Sigma

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Sigma Computing

Overview

What is Sigma?

Sigma Computing headquartered in San Francisco provides a suite of data services such as code free data modeling, data search and explorating, and related BI and data visualization services.
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Recent Reviews

Sigma at a startup

6 out of 10
January 04, 2023
I use Sigma to create queries joining multiple data sources to create dashboards, reports, and surface key business metrics and insights.
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Sigma Update

7 out of 10
January 04, 2023
We are currently using Sigma for KPI reports and Histograms to determine how select models are performing as well as certain brands.
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Sigma is a game changer

8 out of 10
August 26, 2022
I use Sigma for all of my reporting needs and analyzing data from all sources within the company. I love that it is pretty flexible but it …
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How Sigma Differs From Its Competitors

Self-Service Analytics

Sigma Computing allowed me to easily and seamlessly hold account-level reviews on a dime with day-to-day clients. In addition, I can pull data in real-time and with ease during meetings to help the team make decisions at the moment instead of having to wait days for a BI pull and then a follow-up …
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Self-Service Analytics

Sigma Computing has enabled a wide spread of teams to be able to view the same data/views since user management is easy with Sigma Computing. In our team, the data team is the one who creates the views/dashboards while the non-technical users remain as viewers. So far, the results have been …
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Ad Hoc Analytics

Sigma Computing has enabled us, along with BigQuery, to view our data from multiple sources in a cohesive manner. This has proved to be very useful in decision-making.
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Ad Hoc Analytics

I don't recommend Sigma Computing for this. It takes too long to sort thru data and the drill-down features include more datapoints than just want you wanted to drill down on, in my opinion.
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Self-Service Analytics

Prior to implementing Sigma, we were downloading query results and analyzing them in a spreadsheet, which was time-consuming and error-prone. Sigma has sped up this process significantly and increased the quality and consistency of the reports by automating the process.
This helps us inform …
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Ad Hoc Analytics

Sigma has made a positive impact on our ability to conduct iterative ad-hoc analyses by making it quick and easy to create new reports when one is requested, or thought of. If the report identifies a continuing trend, it's trivial to convert it to an ongoing report or dashboard to track the impact …
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Self-Service Analytics

Sigma Computing gives fast data access to the business users and gives business users an easy way to set up simple dashboards and plots to present their work, check and show the market status. Its ability to visualize data easily helps people to understand the results, which fastens the business …
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Ad Hoc Analytics

Sigma Computing saved me a lot of time by auto updating the results of queries and showing the result all the time. By having the Sigma Computing dashboard, I can directly send a link to some ad-hoc ask instead of re-run the query every time. Also, its live updating informs the breakdown and helps …
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Self-Service Analytics

Previously users did not have access to the data that we are now providing through Sigma. Or they didn't have access they knew how to use. The only access was through sheets or BigQuery console.
Sigma allows IT to provide data from outside sources in a way that was not possible before.
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Self-Service Analytics

Sigma has been great for our business, especially when dealing with multiple stores and comparing between them. We're able to track improvements made and also track where opportunities are arising for specific locations. Additionally, pulling Sigma data and creating Google Sheets has been …
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Ad Hoc Analytics

Based on personal experience and dealing not with just one store but with three stores that all use Sigma, I can use Sigma to track an item's path through the warehouse and see which associates "touch" the item. This helps us track where something went wrong with the product and ultimately may …
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Self-Service Analytics

It's fine for most people honestly. If you are just a user of sigma dashboards and not creating them or responsible for the data integrity (/ what the query behind a visualization actually looks like) it's great! However, in my role data integrity is quite important and it's impossible to lift the …
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Self-Service Analytics

Sigma has opened a new world to those that do not know SQL as with a nearly database-only driven company, analysis of data would have to begin with someone that could provide a dataset small enough for the end user to use with Excel, for example. This has saved money (and time) as it is a domino …
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Ad Hoc Analytics

Sigma has GREATLY impacted the ability to perform ad hoc analyses due to the efficiency it provides. For example, the time it would take to run a SQL query to narrow a dataset and subsequently analyze/run pivot tables/charts within Excel has been reduced by at least 25%. It has been my first …
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Self-Service Analytics

Sigma makes our data more easily accessible to users and, along with lots of training and time spent, is helping to improve data literacy with the less savvy users. It fits well into the processes we already have built that allow users to facilitate ingest and analysis of data in near real time.
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Ad Hoc Analytics

Sigma has only been used at this level with our most technical users. It makes diving into data and analysis really simple for a tech savvy user and can easily drill in to find what you need once you identify a subset of data you want to explore. The ability to quickly filter (right click, include …
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Self-Service Analytics

It has helped with our day-to-day analysis of data and made some things faster in that area. We have more reports and more flexibility so that helps with making decisions. We have also found more reports to use and data to analyze because of the flexibility. The only bad thing is the downtime and …
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Self-Service Analytics

Always up-to-date dashboards, they don't depend on the Analysts to send the reports by e-mail. Once you are used to it, it's really easy to create a new dashboard with filters, multiple selections, etc.
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Self-Service Analytics

