Sisense

Sisense

Score 8.2 out of 10
Sisense

Overview

What is Sisense?

Sisense is a BI software and analytics platform. With what the vendor calls their In-Chip™ and Single Stack™ technologies, users have access to a comprehensive tool to analyze and visualize large, disparate data sets without IT resources.
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Recent Reviews

Best BI Tool

9 out of 10
October 22, 2018
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Popular Features

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  • Customizable dashboards (46)
    9.0
    90%
  • Publish to PDF (45)
    9.0
    90%
  • Formatting capabilities (46)
    9.0
    90%
  • Drill-down analysis (46)
    8.0
    80%

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What is Sisense?

Sisense is a BI software and analytics platform. With what the vendor calls their In-Chip™ and Single Stack™ technologies, users have access to a comprehensive tool to analyze and visualize large, disparate data sets without IT resources.

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  • No setup fee
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  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

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Features

BI Standard Reporting

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

8.7Avg 8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

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

8.3Avg 8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Ability to schedule and manager report output.

8.2Avg 8.3

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.

9Avg 8.1

Access Control and Security

Access control means being able to determine who has access to which data.

10Avg 8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Support for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

9Avg 7.9
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Product Details

What is Sisense?

Sisense data & analytics platform is designed to make it easy to mashup data from across the entire data landscape and transform it into actionable analytics applications that can be embedded anywhere. The vendor boasts innovative startups and global brands like GE, Nasdaq, and Philips, as well as organizations worldwide are using Sisense to accelerate innovation and drive digital transformation by embedding Sisense into their businesses. Whether data is in the cloud, on-prem, or a mix of both, Sisense gives users everything needed to successfully deliver on analytics application strategy today, allowing you to:

  • Securely connect and ingest data into cloud data warehouses to create a single store for your data
  • Mashup data from dozens of sources for a complete view of your business
  • Leverage a combination of live or cached data models to optimize performance and manage resource utilization
  • Build beautiful visualizations and actionable application components using the robust library of integrated widgets and certified add-ons
  • Develop and white-label with ease using a full suite of APIs and developer toolkits
  • Differentiate products and services with fully integrated, white-label analytics in the office or on mobile devices for users on the go

Sisense Features

BI Platform Features

  • Supported: Administration via Windows App
  • Supported: Administration via MacOS App
  • Supported: Administration via Web Interface
  • Supported: Live Connection to External Data
  • Supported: Snapshot of External Data
  • Supported: In-memory data model
  • Supported: OLAP (Pre-processed cube representation)
  • Supported: ROLAP (SQL-layer querying)
  • Supported: Multi-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
  • Supported: Data warehouse / dictionary layer
  • Supported: ETL Capability
  • Supported: ETL Scheduler

Supported Data Sources Features

  • Supported: MS Excel Workbooks
  • Supported: Text Files (CSV, etc)
  • Supported: Oracle
  • Supported: MS SQL Server
  • Supported: IBM DB2
  • Supported: Postgres
  • Supported: MySQL
  • Supported: ODBC
  • Supported: Cloudera Hadoop
  • Supported: Hortonworks Hadoop
  • Supported: EMC Greenplum
  • Supported: IBM Netezza
  • Supported: HP Vertica
  • Supported: ParAccel
  • Supported: SAP Hana
  • Supported: Teradata
  • Supported: Sage 500
  • Supported: Salesforce
  • Supported: SAP
  • Supported: Google Analytics

BI Standard Reporting Features

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

Ad-hoc Reporting Features

  • Supported: Drill-down analysis
  • Supported: Formatting capabilities
  • Supported: Predictive modeling
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages

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

Data Discovery and Visualization Features

  • Supported: Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
  • Supported: Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
  • Supported: Predictive Analytics
  • Supported: Support for Machine Learning models
  • Supported: Pattern Recognition and Data Mining
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages

Access Control and Security Features

  • Supported: Multi-User Support (named login)
  • Supported: Role-Based Security Model
  • Supported: Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
  • Supported: Report-Level Access Control
  • Supported: Table-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
  • Supported: Field-Level Access Control (BI-layer)

Mobile Capabilities Features

  • Supported: Responsive Design for Web Access
  • Supported: Mobile Application
  • Supported: Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

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Sisense Integrations

  • Splunk Enterprise
  • Salesforce
  • Google Adwords & Analytics
  • SAP & all database servers
  • Excel & CSV Files

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Sisense Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry
Supported CountriesAll

Frequently Asked Questions

Sisense is a BI software and analytics platform. With what the vendor calls their In-Chip™ and Single Stack™ technologies, users have access to a comprehensive tool to analyze and visualize large, disparate data sets without IT resources.

