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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft BI

Flexibility, engagement, training resources, updates, cost, implementation, ease of use, support; these are the reasons why I would recommend Power BI. Power BI is best suited for situations where collaboration is needed among several different groups who are working concurrently on different activities. Where there are multiple levels of data that need to be parsed through. It's difficult to think of a scenario where it wouldn't be beneficial other than the obvious.
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Sisense

Sisense is excellent for data modeling through ElastiCubes. It's easy to visualize the joins between objects, preview data, and identify data types.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft BI
8.0
Sisense
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft BI
7.8
Sisense
7.9
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft BI
7.9
Sisense
9.0
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft BI
8.2
Sisense
8.3

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft BI
8.4
Sisense
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft BI
8.2
Sisense
8.6
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft BI
8.4
Sisense
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft BI
8.2
Sisense
8.7
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft BI
8.9
Sisense
7.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft BI
8.2
Sisense
8.6
Publish to Web
Microsoft BI
8.2
Sisense
8.7
Publish to PDF
Microsoft BI
8.8
Sisense
8.9
Report Versioning
Microsoft BI
8.1
Sisense
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft BI
7.5
Sisense
8.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft BI
8.2
Sisense

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft BI
8.1
Sisense
8.7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft BI
8.4
Sisense
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft BI
7.9
Sisense
8.8
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.1
Sisense
8.3

Access Control and Security

Microsoft BI
8.3
Sisense
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft BI
8.4
Sisense
8.7
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft BI
8.1
Sisense
8.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft BI
8.5
Sisense
7.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft BI
8.4
Sisense

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft BI
8.2
Sisense
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft BI
8.2
Sisense
8.4
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft BI
8.4
Sisense
7.7
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft BI
8.1
Sisense
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft BI
8.2
Sisense
7.8

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft BI
7.8
Sisense
REST API
Microsoft BI
7.8
Sisense
Javascript API
Microsoft BI
8.3
Sisense
iFrames
Microsoft BI
7.7
Sisense
Java API
Microsoft BI
7.6
Sisense
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft BI
7.8
Sisense
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft BI
7.5
Sisense

Pros

Microsoft BI

  • The interfaces of the products are familiar to most people that currently use Microsoft products so its comfortable in that respect
  • Creating a report is easy to do with drag/drop functionality. You also have alot of dropdowns. You can use formulas the same way you do in Excel. They have "expressions" which are like formulas with a mix of SQL.
  • Publishing a report to the server is simple as well. You go to the server and upload the file from your file directory.
  • Setting up subscriptions is simple as well. Anyone can do it with minimal knowledge. Its sort of like creating a recurring calendar event.
  • The hierarchy within SSRS is intuitive. A Project is the top level item. You can add as many reports as you want to a project. Similar to any other IDE where you keep all your files in one project (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JSP, Servlet) except in the case of SSRS its all reports.
  • Whether you choose to use 2008 or 2012 the interface is layed pretty much the same. So if you start of in 2008 and then upgrade, you dont have to re-learn anything. Their are slight differences in the two versions but it wont hinder your ability to build a report.
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Sisense

  • 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

Microsoft BI

  • The development tools for Microsoft BI in SQL Server 2012 and up are in a bit of flux at the moment. Initially with SQL Server 2012 they were all fully integrated and available with the installer, but now they have moved to it being a separate web download that you have know which version you need to get it working correctly with the version of SQL Server you are working on. Thankfully all of these tools still use Visual Studio as the starting point, but it would be nice to see the tools better integrated going forward and still able to be updated on a regular basis.
  • SSRS has not seen any major updates in the last couple of versions of SQL Server and it could really benefit from some of the new advancements that Microsoft has made with the Power BI line of products that are only available if you use the cloud based Office 365 service. It would be really nice to see some of the features that are available in Power BI added to SSRS to make it a more complete web based reporting tool and more accessible to end users as well as IT.
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Sisense

