Looker vs. Sisense

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Looker
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Looker is a BI application with an analytics-oriented application server that sits on top of relational data stores. It includes an end-user interface for exploring data, a reusable development paradigm for data discovery, and an API for supporting data in other systems.N/A
Sisense
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Sisense is a BI software and analytics platform. With what the vendor calls their In-Chip™ and Single Stack™ technologies, users have access to a comprehensive tool to analyze and visualize large, disparate data sets without IT resources.N/A
Pricing
LookerSisense
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
LookerSisense
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsMust contact sales team for pricing.Must contact sales team for pricing.
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Community Pulse
LookerSisense
Considered Both Products
Looker
Chose Looker
Sisense aims to do too many things, such as ETL, at the cost of not excelling at any one thing. Looker excels by keeping the focus on data exploration and doing it extremely well.
Chose Looker
It was cheaper and less complicated. We were not ready to just into something as big as Sisense and quite frankly didn't need that level of product at the time. We also considered building our own tool but eventually realized that would be way more time and effort consuming so …
Chose Looker
Most of the other BI tools are fairly similar in terms of charting capabilities and performance. Looker stands out with its modeling layer and SQL free end-user interface. It also has a feature-rich API enabling you to embed Looker into your own web app to customize it further …
Chose Looker
Looker stacks up very well against the other tools we have evaluated and used. All the tools have their own pros and cons. Looker had a better edge in terms of visualizations when we chose to use it. After several updates, other tools began to have newer features. Looker still …
Chose Looker
Unfortunately, I was not in charge of the decision to select Looker as it was before my time. I can see why the decision was made as I do see the potential. We have felt the need to supplement Looker with another free tool and, if our integrations weren't so deep and our …
Sisense
Chose Sisense
Sisense allows you to export individual widgets as iframes. It provides cube and row level security and can manage lots of data without interfering with the data sources. Tableau data sources were harder to manage and version. The customer support team with Sisense was head and …
Chose Sisense
Before purchasing Sisense and began recommending it as a solution to our clients, we tested four other BI visualization tools. All four of these ranked high on the Gartner Magic Quadrant. We researched Domo, Looker, MS Power BI and Tableau. Looker could be a better solution if …
Chose Sisense
As someone coming from more of an enterprise tool level Sisense seemed like a step down at first. Compared to other tools in the market or tools that it replaced (Looker), it provides far better data integrations and the ability to build their data cubes meant less reliance on …
Chose Sisense
Sisense is a differentiator in the marketplace. They help align companies who need a BI solution and a quick and reliable way to get up to speed fast.
Chose Sisense
Sisense does very well against most of the tools in the market. We chose this tool because of its great visualizations and easy to deploy procedures. The reports are very easy to generate and distribute them across departments and organization. It provides a great interface to …
Chose Sisense
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
LookerSisense
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Looker
8.1
62 Ratings
0% above category average
Sisense
8.7
46 Ratings
8% above category average
Pixel Perfect reports8.052 Ratings8.036 Ratings
Customizable dashboards8.561 Ratings9.046 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates7.949 Ratings9.032 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Looker
7.9
63 Ratings
1% below category average
Sisense
8.3
46 Ratings
4% above category average
Drill-down analysis8.262 Ratings8.046 Ratings
Formatting capabilities8.561 Ratings9.046 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages7.124 Ratings9.026 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration8.063 Ratings7.33 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Looker
7.8
59 Ratings
6% below category average
Sisense
8.2
45 Ratings
1% below category average
Publish to Web8.249 Ratings8.035 Ratings
Publish to PDF7.752 Ratings9.045 Ratings
Report Versioning7.938 Ratings8.023 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling7.758 Ratings8.038 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Looker
6.9
60 Ratings
16% below category average
Sisense
9.0
44 Ratings
11% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)8.159 Ratings9.044 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization8.151 Ratings9.041 Ratings
Predictive Analytics4.66 Ratings9.028 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Looker
7.5
60 Ratings
13% below category average
Sisense
10.0
44 Ratings
16% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)7.759 Ratings10.044 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model7.656 Ratings10.043 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)7.456 Ratings10.044 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Looker
6.3
42 Ratings
22% below category average
Sisense
9.0
39 Ratings
13% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access7.640 Ratings9.039 Ratings
Mobile Application5.02 Ratings10.025 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile7.737 Ratings8.033 Ratings
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User Ratings
LookerSisense
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(63 ratings)
6.7
(57 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(4 ratings)
8.9
(14 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(12 ratings)
8.0
(5 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
8.1
(16 ratings)