Tableau Public, GoodData, and Domo are common alternatives for Sisense.

Reviewers rate Multi-User Support (named login) and Role-Based Security Model and Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) highest, with a score of 10.

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

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Michał Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I was using SiSense PRISM as platform supporting our own www service. Our service provided a complex info about public contracts around Poland and we used PRISM as BI platform to generate Dashboards. Those Dashboards were used by our costumers to analyze situation on public contracts market and support them in decision to start with a given contract. Overall I see PRISM as a great tool, which requires not so much IT knowledge to operate and is not time consuming in terms of deployment and report or dashboard preparation. It is also very low on Hardware resources consumption.
  • Great at mashing up data from multiple different data sources.
  • Easy deployment, ETL process, Dashboard or Report preparation and distribution to end users.
  • Very low hardware usage so you probably wont need to invest huge money on new servers.
  • JS Extensions engine which allows to create really powerful tailored features.
  • Plug-ins in ETL tool are powerful, but configuration could be a little easier. Also JS extension in PRISM Web is powerful but could be a little more clear how to use.
  • Need to catch up with several common features for BI platform.
From my point of view it is perfect tool for any company which just starts with its first BI solution and are limited with money. Also great for companies which do not want to have a time consuming project to deploy. It depends on how large your data sources are, but probably you wont need to invest in any new hardware.
  • QlikView,InForum,JetReports
Less resource consuming and faster deployment. Also very extensive embeding capabilities, that make it a perfect tool for OEM customers.
The main factor is flexibility of SiSense and that is enhanced pretty often. Also extension engine allows to produce a lot of powerful features perfect for given use of SiSense.
BI Platform
N/A
N/A
Supported Data Sources
N/A
N/A
BI Standard Reporting (1)
100%
10.0
Customizable dashboards
100%
10.0
Ad-hoc Reporting (4)
90%
9.0
Drill-down analysis
100%
10.0
Formatting capabilities
90%
9.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
90%
9.0
Report sharing and collaboration
80%
8.0
Report Output and Scheduling (4)
85%
8.5
Publish to Web
100%
10.0
Publish to PDF
90%
9.0
Report Versioning
50%
5.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
100%
10.0
Data Discovery and Visualization (3)
96.66666666666666%
9.7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
100%
10.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
100%
10.0
Predictive Analytics
90%
9.0
Access Control and Security (3)
100%
10.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
100%
10.0
Role-Based Security Model
100%
10.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
100%
10.0
Mobile Capabilities (3)
90%
9.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
100%
10.0
Mobile Application
70%
7.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
100%
10.0
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
N/A
N/A
  • We're able to finish our web service which we could not with our previous BI vendor.
  • We could use our own product in a matter of 2-3 months after deployment which was quick.
4
They are creating Dashboards and support our customers.
3
One need basic knowledge on BI as general, some SQL knowledge, an analytical mind, ability to know how use script languages (it is not required but it is useful to have a general knowledge how scripting works; it helps a lot at some point). One also should have a basic taste for composing a color palette and Dashboard layout planning.
  • As of today None.
  • Final Dashboards used as IFrame on our web service.
  • Ability to mash-up multiple different data sources
  • Speed - even with lot of text to analyze.
  • Mainly as a platform integrated with our web service that allows an innovative approach to analyzing public contracts market.