We are finally able to provide fundamental metrics throughout the organization on customer behavior, platform health, financial results, HR, and other areas. Having a single delivery mechanism helps with training and onboarding new users. The product team has been able to use the platform activity …
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Ad Hoc Analytics

Our focus has been on dashboards, not as much on ad hoc. However, our customer activity dashboard, with its pivot table support and visualizations does help the customer success team look at any customers and drill into what might be behind changes in customer behavior. The dashboard was designed …
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Self-Service Analytics

Sigma has substantially increased or business users' ability to analyze data w/o distracting engineering team. Its easy-to-learn, excel-like interface has a very soft learning curve so we can get up and running in a few hours with the tool. With more metrics available faster, we're able to adjust …
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Ad Hoc Analytics

We can make decisions much faster now, since we can have new analytics ready for a project on day one. With KPIs easily available to our admins and clients throughout the program, we can easily steer our project with more granularity than before. Faster access to the data directly results in …
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Self-Service Analytics

Sigma Computing dashboards I have created have made content performance data easier to access for a broad group of non-technical editors & authors. Now that they no longer need to reach out to the analytics team for that data (& potentially wait for a turnaround), we find that they are leveraging …
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Ad Hoc Analytics

It's allowed me to flag more things that are happening and a broader set of patterns, but I often find myself doing the full ad hoc analysis & exploration in the respective platform, such as Adobe or Google Analytics.
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Self-Service Analytics

For business users who are not on the Data/Engineering Team, Sigma has been exceptionally good at allowing them to use Excel-like language to find insights. I may have mentioned this already, but this is a time saver for business intelligence engineers/data analysts. The fewer time data team …
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Ad Hoc Analytics

Depending on one's level of permissions, Sigma will allow stakeholders to do a "drill down" analysis. This empowers users to take the initiative in searching for insights into data they may be already familiar with but not sure how to access what they need. In addition, the drill down option also …
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Self-Service Analytics

Sigma is used broadly by data roles at my company. It has definitely allowed for a more data-transparent culture, in which many people are using Sigma not just for dashboarding purposes, but also for ad hoc analyses as you can easily translate SQL code into visualizations and tables.
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Ad Hoc Analytics

I mainly use Sigma for dashboarding purposes, which needs to be shared with my business partners and stakeholders. For this, Sigma is extremely useful. For Adhoc analyses, I actually tend to use Snowflake directly or work in R. In R; the visualization functionalities are much more feature-rich.
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Popular Features

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  • Report sharing and collaboration (117)
    8.9
    89%
  • Customizable dashboards (116)
    7.9
    79%
  • Drill-down analysis (112)
    7.9
    79%
  • Formatting capabilities (118)
    7.5
    75%

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Pricing

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What is Sigma?

Sigma Computing headquartered in San Francisco provides a suite of data services such as code free data modeling, data search and explorating, and related BI and data visualization services.

Entry-level set up fee?

  • Setup fee optional

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

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Product Demos

What Can Sigma Do For You?
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Cohort Analysis with Sigma
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Stock Trading Analysis with Sigma
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Building Pivot Tables with Sigma
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Sigma Embedded Analytics Demo
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Sigma Root Cause Analysis Demo
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Features

BI Standard Reporting

Standard reporting means pre-built or canned reports available to users without having to create them.

7.5Avg 8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Ad-Hoc Reports are reports built by the user to meet highly specific requirements.

7.9Avg 7.8

Report Output and Scheduling

Ability to schedule and manager report output.

8.3Avg 7.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

Data Discovery and Visualization is the analysis of multiple data sources in a search for pattern and outliers and the ability to represent the data visually.

6.4Avg 7.8
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Product Details

What is Sigma?

Sigma is a business intelligence (BI) and analytics platform purpose-built for the cloud. With Sigma, anyone can use the spreadsheet functions and formulas they already know to explore live data at cloud scale, down to the lowest grain of detail. Its familiar spreadsheet-like interface delivers SQL into the hands of any user while keeping data fresh and secure within cloud data warehouses.


Data-first companies can use Sigma to empower their employees, customers, and partners to break free from the confines of the dashboard and explore data for themselves to make better, faster decisions. The software was built to capitalize on the performance power of cloud data warehouses to combine data sources and analyze billions of rows of data instantly – no coding required.

Sigma Features

Data Discovery and Visualization Features

  • Supported: Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

BI Standard Reporting Features

  • Supported: Customizable dashboards
  • Supported: Report Formatting Templates
  • Supported: Pixel Perfect reports

Ad-hoc Reporting Features

  • Supported: Drill-down analysis
  • Supported: Formatting capabilities
  • Supported: Predictive modeling
  • Supported: Report sharing and collaboration

Report Output and Scheduling Features

  • Supported: Publish to Web
  • Supported: Publish to PDF
  • Supported: Output Raw Supporting Data
  • Supported: Report Versioning
  • Supported: Report Delivery Scheduling
  • Supported: Delivery to Remote Servers

Sigma Screenshots

Screenshot of Anyone can add custom calculations to tables and visualizations – no SQL skills necessary.Screenshot of No need to ever summarize your underlying data, no matter the size.Screenshot of Allow users to create custom bins to drive complex cohort analysis without SQL code.Screenshot of Build complex cohort analyses without code.Screenshot of Lookups provide familiar spreadsheet functionality to business users.Screenshot of Sigma Workbooks bring together spreadsheets, charts, and data narratives onto a live, collaborative canvas.Screenshot of Easily sort, filter, and drill into visualizations, or get to the unconstrained underlying data.Screenshot of Use spreadsheet formulas to add calculated fields to pivot tables without coding.

