Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued) vs. Sisense for Cloud Data Teams

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Power BI for Office 365 allowed users to model and analyze data, and query large datasets with complex natural language queries. It has been discontinued in favor of other editions of Power BI going forward.N/A
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams
Score 6.4 out of 10
N/A
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data) is a data visualization tool that allows users to connect to their SQL databases to create sharable, interactive dashboards. In addition to SQL, its analytics integrate with R and Python, allowing users to prep datasets, perform analysis, and create their own visualizations. Sisense acquired Periscope Data in mid-2019.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)Sisense for Cloud Data Teams
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)Sisense for Cloud Data Teams
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.0
11 Ratings
10% above category average
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams
9.2
19 Ratings
9% above category average
Pixel Perfect reports9.010 Ratings8.810 Ratings
Customizable dashboards8.011 Ratings9.119 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates10.08 Ratings9.617 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.5
11 Ratings
16% above category average
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams
8.9
19 Ratings
10% above category average
Drill-down analysis9.011 Ratings9.015 Ratings
Formatting capabilities9.011 Ratings9.218 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages10.06 Ratings8.610 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration10.011 Ratings8.619 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.5
11 Ratings
13% above category average
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams
9.6
18 Ratings
14% above category average
Publish to Web10.011 Ratings9.612 Ratings
Publish to PDF10.010 Ratings9.612 Ratings
Report Versioning9.06 Ratings9.612 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling9.64 Ratings9.615 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers8.73 Ratings9.47 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
10.0
11 Ratings
22% above category average
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams
8.7
19 Ratings
6% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)10.010 Ratings8.318 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization10.011 Ratings8.817 Ratings
Predictive Analytics10.08 Ratings9.011 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.8
10 Ratings
14% above category average
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams
-
Ratings
Multi-User Support (named login)10.010 Ratings00 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model9.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)10.09 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)10.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.5
10 Ratings
18% above category average
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams
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Ratings
Responsive Design for Web Access10.010 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Application9.09 Ratings00 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile10.09 Ratings00 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
7.8
3 Ratings
1% below category average
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams
-
Ratings
REST API9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Javascript API8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
iFrames8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Java API8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)Sisense for Cloud Data Teams
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(15 ratings)
8.4
(19 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.2
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)Sisense for Cloud Data Teams
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
If you're already using Office 365, Power BI for O365 is an easy choice. Start playing around with the free version and then easily add individual Pro licenses with little risk. However, if you anticipate using this with many users, it can get expensive quickly.
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Sisense Ltd
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams is suited so well for our project that works with lots of data and needs some ways to share data internally or externally with our clients. It's very easy to pull out the data from the sense in best and in a suitable format and moreover a huge number of options are available there to represent the data. All features of this Sisense for cloud data teams software can be taken advantage of if you have a team who are well versed in data analytics, data management, and programming.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Easy to make visual dashboards from SQL queries. Previously we had to use a third party application that had to run on a web server that was so complex to setup and run. PowerBI removes all that.
  • Ability to control who/which group has access to each dashboard or report. Ties in well with the rest of the Office 365 ecosystem.
  • Has many connectors to allow pulling data from various systems, both onsite (via gateway) or external (via APIs), and join the data to create a report/dashboard.
  • Ability to show data but also export the data, if permitted.
  • Easy to show PowerBI dashboards on SharePoint or on other websites via embedded code.
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Sisense Ltd
  • Rapid deployment of polished T-SQL-based data visualization charts and dashboards. Periscope supports a variety of database technologies, and allows users to write custom queries to display data.
  • Included caching to reduce server load.
  • Outstanding customer service/support, with expert advice as needed.
  • Constant updates and new features.
  • Built-in SQL formatters take the pain out of manipulating date/time objects.
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Cons
Microsoft
  • Licensing: Currently, Microsoft has a fixed pricing model for Office 365 users, regardless of role/function of the user. Most organizations have a small number of "power users" that create usable content and many more "consumers" that simply view/run reports created by power users. Microsoft does not differentiate between these users, and thus the pricing limits organizations from large deployments of the software.
