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Sisense

Top Rated
87 Ratings

Tableau Server

Top Rated
575 Ratings

Sisense

Top Rated
87 Ratings
Score 8.7 out of 101

Tableau Server

Top Rated
575 Ratings
Score 8.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Tableau Server

It is well suited in an industry rich with data flow and more room for public information. The reason behind the public information use case is that can Tableau can be made visualize value, and in return adds value to proof of concepts or detailed plan. Tableau Server is economical, and many organizations look for such products, as it is no harm to test and try such an enterprise tool.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Sisense
8.3
Tableau Server
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Sisense
8.0
Tableau Server
8.1
Customizable dashboards
Sisense
9.1
Tableau Server
8.4
Report Formatting Templates
Sisense
7.9
Tableau Server
7.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

Sisense
8.2
Tableau Server
7.8
Drill-down analysis
Sisense
8.8
Tableau Server
7.7
Formatting capabilities
Sisense
8.1
Tableau Server
8.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Sisense
8.6
Tableau Server
7.7
Report sharing and collaboration
Sisense
7.3
Tableau Server
7.8

Report Output and Scheduling

Sisense
8.6
Tableau Server
7.9
Publish to Web
Sisense
9.0
Tableau Server
8.9
Publish to PDF
Sisense
9.0
Tableau Server
7.8
Report Versioning
Sisense
7.7
Tableau Server
7.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Sisense
8.9
Tableau Server
8.3
Delivery to Remote Servers
Sisense
Tableau Server
7.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

Sisense
9.0
Tableau Server
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Sisense
9.2
Tableau Server
8.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Sisense
8.9
Tableau Server
8.3
Predictive Analytics
Sisense
8.8
Tableau Server
7.4

Access Control and Security

Sisense
9.0
Tableau Server
8.2
Multi-User Support (named login)
Sisense
9.0
Tableau Server
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
Sisense
9.0
Tableau Server
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Sisense
9.0
Tableau Server
8.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Sisense
Tableau Server
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Sisense
8.2
Tableau Server
7.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
Sisense
8.7
Tableau Server
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application
Sisense
8.0
Tableau Server
7.7
Dedicated Android Application
Sisense
8.3
Tableau Server
7.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Sisense
7.8
Tableau Server
7.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Sisense
Tableau Server
7.5
REST API
Sisense
Tableau Server
8.1
Javascript API
Sisense
Tableau Server
8.0
iFrames
Sisense
Tableau Server
7.6
Java API
Sisense
Tableau Server
7.4
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Sisense
Tableau Server
7.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Sisense
Tableau Server
6.8

Pros

  • Easy to generate dashboards
  • Easy to link up your different data sources (drag and drop)
  • Pleasing UI
  • Professional and responsive customer support
  • Smooth integration (hosted solution was seamless)
  • Cost effective
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  • Access to our data sources such as MS SQL and MySQL
  • Ease of use and administration
  • Relatively small footprint for hardware
  • Reasonable pricing
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Cons

  • SiSense doesn't have a comprehensive data permission authorization capability. It could be difficult to manage the data access permissions for an organization with a large hierarchy structure or for complex authorization requirements.
  • SiSense does not support merging two dimensions on-the-fly when building reports in BI Studio (the report development tool in SiSense). For example, there were a user table and a revenue table in the ElastiCube. To show user growth and revenue growth in one chart, I can not build the chart directly. Instead, firstly, I needed to bridge two date dimensions, the user sign-up date and the revenue date, from the two tables in ElastiCube Manager ( the cube management tool in SiSense). Secondly, I used the bridged date dimension to build the chart in BI studio. This leads to a complicated data model and the reduced flexibility in ElastiCube.
  • ElastiCube does not support outer-join tables when modeling data. Though it's always feasible to build reports that have outer-join logic, some minor work-around is required.
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  • While I have some thoughts for improvements in the Tableau Desktop application, the server environment is a powerful, growing, and improving software. No significant cons.
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Likelihood to Renew