Sigma Videos

What can Sigma do for you?
Demo: Cohort analysis in Sigma
Demo: Stock trade analysis in Sigma
Building pivot tables in Sigma
Embedded analytics with Sigma
Root cause analysis with Sigma
Parsing JSON in seconds with Sigma
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Sigma Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationMobile Web
Supported CountriesUnited States, Canada

Frequently Asked Questions

Sigma Computing headquartered in San Francisco provides a suite of data services such as code free data modeling, data search and explorating, and related BI and data visualization services.

Tableau Desktop, Tableau Online, and Looker are common alternatives for Sigma.

Reviewers rate Report Delivery Scheduling highest, with a score of 9.1.

The most common users of Sigma are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Reviews

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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Google Data Studio is free, intuitive and easy to use but the analytics are limited. In-table calculations can't be done easily and it lacks a native connector for Snowflake. Moreover, table columns cannot be arranged in any order--they must be dimension first, and metrics second. Tableau is powerful and makes visually compelling reports, but the learning curve is extremely steep if one isn't already familiar with existing data visualization or business intelligence platforms. In our case, it's not connected to our data source, and importing/joining data requires a fair bit of setup as well. Qlik is very fast and powerful, but very few people on our teams have seats on the platform.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Easy entry tool that can grow with you as the data expertise and literacy grows within the org. Start up effort and cost is too high in the tools that are built for large corporate solutions.
Kimi Vu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Sigma is way ahead of Toucan Toco (TT) in terms of ease of use and support capabilities. Without getting too much into the details, Sigma is extremely intuitive to use and doesn't require a huge amount of reading and documentation exploration in order to accomplish a simple task. I highly recommend Sigma for data professionals.
Score 4 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Chartio (discontinued) and Looker
I was not involved in the decision-making process, and we stopped using chartio because it was discontinued. Chartio was great for looking under the hood at individual queries. Sigma is superior in the visualization aspects - it looks more professional and clean-cut. I've also used Looker in the past, but not as a dashboard editor/contributor.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Sigma is not as feature rich as Tableau and it shows that it's a younger product and company. However, that is helpful when suggesting features or reporting bugs as a small company. The live chat with support is quite helpful and most that I have spoken with are really knowledgeable and happy to dig in on what I'm reporting.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Chartio (discontinued)
We have more reports and more flexibility so that helps with making decisions. We have also found more reports to use and data to analyze because of the flexibility. The only bad thing is the downtime and the slowness of reports that are bigger. Chartio cached data so it was faster but refresh was harder.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It doesn't have its own language (like lookML) this is positive. Web dashboards, you don't need to send attached spreadsheets by e-mail
Daniela Chita-Perez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We selected Sigma computing because it fully integrates with Snowflake (the platform our data currently sits on), and with Sigma, we don't need external technical resources. We have full control over our product development.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Chartio (discontinued)
We migrated to Sigma after using Chartio for about 5 years. In almost every way Sigma has been an upgrade on Chartio, most notably in its ability to handle large tables. We selected Sigma because we wanted to shift some of the data analysis to less technical team members, and that worked out as expected.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The products we looked at were relatively similar. During the trial we ran, Sigma was the fastest platform for all of us to pick up and start delivering prototype dashboards. Sigma's pivot table support – important for our tech savvy user base – was as good or better than competitors. While not the most important criteria, the visualization tools were good enough, including the ability to customize the look and feel. Sigma had better integration with our cloud data management infrastructure than others. The tech seemed mature enough for us to rely on (we thought Preset needed more steeping before handling our anticipated workloads.

We think any of the tools we looked at would have met our basic needs. Sigma's speed of development, pivot table support, and dashboard layout flexibility was enough to push us in that direction.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We chose Sigma for ease of use. Products like Tableau have a notoriously steep learning curve, and our goal was to establish a quick path to program metrics w/o developer resource. Once we tried the interface, Sigma was a no-brainer: it's easy-to-use, quick to learn, and the support they provide is phenomenal.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Sigma is like a unique combination of Excel and Tableau, in my experience. It combines both the heavy-duty data wrangling and data manipulation abilities of Tableau with the quickness and ease of use that Excel is known for having. I have relied on Excel a lot less now for ad hoc work since using Sigma, as I can just easily get what I need from Sigma rather than having to open it in Excel. We still have one minor data source that I use to download CSVS from and work into Excel as needed, but this is rare.
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