  • Version incompatibility: Excel 2010 and 2013 workbooks are compatible with each other. However, workbooks created in 2010 that include PowerPivot databases must be upgraded to 2013 format to run in 2013. Subsequently, you cannot open these upgraded PowerPivot workbooks in 2010. This requires ALL users to be on the same version.
  • Visualization: Excel charting with PowerPivot workbooks is adequate for many users. Power View also contains a number of GREAT visualizations, including animated bubble charts and a very flexible dashboard/report design canvas. However, compared to some of the other self-service BI solutions, it is still limited in its visualization capabilities.
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Sisense Ltd
  • Include more appropriate updates in their monthly newsletter as opposed to the general overview that doesn't always have the most pertinent information at the forefront.
  • There are bugs at times when certain dashboards are down, though not in an overwhelming way.
  • If you do not tag something it shows up in multiple views and may be accessible to people that it should not be, though that is a user error it may make sense to prompt for a tag and security setting.
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
I will continue to recommend this suite to folks looking for a reporting and analytics solution, as I find in MOST cases, it's great at meeting almost every requirement I've been given by a multitude of clients across a range of industries. I've built Capacity Planning solutions that allowed end user input which was then submitted to SharePoint, Executive Dashboards, custom applications, simple analytical tools for teams to easily slice and dice data, and super simple reports as well as some very complicated ones. If you haven't seen the demos online, do a search, and see for yourself - this is a great BI suite! (I do not work for Microsoft, although I do consult out there from time to time. I do occasionally make a recommendation for a different BI reporting tool, but in general, find Excel can accomplish quite a bit for less money and in less time.)
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Sisense Ltd
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Usability
Microsoft
We are satisfied with the functionality and capabilities of Power BI. Product is cost effective and full-fill the reporting requirements of the organization. You can perform most of the report level complex analysis with the help of DAX which makes Power BI very powerful analytic tool. Power BI for Office 365 has gone away and Power BI is the next evolution of it. Power BI comes with your Office 365 E5 subscription or you can purchase licensing for it separately.
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Sisense Ltd
My company has had Periscope for various use cases in the past and I think that this program opens up complex data reports to non-technical people in a really accessible way (even though the learning curve is a big one). We are now integrating Sisense for Cloud Data Teams at a larger level both for internal data exploration and for customer facing dashboards and reports.
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Support Rating
Microsoft
as of now there is strong community for Power BI, you can get solution for most of your problems from there. Also you can send your error to Microsoft as well. After every 15 days they release updates to overcome all the issues of defects.
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Sisense Ltd
Support is world-class through email and ticketing. I only switch to email support when I can’t access help via the help center.
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
Oracle was nice, super expensive to implement if it's not in use already. JobDiva is choppy and heavy on the system while does not give great reports. Salesforce is good; remote access is good however their support is terrible
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Sisense Ltd
Google Analytics works well but it does not have all of the bells and whistles that Periscope Data offers. Google Analytics is best used in a Google environment but if you are using other tools and programs outside of the Google universe, then Periscope Data is a much better option.
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • As a Microsoft Partner implementing Business Intelligence solutions, Power BI has removed the barrier for our clients to begin the "BI journey". So often, projects get hung up in that early phase of procuring and installing/configuring expensive hardware and software. Just simply getting started and designing a beginning solution has allowed our clients to see results in 1-2 weeks using their data that might have taken months to achieve otherwise.
  • One significant ROI example is process improvement. In many cases, individuals or teams are spending days each month gathering data from multiple sources for reporting to their constituents. We are reducing these times to minutes by automating many of the data collection and integration processes that were previously manual.
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Sisense Ltd
  • Very positive - has allowed us to glean insights quickly and in real time.
  • Definitely helpful for evaluating performance of accounts and employees.
  • Versatile - we even use it with recruiting metrics, our software team uses it to test feature deployment.
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