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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is great for reporting of any type. The dashboards I create for my executive team are crisp and easy to understand. I often get complements on it, and suggestions on what other reports or data could benefit from Power BI. Power BI is still dependent on data sources, so if my data source connections break, then the report is no good. This isn't something that you can create and forget. It needs eyes on it to ensure the data is correct
Richard Crane | 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
8.3
Sisense
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Sisense
7.4
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Sisense
9.1
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Sisense
8.6

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense
8.1
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Sisense
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Sisense
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Sisense
8.5
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Sisense
7.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense
8.7
Publish to Web
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Sisense
9.1
Publish to PDF
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Sisense
8.9
Report Versioning
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Sisense
8.3
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense
8.3
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Sisense

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Sisense
8.6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Sisense
8.8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense
8.7
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Sisense
8.3

Access Control and Security

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense
8.9
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Sisense
8.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense
8.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Sisense

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Sisense
7.6
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Sisense
8.1
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Sisense
7.3
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Sisense
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Sisense
7.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Sisense
REST API
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Sisense
Javascript API
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Sisense
iFrames
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Sisense
Java API
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Sisense
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Sisense
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Sisense

Pros

Microsoft Power BI

  • Engaging dashboard displays with drag and drop modules to convey data in a meaningful ways.
  • Familiar Microsoft "Ribbon" type interface that creates an integral feel with the rest of the Microsoft suite of products.
  • Built-in mobile optimization window and associated Mobile applications that allow viewing from any location connected to the server.
Rick Botha | 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

  • It is such a powerful system that it can come across as intimidating for some without some Excel knowledge
  • I'm not a database analyst or administrator, so calling the data in can be difficult (not necessary the fault of the software, but something that could be difficult for teams without someone with database knowledge)
  • It can come across as confusing, when there is both a local Power BI and online Power BI components. They don't necessarily do the same functions. You'll definitely want to know how to use the online version as this is how you'll publish and share the results of your findings, but the local one has a lot of capabilities that don't appear to be directly available in the online version (and if so, it's not immediately apparent).
Steffany Winkelmann | 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 9.0
Based on 3 answers
PBI is very easy to use because of its similarity with power pivot and excel. DAX is the basic foundation language to be mastered to quickly build reports. Custom measures have been introduce to write instant DAX functions (But doesnt work all the time and need a understanding of DAX to debug). Easy to chart multiple charts and also third party charts
Rohit Acharya | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sisense

Sisense 7.3
Based on 4 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 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.
Michał Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Michał Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sisense

Sisense 10.0
Based on 5 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

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sisense

Sisense 7.1
Based on 3 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 as I said earlier is unfortunate in relation to the panels but compared to Tableau.Although Microsoft Power BI has a general interface easier to understand in my company because we already have a signature with the package Office 365 that the integration of the same is excellent.
Gabriel Oliveira | 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

  • I'm using the free version, so the only investment was the time spent to learn how to use the product (which as an Excel user, was very short).
  • I use Excel to store every single bit of information about all the projects I do, and being able to see them visualized helped me see some redundant steps I was taking.
  • No negative impact at all for me.
jim paroly | 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

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Microsoft Power BI

Pricing Details

Microsoft Power BI

General

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

Microsoft Power BI Editions & Modules

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 Connector1
  1. Per User per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Sisense
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Power BI
10.0
Sisense
8.9

Usability

Microsoft Power BI
9.0
Sisense
7.3

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft Power BI
Sisense
8.2

Performance

Microsoft Power BI
Sisense
8.2

Support

Microsoft Power BI
Sisense
10.0

In-Person Training

Microsoft Power BI
Sisense
7.3

Online Training

Microsoft Power BI
Sisense
8.2

Implementation

Microsoft Power BI
Sisense
7.1

Scalability

Microsoft Power BI
Sisense
8.2

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