9.0
(11 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.1
(6 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
LookerSisense
Likelihood to Recommend
Google
For less evolved reporting, it is not bad at all. It is not designed to scale, fully. I mean that as long as you do not intend to scale, it is a good product for your company. Log aggregation level reporting is not suited for Looker. Customer facing data reporting is. As long as the reporting is not too multi-dimensional, Looker is good.
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Sisense Ltd
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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Pros
Google
  • It's on-demand and in the cloud, we don't have to mess with AMIs or scaling issues
  • Looker's data domain creating tool is better than anything we've seen
  • LookML, Looker's specialized language is incredibly extensible and allows us to connect and visualize almost any data type
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Sisense Ltd
  • Customization - lots of supported and community plugins available. Users can also adjust the look and feel through JavaScript.
  • Innovation - Sisense is continuing to push the envelope by developing new features through Sisense Labs.
  • Customer support - the commitment to excellent customer service and ensuring organizations get the most out of their investment.
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Cons
Google
  • Mobile viewing is HTML based, not always highly viewable.
  • Basic operations can be difficult to achieve. There is a function called table calculations which allows this.
  • Running on a single server, the entire instance can slow down if even one user schedules a large dashboard.
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Sisense Ltd
  • 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
Google
We've been very happy with Looker so far, and all teams in the organization are starting to see its value, and use it on a frequent basis. It has quickly become our accessible "source of truth" for all data/metrics.
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Sisense Ltd
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
Google
Nontechnical users can create reports easily. Can create customized reports individually or on the whole for the group. Slicing and dicing data through Looker fairly simple. Drill-downs are much better than anticipated. Especially heat map drill-downs, became most popular within the company, considering the company is a location analytics ad tech company.
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Sisense Ltd
New V5 is ground floor of an exciting collection of possibilities. Weekly Sisense developers come up with new functionality that they share with us in their forums. The move to HTML5 has been pleasing in that widgets auto size themselves into appropriate forms in the board but everyone of them can be popped out to full page size to be looked at in more detail
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Reliability and Availability
Google
No answers on this topic
Sisense Ltd
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
Google
No answers on this topic
Sisense Ltd
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 Rating
Google
Looker support specialists are heroes. They are knowledgeable, smart, and always vouch for your success. The availability is super quick, and even if there is no current solution for my problem, they will address it and voice it as feedback for a product.
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Sisense Ltd
SiSense's support ninjas are very knowledgeable and are exceptionally responsive. So far, all of the issues we ran into were resolved within minimum time. My sense of dealing with the support staff at SiSense is that they are very focused on not just answering your immediate question, but also to delve into the cause of the matter.
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In-Person Training
Google
No answers on this topic
Sisense Ltd
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
Google
No answers on this topic
Sisense Ltd
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 Rating
Google
No answers on this topic
Sisense Ltd
Remember to migrate the plugins. The documentation however is pretty straight forward.
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Alternatives Considered
Google
Looker stacks up very well against the other tools we have evaluated and used. All the tools have their own pros and cons. Looker had a better edge in terms of visualizations when we chose to use it. After several updates, other tools began to have newer features. Looker still stands competitive.
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Sisense Ltd
1) Easy to use, really, there is nothing too much to say. The set up is easy and not confusing. You can use it internally or externally.
2) Customer Service, having spoken to various product reps from similar industry. Sisense rep provides you with the best support to get started, and it is really appreciated.
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Scalability
Google
No answers on this topic
Sisense Ltd
Product is quite easily scalable. The whole installation can be easily moved to stronger machine if needed.
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Return on Investment
Google
  • The platform allows you to create visual representations of your data and store them in charts, graphs and maps.
  • Gives the business owner the flexibility to visualize their data in a real time manner, thereby enabling the business owner to be on top of their data and understand its dynamics.
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Sisense Ltd
  • Report development time is reduced from 2~3 days to 2~3 hours.
  • Report querying time is improved from 0.5~10 mins to 2~30 seconds.
  • A 2-staff team delivers 10 times the BI output that we did on the old system.
  • We were able to deliver BI and data analysis for all business functions instead of a very limited group of users
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ScreenShots

Looker Screenshots

Screenshot of A Looker dashboard with a geo chart.