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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI

Using Microsoft Power BI is the best way to analyze data at a very reasonable cost. [Microsoft] Power BI desktop started as a simple tool for data extraction and basic visualization. As a powerful business intelligence solution, they quickly scaled the device to thousands of users within a company. Depending on how the business is measured, finance or CSM teams can gain a lot of insight. Using it as a user allows us to save time and focus on other tasks. The dashboard looks like a renaissance painting because of all the beautiful charts and figures that are available. Importing data and relating them is straightforward.
Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Sisense
7.3
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
Sisense
9.0
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Sisense
9.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense
8.1
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Sisense
8.0
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Sisense
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Sisense
8.9
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Sisense
7.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense
8.2
Publish to Web
Microsoft Power BI
9.0
Sisense
8.3
Publish to PDF
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
Sisense
8.7
Report Versioning
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Sisense
8.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Sisense
7.7
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft Power BI
7.5
Sisense

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Sisense
8.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Sisense
8.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Sisense
8.9
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Sisense
8.9

Access Control and Security

Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Sisense
9.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Sisense
9.8
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Sisense
9.5
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Sisense
9.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft Power BI
9.0
Sisense

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Sisense
8.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Sisense
8.7
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense
9.4
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense
8.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense
7.7

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Sisense
REST API
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Sisense
Javascript API
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Sisense
iFrames
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Sisense
Java API
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Sisense
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Sisense
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Sisense

Pros

Microsoft Power BI

  • Using features like Power Query, which is in itself like a tool like Excel, you can clean and preview data before using it for analysis purposes. If you have used Excel in the past, Power Query will, for the most part, be a cakewalk for you.
  • The predominant feature one comes to Power BI is the ability to create automated formidable dashboards that everyone refers to before or during meetings to encourage and substantiate decision-making.
  • If required, based on specific data points, reports are triggered automatically to certain people as well.
Tanish Pruthi | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Andrew Goss | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Microsoft Power BI

  • The desktop app is great but needs a lot of performance improvements
  • No MacOS Version for the Desktop app, this is a big limitation for business since executives prefer Macs
  • Premium Cloud Version of Power BI is awfully expensive
  • On-Premise Version of the Power BI Reports Server is bundled only with SQL Server Enterprise License and cannot be purchased separately and requires Software Assurance Subscription
  • On-Premise Power BI Report Server doesn't support ADFS, AzureAD or any Claims-Based authentication platform, a sad disadvantage for enterprises
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sisense

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
jim paroly | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.5
Based on 58 answers
As a company and as an organization, we are very pleased with the system and tool as a whole. In total I believe we have about 50 or so users across multiple departments (1/10 of our organization size). Because of the variety of use cases that the system can support across different team[s], it has become a very powerful tool as part of our arsenal. As a CSM here, I am using the tool almost daily for deeper and further insights and analysis on my customer portfolio.
Greg Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sisense

Sisense 8.0
Based on 5 answers
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
Daniel Colussi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sisense

Sisense 8.2
Based on 2 answers
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.
Michał Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sisense

Sisense 8.2
Based on 2 answers
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.
Michał Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.5
Based on 54 answers
Microsoft's support is great most times, they will respond fast and make everything to come to a solution. Also, the software is very well documented, so many times there is no need to contact the support because the documentation may have a solution right away
Nadyan Pscheidt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sisense

Sisense 9.0
Based on 11 answers
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.
Wicus Verhoef | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Michał Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Michał Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sisense

Sisense 7.1
Based on 6 answers
Remember to migrate the plugins. The documentation however is pretty straight forward.
Holke Visser | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Power BI

[Microsoft] Power BI is practical and effective, like a hammer for a nail, it is easy to use and produces very quickly the results that in most cases are urgently required by clients (nice reports to share on the web). To start using [Microsoft] Power BI you need a business email address, with that you create an account in Power BI Service and in less than 1 hour you will have installed Power BI Desktop, a report will have been created and it will have been published on the web .
Dustin Ghia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sisense

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Microsoft Power 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.
Michał Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Microsoft Power BI

  • It helps us track and achieve company goals.
  • It shows us [our] performance in areas we could not previously track and allows us to see and work on how to improve their performance.
  • Quick easy access for executives to use in helping teams and addressing issues.
christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Hui (Ken) Zheng | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Microsoft Power BI

Pricing Details

Microsoft Power BI

General

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

Microsoft Power BI Editions & Modules

Edition
Power BI Pro$9.991
Power BI Premium$20.001
Power BI Premium$4,995.002
  1. Per User/Per Month
  2. Per Capacity/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

Modules
SAP Connector
  1. none
Additional Pricing Details
Must contact sales team for pricing.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Sisense
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Power BI
10.0
Sisense
8.9

Usability

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Sisense
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft Power BI
Sisense
8.2

Performance

Microsoft Power BI
Sisense
8.2

Support Rating

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Sisense
9.0

In-Person Training

Microsoft Power BI
Sisense
7.3

Online Training

Microsoft Power BI
Sisense
8.2

Implementation Rating

Microsoft Power BI
Sisense
7.1

Scalability

Microsoft Power BI
Sisense
8.2

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