Good BI tool for cross functional teams
December 19, 2020

Good BI tool for cross functional teams

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Sigma Computing

We use Sigma Computing as our secondary Business Intelligence (BI) tool. It is used to create sales reports for external customers to track their records. Our internal sales team uses the reports to manage the sales budget and revenues. It is being used by across the company. The target users are people who likes spreed sheets and no technical background is required.
  • It is very easy to set it up. To connect the cloud data source, you only need to provide a credential of the could database.
  • It provides the options to upload CSV files and SQL runner which you can create customized SQL query.
  • It can generate reports which has row level access level. which makes it possible to share one report with multiple different clients and each client only can see their own data.
  • It does not provide the same amount of features as the marketing leader such as Tableau.
  • There are limited calculated fields.
  • A data quality tool can help visualize data before you analyse it , which are super helpful. So far it is not available in Sigma yet.
  • We have limited users who can access Sigma reporting, and need more time to evaluate the ROI.
Sigma is a modern business intelligence (BI) and analytics application built for the cloud. Sigma provides live access to cloud data warehouses using an intuitive spreadsheet interface empowering business experts to ask more of their data. Sigma is self-service analytics as it was meant to be.
It has excellent customer support. There are real time chats inside Sigma and the response is prompt. We also have an account manager who will connect with us regularly and follow up with training and recommendation.
The primary users of Sigma in our company are people who likes Excel or spreadsheets. We do have users who write complicated SQL queries inside Sigma too. However, the spreadsheet interface makes the non-tech users intend to try a new tool like Sigma.
I used the templated dashboard layouts when helped to start immediately to build a dashboard. I have not used the features such as mobile responsiveness, and data control filters/parameters.
We have not used the shared workspaces for team yet due to limited users and licenses. I see there is a version control feature in Sigma which can be very use[ful] to share the work among different people and teams.
We connect Sigma to Google BigQuery. This makes the data access rapid and we can do all the aggregation in big query and save the results as views in data warehouse. This definitely speeds the data process and we are able to process very large (TB) volumes of data in cloud and created dashboards from those data in Sigma.
Sigma is easy to set up and can be used by people without any SQL knowledge. Sisense has the data modelling functions and the set up needs more effort and user training is needed for complicated calculation functions. We also use Tableau as BI tool for the users who want features Sigma currently does not provide.
Sigma can connect all three cloud platforms ( Google BigQuery, AWS, and Snowflake). It connects to multiple database sources in the cloud data warehouse. The dashboard load speed will be affected by the computing resources provided by the cloud. To fully utilize the computing power, it is better to put the heavy calculating part in cloud data warehouse and save the results as a table in DW instead of [writing] the complicated SQL queries in Sigma.

Sigma Feature Ratings

Customizable dashboards
Report Formatting Templates
Drill-down analysis
Formatting capabilities
Report sharing and collaboration
Publish to Web
Publish to PDF
Report Delivery Scheduling
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)