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Sisense

If you are looking to have an analytics tool for your company, or if you have a lot of data/data points.. then look no further. Sisense provide you with a comprehensive business intelligence tool for you to make the right decision with their intelligence capabilities. Don't build it yourself as it will take a lot of time and effort,.
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Microsoft BI

Any organization that requires a full-featured, high performance data storage and analytics platform should consider the Microsoft BI stack. However, many organizations are tied to another RDBMS system because of critical business applications like SAP or Oracle EBS, and their internal development and support teams are experts in a different stack. In those cases, integrating the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack can require a steeper learning curve than "Microsoft shops".
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

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

Ad-hoc Reporting

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

Report Output and Scheduling

Sisense
8.7
Microsoft BI
8.2
Publish to Web
Sisense
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.3
Publish to PDF
Sisense
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.8
Report Versioning
Sisense
7.7
Microsoft BI
8.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
Sisense
8.9
Microsoft BI
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Sisense
Microsoft BI
8.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

Sisense
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Sisense
9.2
Microsoft BI
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Sisense
8.9
Microsoft BI
7.9
Predictive Analytics
Sisense
8.8
Microsoft BI
8.0

Access Control and Security

Sisense
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Sisense
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
Sisense
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Sisense
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Sisense
Microsoft BI
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Sisense
8.2
Microsoft BI
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
Sisense
8.6
Microsoft BI
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Sisense
7.9
Microsoft BI
8.4
Dedicated Android Application
Sisense
8.3
Microsoft BI
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Sisense
7.8
Microsoft BI
8.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Sisense
Microsoft BI
7.8
REST API
Sisense
Microsoft BI
7.9
Javascript API
Sisense
Microsoft BI
8.3
iFrames
Sisense
Microsoft BI
7.7
Java API
Sisense
Microsoft BI
7.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Sisense
Microsoft BI
7.8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Sisense
Microsoft BI
7.4

Pros

  • The biggest pro I found with Sisense is that you do not need a DBA in order to manage the system. This makes the learning curve really easy, which helps lots when thinking of implementation across a whole organization. This reflects well for the tool, since it is powerful, but easy to use.
  • ALL-IN-ONE! Sisense answered all of my customers and our company's requirements, to include data modelling and complex calculations.
  • Sisense is as accurate as your data, and best of all, it is real time. After using other visualization tools, I learned that when using multiple sources, errors occur. Sisense prevents this risk by allowing all of the resources to be managed at their engine, maintains connections, and as a developer, the EliastiCube allows you to source large volumes of data with an easy click.
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  • The parallel data warehouse is a massive storage appliance with exceptional speed.
  • The platform is all Microsoft and integrates well with all other Microsoft products and infrastructure.
  • Microsoft's support of the product has been outstanding.
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Cons

  • While loading elasticube sometimes it would display error or entire elasticube may not load properly.. Some bug fixes and refreshing solves the issue
  • Predictive pattern for the graphs could be a great add on feature
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  • Power View is a quick and easy tool to use for developing dynamic dashboards but lacks some very basic features. The color scheme and styles are applied across all views with no method for choosing which colors apply to certain objects. Users cannot rename visual components, you must make sure you cube field have the names you intend end users to see.
  • Report Builder allows for quite a bit of customization but we found it be missing some the features that make other application like Crystal Reports so easy to use. Simple features such as moving columns within a table can be a bit frustrating. Formatting text and writing formulas (expressions) is easier in Crystal Reports.
  • Parallel Data Warehouse is not a true SQL Server 2012 database and is missing much of the SQL Server 2012 feature set.
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Likelihood to Renew

Sisense8.9
Based on 14 answers
The support for SiSense is almost immediate, the product is very intuitive to use, but it seems that its greatest strength is in ROI which comes in form of quickly building robust dashboards. SiSense has very efficient APIs e.g. it allows users to create remotely without the involvement of an administrator.
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Microsoft BI8.0
Based on 25 answers
Microsoft BI is a great tool but may require additional, expensive staff to maintain the software and keep it running on a day to day basis from an operational perspective. Other BI products are making the jump to "Self Service" Business Intelligence, empowering the end user to create and modify their data needs. However, if a company resides on a MS SQL server structure, Microsoft's BI tool is easy to integrate and can deploy an enterprise BI solution in a relative short time. Considering the initial software costs, you get a lot for your money
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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
Easy to use. Good User Interface and visualizations
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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
Response is fast and adequate.
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Microsoft BI7.1
Based on 6 answers
I am basing this rating not on Microsoft's paid premium support, but rather on the resources available (both from Microsoft and 3rd parties) to BI consumers. There is such a huge community working with and building solutions with the Microsoft BI stack (SQL Server) that I have always been able to find a solution (or at least a workaround) to any problems that have come up.
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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
Be prepared to help business users define their data. We found that different campuses had different definitions for the same thing. This took some change management and negotiating to get each team to come to a common understanding.
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Alternatives Considered

We evaluated each software and chose 4 candidates to build a proof-of-concept for the most complicated and challenging reporting scenario at our company with real data and business requirement.
We selected SiSense because its strengths and abilities (fast-to-deliver, small investment, big-data capability) best solve our problems and meet our business needs.
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Microstrategy - I went with Microsoft BI because of features, usability, integration capabilities, performance, availability of talent, cost, and end-user (self-service) capabilities.
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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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  • Greatly reduced reporting project development time (and associated costs).
  • Significantly larger pool of experts to assist on large / ad-hoc projects.
  • Faster availability of critical business data to our users (due to decreased development time as well as performance of overall system - we are able to keep the data very fresh).
  • Significantly increased ETL / data integration capabilities means that more legacy and external system data is making it into the data warehouse.
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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
Additional 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