Sisense8.9
Based on 14 answers
SiSense will continue being a great solution for BI / Data delivery in my company
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Tableau Server9.1
Based on 19 answers
Tableau Server is an integral part of the reporting suite for a client. It meets their reporting needs and has proven to be one of the most reliable painless pieces of software used to date. I believe that they are extremely happy with the product and will continue using it into the future.
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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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Tableau Server9.1
Based on 10 answers
I think the use case we described earlier about a non-technical user that was copying/pasting data into Word during emergencies is our best reason. This person had little technical ability, and the Tableau mobile solution powered by Tableau server completely resolved the issues. She has since become one of the most vocal proponents of Tableau.
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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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Tableau Server9.0
Based on 9 answers
Desktop has always worked perfectly. Server sees occasional issues, most of which will be solved by the IT department learning more about the best way to administrate and maintain it.
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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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Tableau Server8.1
Based on 8 answers
Server can lag a little - problem can be addressed by moving to core-based licensing but it's a significant cost jump over user-based.
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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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Tableau Server9.1
Based on 12 answers
They are pretty responsive and helpful to address the issues.
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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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Tableau Server8.0
Based on 4 answers
In our case, they hired a private third party consultant to train our dept. It was extremely boring and felt like it dragged on. Everything I learned was self taught so I was not really paying attention. But I do think that you can easily spend a week on the tool and go over every nook and cranny. We only had the consultant in for a day or two.
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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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Tableau Server9.0
Based on 9 answers
Great video library on their site
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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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Tableau Server9.1
Based on 13 answers
My department was largely Excel and paper-based when I started, so there's been a tremendous amount of work to get the data into shape, so when I look at the overall implementation of our visualization and reporting infrastructure, I'm less satisfied. Tableau has been wonderful, the one place that would get me to a 10 is if it was easier to tune workbook performance on Tableau Server, there are a huge number of variables to deal with across the workbook/application/hardware stack. In a small environment like ours that takes more effort than I'd like.
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Breadth of Deployment

We presently have 200 plus users both from outside and inside (on a smaller side) of the company. We think to use SiSense onward as our defacto/standard go to data visualization tool. All future applications would be using it too instead of creating dashboards "by hand".
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Alternatives Considered

SiSense won out of all its competitors (Tableau/Logi/etc....) due to the following reasons
  • Ease of Use
  • Scalability and low cost of launch
  • Quick Implementation
  • Minimal SQL and coding required
  • Publishing dashboards very quick and efficient
  • Extremely agile environment allows us to keep up with company growth, change and focus
  • Immediate results
  • Visible ROI opportunity even during demo phase
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We find Tableau Server much more flexible and powerful for the developer. The resulting dashboard and interactive charts far surpass those of Business Objects. IBM Cognos is much too restrictive in its ability to present data visualizations in a way that is easily integrated into both web platforms and mobile applications.
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Collaboration and Sharing

Sisense8.6
Based on 40 answers
Sharing is done in one click. The sharer can set who can modify, who can read and even transfer ownership of the dashboard. It is easy to share a dashboard and to continue to work on newer versions.

The person who get access to dashboards have multiple ways to interact with it:
- drill anywhere
- click to select
- activate/deactivate KPIs in visualization
- activate/deactivate/modify filters

The owner of the dashboard can set up what a viewer can and can't do with a shared dashboard.
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Tableau Server7.8
Based on 67 answers
We don't utilize the alerts and subscriptions structure (although people have the option of setting it up themselves) but having a single place to log in to and view regularly updated data is one of the primary benefits of a BI tool and we utilize it constantly.
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Data Integration

Sisense8.9
Based on 40 answers
Sisense has many great connectors out of the box, but when it comes to connecting to REST API's as data sources, there is no way to use an actual scripting language to generate hashes or signatures with timestamps where that is needed for secure REST API access. This was a big headache for us requiring a pretty convoluted work around.
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Tableau Server8.9
Based on 70 answers
We have not had any issues connecting to our data sources.
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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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  • The foundation of our business was built largely using Tableau server - the overall value that Tableau has brought is hard to quantify. A lot.
  • One challenge we've encountered is when the server has experienced interface design changes. Since we use it as a part of a larger application, even minor layout changes have a negative impact on our environment.
  • The JavaScript API is a tad limited, so we've had to do some creative programming to work around those limits.
  • The (fairly) opaque underlying database structure puts additional limitations on our ability as an OEM/reseller partner. There are several metrics that would benefit us if we had more insight/access.
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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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Tableau Server

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Tableau Server Editions & Modules
Tableau Server
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