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Sisense

Top Rated
87 Ratings

Microsoft BI

594 Ratings

Sisense

Top Rated
87 Ratings
Score 8.7 out of 101

Microsoft BI

594 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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.
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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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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Sisense
8.3
Microsoft BI
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
Sisense
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.1
Customizable dashboards
Sisense
9.1
Microsoft BI
8.1
Report Formatting Templates
Sisense
7.9
Microsoft BI
8.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

Sisense
8.2
Microsoft BI
8.5
Drill-down analysis
Sisense
8.8
Microsoft BI
8.6
Formatting capabilities
Sisense
8.1
Microsoft BI
8.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Sisense
8.6
Microsoft BI
8.3
Report sharing and collaboration
Sisense
7.3
Microsoft BI
8.8

Report Output and Scheduling

Sisense
8.6
Microsoft BI
8.7
Publish to Web
Sisense
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.7
Publish to PDF
Sisense
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.5
Report Versioning
Sisense
7.7
Microsoft BI
8.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
Sisense
8.9
Microsoft BI
8.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
Sisense
Microsoft BI
8.5

Data Discovery and Visualization

Sisense
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Sisense
9.2
Microsoft BI
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Sisense
8.9
Microsoft BI
8.8
Predictive Analytics
Sisense
8.8
Microsoft BI
8.5

Access Control and Security

Sisense
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
Sisense
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.8
Role-Based Security Model
Sisense
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Sisense
9.0
Microsoft BI
9.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Sisense
Microsoft BI
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Sisense
8.2
Microsoft BI
8.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
Sisense
8.7
Microsoft BI
8.4
Dedicated iOS Application
Sisense
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.7
Dedicated Android Application
Sisense
8.3
Microsoft BI
8.5
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Sisense
7.8
Microsoft BI
8.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Sisense
Microsoft BI
8.4
REST API
Sisense
Microsoft BI
8.6
Javascript API
Sisense
Microsoft BI
8.4
iFrames
Sisense
Microsoft BI
8.4
Java API
Sisense
Microsoft BI
8.3
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Sisense
Microsoft BI
8.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Sisense
Microsoft BI
8.0

Pros

  • Great management of large amounts of data from numerous sources.
  • Beautiful visualization capabilities.
  • Fantastic support of customizations through custom JS plug-ins.
  • Implementation requires very little effort allowing users to start working with their data in a short amount of time.
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  • EASY visualization of business data. Excel is the killer app so anybody remotely good at basic office tools knows how to make PivotTables and PivotCharts. If you don't, it's really easy to learn; give it a try... People think big data visualization is hard but it's not for most business use cases.
  • FAST visualization of business data. There are BI/Analytics tools out there, some of them beginning with the letter S, that are slooow. I do my taxes waiting for them to run basic queries/filters/charts. Microsoft BI (and Tableau, etc.) create compact data models to allow for pretty fast data loading and slicery.
  • FREE or at least REALLY CHEAP visualization of business data. Who has MS Office on their business computer? Oh, everybody. If you don't have Office Pro, pony up for that or get the monthly license. The bigness of data you can run on your own machine is fairly big; don't use cloud if you don't need it. By comparison, who enjoys throwing thousands of dollars away on bloated legacy BI software? Well, too many companies, apparently.
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Cons

  • Being so powerful, the ElastiCube must be carefully built especially with larger data sets - too many connections or the wrong ones between tables can lead to queries that eat up all system resources, requiring a reboot and disrupting the production environment.
  • Sisense is very customizable and flexible, but sometimes it is surprising that some simpler features are not available; for example, you cannot change up or control your font size/color or other presentation elements at all without scripting.
  • Emailing dashboards is very limited, particularly with larger widgets (like pivot tables). Furthermore the email scheduling doesn't allow you to choose a specific schedule or certain recipients.
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  • SQL Server Data Integration (also knows as SSIS) seems to provide most functionality you would expect from an ETL tool. However, when you start using it you quickly find out that most transformations perform slower than equivalent functionality when coded directly in SQL. So you go ahead with creating joins, using case statements and data type conversions directly in SQL input statements and potentially end up with a huge piece of code that performs nicely but is hardly maintainable in the future.
  • The development environment takes quite a while to get used to. Once you are all set up and doing your development work it is all fine but if you accidentally close some window or 'pane' just figuring out how to get it back can take quite some time.
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Likelihood to Renew