Yes
We replaced InForum BI solution for following reasons:
- Support for WWW was weak
- Slow
- Mashing up different data sources was near impossible
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
Product Features - mash up from different data sources and support for WWW were most important factors.
I would definitely be more thorough in terms of evaluating a specific features required for our own product.
  • Implemented in-house
No
Change management was a big part of the implementation and was well-handled
Always use a separate environment to test new release. Always make a back up of each ElastiCube before each upgrade.
  • Some issues with IIS, when implementing earlier versions of PRISM Web.
Quick and simple. If we had run into some issues they were solved pretty quickly.
  • Online training
  • In-person training
  • Self-taught
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.
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.
It is quite easy to learn on your own, but before doing so you need to identify your needs and if some of those needs are not met easily, conntact suport to learn more about it.
There maybe some features missing but overall configuration is flexible and quite powerful. Plus there is rebranding which is quite unique
Do not use IIS Express if you're going to use mobile platform since it has some issues. Other then that installation and configuration is easy and standard settings for most cases.
Some - we have done small customizations to the interface
We needed to embed the solution as well as align coloring scheme to web page it was embedded in. All in all it was not that challening, although documentation for that requires some upgrades still.
Yes - we have added extensive custom code
Based on already available solutions it was quite easy. Tweaking and modification of already existing pieces of code is a little bit challenging but not that complicated. Creating your own plugins is difficult mainly due to high technical requirements and small amount of hints how to begin.
Support is very good. Quick response, timely delivered solutions and those are exactly what is required.
Yes
Yes, it was solved in timely fashion (usually in next release but sometimes I've receive a special hotfix for certain issues) and to my full satisfaction.
Since solution is only in English, fact that they allowed us to translate some parts of Web Interface to Polish was something exceptional.
  • ETL
  • Dashboard preparation
  • Dashboard distribution
  • Plugins in EC Manager.
  • JS Plugins could be problematic
Excellent, easy to use, end2end solution. It requires almost no it knowledge and is ready from day one to be used by end users.
Product is quite easily scalable. The whole installation can be easily moved to stronger machine if needed.
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.
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.
  • Internal web application
Embeding dashboards in web application + merging user rights from SiSense with web application current users. There were some hurdles mostly due to the holes in documentation for such cases.
  • File import/export
  • Single Signon
  • API (e.g. SOAP or REST)
  • Javascript widgets
  • ETL tools
Quick responses and flexible approach allows to get to agreement quite quickly.
Support and Success team keep in touch since day one, they reach to you by themselves from time to time to check how things are going. Also they respond very quickly when contacting support team.
Mostly pricing and number of users, but also some additional features outside regular license.
Be prepared in term of your needs to avoid disappointment.
Yes
Update is quick. It is recommended to back up before doing upgrade mostly due to behind the scenes changes that may affect system, mainly if SiSense is used as OEM embeded in another system. Unexpected impacts are very rare and usually quickly fixed with help of support team.
  • Hierarchies
  • New filtering system
  • Memory consumption enhancments
  • Improved iPad experience
  • Improved role configuration
  • Better documentation for extending SiSense.
Yes
Change is quick and painless and was done after finishing PoC and going for regular license.
No
June 14, 2016

