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Birst

Top Rated
178 Ratings

Sisense

Top Rated
87 Ratings

Birst

Top Rated
178 Ratings
Score 6.8 out of 101

Sisense

Top Rated
87 Ratings
Score 8.7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Birst

If you are looking for "Instant BI", Birst isn't that tool. If you want to roll your own solution using a single application to perform all of your ETL, reporting/dashboard, like to get deep in the weeds and have a lot of control of how your data is processed, this is going to make you smile.
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Sisense

If you are looking to have an analytics tool for your company, or if you have a lot of data/data points.. then look no further. Sisense provide you with a comprehensive business intelligence tool for you to make the right decision with their intelligence capabilities. Don't build it yourself as it will take a lot of time and effort,.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Birst
6.8
Sisense
8.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Birst
6.7
Sisense
8.0
Customizable dashboards
Birst
7.6
Sisense
9.1
Report Formatting Templates
Birst
6.3
Sisense
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Birst
6.9
Sisense
8.2
Drill-down analysis
Birst
7.4
Sisense
8.8
Formatting capabilities
Birst
6.6
Sisense
8.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Birst
6.4
Sisense
8.6
Report sharing and collaboration
Birst
7.3
Sisense
7.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Birst
7.6
Sisense
8.6
Publish to Web
Birst
7.8
Sisense
9.0
Publish to PDF
Birst
8.0
Sisense
9.0
Report Versioning
Birst
7.4
Sisense
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Birst
7.4
Sisense
8.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

Birst
6.6
Sisense
9.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Birst
7.2
Sisense
9.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Birst
7.0
Sisense
8.9
Predictive Analytics
Birst
5.7
Sisense
8.8

Access Control and Security

Birst
8.1
Sisense
9.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
Birst
8.3
Sisense
9.0
Role-Based Security Model
Birst
8.1
Sisense
9.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Birst
8.0
Sisense
9.0

Mobile Capabilities

Birst
7.4
Sisense
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
Birst
7.0
Sisense
8.7
Dedicated iOS Application
Birst
7.6
Sisense
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Birst
7.6
Sisense
8.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Birst
7.4
Sisense
7.8

Pros

  • Birst is an platform that provides connectors to some of the applications we use, but also allows us to bring in data from disparate systems to perform ETL and integrate all of the data for analyses. It makes no assumptions about your data, which is good for us, as we have a lot of customizations to many of our systems.
  • Birst is making inroads towards a more modern UI.
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  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Service
  • Visualization
  • Customizability - SQL/CSS, iFRAME/JS
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Cons

  • The Birst product uses it's own query language (BQL) which we feel has been implemented in different ways in different parts of the product.
  • This makes learning the entire product more difficult than it ought to be.
  • The Birst idea of grains and hierarchies is hard to get a foothold on. I don't think I completely get it yet.
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  • Some functionality is missing as built-in functionality, and can only be added by using Javascript, which requires technical knowledge of JS from the dashboard designer to implement. So although almost anything is possible to implement, some things which should be basic require high-level skills.
  • Viewers of dashboards have very limited customization options, almost any customization requires the dashboards designer to implement.
  • Particularly, viewers are unable to select conditional formatting, rename fields, change the order of items, etc.
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Likelihood to Renew

Birst9.0
Based on 36 answers
Administration overhead is minimal and keeps TCO down. Product flexibility actually lends toward a gradual replacement of other existing architecture if present.
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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

Birst3.4
Based on 6 answers
Quick start for the novice, but powerful enough to satisfy the programmer.
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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

Birst4.2
Based on 6 answers
We frequently experience -103 errors due to us using the Live Connect functionality, which does not seem to handle even minor interruptions in connectivity, and treats all future connection attempts or data requests as errors, even if the issue does not exist any longer
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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

Birst7.5
Based on 6 answers
Birst struggles with complex data sets coming from SSAS, that resolve very quickly on tools like PowerBI
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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

Birst4.5
Based on 14 answers
There are a few technicians I know by name that are particularly good, but until the main staff gets in at 9AM PST they are not very helpful at all.
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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

Birst9.1
Based on 4 answers
Training was very helpful. It occurred early in the implementation process, but I remembered a lot of what we did months later when I started getting hands-on experience
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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

Birst8.0
Based on 2 answers
Birst has been a solid provider of BI tools in the years we have used them. They have grown with us and have shown they are investing in their service by providing new tools.
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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

Birst5.3
Based on 6 answers
Disappointing that it is on a "delivered VM" rather than a software install as 99.9% of other software is provided.
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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

We currently have 15 users, most of them being end users. Out of the 15 users, only 5 are using this on a daily basis. This number will grow in the near future since we just created our first useful dashboard for our sales team. As we create more reports for teams that are "hungry" for data, we will see an increase in usage
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We have 1 Admin and 10 consumers. The reports are viewable by the business on plasma screens. Of those 10 consumers, 2-3 people would look at the reports on a daily basis.
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Alternatives Considered

Birst provide a much better web UI and end user experience and distribution mechanism than both Tableau and SSRS. Power BI simply did not have the full complement of features that we needed at the time of our selection to be competitive and Pentaho was too custom and would have required an investment in professional services that we could not afford. SSRS is good for data dumps, but creating user friendly visualizations is not practical. Snowflake ended up as our EDW platform, and we integrate that with Birst to provide a complete BI stack for our end users.
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Sisense's greatest advantage is its ability to import the data into sisense, perform in-server data modelling, and then create dashboard reports from the modelled data. This takes load off of your production database servers, and leverages sisense's technology for handling huge volumes of data efficiently.
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Collaboration and Sharing

Birst6.8
Based on 25 answers
We don't do a whole lot of data sharing in our company, but I don't have any complaints. Analyst users can export ad-hoc reports to Excel or PDF.
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Sisense8.6
Based on 40 answers
Sharing is done in one click. The sharer can set who can modify, who can read and even transfer ownership of the dashboard. It is easy to share a dashboard and to continue to work on newer versions.

The person who get access to dashboards have multiple ways to interact with it:
- drill anywhere
- click to select
- activate/deactivate KPIs in visualization
- activate/deactivate/modify filters

The owner of the dashboard can set up what a viewer can and can't do with a shared dashboard.
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Data Integration

Birst7.5
Based on 76 answers
Birst doesn't make any guesses about what you want your data model to look like. You can merge data sources and create derivative data products to your hearts content.
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Sisense8.9
Based on 40 answers
Sisense has many great connectors out of the box, but when it comes to connecting to REST API's as data sources, there is no way to use an actual scripting language to generate hashes or signatures with timestamps where that is needed for secure REST API access. This was a big headache for us requiring a pretty convoluted work around.
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Scalability

Birst6.0
Based on 2 answers
we can see that loading a lot of data can cause a noticable slow down in performance. Birst support indicated that they don't really consider anything less than 30 seconds to be an issue, but that is not the case for our customers, so we have had to change some of implementation to address this
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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

  • Now we have a better control of data availability, with a better SLA.
  • The easier access to data for the user.
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  • We are in the early stages of implementation, but there has been a positive impact in the visibility to data in real time. We are operating with a four hour refresh so the sales managers get to see data as it happens during the day.
  • The project has allowed us to look at our ERP data in a different way. It has made a positive impact in the way we are standardizing and cleaning up the source data to make it more accurate for our end users.
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Pricing Details

Birst

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Birst Editions & Modules
Birst
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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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