreadsheet and workbooks helps to define the logic and processes, preparing a requirements document is also an important element in a successful implementation. In addition, dedicating a knowledgeable user as part of the "Scrum" development allows focus and permits the implementation to proceed without time loss and promotes knowledge transfer. Finally, having an onsite developer speeds the process and can reduce the overall cost as well.
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Sisense7.1
Based on 3 answers
Remember to migrate the plugins. The documentation however is pretty straight forward.
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Breadth of Deployment

It is used throughout the company in different divisions and at our corporate level. When used in a division recently the personnel from different departments directly inputted data and monitored their budget against actual. It is very user friendly and flexible.
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We presently have 200 plus users both from outside and inside (on a smaller side) of the company. We think to use SiSense onward as our defacto/standard go to data visualization tool. All future applications would be using it too instead of creating dashboards "by hand".
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Alternatives Considered

Other than Excel, we did not look at other systems. Key for us was also a bridge or link to our current ERP system, Intacct. I also researched retention of customers with Adaptive. I could not find any vendors who left Adaptive. Strong retention.
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We evaluated each software and chose 4 candidates to build a proof-of-concept for the most complicated and challenging reporting scenario at our company with real data and business requirement.
We selected SiSense because its strengths and abilities (fast-to-deliver, small investment, big-data capability) best solve our problems and meet our business needs.
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Collaboration and Sharing

Adaptive Insights7.5
Based on 17 answers
With workflow I am able to track progress on budget and forecast projects in a timely manner. There is also an organiser to track and assign tasks to users. Security is very flexible.
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Sisense8.6
Based on 40 answers
Sharing is easy. Story telling is lacking
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Data Integration

Adaptive Insights7.6
Based on 17 answers
We have used Adaptive for years and it works well as we adapt to changing business scenarios. We can make changes and see potential impacts to our business before they occur.
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Sisense8.9
Based on 40 answers
While we use postgres and csv as our main sources, Sisense meets our requirements.
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Scalability

Adaptive Insights9.1
Based on 7 answers
Adaptive is the leader and is very progressive with the product improvements that they provide.
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Sisense8.2
Based on 1 answer
Product is quite easily scalable. The whole installation can be easily moved to stronger machine if needed.
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Return on Investment

  • Staffing. Almost certain we would have had to hire a full-time budget analyst to process budgets pre-Adaptive. Savings in labor for salary and benefits is about $150 k annually.
  • Quicker ability to report and complete the budget process. Before Adaptive, the budget process took about 4 months. We have shrunk the time required to about 3 months with additional time now for analysis.
  • What if reporting. Nice to see the impact of changes in the budget with a quick turn around time to report.
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  • I don't have specific numbers back from the customer where we deployed the product. However, I know that they used it daily to track their product shipments and machine efficiencies. I would say it did the job we deployed it to do and did it effectively.
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Pricing Details

Adaptive Insights

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
1.  per seat, per installation
Adaptive Insights Editions & Modules
Adaptive Insights
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Sisense

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Sisense Editions & Modules
Sisense
Modules
SAP Connector
1
1. Per User per Month
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