  • Permissions are a pain at times - only the owner of folders and dashboards can publish any changes.
  • Ease of use - there's a bit of a learning curve in using Sisense, but the same can be said of any BI tool.
  • Windows servers are required for Sisense installation, but a new and improved Linux architecture has been introduced (currently in beta).
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Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.0
Based on 25 answers
The product has functioned as promised and the level of support has been excellent. We get a sense the Microsoft is putting a lot of effort into help us succeed with their products. Even though Power View and Report Builder are lacking in some functionality, I have already seen improvements in the tools and I know enhancements are forthcoming.
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Sisense

Sisense 8.9
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

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
Based on 5 answers
Easy to use. Good User Interface and visualizations
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Sisense

Sisense 7.3
Based on 4 answers
For at least 80% of our business requirements Sisense works perfectly.
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Reliability and Availability

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Sisense

Sisense 8.2
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

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
Based on 2 answers
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) can drag at times. We created two report servers and placed them under an F5 load balancer. This configuration has worked well. We have seen sluggish performance at times due to the Windows Firewall.
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Sisense

Sisense 8.2
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

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.1
Based on 6 answers
While support from Microsoft isn't necessarily always best of breed, you're also not paying the price for premium support that you would on other platforms. The strength of the stack is in the ecosystem that surrounds it. In contrast to other products, there are hundreds, even thousands of bloggers that post daily as well as vibrant user communities that surround the tool. I've had much better luck finding help with SQL Server related issues than I have with any other product, but that help doesn't always come directly from Microsoft.
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Sisense

Sisense 10.0
Based on 5 answers
This team is one of the few companies where I can literally Skype them for help and they respond immediately. Most don't realize how rare that actually is in the industry. Expanding their presence to the eastern time zone of the United States has made them more accessible as a result
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In-Person Training

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
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Sisense

Sisense 7.3
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

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.5
Based on 2 answers
I have used on-line training from Microsoft and from Pragmatic Works. I would recommend Pragmatic Works as the best way to get up to speed quickly, and then use the Microsoft on-line training to deep dive into specific features that you need to get depth with.
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Sisense

Sisense 8.2
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

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.6
Based on 7 answers
You need to have (1) a very solid SQL Server DBA and (2) a Windows Server administrator with domain administrator rights to get the BI stack set up correctly. As most Windows systems people will tell you, a lot of good comes out of doing some security planning on the domain side (users, groups, roles, etc.) before you start the implementation. This is a big integrated system, and getting it set up right is half the battle.On the development side, you will want to have a full time data architect making sure that the model you are developing holds together and supports the reporting requirements of the business. You will also want a technical lead who has rich experience with the stack - that person will be able to shepherd the rest of the development team and help them come up to speed with the tools.
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Sisense

Sisense 7.1
Based on 3 answers
Remember to migrate the plugins. The documentation however is pretty straight forward.
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Alternatives Considered

Microsoft BI

Microstrategy - I went with Microsoft BI because of features, usability, integration capabilities, performance, availability of talent, cost, and end-user (self-service) capabilities.
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Sisense

Sisense was chosen as our BI platform for a few key reasons. Excellent customer support is a key reason why. Additionally, continuing innovation in new product features and the ability to embed reports and do quite a bit in terms of customization.
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Scalability

Microsoft BI

No score
No answers yet
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Sisense

Sisense 8.2
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

Microsoft BI

  • Greatly reduced reporting project development time (and associated costs).
  • Significantly larger pool of experts to assist on large / ad-hoc projects.
  • Faster availability of critical business data to our users (due to decreased development time as well as performance of overall system - we are able to keep the data very fresh).
  • Significantly increased ETL / data integration capabilities means that more legacy and external system data is making it into the data warehouse.
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Sisense

  • 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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Microsoft BI

Pricing Details

Microsoft BI

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Microsoft BI Editions & Modules

Microsoft BI
Edition
Power BI
$0
Power BI Pro
$102
2. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details

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
Additional Pricing Details

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