SiSense new user

Jim Wimsatt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We will eventually role out SiSense for all business units to manage KPIS. Initially we are starting with the senior leadership team's needs for sales and product insights.
  • Intuitive GUI.
  • Integrate many different types of data sources.
  • Quick dashboard results.
  • Less reliant on IT support; we were under the impression we would not need to have a developer but it is necessary for back end connections.
Sisense is well suited when multiple applications need to be connected for new insights.
Lower cost; easier front end user interface
BI Platform
N/A
N/A
Supported Data Sources
N/A
N/A
BI Standard Reporting (3)
53.33333333333333%
5.3
Pixel Perfect reports
N/A
N/A
Customizable dashboards
90%
9.0
Report Formatting Templates
70%
7.0
Ad-hoc Reporting (3)
60%
6.0
Drill-down analysis
90%
9.0
Formatting capabilities
90%
9.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
N/A
N/A
Report Output and Scheduling (4)
52.5%
5.3
Publish to Web
N/A
N/A
Publish to PDF
60%
6.0
Report Versioning
60%
6.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
90%
9.0
Data Discovery and Visualization (3)
30%
3.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
90%
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
N/A
N/A
Predictive Analytics
N/A
N/A
Access Control and Security (3)
100%
10.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
100%
10.0
Role-Based Security Model
100%
10.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
100%
10.0
Mobile Capabilities (3)
N/A
N/A
Responsive Design for Web Access
N/A
N/A
Mobile Application
N/A
N/A
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
N/A
N/A
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
N/A
N/A
5
Marketing, sales and IT.
4
SQL, BI and Software development.
  • Sales metrics
  • IT production support.
  • Non-dashboard data/IOT
  • Sales dashboards
  • Marketing campaign metrics
  • IT infrastructure reporting
  • Scrum burndowns
  • Staff KPI
No
  • Product Features
Ability to connect to disparate data sources.
I would request detailed information about the In-chip technology.
  • Implemented in-house
Yes
Initial on boarding. Test data dashboard creation. Production data dashboard creation.
  • Confusion about implementing the on-premise servers.
  • Confusion about needing a separate license for a development server.
Would like to have more information about configuration of dev to production deployments architectures.
Holke Visser | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Sisense is used by our whole organisation and Sisense is an integral part of the services we provide to our our customers. Sisense helps us to provide operational, tactictal and strategical information.
  • The user interface for creating dashboards is very user friendly.
  • The user interface for creating dashboards has a pleasant design.
  • The performance of analysis on large datasets is excellent.
  • Basic analytic cubes are easy to develop.
  • Sisense support is excellent. Replies are fast and support personel have the required knowledge and experience.
  • Upgrades have been deployed easily and without problems, up till now .
  • The development and maintenance of complex and generic analytic cubes could be improved.
  • Export of data and visualisations to pdf and csv is possible. However the functionality is basic and limited.
  • No time format/datatype available. This requires JavaScript code to make it work.
  • JavaScript add-ons for bucket analysis and Gantt charts are limited and not supported.
  • Very limited trellis functionality
  • Cube field names cannot be changed without impacting the dashboards. Impact analysis is not available in standard software package.
  • Cannot rebuild cubes without making cube inaccessible during rebuild period.
It is a perfect solution for small scale BI demands. This is not due to the columnar database. The backend can handle enterprise data loads easily. But Sisense lacks the features to create and maintain enterprise wide data models. However new functionality is added rapidly. I expect Sisense to able to answer the enterprise requirements in the near future.
BI Platform
N/A
N/A
Supported Data Sources
N/A
N/A
BI Standard Reporting (1)
80%
8.0
Customizable dashboards
80%
8.0
Ad-hoc Reporting (3)
50%
5.0
Drill-down analysis
80%
8.0
Formatting capabilities
70%
7.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
N/A
N/A
Report Output and Scheduling (3)
63.33333333333333%
6.3
Publish to Web
80%
8.0
Publish to PDF
50%
5.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
60%
6.0
Data Discovery and Visualization (3)
46.66666666666667%
4.7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
70%
7.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
70%
7.0
Predictive Analytics
N/A
N/A
Access Control and Security (3)
76.66666666666667%
7.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
80%
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
70%
7.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
80%
8.0
Mobile Capabilities (3)
26.666666666666664%
2.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
80%
8.0
Mobile Application
N/A
N/A
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
N/A
N/A
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
N/A
N/A
30
Business analists, management, (sales, purchase, logistics) employees.
2
sql, information and business analysis
  • Provide Sisense as an information service to our customers.
  • Operational reporting
  • Analysis of sales data
  • Management information on medication usage
Yes
jaspersoft server was replaced because of lack of performance and ease of use.
excel was replaced in some business cases that require large amounts of data.
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Third-party Reviews
It was a combination of factors: performance on large datasets, usability and a reasonable price.
Our evaluation and selection process was successful and we are happy with the result, so no need to change it.
  • Implemented in-house
No
Change management was minimal
Sisense was easy to install and because Sisense is easy to use the roll out in our organisation was a breeze.
  • Some add ons could not be migrated at first
Remember to migrate the plugins. The documentation however is pretty straight forward.
Yes
We pay for premium support if available, because we need support for our non-standard questions about the product or to investigate difficult technical issues.
Response is fast and adequate.
When we migrated to a new server, we received several hours of support that could be considered as professional services. However this was done without additional costs.
  • Creating visualisations
  • Deploying a new cube means the users cannot use the dashboards for that cube. So deploying needs to be scheduled during night time.
  • Time format requires JavaScript.
For at least 80% of our business requirements Sisense works perfectly.
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