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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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9 out of 10
October 22, 2018
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  • Formatting capabilities (46)
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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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Product Demos

Locked Filter | Sisense Tutorials: Filtering Dashboard Data


Adding a Custom Field | Sisense Tutorials: Preparing your Data Model


Working with Tables and Fields | Sisense Tutorials: Preparing your Data Model


Adding a Custom SQL Table | Sisense Tutorials: Preparing your Data Model


Date and Time Functions | Sisense Tutorials: Preparing your Data Model


Layout and Responsive Design | Sisense Tutorials: Creating your Dashboard

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BI Standard Reporting

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

Avg 8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

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

Avg 8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Ability to schedule and manager report output.

Avg 8.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

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

Avg 8.0

Access Control and Security

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

Avg 8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Support for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

Avg 8.0
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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 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.

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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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Sisense is a versatile platform that addresses the needs of organizations across various industries. Users rely on Sisense to provide accurate and fast insights, reducing report response time and development time compared to manual coding and web UI controls. With Sisense, educators receive real-time feedback on student performance through integrated dashboards, allowing them to make informed decisions and improve teaching strategies. For businesses, Sisense serves as the executive dashboard and managerial reporting platform, providing comprehensive business performance insights at all levels of the organization. The software is also used by various departments such as sales, product management, purchasing, and eCommerce to track key performance indicators - KPIs, analyze sales performance, and answer complex questions about datasets. Additionally, Sisense is utilized by executives and managers to present key metrics, division heads to make better decisions, and compliance departments to quickly identify issues and take corrective actions. Overall, Sisense helps automate time-consuming reports, eliminates error-prone reporting, and creates a centralized data warehouse and portal for better decision-making across the organization. Whether it's analyzing marketing campaigns, managing agent performance or consolidating information in a single tool, Sisense offers a wide range of use cases that cater to the needs of diverse businesses.

Based on the user reviews, here are the three most common recommendations for Sisense:

  1. Users highly recommend using Sisense as a cost-effective and productive tool for businesses. They suggest utilizing the Linux version and the managed cloud environment for optimal performance.

  2. Users advise structuring data properly to take advantage of Sisense's easy left join capabilities. They mention that the software is quick to learn and intuitive but caution against allowing unfamiliar users to access it.

  3. It is recommended to make Sisense more user-friendly for non-technical users and improve filtering options. Users appreciate the deep insight and advanced analytics capabilities of the tool, but suggest not setting expectations too high. They also mention that a strong foundation in Java is necessary.

Overall, users highly recommend Sisense as an advanced analytics software and one-platform solution. They praise its comprehensive data analysis and visualization capabilities, as well as its simplicity, intuitive use, and continuous feature improvement compared to other BI vendors. It is suggested to engage with the Sisense community, conduct a tool evaluation, and have a comprehensive criteria and a senior BI sponsor in place. Implementing Sisense either in the cloud or on-premise with an in-house team of BI developers and data engineers is also advised. Additionally, following best practices when building dashboards and elasticubes is recommended.

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Michał Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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
Supported Data Sources
BI Standard Reporting (1)
Customizable dashboards
Ad-hoc Reporting (4)
Drill-down analysis
Formatting capabilities
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Report sharing and collaboration
Report Output and Scheduling (4)
Publish to Web
Publish to PDF
Report Versioning
Report Delivery Scheduling
Data Discovery and Visualization (3)
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Predictive Analytics
Access Control and Security (3)
Multi-User Support (named login)
Role-Based Security Model
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Mobile Capabilities (3)
Responsive Design for Web Access
Mobile Application
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
  • 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.
They are creating Dashboards and support our customers.
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.
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
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, 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.
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.
Change is quick and painless and was done after finishing PoC and going for regular license.
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