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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft BI

Microsoft has pulled a great trick. The trick is getting you into the pricing for only $20 to $50 dollars a month. They then made it very easy to push to the SharePoint site and keep it updated with free gateway product that will keep your reports live and consistently updated. Now here is a gotcha....IF you use the Data modeling tool (Power Query) for example that is then connected to a large database, you will have no issues. The issues begin at publishing information to SharePoint. There is a size limitation to how large the excel sheet can be. I would point out that we are not making large spread sheets with Pivot tables and millions of rows of data. We are simply connecting through Power Query. The sheet is still very small but the issue is the data model size. This is tapped at a gig on SharePoint. To be considered a true enterprise product, this size limitation will have to be overcome. There is a (not sure if beta or not) version of some of the power views that can be done in Power BI. These views when rendered locally are wonderful. When they are rendered from the web, they can take a little longer. The part that can be agonizing is the showing views through HTML5. This is almost unworkable when using power maps or maps through power view. The response is so jittery that it is almost unusable
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Sisense

Sisense offers multiple flexible pricing plans that can be suitable for all types of industries and company sizes. From a small business as ours, to a large enterprise. The Vendor allows you to try the product and develop a proof of concept before buying the product. So why not? Test drive your solution. This is what allowed us to understand how this BI tool would boost our company's productivity.
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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
8.2

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
8.3
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
8.5
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
8.0
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
7.9
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

  • Ease of use: For end user Microsoft Power BI is incredibly easy to use. Excel is simple for most people. The presentation through SharePoint gives users with any medium the ability to instantly use the dashboards. End users are able to use mobile, local and just about anyway they would choose.
  • High Adoption Rate: We had a very high adoption rate causing many of our users to be incredibly engaged. The adoption of is due to many users already familiar with the tools they grew up on. If you grew up on Excel, then you will instantly feel at home in the tools. The new add ons are rarely a challenge even for novice users.
  • Mapping functions: The mapping functions are one of the cooler features. Power Maps automatically recognizes zip codes and other addresses much like other packages. The one item I really liked was the ability to create a movie file that would play over time showing the growth across a map through the different areas. Saved as a MP4 then blended with music made this function particularly delicious for many of our end users.
  • The Gateway: MS has provided a really cool little trick. The Gateway. I will explain this part later in my review.
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Sisense

  • Excellent single-stack BI solution, allowing great flexibility for data-modelling within the Sisense platform itself, with no need to perform the data modelling on a separate platform. The data modelling is implemented using standard SQL which makes anyone familiar with SQL already able to use the system.
  • Virtually unlimited customization options using Java Script, allowing you to modify and enhance existing functionality.
  • Great support from the both customer support and the user community.
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Cons

Microsoft BI

  • Additional training and tutorials that exist with Power BI as users are working with it would be beneficial.
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Sisense

  • 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

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.0
Based on 25 answers
There are many other tools out there which are easier to use and provide better visualization side.
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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
The product is very usable compared to competitive solutions. I didn't give it a full 10 because Microsoft needs to improve their Report Builder module.
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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
Microsoft support in general is good, did not have any issues.
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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
Thorough project planning and requirements gathering ensured project's success.
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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

Microsoft BI has an advantage over other BI platforms because it integrates nicely with the Microsoft products, such as Excel, Microsoft SQL, Access, and all the other parts of the Microsoft business. A user that has spent time with Microsoft products will find Microsoft BI to be similar in functionality to other Microsoft products. Microsoft puts ease of use as a top priority, and it shows up in Microsoft BI. Microsoft BI is, of course, not the top business intelligence platform. It does not have the nicest graphics, the biggest user base, or the most advanced analytics capabilities. It's sort of a starter BI solution.
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Sisense

In all honesty price was a driving factor in our selection. This pretty much ruled out GoodData, Jaspersoft, Adobe and Birst. Qlik and SiSense then became shortlisted. Both seemed like excellent and appropriate products for what we needed.
SiSense had a slicker more usable UI and offered a Google Analytics integration as standard, while Qlik required a 3rd party product which we had to pay for. We were also after a hosted solution that reduced the burden on our IT department. SiSense offered a very competitive solution for us which turned out to be completely seamless. Both Qlik and SiSense were professional to deal with to be completely fair.
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Scalability

Microsoft BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

  • My organization uses Microsoft BI for nearly all of our development. We would not be able to integrate with our clients to deliver our solutions easily without it.
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Sisense

  • 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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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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