Sisense8.9
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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Microsoft BI8.0
Based on 25 answers
Flexibility and ease of use! I have not found something that I can't do with the Microsoft BI tools. Some things may be a struggle, but that comes with any tool. The online community support for developers and users of Microsoft is tops as well. If you have a problem you can post in the forums provided by Microsoft or just post on Twitter and you will get an answer from the experts in the field in no time. There is no better community out there for technology that is very supportive and will not bash you even for asking the most basic question. There are plenty of options for support that don't require you to contact Microsoft and that helps save a lot of dollars and time. The tools are keep up-to-date and are constantly evolving.
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Usability

Sisense7.3
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
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Microsoft BI7.0
Based on 5 answers
It's a good rating for people willing to learn and get used to it, but it's not inherently user friendly, especially to people who are not Excel power users.
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Reliability and Availability

Sisense8.2
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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Microsoft BI9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Performance

Sisense8.2
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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Microsoft BI7.0
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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Support

Sisense10.0
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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Microsoft BI7.1
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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In-Person Training

Sisense7.3
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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Microsoft BI6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
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Online Training

Sisense8.2
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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Microsoft BI8.5
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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Implementation

Sisense7.1
Based on 3 answers
Remember to migrate the plugins. The documentation however is pretty straight forward.
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Microsoft BI9.6
Based on 7 answers
Thorough project planning and requirements gathering ensured project's success.
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Breadth of Deployment

We have 1 Admin and 10 consumers. The reports are viewable by the business on plasma screens. Of those 10 consumers, 2-3 people would look at the reports on a daily basis.
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I have implemented Microsoft BI in small departments with less than 10 people all the way up to full enterprise deployments with multiple IT groups and 1000's of users. The only difference will be what of the provided Microsoft BI tools will you use and how many servers will it all be installed on. Once it is setup it is very easy to keep up-to-date and even expand in the future. Some of the tools do need more IT involvement to get up and running, but once it is setup and working it can easily go into a hands-off setup and just works. I have been oncall support for an enterprise SSRS deployment that was on multiple servers across multiple data centers and only received calls of issues once or month or less and most of time those were cause by human error and not following the procedures that were established.
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Alternatives Considered

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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Microsoft BI provides the most flexibility and best integration across of the products in the SQL Server Microsoft BI Suite (and with other Microsoft tools). The tools are flexible enough to work just as well in a small group as they are in a large enterprise and without having to re-learn the products to fit those different scenarios. All of the tools in the SQL Server Microsoft BI stack are provided with one licenses (assuming you install everything on one server) and all of the development tools required are available for free if they they aren't included with the main installer. The Microsoft BI tools will work with most of the major database systems out of the box and if it doesn't, there is a very active 3rd party software environment that develops free or paid add-ons that will cover the options that Microsoft doesn't out of the box. The tools are easy to learn and use and updated on a very regular basis. There is always the flexibility to add or take away from the products installed as part of a Microsoft BI solution, so you never have to be locked into using only the tools provided by Microsoft.
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Collaboration and Sharing

Sisense8.6
Based on 40 answers
Sisense helps very easy collaboration with other tools and different data sources. It is very easy to share reports with different people across organizations. Reports can be formatted once they are generated. The tool is also role based and has support for multiple users.It has a limited mobility but great mobile support.
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Microsoft BI8.2
Based on 27 answers
Microsoft BI's templates are superb and result in a graphical summary of information that is easy to display/present to the wider team
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Data Integration

Sisense8.9
Based on 40 answers
Easy to use, quick mashup of data from different data sources, easy deployment, mobile support, integration with other tools, easy to distribute reports, excellent visualizations, pdf reports, excellent analytics, pixel perfect reports, open source BI platform, ability to modify reports, low hardware cost, support for multiple users, role based support. These are the reasons for a strong rating.
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Microsoft BI8.7
Based on 26 answers
Microsoft Power BI offers a good set of data sources - anywhere from Excel / CSV to JSON to Azure databases. For our client's project, we use the Azure database (the backend of the project is written using .NET) and it's quick and convenient - you simply login and ta-da, you have all your data to manage
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Scalability

Sisense8.2
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

  • We are in the early stages of implementation, but there has been a positive impact in the visibility to data in real time. We are operating with a four hour refresh so the sales managers get to see data as it happens during the day.
  • The project has allowed us to look at our ERP data in a different way. It has made a positive impact in the way we are standardizing and cleaning up the source data to make it more accurate for our end users.
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  • Cleaner, more accurate data returned to end users.
  • Better decision making.
  • Increased control over data.
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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
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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