Sisense Ratings & User Feedback

(35) 7.4 of 10

Software Profile & Review Summary

2016 Top Rated Business Intelligence Software BadgeSisense is a full-stack product with a columnar data store, an ETL layer and a set of front-end tools for constructing dashboards and visualizations. The proprietary data store called “elasticube” is more flexible than OLAP cubes, with much less reliance on data modeling. Sisense has also abandoned the familiar in-memory technology common to visualization tools for an “in-chip” solution which uses the data storage provided by the chip set, in addition to RAM and disk storage. This removes some of the speed limitations of traditional disk storage and has none of the size limitations of in-memory RAM solutions. One of the big advantages of this platform is that it can process very large volumes of data in the columnar database, and the in-chip memory innovation is fast and efficient.

Sisense is Top Rated in the mid-sized company segment.

Company Status: Private
Customers: 1,000+
Employees: 200+
Location: New York, New York
Founded: 2004
Most compared to: Tableau Server; QlikView; Microsoft BI
Best fit for: Sisense is designed for companies with a need to process disparate data sources or large data volumes without heavy reliance on an IT organization. It also provides self-service analytics tools that are designed for the business user rather than the IT organization.

Sisense Customer Demographics*

Sisense customer demographics - company size
*Customer demographics data is drawn from user profiles and users reviews of this product on TrustRadius. Data may not be available for all reviewers.

Summary of Sisense Reviews

Source: (18) User reviews of Sisense on TrustRadius
Sisense Pros Sisense Cons
Good UI for dashboard creation
  • The dashboard builder UI allows users to create dashboards quickly and efficiently and alerts other users when new dashboards have been created.
Visualization options
  • Several users noted that they would like to see more charts and graphs and additional visualization options.
Elasticube strengths
  • Elasticubes (OLAP cubes) allow for highly customizable and efficient data queries, although some users report minor bugs on elasticube loading.
Elasticube limitations
  • Users describe limitations around outer joins and left/right joins.
  • Elasticubes are sometimes slow to build and occasionally experience build errors, with insufficient indication of the cause.
Data sources
  • Very strong ability to query many different databases and integration and mash-up of data from a wide variety of different sources.
Some features need additional documentation
  • Users said they would like Sisense to expand platform documentation, especially in areas of API designer and SQL design.
Cost effective
  • Sisense can be a very cost-effective solution as the in-chip technology maximizes resources and reduces hardware requirements.
Easy & quick to deploy
  • Users said Sisense is easy to deploy and requires minimal Development time to get value. A few said there was a visible ROI even with the trial version, which was easy to start using.

Aggregate User Ratings of Sisense on TrustRadius

Sisense aggregate ratings in 2016 Business Intelligence Buyer's Guide

Sisense Response to Reviewer Feedback

  1. In addition to the out-of-the-box visualizations, Sisense provides a completely extensible JavaScript plug-in framework that enables users to add third party visualizations (such as D3) to Sisense. These plug-ins are treated just like native visualizations, once added to the system, and benefit from the full range of feature functionality available to the native visualizations.
  2. Sisense's unique technology does not require upfront data modeling to detail join types. Join paths are created on the fly at time of query to optimize the query execution. This difference, frees Sisense users from typical, time consuming data prep processes that most BI tools require, including upfront modeling of inner/outer and left/right joins.